About This Program
Country: Belize . Arrival Date: 07/19/2019. Departure Date: 07/26/2019
Duration: 8days Arrival City: Belize City Departure City: Belize City Cost: $1065.00
Work with the Mayans and explore customs related to Eco-Health and traditional approaches to health and medicine. Meet the diverse cultures of Belize while exploring the beautifully bio diverse country. Snorkel in the world’s largest living reef and tube down the Lazy River the world’s largest jaguar reserve. Did you know that human interaction with the environment affects human health? Students will learn about how changes in the ecosystem impact the health of Belizeans, as well as humans world wide. Come dive in the native Mayan culture and learn about the traditional natural medicines.
Students may participate in the latrine project for a rural school in Medina Bank, which will help support the ancient culture in it’s ongoing adaptation to global change in an environmentally responsible way. Additionally, projects focusing on health and agricultural diversification ensure that the livelihood and traditional practices of the Indian Creek community are protected through education and access to modern resources. The remainder of the program will be spent in a variety of immersive socio-cultural activities and experiences, ranging from exploring ancient Mayan ruins and visiting traditional communities to snorkeling through the MesoAmerican Barrier Reef and relaxing on the Belizean Cayes.
Cindy Cal – Lodging and Community Relationships Manager
Cindy is the owner and manager of Maya Green Forest Adventure, our accommodation in Belize. As well providing traditional Mayan food and cultural classes for 7elements students in Belize, she also manages our community partnerships. 7elements is proud to support Cindy, the youngest registered female business owner and one of few Mayan business owners in Belize.
Lodging in Belize is about 2 miles off the hummingbird highway by the Mayan village of Medina Bank. The lodge is constructed of locally sourced materials, with partial solar and generator power with 3 cabins each divided into 2, there is one mens bathroom and shower and one womens each with 4 showers and 4 toilets. There is a calm private river 5 minutes walk from the lodge, great for swimming.
Day 1: Arrive at Belize Airport (BZE) with your group. A 7 Elements staff will be there to greet you at the airport with a 7e sign. We drive to Medina Bank, our program home base. Program orientation will be held inside 7e’s lodge. We will Walk around Medina Bank and get familiar with the small community. Return to 7e’s lodge for dinner.
Reflection & Discussion: Early Mayan history, colonization, Spanish/English influence, and agriculture/land appropriation/loss of culture
Day 2: We will tour of Medina Bank and Indian Creek communities. We will also visit village school, archaeological sites, and agriculture areas. Return to 7e’s lodge for dinner. We begin our first day of community service/project.
Reflection & Discussion: Community ethics
Day 3: We will continue working on the Medina Bank service project.
Return to 7e’s lodge for dinner and relaxing time.
Reflection & Discussion: Natural vs. Commodity economic systems. Global exploitation of labor and resources International monetary fund/world bank/other development institutions
Day4: An unforgettable day in the Mayan ruin Xunantunich. We will visit the Mayan ruin Xuanantunich in San Ignacio and learn about the history of Mayan culture. Return to 7e’s lodge for dinner and relaxation.
Reflection & Discussion: Mayan culture/history & impact of mono crop and tourism
Day 6: Continue our service in Medina bank and continue working alongside the community. We will return to 7e’s lodge.
Reflection & Discussion: Globalization, international institutions/organization of American states/united nations
Day 7: We return to Caye Caulker to have another adventure day. We will snorkel and get a chance to see beautiful aquatic eco-systems featuring stunning colorful coral reef.. Since it’s our last night in Belize, we will have a farewell party!
Reflection & Discussion: Cultural barriers, cultural values, and cultural preservation
Day8:Your departure day. Your Program Director will take the group to Belize airport (BZE) and make sure you get on the flight safely. Thank you for all of your hard work. Have a good flight!
* Note: final itinerary subject to adjustment in line with external factors and situational dynamics such as local weather, timing transportation, and ongoing input from community leaders.