Lasell Students, Faculty Learn and Serve in Belize

Lasell Students, Faculty Learn and Serve in Belize

May 20, 2015

A group of Lasell students and faculty departed this week for a service learning trip to Belize. This is the second trip to the Central American nation in two years. The group departed May 18 and will return May 25.

The educational trip is part of Lasell's Shoulder-to-Shoulder service-learning programs. In order to take part in the trip, students must be enrolled in the college's Ecotourism course, which they complete during the spring semester before departure. Students then finalize their research work and projects while in Belize before receiving their final grades. Professors Melissa Van Hyfte and Dana Janbek will accompany the students.

During the trip, students will stay in camping quarters where they will, in some cases, have dinner over a campfire, sleep on bunks in modest cabins, and use eco-friendly, composting outhouses.

In preparation for their trip, students learned about the Belize environment, endangered species living there, and the dangers of tourism in the country. The students will work with the Protect Our Manatees Organization in Belize as well as officials on a jaguar preserve.

Students plan to blog each day about their work and adventures. The blog is available online.