Through the Creation Care Study Program, students have the opportunity to delve into Belize's vast regions of unspoiled tropical rainforest with more than 700 varieties of trees, 500 species of birds, and more jaguars than anywhere else in Central America. Besides extensive visits to the coral reefs and ruins of Belize, students will travel to places of interest in nearby Guatemala as part of the program. Belize's stunning natural beauty and diverse Mayan, hispanic and Afro-Caribbean cultures offer an unforgettable cross-cultural experience.
Three core classes are offered; Tropical Ecosystems, God and Nature, and Introduction to Sustainable Community Development, along with an internship. Belize's world-renowned barrier reef is the longest in the Western Hemisphere (185 miles). Through intensive study and numerous snorkeling excursions during CCSP's tropical ecology coursework, students learn about marine ecosystems.
The student will fill out two applications:
- George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Global Studies; or downloaded here).
- Creation Care Study Program application (to be completed online here). An application fee must accompany your application.
*The CCSP application should only be completed after being informed from the Director of Global Studies that you are accepted for an off-campus study semester.
Students must be full-time undergraduates with junior or senior status, holding a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to apply.
Recommended credit ranges from 14 to 16 credit hours.
Students stay for four months at Macal Commons in intentional community at our riverside campus in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Students also participate in several homestays during the semester. Most of these experiences related to classes are short-term stays, however during Internships, they are two weeks in length. Homestays are for both cultural immersion and pedagogical purposes related to our classes. Locations include the homes of local Belizean families, Old Order Mennonites, families in a northern sugar cane village, and a home close to internship locations.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees. Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Travel costs are credited to the student's GFU account.
For more information, contact:
Center for Global Studies
Stevens First Floor