Creation Care Study Program
Through the Creation Care Study Program (CCSP), students live in the heart of rainforest campus right on the Macal River, which is home to toucans, iguanas, leaf-cutter ants, howler monkeys and much more. From snorkeling inches above brilliant coral reefs and studying the verdant tropical rainforest, to undertaking internships specializing in public health, biological research, agriculture, or whatever your major interest may be, CCSP students consider more fully the nexus of biblical faith, justice, ecology, and sustainable development.
The four core classes are offered:
God and Nature
Introduction to Sustainable Community Development
Students can also participate in an internship elective within their academic field.
Through intensive study and numerous snorkeling excursions during CCSP's tropical ecology coursework, students learn about marine ecosystems and Belize's world-renowned barrier reef (longest in the western hemisphere).
The student will fill out two applications:
• George Fox off-campus application form (obtained from the Center for Study Abroad; 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 Study Abroad 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. There is NO language requirement.
Recommended credit ranges from 15 to 18 credit hours. Students will be required to attend two pre-departure meetings, complete an online course evaluation, and attend a re-entry meeting upon their return. Students must see the transfer credit specialist in the Registrars office BEFORE they begin their semester off-campus.
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, stays 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 villages, and a home close to internship locations.
The student pays George Fox's standard tuition, room and board, and student fees and an additional fee for the Belize Creation Care Program. Participants continue to receive financial aid, including scholarships, since they are officially George Fox students. Round trip airfare is additional.