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Project Blogs - Belize


Entering Belize, you are immediately confronted with assorted images of bustling marine life. Sharks. Dolphins. Turtles. Manatees & Rays...

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Homes burnt to the ground. Widespread disease. Mothers left without a safe place to birth their children. Deadly chemicals. Heatwaves. Devastation. Innocent lives lost. Do I have your attention yet?

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I’m a foodie, and the food was always something I was worried about before coming - being told it was rice and beans for lunch and dinner does give you doubts...

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The fact that my final week on this trip was one of my favourites is bittersweet, because whilst it was full of great experiences, it makes it that much harder to leave...

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I’m about to finish my first week as a volunteer for the Marine Conservation & Diving project in Belize, following a 6-month internship at Frontier’s London HQ...

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As fall begins to set in Caye Caulker, the frontier team begins to prepare for the second round of coral surveys of the year. Coral is surveyed in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve (CCMR) in the spring and in the fall of each year, before and after the summer period when ocean temperatures would normally be as high as 32 degrees Celsius. In recent years however, as global mean temperatures continue to rise, ocean temperatures in the CCMR have risen well above their normal temperature.

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Since coming to Caye Caulker, our marine conservation group have carried out many manatee searches. In my first week, we did three searches. This consisted of driving the boat out to our resident manatee's favourite spots and standing on the boat scanning the area looking for snouts coming out of the water for breath, or the sight of their paddle-like tail. These last 45 minutes as they can only hold their breath for 25 minutes at a time.

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I can’t believe it’s been 5 weeks since I first step foot on Caye Caulker, Belize. Time flies when you’re having fun and getting research done! These past weeks have been full of surveys for my data collection on Shark Ray and scuba diving.

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Sandy beaches, blue skies and sun kissed bodies. When I arrived in Belize over a month ago I thought I'd just landed in paradise. The Central American vibe chilled in the air. I couldn't wait to start working and collecting data for the marine conservation group I was volunteering with for the next 6 weeks.

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I have now been on the Frontier Belize project for six weeks, with my last week coming up. The amount of knowledge and respect I have gained here, both for marine conservation and the other volunteers with whom I share this passion, has grown so much during my time here.

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