- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Multiple Locations
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: College
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February, September
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
Adventure and education collide during our 80 day journey through Central America and the Caribbean in Cuba, Belize, Panama, and Costa Rica.
Venture to some of the world’s most exotic and intriguing regions, ranging from the historic enchantments of Cuba, to the turquoise waters of Panama, to the lush jungles of Costa Rica, to the white-sand beaches of Belize. Experiencing the color and vibrancy of Havana, Cuba’s capital city, we enjoy the echoing notes of ever-present salsa music. Partnering with an organization that prepares and delivers food via horse and buggy to a shut in elderly community, we appreciate our unique access to a side of Cuba that most never witness. Shadowing doctors in the Bocas del Toro islands off the coast of Panama, we understand the barriers to medical access for remote indigenous communities. Flying through the forest canopy on ziplines, the vibrancy of life in the jungle beckons us in the calls of toucans and howler monkeys. Partnering with local biologists on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, we work hand-in-hand to preserve the offspring of Olive Ridley sea turtles nesting on shore. Basking in the crystal clear waters off improbably white sand beaches, we take in the beauty of the Caribbean. Exploring the underwater life of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef of Belize, we gain insights into a world rarely witnessed. After experiencing four of the world’s most fascinating, and beautiful nations, we return to the U.S. with broader perspectives and a newfound passion to learn.