Island Expeditions Co. (IEC) has been operating unique educational trips in Belize for the past 20 years for both high school and university students. IEC works closely with educators to develop a customized itinerary specific to the school’s travel and learning objectives. Experiential education and adventure travel allow educators the opportunity to combine traditional learning outcomes in some of the most ecologically diverse areas within the world, allowing students the opportunity to take away true life changing experiences. Most educational itineraries include both an exploration of the interior and the remarkable offshore coral reef habitats. The Barrier Reef and atolls, which run the full length of the Belizean coastline, is considered one of the richest marine ecosystems on earth. While inland, students have the opportunity to experience tropical rainforests, savannas, wetlands and Belize’s unique cave systems, Of course any exploration of the interior is not complete without a visit to one of the over 600 Maya Ruins found in Belize. Students also have the opportunity to gain an appreciation of the local Belizean culture through visiting local schools and Garifuna drumming sessions. While out on the Barrier Reef, students study various aspects of marine biology, at the same time as learning how to sea kayak, sail a kayak, snorkeling or fish Belizean style. With English as the primary spoken language of Belize, students are able to connect with the cultures of the country in a way that is often not possible in other international destinations. All activities are taught by IEC’s certified North American and Belizean guides. Alongside our leaders, we bring in guides who have specific expertise pertaining to the local area. Typically this will involve Garifuna or Creole captains and fisherman on the sea, including marine biologists and Mayan bush guides in the rainforest. Educational trips usually begin with a pick-up upon arrival at the International Airport in Belize City. Prices include meals, accommodation, transportation within the country, guides, group equipment and all activities. For additional educational trip information please contact IEC at: www.educationaltrips.org. About Island Expeditions Co. In addition to IEC educational trips, IEC has over 25 years of experience offering fully guided trips to the adventure traveler in both Belize and the Yucatan. Their private small group tours are open to everyone, including families with children, while no previous experience is required to participate. For additional information on fully guided Belize vacations or to receive a free copy of the 25th Anniversary Island Expeditions Co. Belize & Yucatan Adventure Guide, please call 1-800-667-1630 or visit the website at: www.islandexpeditions.com.