El Progresso Field Station— Education for Living, Education for Life

“There are two kinds of education: education for living and education for life” Amma

Field stations are places where we can read the book of life in the language in which it

was written.” — James Kirchner, U.C. Berkeley.

El Progresso Field Station (EPFS). EPFS is committed “to education for living and

education for life” through experiential learning and personal development focused on

sustainability: of individuals and communities in nature. While education for living is

essential for success in the material world, education for life equips one with the tools

and values needed to lead an ethical, empowering and socially beneficial life.

EPFS provides a living library and outdoor laboratory for students, teachers,

researchers, and the general public interested in personal mastery sustainable

community and economic development, and cultural exchange.

Our mission is to provide space for education, training and immersive cultural

exchange along with exposure to the essential principles for living well, with peace of

mind. Aligned with this mission, are our activities to address the needs of the

community of El Progresso and more broadly, societal needs.

We work closely with our local government as well as with individuals, private groups

and the public sector. In 2019 through a public-private partnership, EPFS donated

an acre of land to the Government of Belize as the site for the village’s first Pre–

Primary School. The ground-breaking ceremony in November 2019, promised

igniting unlimited potential for the village children.

http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=50936 . The school was inaugurated in July

2021 and we celebrated our first graduation class in June 2022. EPFS sponsor

competitions for village primary school students to propose innovative ways to protect

the environment. We provide and facilitate scholarships for teens who otherwise could

not attend high school and university.

EPFS hosts students and research groups from abroad and has welcomed groups from

Canada, China and the US interested in nature, sustainable development and cultural

exchange. Through partnership with Toucan Education ProgramsTM (TEP)

https://www.studyinbelize.com we participate in the study abroad market and host

the Sustainable Economic and Community Development Program that facilitates

the students in exploring the nexus of community development and sustainable

economic development. We look forward to hosting your group too!

EPFS offers instruction in goal setting, meditation, yoga, face yoga and other human

development skills for overnight and day guests, local and foreign guests. Together

with TEP facilitate education for life and living in Belize through programs

that expose school children and the broader community to skills and training for life

and living. In August 2022, together, we launched the workshop series Money

Smartz for BelizeTM that promotes financial literacy of individuals and small


Please contact us medium- to long- term stays, we offer special rates and

arrangements for accommodations and meals. The minimum group size is 8 and the

maximum is 24 guests. Please contact us for information.

Elio Lara (Valedevictorian) and Baneza Godoy (Salutatorian) of the class of 2016 at El Progresso Community Primary School, facilitated by EPFS, are awarded 4-year scholarships to St. Ignacius High School by Belize Bank Ltd.

Toucan Education Program Students
from China Visit Local Farm

Students from Loras University, Iowa

Community and GPSA Visitors Play
Football at EPFS

GPSA Hathaway Brown High School Students
from Shaker Heights, Ohio

Students from Quest University
BC, Canada





Rates are in US dollars and are subject to Government of Belize hotel tax (currently 9%) and do not include gratuity



Our jungle villas have kitchenettes, 2 or 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can accommodate couples and families. Amenities as options include air conditioning and cable television.



Our one bedroom/one bathroom Jungle Loft units can accommodate up to 3 guests in single, full or queen beds. The units provide the option of air conditioning.



Calico Jack’s introduces El Progresso Field Station which formally opened in January 2016. El Progresso Field Station (EPFS) provides a living library and outdoor laboratory for students, teachers...

For more information on Group Bookings – like hosting an Event or educational trip, contact us directly at reservations@calicojacksvillage.com