B is for beautiful. B is for Belize.
Belize is a small, English-speaking country in Central America home to many diverse cultures and rich history. However, native Belizeans speak Spanish, Mayan, Kriol, Garifuna and other languages, using English as their common language. Essentially, the entire country operates as English Language Learners, as it is normally their 2nd or 3rd language. This poses a real challenge for their educational system, and we work to build English literacy and fluency in order to promote student success and encourage young students to go on to high school.
Mayan (native to Central Mexico and El Salvador)
Mestizo (Maya and Spanish decent)
Creole (African and English descent)
Garifuna (African and Caribbean descent)
Bordered by Mexico to the north
Guatemala to the west
The Caribbean Sea to the east
Flat, swampy coastal plain
Low mountains in south
Home to the second largest barrier reef in the world
Over half the country is covered in subtropical jungle/rainforest
Approximately 10% is lowland savanna
Wet Season: June-November
Dry Season: Febuary-May
Humidity typically ranges from 60%-95%
Food is representative of the diverse culture and is a wonderful blend of flavors
A key Belizean dish is beans and rice
Another typical dish is stew chicken, which is a Kriol-based recipe
Belize has many different kinds of tropical fruit you can try
GSP ensures participants receive adequate amounts of each food group
Official language: English
Maya languages (3 dialects in-country)
Fixed exchange rate: $2 BZE = $1 USD
Recommended spending money: $100-200 cash in small bills or
TM card (notify your bank about traveling dates)
Passport must be valid 3 months beyond intended stay.
Tickets and documents for return or onward travel.
Sufficient funds for your trip
No visa required for stay up to 30 days
Vaccinations (see below)
View more facts about Belize from the Belize Tourism Board.