You better BELIZE I loved the Archer Abroad Trip


Photo credit: Nelly Rouzroch '18

Calabash Caye Research Station Belize. This is the island where the Archer girls who went on the Archer Abroad trip to Belize stayed at for four days to do research and go snorkeling.

Hiking through the rainforest to different waterfalls, staying on a research island and going snorkeling everyday are just some of the activities that I participated in on the Archer Abroad trip to Belize. The trip took place during the second week of spring break. I was fortunate enough to go on the trip, and I had such an incredible experience. Here are the top 10 reasons why I loved going to Belize.

  1. We learned all about marine biology, including the impact that global warming has had on the ocean and how the dangerous state of the Great Barrier Reef.

  2. We went snorkeling nine times in beautiful oceans and went tubing in a real life lazy river.

  3. We saw many different types of marine life besides fish, such as starfish, coral, stingrays and jellyfish.

  4. We went hiking in the Cockscomb Wildlife Basin rainforest.

  5. We saw three unbelievable waterfalls. It looked like a postcard!

  6. We were pushed out of our comfort zones. As our instructor said, “magic begins outside of your comfort zone.”

  7. We learned about the Mayan culture in Belize and visited the Mayan cultural center. There, we learned how to make tortillas and Mayan chocolate.

  8. We saw two big bottlenose dolphins!

  9. We ate amazing Belizean food like fried jacks, beans, fish and the best fruits.

  10. Most of all, we made some incredible memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!

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    • Making tortillas and chocolate at the Mayan Cultural Center. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Corn and Cacao beans that we used to make the tortillas and mayan chocolate. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • We went hiking to multiple different waterfalls in the Cockscomb Wildlife Basin. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • We hiked to the top of the mountain in the Cockscomb Wildlife Basin. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • We went to a real life lazy river and went tubing! Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • We saw a bunch of coral just like this sea fan coral when we went snorkeling. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Snorkeling at Calabash Caye Field Station. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Snorkeling in the mangroves! Mangroves are trees that typically grow in tropical areas. They can even live in salt water and are homes to many small fish. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Sunset at the Calabash Caye Field Station. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Underneath a waterfall in the rainforest. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Our group hiked to a waterfall in Belize at the Cockscomb Wildlife Basin. Photographer: Avery Bush ’17.

    • The kitchen in the Mayan cultural center where we made chocolate and tortillas. Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • Making tortillas at the Mayan cultural center in Belize! Photographer: Nelly Rouzroch ’18.

    • All of the Archer girls going on the Belize trip stand together for a photo at the airport before leaving. Photo Courtesy of Cydney Davis ’18.

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