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Bethel College students travel to Belize and Guatemala during January

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College students, along with Tabor College students, left last week to travel to Belize and Guatemala for a three-week tropical biology course led by Tabor professor Richard Wall. Students will spend time studying the rainforests of southern Belize as well as the tropical reef systems on the barrier reef off the coast of Belize. The group will also travel in north-central Guatemala, studying the upland rainforests and the ancient Mayan civilization at Tikal. The course will examine the diversity of plant and animal life in the different environments and will include diving among corals in the reef system of Belize.

Bethel students participating in the course are seniors Amanda Dick, Bloomington, Ill.; Jeffrey Nathaniel Graber, Newton; Ian Schmidt, Walton; Matt J. Schmidt, Walton; Zach Unruh, Hillsboro; and Jonathan Wiebe, Newton; and juniors Henry Dick, Bloomington, Ill.; Dennis Nguyen, Wichita; and Kenton Nickel, Goessel.

This trip is a part of the college's January interterm, during which students study one subject for a month. This year other students will travel to east-central Europe, Germany, London and Mexico. Many students also study on campus.

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