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  • Locations: Placencia, Belize
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Spring Break, Summer, Winter, Winter Break
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  • Program Sponsor: The GREEN Program 
Fact Sheet:
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 1-first year, 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior, 5-grad student, 6-other
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel, Other Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Advertising & Design, Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architectural History, Architecture, Art History, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Business, Business Administration, Business Design, Business Information Systems, Charity & Non-Profit, Chemistry, Communication, Communication Design, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Communications, Communications & Journalism, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Culinary Arts, Culture, Culture,, Developmental Sciences, Dietetics & Nutrition, Earth Science, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Administration, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Film, Film & Media Study, Film & Video Editing, Finance, Food Technology and Management, Foresty, Gastronomy, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Global Studies, Government, Graphic Design, Health & Human Services, Health Science, History, Hospitality Management, Human Resources Management, Human Rights, Humanities, Independent Study, Information Design, Interdisciplinary Design, Interior Architecture, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Internships, IT/Computer Science, Journalism, Kinesiology, Latin American Studies, Liberal Arts, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mass Communications, Math/Statistics, Minority Studies, Molecular Biology, Other Language & Literature, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Photography, Photojournalism, Physics, Policy and Society, Political Science, Politics, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, Pre-med, Pre-vet, Product Design, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion/Theology, Sciences, Service Learning, Social Policy & Administration, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Sustainability, Tourism, Urban Design, Women's Studies, Womens Studies
Program Type: Study Abroad, Volunteer Abroad Click here for a definition of this term Program: Direct
Program Description:

Meet The GREEN Program (TGP) | Follow our adventures on Instagram @greenprogram
The GREEN Program (TGP) is an award-winning experiential education program focused on our world's most pressing issues in sustainable development. Since 2009, our mission is to educate and empower future sustainability leaders through experiential education, responsible travel, and adventure. Today, our alumni represent 470 universities across 70 countries and are now making an impact at organizations such as The Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic, NASA, Rivian, Boeing, Nike, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Google, and more. 

Who this program is for: The GREEN Belize Program is an ideal fit for environmentally-conscious individuals with an interest in ocean conservation and a strong commitment to supporting local community leaders in their efforts to take climate action and promote the blue/green economy. If you are inspired by marine biodiversity, and sustainable practices, and are eager to explore innovative solutions like seaweed farming as a means to combat climate change and support ocean conservation, this program offers a unique opportunity to make a tangible impact. Whether you are a student studying marine biology or environmental science (we are open to all majors!), or a young professional interested in sustainable aquaculture, The GREEN Belize Program provides an immersive and transformative experience that will empower you to be a proactive force in protecting our planet's vital aquatic ecosystems. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of Belize's marine wonders, forge meaningful connections with local leaders, and contribute to a sustainable future for our oceans through seaweed farming and other climate-friendly initiatives.

Program Highlights/Description: Join us on an extraordinary journey with The GREEN Program in Belize, where marine conservation, sustainable aquaculture, and local empowerment come together. This program offers a unique blend of education, hands-on experiences, and cultural immersion, providing an unforgettable opportunity to be part of real-world solutions for our oceans and coastal communities. 

Program highlights include:
  1. Conduct Citizen Science and Marine Life Monitoring: Contribute to the protection of marine life through citizen science initiatives. Engage in data collection and documentation alongside local seaweed farmers, helping to monitor and preserve the rich biodiversity of Belize's coastal waters.
  2. Seaweed Farming with the Belize Women's Seaweed Farmers Association: Join the Belize Women's Seaweed Farmers Association, a remarkable local initiative led by female seaweed farmers dedicated to sustainable seaweed farming practices. Learn firsthand how seaweed farming supports the local economy and plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change.
  3. Coral Restoration Initiatives and Mangrove Ecosystems: Gain insights into the fragility of coral reefs and discover how Belize has emerged as a global leader in coral restoration efforts. Learn about the importance of mangrove ecosystems in protecting coastal communities, supporting marine life, and mitigating climate impacts.
  4. Exploring Belize's Jungle and Nocturnal Life: Venture into the heart of Belize's lush jungles and encounter its diverse flora and fauna. Embark on a thrilling night hike, exploring the magical world of nocturnal creatures and deepening your connection with the natural wonders of Belize.
  5. Capstone Project: Empowering Sustainable Development: In this dynamic capstone project, you'll harness your passion and newfound knowledge and collaborate with fellow participants to craft innovative solutions for ocean conservation efforts around the world. Guided by mentorship from our guides and local professionals, your ideas will be refined and directed toward creating tangible impacts that contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.
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Start your sustainability adventure today!
Learn more about The GREEN Program HERE, and Apply to The GREEN Program today!
*Spots fill on a rolling, first-come, first-serve basis. 
Questions? Contact The GREEN Program at or (215) 821-0935.

Student Testimonials: What TGP Alumni are saying

"There’s nothing else like The GREEN Program in the world right now. From a recruiting standpoint, going on TGP during a school break shows so much intentionality. The GREEN Program is such good interview material because it's such an incredible experience, and the recruiters want to hear about them. I've been to Peru and Japan multiple times before, and with TGP, there were still so many new, purposefully curated experiences that added new levels to my understanding. TGP alumni are making an impact in every industry and I can't wait to connect with them in the alumni network. You can't ask for a better learning experience than being there."
- Kevin Yuan, Global Sustainability Lead, Senior Manager, Nike

"Regardless of the specific program, each iteration of The GREEN Program guarantees a transformative journey, where self-discovery is the norm. Engaging in these immersive experiences, you will learn new things about yourself and expand your comfort zone. The essence of The GREEN Program lies in its ability to challenge and inspire individuals to explore uncharted territories, both internally and externally. By embarking on this unique journey, I have redefined my limits and unlocked a newfound sense of adventure, self-awareness, and resilience."
- Muntaha Imteyaz, Architectural Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

"TGP has been shaping my career and helping reinforce my core values since 2016. From a bright-eyed sophomore Mechanical Engineering student from south Texas to a skilled professional in the reliability industry living in Chicago, TGP has been a consistent source of support, encouragement, and continuous learning. Both the in-person and online programs that I attended taught me invaluable transferable skills, grew my network within the sustainability community, and helped me realize that pursuing a graduate degree in Sustainability Management was my next big step. From there, the TGP Alumni Network and the resources poured into it have enabled my biggest leap yet. Now, I'm proud to say I am going to be leading the sustainable engineering program for a Fortune 500 company starting this spring."
- Amy Marie Amaon, Sustainability Manager, Blue Cross and Blue Shield

"The GREEN Program was truly a one-of-a-kind experience that helped me confirm that the energy industry was what I wanted to pursue for my career.  Taking advantage of an alternative winter break to experience the education and adventure these programs offer allowed me to learn about renewable energy facilities up close and personal. This made me want to find ways to increase clean energy technologies where I live, and I am now contributing to doing just that in the City of Philadelphia. Also, The TGP Alumni network was also one of the ways I found out about my current job."
- Maxine Dixon, Operations Manager, Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA)