This January I look forward to taking my fourth group of college students to Bio-Itzá. I can’t imagine a better place to do what I am trying to do:
1. give my students a Spanish immersion experience in a fairly remote third world setting that feels friendly, tranquil, and safe, while at the same time remains largely unchanged by the outside world.
2. have my students experience relatively pristine tropical forests as well as forests that are being slashed, burned, poached, etc. (we do a fabulous three-day forest trek accompanied by guides from Bio-Itza and also stay at the Bio-Itza forest reserve to witness first-hand their incredible efforts to preserve this tropical forest in the face of so many outside pressures)
3. learn about and experience Mayan culture from the present day Mayan community at Bio-Itzá, and also explore the relatively untouched Mayan ruins at Bio-Itza’s forest reserve, as well as the fabulous nearby ruins of Tikal.
PLEASE contact me if you have questions or want input from me about a possible visit to Bio-Itzá
Craig Spencer, Professor of Biology, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD. USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)