Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Belize is a diverse destination offering students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics.

Atalanta Journey works with Universities & Colleges to create student travel with specific areas of study. We arrange the appropriate lodging, tours and guest speakers created around your discipline.

Biology Students

Belize provides Biology students the opportunity to explore and learn about the largest Coral Reef in North America at 190 miles in length.

Atalanta Journey will connect students with marine biologists and tours to experience the reef and learn about this diverse eco-system.

Belize is included as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention. This Convention”provides for the protection of those cultural and natural properties deemed to be of outstanding universal importance.”

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System consists of seven sites.

  • Bacalar Chico National Parkand Marine Reserve
  • Blue Hole Natural Monument
  • Half Moon Caye Natural Monument
  • South Water Caye Marine Reserve
  • Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve
  • Laughing Bird Caye National Park
  • Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve

Archaeology, Anthropology & Women’s Studies Students

Archaeology, Anthropology & Women's Studies StudentsKnown as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world, Belize was home to more than 2 million Mayas, offering students an incredible opportunity to explore and learn about this amazing culture.

Atalanta Journey connects students to learning about and exploring the Maya sacred temples involving local archaologists, Maya Shamans who teach about the Maya advanced science & spirituality,  agriculture, economics and mathematics.

The Top 10 Maya Sites in Belize include:

  1. Xunantunich means “maiden of the rock” or “stone woman” in Maya, and is located on the Western Highway near San Ignacio Town in Western Belize.
  2. Altun Ha is located 31 miles north of  Belize City on the Old Northern Highway. The most significant artifact of Altun Ha is the “Jade Head” which represents the Mayan Sun God, Kinich Ahua. This jade head is the largest object carved of  jade in the Maya civilization.
  3. Caracol is located on the western edge of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. It is the largest known Maya center within the country and holds “Canaa” (Sky Place) which is the largest pyramid or man made structure in Belize at 140 feet tall.
  4. Cahal Pechover looks the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena in Western Belize. Thirty- four structures, including temple pyramids, two ball courts, an alter and five stelae fill the two acre area.
  5. Santa Rita is a Mayan ruin in northern Belize that dates from 2000 B.C.. Santa Rita is what remains of Chactemal(modern-day Chetumal, Quintana Roo Mexico) an ancient Mayan city that is the genesis of the Mestizo people after the first European contact in the region. Santa Rita controlled trade routes within the boundaries of today’s Mexico and Guatemala.
  6. Lamanai is theMaya word for “submerged crocodile”. It is among one of Belize’s largest ceremonial centers. It can be reached by road through San Felipe, Orange Walk or by boat. The trip is an excellent chance to see birds, exotic plants and crocodiles. Lamani is situated on a major trade route, and is one of the longest occupied Mayan cities that was inhabited for over two millennia.
  7. Cerro Maya was a pivotal coastal trading center, located on a peninsula across from the town of Corozal and in the Bay of Chetumal. Cerros is partially underwater, but what remains is stunning – including five temples (one that is 72 feet high) and related plazas, a large cana lsystem and a beautiful panoramic viewed from the top of the temples.
  8. Nim Li Punit over looks the Toledo coastal plain. It is smaller compared to other sites in Belize, but it has a large number of stelae; twenty-five large stone slabs and pillars(eight of them carved). One of the stelais the tallest carved example in Belize. Nim Li Punit is believed to have served as its dynasty’s worshipingplace.
  9. Lubaantun is located north of the Colombia River, past the village of San Pedro Colombia in the Toledo District. Known as the “Place of the Fallen Stones”, this ceremonial center is noted for its unusual style of construction distinctive of southern Belize.
  10. Barton Creek is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cayo District. The site contains a wide range of cultural remains that were left within the cave as offerings by the ancient Maya. Artifacts, hearths, modified cave formations and human remains were deposited on ledges above the river indicating that the cave was of great ritual importance to the ancient settlers of the region.

Education Students

Education StudentsThe children of Belize make up the heart of the country. Every village has a school for its children and opportunities for visiting students to meet and interact with them and to visit the local community to see where some of the children live.

In San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye, there is a completely volunteer driven and funded school called Holy Cross Anglican School. Together with Holy Cross School, we created an opportunity for you to get involved and create a meaningful, connected experience during your travels.

  • Holy Cross School was founded to provide a quality education to some of the poorest children in the beautiful island town of San Pedro, Belize. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers from all over the USA and Canada, this school has grown from 3 classrooms and 62 children to a thriving 17-classroom school serving 425 children ranging in grades from primary school to the 8th grade.

There is also a huge need for dentistry for the children in Belize, and we offer the opportunity for Dental Hygiene students to work in the Holy Cross School and other areas of Belize.

Business Students

Business StudentsBusiness plays a major role in Belize as in any country. There is a wealth of opportunity for students to learn about different businesses in Belize and get involved in special projects with the business owners. It’s exciting to learn about business in an international setting while incorporating culture and travel into the educational opportunity.

We have created a Fair Trade “Business Study Abroad” in Belize course. See example itinerary.

We are working with several Cacao businesses in Southern Belize to learn about the production and farming of Cacao, product development and marketing & sales.

We are also working with Maya Bags, employing over 90 Maya Women in their villages in Southern Belize.

Sustainable Tourism is also an area of focus for Atalanta Journey and we will connect you to resorts involved. Students learn from the resort owners and managers about sustainable tourism practices in Belize.

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