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Belizean student prepares for career in conservation with month of voluntary service

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2018. 2:25 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  Second year student at John Paul II Junior College (JPIIJC), Salvador Iglesias recently completed a month volunteering at Wildtracks in Sarteneja, Corozal.

Wildtracks is a well-established conservation organization that works in education, rehabilitation of endangered species, protection of Belize’s landscapes and seascapes, and the promotion of sustainable development.

Alysha McGrattan, Volunteer Coordinator and Primate Rehabilitation Manager at Wildtracks said,  “Salvador is a great addition to our volunteer team here—so we’d be delighted to welcome more student volunteers from JPIIJC!”

The college in Benque Viejo now plans to establish an ongoing connection with Wildtracks, as part of JPIIJC’s mission to develop leaders who serve as “Belizeans helping Belizeans.”

Iglesias worked primarily with howler monkeys during his service at Wildtracks.  He describes his time there as “an experience I will never forget: now I have friends from Ireland, England, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and the United States.”

Iglesias hopes to continue his education in the United States when he graduates from JPIIJC in 2019.

John Paul II Junior College was founded in 2013.

The college offers a unique Liberal Arts education, based on the Classical Trivium of grammar, rhetoric, and logic.

All students study philosophy and theology.

The college also offers courses in business administration, Belizean studies, economics, and Latin.

Potential students and donors may contact the college at 501-670-2040, or online at [email protected] and www.jpiibelize.org.

Wildtracks, founded in 1990, also partners with the Belize Wildlife and Referral Clinic, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Houston Zoo (Houston, Texas, U.S.A.).


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