Staying healthy & safe in Belize is our priority.
Safety is our number one priority. Please review our Preparation Guide to be as prepared for your adventure as possible.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR SAFETY:
Global Service Partnerships has invested in the quality of its risk management practices by participating in Risk Management Training offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), an organization with over 50 years of experience managing risk in wilderness environments. As a result of this training, while NOLS doesn’t endorse or certify our practices, Global Service Partnerships is further enhancing its risk management strategy. We have invested time and resources in these practices because the health and well being of our participants is one of our highest priorities.
In addition to personal and professional trainings, we have purposefully designed a schedule to maximize safety and minimize risk.
Prior to travel:
Logistics & Coordination
As soon as you land in Belize, Global Service Partnerships coordinates and facilitates all bookings, itinerary details, and scheduling for you and your program until you return home. All details are covered and communicated to you throughout the entire process. You don’t need to worry or manage a thing!
(Link to the CDC): The Center for Disease Control recommends the following vaccinations for travel to Belize, Central America: Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Tetanus.
All traveler’s will have international traveler’s insurance provided via CORE Insurance.
On the trip:
Our program staff have intimate knowledge of the local host community and extensive experience in Belize. They have established relationships with medical professionals in the area, as well as local organizations where students participate in community service. We always follow an 8 student : 1 Adult ratio at all times on every program. A buddy system is implemented upon arrival and no one is ever traveling or exploring alone at anytime.
Clean, filtered drinking water is always available on campus and at our home base. Off campus drinking water will be made available to volunteers at all times. Volunteers are highly encouraged to drink 3-4 liters a day to stay properly hydrated. We encourage travelers to bring electrolyte tablets for their water, if desired.
Program leaders will have first-aid kits at all times. Additionally, it is good idea to put together your own medical kit with Band-Aids, blister patches, anti-diarrheals, and any prescription medication you need.
Security: A security guard lives on campus and patrols at night.
Passport and Valuables
GSP does not recommend carrying excess amounts of money or your passport on your person while traveling. Carry a copy of your passport at all times. In order to ensure the safety of your passport, excess cash, or other valuables, we will have lockers available to keep items in a secure location.
Meals are prepared fresh daily, with a healthy mix of fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, and bread. Diets and allergies are easily worked around with our home base and meal providers.
Transportation and Excursions
Volunteers will be transported in buses and insured group vehicles by licensed drivers, or in other GSP-approved transportation. When volunteers arrive in the country, GSP staff will meet them at the airport and will stay up to date on any delays the plane may encounter. When volunteers depart, GSP staff will oversee check in and ensure volunteers can find their flight.
All in-country excursions are provided by licensed guides.
24-hour hospitals and emergency rooms are never more than a 45 minute to one hour drive from our location(s).
GSP staff have Belizean and American cell phones to ensure that they can communicate at anytime. Home base lodges have wifi access for email, messaging, online calls, etc. to family and friends.