TIDE has been working with students for over 15 years, enabling them to pursue their academic and professional goals. Our Ridge to Reef study abroad program encourages university students from all different backgrounds to be a part of one of our specialized programs. In the past, Ridge to Reef and TIDE have collaborated with students from universities worldwide including Texas A&M University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado Denver, Nova Scotia Community College, University of Alabama and so many more.

Students have achieved extraordinary personal goals, and assisted TIDE in completing projects that contribute to the conservation of important ecosystems and species that communities here depend upon. They become a part of our professional team of Belizean scientists, passionate educators, and park rangers, in a hands on environment that enables learning and cultural exchange. Through our global education program, student will enhance their team building skills, become goal-oriented leaders, and build on their personal development.
Here at Ridge to Reef, our students make a real difference through working on projects committed to conservation, sustainability, and eco-tourism. Students can earn college credit, benefit from networking opportunities, build their resume, and gain invaluable experience through a comprehensive program that is tailored to your requirements.

For more information, contact our study abroad specialist, Caroline Oliver.

Building your program

Ridge to Reef has a flexible approach to building your study abroad program, so that it’s exactly what your students need. These are the building blocks we use to create your program:

Creating the program component

This is the focus of your study abroad program, and is tailored to your course requirements. It can include, or be a mixture of, practical marine or terrestrial conservation, focused research and monitoring, or community projects and education. The majority of our programs are directly related to TIDE’s work, but we can also partner with other local organisations and communities to create engaging opportunities that will benefit the local region. You can see some of the projects that students have been involved with here.

Developing the curriculum

If you already have a curriculum, we can build your program around this, but we are also happy to create a course curriculum specifically for your needs. We have multiple learning spaces at our offices and field sites, as well as lab facilities.

Designing the Belize experience

There is a wealth to see and experience in Belize, and we build this into your program. From caving adventures to immersive cultural tours, we ensure your schedule is jam packed with the exciting and enriching experiences offered by TIDE Tours. We can also include all transfers, accommodation and meals in your itinerary, to minimize the organizational burden at your end. The balance of service and experience is totally your choice!


Student groups can be hosted at one of two of our large accommodation facilities.

Payne’s Creek National Park

This rustic field station can accommodate up to 24 persons and is located on the banks of a lagoon in the heart of the national park. In addition to having excellent access to terrestrial research sites within Payne’s Creek National Park, is is close to coastal community projects and the Port Honduras Marine Reserve where marine based activities take place.

Big Falls accommodation

This facility can accommodate up to 32 persons between the main house and additional cabin. It is a comfortable facility in a beautiful setting, that is easily accessible by road. It is the perfect location to access terrestrial research sites, inland communities, and adventure tours.

For smaller groups, we can also arrange for students to stay with local homestay families.