Postcard From Coral Ed-ventures in Belize

14 Jun

As the Smith College Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Program enters its 13th year, students participate in another fun and educational summer running youth camps in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Below is a recent email update we received from the Smith women spending their summer teaching and learning abroad in Belize. 

A view from the Mayan Princess, where students stay before relocating to their apartment:

Dear Coral Ed Alums, family and friends,

Greetings from La Isla Bonita!

We arrived in San Pedro Monday mid-morning to a bit of a overcast and gloomy day. After checking in at the Mayan Princess we said hi to all of our many friends and colleagues on the island. After moving into Mellie’s apartment, we started visiting schools and making appointments to advertise for camp. When we stopped in at Hol Chan to talk to Miguel and Mariela, we met Kirah, a biologist, who suggested the students in advanced camp could participate in a long-term sea grass density project. This project will involve students working along shallow transects and collecting core samples and data on sea grass density, salinity, and water temperature. We’re really excited about this new opportunity for our advanced campers! And also for providing helpful hands for Hol Chan’s research!  Our students may also have a chance to compare their data to data from other sites where information has already been collected.

The three returners are happy to be back!  The three new team members are excited and getting acclimated to the heat! Megan has started SCUBA with Eddie and the rest of the team is looking forward to doing a refresher dive with Eddie later this week to prepare for research. We just confirmed our first movie night will happen this Saturday. We’re planning on showing Rio and will busy making posters tonight after dinner.

Hope everyone is doing well. We would love to hear from you.

Sending you sun and love from San Pedro!

 

Love,

Kaylyn, Angela, Alyssa, Megan, Laura, & Kayla

 

 

 

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