Do you know about our partner organization the Creation Care Study Program? They run semester-long programs in Belize and New Zealand and are in the stages of setting up a campus near Seattle, called CCSP-Cascadia.
Learn about environmental and social justice issues, develop lasting relationships and experience God’s creation in one of these beautiful settings.
Here’s a snap shot of each campus:
Located along the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is home to a host of Caribbean and Central American cultures and ethnic groups as well as inspiring ecological diversity, including neotropical rainforests, with their assortment of monkeys, jaguars and toucans, and the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere.
Within this context, CCSP students are able to examine sustainable development and tropical ecology through a Christian lens of creation care and stewardship by utilizing field studies in Belizean villages, tropical rainforests, mountain streams and Caribbean atolls. Students also have the opportunity to take part in interest-specific internship and practicum experiences with Belizean organizations seeking regeneration and renewal of the land and communities. In Belize intrepid students together take part in a semester abroad experience like no other!
Throughout the semester, the schedule also allows for independent exploration of Belize (and neighboring countries) during breaks and free weekends.
From New Zealand’s snow capped mountains to its topaz coastline, CCSP’s New Zealand students explore a wonderland of unique ecosystems. Home to about twelve percent of all the earth’s endangered species and a world leading innovator in conservation and environmental management, New Zealand is an ideal place for studying care of creation.
A rigorous academic semester comprised of ecology, theology, environmental literature, and sustainable community development is enhanced by a community living experience from the first day students move into CCSP’s Old Convent campus, to homestays with locals. The schedule also allows for independent travel during a week long mid-semester break and during free weekends.
And coming soon: Cascadia:
Christian author Shane Claiborne calls CCSP Cascadia, “ a space where we can re-imagine the way we live.” Come re-imagine new community based ways to live like The Bartimaeus Co-housing Community in Silverdale. Come re-imagine new ways to become agents of sustainable change through organic gardening, social entrepreneurship & creation of resilient local communities like Sustainable Bellingham and Slow Food Port Susan.
Cascadia is located half way between two urban centers of sustainability innovation… Seattle and Vancouver BC. It is situated on 40 forested acres on Camano Island by the Salish Sea, with abundant opportunities for sea kayaking, backpacking in the Cascades as well as discovering a clearer sense of the call of the Creator God on your life.