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Belize Study Tour Offers Diversity
By Michelle Nikolai
UW-RF News Bureau

A new international study tour to Belize is being offered to students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls over spring break, March 13-23. A small Central American country nestled between Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, Belize protects its lands, wildlife and marine environments.

The theme of the tour is "Conservation of Biological and Cultural Diversity," according to Ed Robins, tour leader from the department of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice. The tour will feature many activities, such as examining tropical rainforest and river ecology and exploring ancient sites of early civilization such as the Mayan culture, he said.

The goal of the tour is to increase appreciation of the importance of the conservation of diversity. Wildlife outnumbers people in this country where 65 percent of the forest remains and where the second largest barrier reef in the world is just off shore.

Students registered by attending an orientation meeting in the fall, followed by weekly seminars continuing through spring semester. The tour is open to all students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 . Students can receive credit for participating in the program. Admission to the program is based on an essay, letter of reference from a faculty member, and the student's state of health and fitness. For more information, contact the International Programs Office at 715-425-4891.


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