Tobacco Caye Marine Station is a marine-based research and education centre based in Belize that offers immersive learning opportunities for study abroad groups worldwide from various organisations including universities, colleges, high schools and elementary schools. Since 2009, the station has hosted approximately 500 students annually which engage with experiential learning in the marine environment.
Tobacco Caye Marine Station was established in 2009, with the mission of enabling study abroad students from Belize and around the world to participate in the immersive experiential learning opportunities of the marine environment on the second largest Barrier reef in the world, while working to preserve marine protected areas of Belize.
“Tobacco Caye aspires to become a leader in immersive education using sustainable conservation practices”.
Based within Belize’s largest marine protected area, the South Water Caye Marine Reserve we are well placed to conduct survey and monitoring about the quality and biodiversity of fish and corals within the reserve. We share this information with coral watch authorities, both local and worldwide. The station is the island’s centre for conservation, harvesting our own rainwater with the ability to filter it into drinking water, being fully self sufficient by using solar panels and recycling all organic food waste to produce compost. The station works in collaboration with the Belize Fisheries Department and other local authorities.
Our Goals at Tobacco Caye:
At Tobacco Caye Marine Station we aim to bring the classroom to life by exposing students to real world examples of the marine environment, everything from its beauty to why it is at risk.
- To provide experiential learning of marine field surveying techniques
- To contribute to local conservation projects
- To host student summer internship programs to train students in data collection and scuba diving skills
- To educate students about the importance of ocean conservation
- To expose students to kinaesthetic learning techniques
- To educate tourists on the island of Tobacco Caye about actions and changes they can implement to effect positive change in the marine environment
- To work with local people to emphasise the importance of caring for the marine environment
- To collect supporting information on potentially hazardous impacts on the local marine environment
Find out more about our study abroad programs here