Study Abroad in Belize at Belize Botanic Gardens

Want to Study Abroad in Belize?

Where else besides Belize Botanic Gardens can you absorb so much that nature has to offer?   Let nature be your inspiration by allowing you to get  up close and personal to hundreds of native and exotic plants.  Use this opportunity to take advantage of the  many opportunities for study abroad in Belize at BBG.     Additionally, we can assist in planning your complete  Belize  experience.  Our knowedgeable staff is ready to  offer assistance to professors leading groups and to iindividual interns and volunteers.

Besides all of the opportunities for plant studies, there is  the opportunity to observe Belize’s Black Howler Monkeys, called Baboons in Belize.  Robin Brockett, who has been studying these primates in Belize for 20 years lives on-site and is available for field lectures.  You will have the opportunity to follow these monkeys and learn about their habitats and habits. 

Invitation to Come to Belize Botanic Gardens

At the same time, we would like to  invite Professors, University travel departments and students to contact us for information .  Let our  knowledgeable staff assist with your plans.  

Belize Botanic Gardens has been hosting student groups since 1997.  We have also been conducting horticulture classes since 2012.  Although Covid-19 caused us to suspend study abroad activities for 2020 and 2021, we are again ready to work with you again.

Accommodations are on the grounds of Belize Botanic Gardens, giving students the opportunity to pursue their studies at any time.  Simple local meals are served in our Visitor Center which also serves as a classroom.  Stay in our affordable, comfortable 16-bed Guest House. 

Student Accommodations at Belize Botanic Gardens

Students often help prepare meals and make use of many of the edible plants grown in the gardens.  Food foraging is a favorite activity.  

Our staff is familiar with native plants and our exotic collections and are there to help you as needed.  Learn about medicinal plants used for centuries and nutritional  and medicinal values of many tropical fruits.

We can help plan your full itinerary in Belize including  field trips to other areas.   Book now for your upcoming Study Abroad in Belize experience.
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So Much To See at Belize Botanic Gardens

There’s so much to see at BBG. Of course, there are many interesting trees, plants and flowers. There are also loads of interesting creatures that roam our gardens. Everything from the smallest ants (watch out, they have big teeth!) to tapir. The truth is that you probably won’t see any of the big animals because they tend to be nocturnal and shy.

Little Creatures you might see:

Since Belize Botanic Gardens is organic and has been since it was a farm in 1993, there are a number of small creatures living here. We don’t have too big a problem with insects here; rather their problem is with one another. This is because they are downright cannibalistic! If they’re not eating our plants, they’re eating one another.

Here are a few photos of things we’ve seen on the grounds of BBG.
Not only is it a great place to see plants and other critters, but there
have been more than 300 bird species counted in the area.

Don’t forget to visit when you are in Belize.

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Looking Back – What was it like 30-odd years ago?

What it was like before Running Water & Electricity

Looking back on the last 30-odd years I’ve been pondering life in Belize Visitors to Belize Botanic Gardens often ask what it was like here in the days before electricity and running water.  My favorite book growing up was Swiss Family Robinson so a family adventure always had a special appeal to me.

One big difference though was that the Robinson’s were shipwrecked on an island with a ship loaded with supplies.  When they ran out of good stuff – like fine wines, cheese, chocolate, etc, they merely rowed their dinghy out to the ship and brought back what they needed.  For us it was a hard-driven 10 miles to reach San Ignacio in an hour and change  (each-way),  with more riding  around town in order to find the basics.  And there was definitely a shortage of fine wines and cheese!!

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Belizean Expressions

Belizean Expressions –

Understanding the Meaning Behind the Words

This link above will take you to a site where you  to a site where you can learn some Kriol and Belizean Expressions, It’s always been interesting to me how identical words and phrases take on different meanings in different places.  For instance, when we first arrived in Belize, nearly 35 years ago, and I first heard the expression, “Right Now“, we thought that meant immediately.  It didn’t take us long though to figure out that, in Belize, it  means sometime in the not-to-distant-future.

Even in different parts of our own countries we have differences in vocabulary, so when a Belizean uses a word you don’t understand, ask what it means and you will have learned something.  Then share one of yours with him/her.

When your waiter asks your title to put on your bar tab, don’t tell him you’re a bank manager, tell him your last name.

It can be  frustrating when you ask for something and are told
Right Now” and you wait patiently and then when nothing happens and you ask again a half hour-later and the reply is  an unapologetic “Right Now“. Continue reading Belizean Expressions

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