Project Opportunities

1. POD PROJECTS: BELIZE

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This program begins with nine months (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU followed by four months of living and studying abroad in the Southern or Northern region of Belize with a cohort of 5-7 students. CLTL Belize includes 15-20 days of field trips in which students are immersed in topics related to biodiversity, traditional farming, sustainable tourism and protected area management. Students work in teams and in partnership with local/regional organizations to address a local/regional conservation issue for their Capstone project.

Note: Financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition, travel and program costs.

Is this option for you?

This option is good for students who seek an intensive cross-cultural experience in the Caribbean and prefer working abroad with the support and camaraderie of a 5-7 CLTL peers and more frequent faculty contact, including in-country support. This is also a good option for students who want to build a professional network of conservation professionals in this region and have interest in conservation issues related to protected area management, sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity, and ecotoursim. This option includes multiple facilitated field trips throughout the country for intensive learning about a variety of regional conservation issues. Please note: English is the official language of Belize, but there may be specific projects in Northern Belize where Spanish proficiency is preferred.

2. PARTNER PROJECTS

Mobile Monitoring ProjectThis program begins with nine months (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU followed by approximately four months of living and studying at the selected project site, which may be domestic or international. The number of students working on a partner project will vary, depending on the needs of the partner organization. This option allows students to select a capstone project from projects proposed by CLTL partner organizations.

Note: financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition costs, and students will work with a financial aid advisor to create a financial aid package for travel abroad and other project expenses.

Is this option for you?

This option is good for students who need or prefer the structure for getting set-up with a capstone project in a desired region and have an interest in the specific geographic locations, conservation topics, and/or organizations presented in the projects. This option is also suited for students who prefer to work independently or in smaller groups (some projects may be in small teams of 2-4 students), and can take initiative to plan and pursue co-curricular field experiences on their own. Students participating in the partner projects abroad should also feel comfortable making their own housing arrangements and being self-reliant in a foreign country.

Click on the Partner Project theme to learn more about the proposed project:

 OrganizationProject ThemeLocation
TWPTrees, Water & PeopleCommunity-based Conservation and/or Stakeholder EngagementNicaragua
Gorilla GuardiansGorilla Guardians VillageConservation and Community DevelopmentRwanda
EDFEnvironmental Defense FundMarket-based Frameworks for ConservationColorado, USA
FoCo CafeFoCo CafeSustainability Initiatives and/or Environmental EducationColorado, USA

3. INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

Phantom Canyon PreserveThis program begins with nine months (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters) of on-campus coursework at CSU, after which time students undertake an independent conservation project in a region with which they are familiar and in partnership with an organization which they have a relationship. Locations can be domestic or international.

Note: Financial aid for U.S. students during the project portion of this option is available for tuition costs, and students will work with a financial aid advisor to create a financial aid package for travel abroad and other project expenses.

Is this option for you?

This option is good for students with an existing idea and who have relationships in place with relevant organizations to collaborate with for their Capstone project. This could include employees or volunteers of a conservation organization who can take a nine month leave for coursework and then return to the organization and complete a project that meets the CLTL requirements. This option is also better suited for students who prefer to work independently on the capstone project or who’s life circumstances are better suited to an independent project in a location and with a topic of their choice.