Renewable Energy Experiential Project in the Rainforests of Belize

Clean Energy Events is proud to announce an Experiential Learning Program, "Renewable Energy Experiential Project in the Rainforests of Belize", created in collaboration with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE). The program will offer renewable energy project experience, rainforest education, and cultural immersion to students and enthusiasts. This 10-day, all-inclusive experiential learning program will result in an off-grid solar array being installed to provide electricity to BFREE's biological research station year round.

See Itinerary Below

We will be accepting eight participants for the program. Six applicants will be selected to participate in the solar construction portion of the project. Two more applicants will be selected to create a short documentary of the solar project and other aspects of the program. Rainforest education and cultural immersion opportunities are open to all participants. Apply using the links below. You will be required to pay a $25 application fee before your application is processed.

Application Deadline: 11/9/2017

Pay the $25 Application Fee

 

There is a $25.00 application fee for Clean Energy Events' program, "Renewable Energy Experiential Project in the Rainforests of Belize". Your application will be processed once this fee is paid. Notifications of acceptance will be sent on November 15, 2017. To pay by credit card, please select “Pay as a Guest”.

Renewable Energy Experiential Project in the Rainforests of Belize

March 2-11, 2018

Program Itinerary 

Day 1: Friday, March 2 - Arrival/Tropical Education Center (TEC) 

Arrive at the Phillip W. Goldson Belize International Airport where you will be greeted by BFREE group leader. Lunch, then head west to the Tropical Education Center (TEC), located 30 miles west of Belize City. Settle into Forest Cabanas, then meet for an orientation and a brief discussion about the days ahead. Dinner at 6:00 pm. Afterwards, we head to the Belize Zoo for a night tour, known internationally as the “Best Little Zoo in the World,” the zoo features only Belizean animals that have been injured, problem, or unwanted pets. Return to TEC.

Day 2: Saturday, March 3 - BFREE

Breakfast at 7:30 am. Pack up then board the BFREE bus for a 1 hour ride to Belmopan, the capital city of Belize. Stop by the local market for a visit and some refreshing juice. Continue south to the entrance road to BFREE where you will load your gear into a BFREE vehicle, fill your water bottle and apply sunscreen as you prepare for your 6 mile hike to BFREE. You will travel through several distinct habitats each with unique plants and animals that occur there including tropical savannah, the transition zone, and lowland broadleaf tropical rainforest. Arrive at the river crossing and then settle into the bunkhouse. Lunch. After lunch attend a BFREE orientation, including health and safety and tour of the facilities and trails. Gather as a group for an introduction to the solar project. Dinner at 6:30 pm. 

Day 3: Sunday, March 4 - BFREE

Breakfast at 7:30 am. After breakfast we will begin the solar system install. Lunch at noon. Short break to cool off in the crystal clear waters of the pristine Bladen River. Continue system install. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Optional night walk to search for wildlife.

Day 4: Monday, March 5 - BFREE

Optional sunrise hike to the Tower. Listen to the jungle wake up with the sunrise over the canopy. Breakfast at 7:30 am. After breakfast, get a guided tour of the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center, a breeding and research facility focusing on the Hicatee, a critically endangered freshwater turtle. Learn about the captive breeding program and the challenges this rare turtle is facing due to over-harvesting for its meat. Continue solar system install. Lunch at noon followed by solar system install. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Optional night walk to search for wildlife. 

Day 5: Tuesday, March 6 - BFREE 

Breakfast at 7:30 am. After breakfast we get a tour of BFREE’s agroforestry cacao project. Learn about how chocolate is helping save the rainforest. Continue solar system install. Lunch at noon. Continue solar system installation. Free time to relax in the hammocks, swim in the Blue Pool or explore the many trails. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Optional night walk to search for wildlife.

 

Day 6: Wednesday, March 7 - BFREE

Breakfast at 7:30 am. After breakfast continue solar system install. Lunch at noon. Complete solar system installation. Dinner at 6:30 pm. Optional night walk to search for wildlife. 

Day 7: Thursday, March 8 - BFREE

Breakfast at 7:30 am then take a hike into the Bladen Nature Reserve guided by local rangers and BFREE staff. Learn about how the Maya use the forest both past and present. Picnic lunch at Holy Rock followed by a refreshing swim! Return to BFREE for an afternoon adventure in chocolate making. Learn from BFREE staff how to make chocolate from bean to bar! Dinner at 6:30 pm.

Day 8: Friday, March 9 - Placencia

Breakfast, then have gear packed up and ready to be transported out by BFREE truck. Hike out of BFREE where you will be met by a van and travel to the small town of Mango Creek. Catch the Hokey Pokey water taxi to the coastal village of Placencia (15 minute boat ride). Drop bags off at hotel then meet for lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the colorful town or swim in the ocean. Dinner on your own. There are many delicious restaurants and cafes, feel free to enjoy the one of your choosing. 

Day 9: Saturday, March 10 - Placencia

After breakfast head to the pier for a boat ride to Laughing Bird Caye. From there you will have a snorkel orientation and begin snorkeling around the Belize’s barrier reef and swim in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Lunch on the island, then time for more snorkeling. Return to Placencia for time to explore downtown and dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Sunday, March 11 - Departure

Early breakfast. Return to the water taxi in order to board the BFREE bus and head north to the Philip Goldson International Airport for your international flight home. Flight departs at TBD.

Renewable Energy Experiential Project in the Rainforests of Belize

March 2-11, 2018

Program Information

Application Deadline: 11/9/2017

Program Costs

Application fee:                            $25

50% Deposit by 12/1/2017           $700

Balance by 1/5/2018                    $700

 

Total Cost of Program:                 $1425

 

Applying to the Program

Applications were officially released on September 1, 2017. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee to apply to the Renewable Energy Experiential Project in the Rainforests of Belize. There are two separate applications. One is to apply for a position constructing the solar array with installation specialists (6 positions available). The second application is to apply to create a video documentary of the program (2 positions available). The deadline for submitting an application is November 9, 2017.

 

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by November 15, 2017. There will then be a non-refundable deposit of $700 due by December 1, 2017. A number of alternate/waiting list applicants will also have the opportunity to submit a refundable deposit in case the selected candidates do not make this or other deadlines. All unused refundable deposits will be returned to the applicants once the total registration is paid in full.

 

Travel

Each selected applicant will be responsible for his or her own flight to Belize City (we flew there for under $600 each this summer). Passports are required to travel to Belize. Once in Belize, all in-country transportation will be provided.

 

Lodging

All lodging in Belize is provided.

 

Meals

All meals, except one (night out in Placencia), in Belize are provided.

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