There are less expensive places to go to study Tropical Marine Biology but they have a greater volume of tourists. Although volume reduces cost it also reduces the quality of the environment and the quality of your experience. Here are some other reasons to come:
-The second Largest Coral Barrier Reef in the World.
-The healthiest reef in the Caribbean shows what other reefs looked like 50 yrs ago.
-Location of World Heritage Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s). Visiting them financially supports their operation (park fees included!) and arguably the most effective coral reef conservation programs in the world.
-Opportunity to experience Mayan Ruins and touch an ancient culture.
-Multicultural interaction with Creole, Latino, Mayan.
-Multilingual – English, Spanish, Mayan, Creole
-Globalism – for many students this may be the first time they have left the United states. The students leave the sphere of US dominated culture in a way not possible in the Bahamas.
-Attraction of Adventure – Belize is a mysterious and new country (1981). Just saying the name attracts people’s interest and increases enrollment!
– Beginning 19th year of renowned performance
-Academically Dedicated Facility (no random hotel guests)
-TREC offers all the materials and support staff needed
-Registered Nurse on staff
-Lowest rainfall rate in Belize (rain increases to the south)
-Barrier reef protection makes it very rare to cancel a boat trip due to weather
-It is an institution that is open to conducting and assisting long term studies
-Professor can come for free with 15 students (2 free with 20)
-Professor can preview facility and program free of charge.
-Your course – your way. We offer whatever level of assistance you want- or leave you alone to do your own thing.
On the subject of Scuba
We work with a local dive shop to provide Scuba. Although my wife and I are scuba instructors we have found it to be a minor interest to most schools probably based on liability. You have a few options-
-Scuba outside of program on free time. Afternoon dives go out at 2:00 and we are
sometimes winding our day down by then. The dive boat will come to us, pick the
divers up and get in a 2 tank dive (about $60). Some groups have a free day.
-Optional Scuba used to further study – extra credit or expanding a project.
-Scuba part of the program – could set a certain number of dives into the schedule (at additional expense).