Round River’s pilot program in Belize welcomed our inaugural student cohort for the Fall 2021 semester. Join us in Belize to significantly contribute to conservation efforts in improving jaguar/human conflict, sustainable agroforestry as a buffer zone near core protected areas, and taste authentic Mayan chocolate.
In partnership with Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Round River operates in the Maya Golden Landscape of southern Belize, an ancient socio-ecological system that harbors many of the region’s iconic species such as jaguar and Harpy Eagle. Ya’axche’ co-manages three protected areas, including Bladen Nature Reserve, one of the wildest forest tracts in Mesoamerica, Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve, where they hold a concession for cacao cultivation in an innovative project aimed at discouraging illegal activity, and Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.
Students will support Ya’axche’ with a diverse set of conservation initiatives, from scientific research and monitoring to agroforestry production to environmental education in local Mayan communities.