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Rainforest Conservation and Development in Guyana

This field program begins with several days of instruction in person and on Canvas and 8 days in the field. The goal of the course is for students to gain an appreciation for the dynamic people and places of Guyana through intensive classroom and field study.

This course will ask questions such as: How did colonialism shape the history and landscape of Guyana? What is the role of indigenous peoples in rainforest environments today? How have natural hazards altered contemporary economies within the country? How has the Guyana fishing industry adapted to changing global markets for lobster, shrimp, and snapper? How does agricultural tourism and associated farm stays contribute to the state’s sustainable development objectives? What role does conservation play in Guyana’s national policy agenda? How does Guyana and the rainforest feature into the legend of El Dorado in both literature and contemporary art? Many of these questions will be explored within the context of human-environment relations and geographic scale using readings from interdisciplinary sources.

30 Reasons to Visit Guyanna

While in Guyana, students will visit the U.S. Embassy, the University of Guyana, and the Georgetown Parliament in order to better understand the social, cultural and political histories of rainforest environments. From there, we will venture into the countryside to hike Turtle Mountain, a prime location for citing black spider monkeys, red howler monkeys, and a variety of birds found -including the Guianan puffbird and golden winged parakeet- in the rainforest canopy. We will visit sustainable timber harvesting cites and spend several nights at the Iwokrama River Lodge, where we’ll learn more about Amerindian conservation and livelihood struggles. Guyana holds the distinction of being the only English speaking nation in South America, yet both language and culture are shaped by Dutch, Arawakan and Caribbean influences. In one year, Guyana receives less tourists than Machu Picchu, Peru does in a single day. Some 80% of the country is covered in rainforest, while the savannah biome of Rupununi hosts ranchers and farmer’s communities that are increasingly utilizing ecotourism as an alternative form of development.


Applicants must have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level academic coursework (2.5 minimum GPA) and have a clear disciplinary record.


Applications should be delivered to the Center for International Education in UC 2205 before the July 21, 2017. Programs may fill before the posted application deadline, so turn your application in as soon as you are ready to commit.

Completed Application

FLSA Geography in Guyana Application which includes:

  • Extended Campus Registration Form (first page)
  • CIE Study Abroad Application (next 3 pgs)
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Disciplinary Verification Form
  • Medical Report, Authorization, and Release

create The Disciplinary Verification Form requires a signature from the Dean of Students Office that can be obtained in the University Center, Room 3030.


A nonrefundable $400 deposit (via credit card or a check written out to the University of Northern Colorado) is due at the time of application. This will be applied against your UNC tuition and fees as explained above in the Costs section. Your deposit will only be returned if you are not accepted for the course or if the course is cancelled.

Housing and Meals

Housing for students in Guyana

River Lodge, shared accommodations, as well as lodging in Georgetown near the university. All meals included.


Costs for the program below are estimated and may change based on fluctuations in: currency exchange rates, prices on the ground, number of students who enroll, airline prices, and other international economic factors. You will have a chance to withdraw and receive a refund on your deposit if the UNC Billed Costs are revised upward or the program is cancelled by the university. Other costs not billed by UNC depend greatly on market prices, personal spending habits, and available funds. Cost estimates listed here are meant to help you plan and prepare for the program as well as calculate eligibilty for financial aid. Deposits are non-refundable and signify your commitment to participate on the program. Once you commit to participate on a program, UNC may begin to make logistical arrangements on your behalf that may include non-recoverable costs. UNC will attempt to recover funds expended or committed on your behalf If you decide to withdraw, but any non-recoverable costs to UNC (charged by airlines, third party vendors, tour operators, etc.) will be charged to you.

  • UNC Program Fees

    Deposit (non-refundable unless your app is denied or course is cancelled)


    Paid to UNC, due with application

    UNC Billed Costs


    Paid to UNC, due with Fall semester tuition

    Total UNC program and tuition and fees


  • Other Costs (Not billed by UNC)

    Flights to/from Miami


    Will vary by person, purchased individually

    Meals not covered


    Will vary by person, purchased individually


    Purchased individually