Discover the jewel of the Caribbean, better known as Belize. As a Peace Corps Volunteer I had the opportunity to work and play in this beautiful country, to experience the changing seasons, and to blend into the fabric of daily life. From proud Rio Hondo to old Sarstoon, this book explores the diverse cultures and environments of Belize through my photographs and writings.
While I have returned home, my mission continues as I impart a better understanding of Belize to the people I meet. I enjoy sharing my photographs, knowledge, and even cooking up a nice pot of rice and beans every once in a while.
I grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota. After earning a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota, I joined Peace Corps Belize as an Environment Volunteer. In a rapidly developing nation, where wetlands are filled for housing and rainforest is cleared for agricultural use, it seems that the scale is tipped in favor of the people, while the environment is held under tremendous pressure. While working with the Belize Audubon Society, I experienced first-hand how critical stakeholder involvement is to conservation planning. My experience in the Peace Corps has motivated me to continue working in public outreach, which has multiple positive benefits for both people and the environment. While I have returned home, my mission continues as I impart a better understanding of Belize to the people I meet. I enjoy sharing my photographs, knowledge, and even cooking up a nice pot of rice and beans every once in a while.
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