Frequently Asked Questions
+ WHAT IS THE SERVICE PROJECT?
We engage in educational projects in partnership with Belizean primary schools and educators. We create and facilitate curriculums to improve English language proficiency, while simultaneously enriching volunteers’ global perspectives. During the summer months our service is focused on facilitating and coordinating educational summer programs for youth with an emphasis on utilizing empowering curriculum(s) to provide personal and professional development. We are passionate about sustainable service, and each trip builds on the previous service to promote long-term impact.
+ HOW DO I JOIN A TRIP?
You may participate on any scheduled service opportunity. Simply complete the online registration form and a $250 nonrefundable deposit to confirm your registration.
+ WHEN ARE YOUR SCHEDULED TRIPS?
See our Trips and Programs page to see a list of current trips. You may also customize a trip with a minimum group size of 10 or more people.
+ HOW CAN I CUSTOMIZE A TRIP?
Contact us with a minimum group size of 10 people. Groups may custom-design specific excursions, days of service, and length of trips. (I.e. entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, archaeology, animals, education, fishing, diving, etc.)
+ HOW OFTEN ARE YOUR TRIPS?
We have approximately 6-12 service trips per year. Our programs happen throughout all seasons of the year.
+ HOW LONG ARE THE TRIPS?
Our programs and trips vary from 8 - 21 days.
+ WHY DO YOU WORK IN BELIZE?
Our strong and established partnerships with Belizean schools, educators, and providers enable us to design meaningful and sustainable service work. Additionally, Belize is an English speaking country, which offers a myriad of cultural, archeological, and ecological learning opportunities that are easily accessible and affordable. Belize is a safe country to travel with abundant opportunities for life-long learning and discovery.
+ WHY ARE YOU FOCUSED ON LITERACY AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT?
Language proficiency is paramount to educational and life-long success. The majority of Belizeans speak a first language (other than English) outside the classroom, including teachers. Thus, we focus on developing reading, writing, and oral English skills to support academic success on national exams and to help alleviate high high school dropout rates. Additionally, our underlying goals are to provide mutual youth empowerment experiences that inspire and motivate individuals to do their best and reach their dreams.
+ MAY I EARN SERVICE HOURS ON YOUR TRIP?
Yes! A typical trip completes 30 hours of service. Pre and post-service opportunities are available for additional service hours; inquire for details.
+ DO YOU HAVE FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES?
We leave fundraising up to the traveler, yet are more than open to brainstorming and providing ideas.
+ WHAT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN IN BELIZE?
English is the official, national language; however Creole is commonly spoken in Belize. Other languages include: Kriol, Spanish, Garifuna, German, and the three dialects of Mayan (Mopan, Quechi, Yukantan).
+ ARE INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Yes. We arrange internships in the U.S. and Belize. We also assist with housing arrangements for those wanting to serve for a longer period of time in Belize. Internships in the USA may be completed remotely. Please contact us to learn more.
+ WHO CAN PARTICIPATE ON A TRIP?
ANYONE!: Students, parents, professionals, families, and retirees. Students under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Everyone, at any age, has something to contribute and to learn!
+ DO I NEED TO SPEAK SPANISH?
No, you do not need to speak Spanish, however there are plenty of opportunities to use your Spanish within our program.
+ WHERE IN BELIZE DO YOU STAY?
While serving on the mainland, we stay with an established partner depending on our service location throughout the country. Community experience is enriched in a bunk-house setting with a common dining area. Our Caye Caulker island accommodations range from low to high-budget options, as desired.
+ HOW MUCH DOES A TRIP COST?
The service trip costs $1,950 + airfare. Registration includes all in-country expenses including pre-departure materials; all in-country educational, service-learning materials; lodging with 3 meals per day; all in-country transportation with licensed guides; airport transfers; country-expert presentations; professionally guided educational & cultural excursions; 24/7professional full-time supervision and logistical support.
+ HOW MUCH IS AIRFARE, TYPICALLY?
Typical range of airfare is $700-1,000 USD. Prices fluctuate with the high and low season.
+ WHAT KIND OF EXCURSIONS DO YOU DO ON YOUR TRIPS?
Our historical and cultural excursions are very educational and engaging. Among other activities, they include: Guided tours of Mayan Ruins and Caves: Actun Tunich Mikal, Cave tubing, an educational tour of the The Belize Zoo, a visit to the Saturday Market in San Ignacio, snorkeling the second largest barrier reef in the world, a visit to Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce Factory, a chocolate making demonstration, the Green Iguana Conservation Project.
+ WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE I GO?
Read our comprehensive Preparation Guide to learn about immunizations, passports, other paperwork, a packing list, facts about Belize, etc. It is very important to educate yourself as much as possible prior to traveling.
+ CAN I BRING SUPPLIES/BOOKS FOR THE SCHOOLS?
Much is needed in way of supplies: pencils, sharpeners, erasers, books (all levels), manipulatives, colored pencils, decks of cards, dice, portable white boards, white-board erasable pens, building blocks, puzzles, flash cards, rulers, geometry sets, dictionaries, sports equipments (jumping rope, soccer balls, etc.).