This summer, immerse yourself in the incredible tropical ecosystems of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago while examining the human dimensions and challenges of tourism in Bocas. Explore both marine and terrestrial environments —including coral reefs, mangroves, lowland rainforest — and study the impacts of tourism and development on natural and human communities. Students on this program earn 4 academic credits.
- Interview local stakeholders regarding their perceptions of tourism and its role in Bocas del Toro
- Practice environmental assessment techniques to identify drivers of human-induced stress in natural systems (snorkeling and swimming skill level dependent)
- Visit the Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the archipelago to determine how tourism can support protected areas
- Perform cost-benefit analyses on tourist activities and identify the positive and negative effects on natural systems and livelihoods in the archipelago
- Draft model plans and proposals for optimizing sustainable tourism in Bocas del Toro