SERVICE AND CULTURE IN BELIZE
A MAYAN LEGACY
Located on the southern edge of the Yucatan peninsula and the western shore of the Caribbean, Belize is a genuine crossroads for descendants of Spanish, African, Mayan and Native American peoples. Taking pride in their small, independent country, Belizeans are eager to preserve the ancient culture and natural beauty unique to their homeland, and to share it warmly with visitors. Experience the diversity and richness of Belize as you live in a rural village, snorkel in one of the most well-preserved coral reefs in the Northern Hemisphere, and canoe through the waterways of ancient caves.
“It takes one minute to meet someone, a day to know them, a week to love them, but a lifetime to forget them.”
-Christian Bustos, Summer 2011
“I know I personally grew extremely close to my host family during the stay and living the way they did changed my views on many things. I believe I have become a wiser, stronger, more independent person from this program.”
-Sija Los, Summer 2014
Explore subtropical jungle, caves, and ancient artifacts of the Mayan underworld.
Join the people of a small village in creating a basketball court, public library, or school cafeteria to serve local youth.
Climb the pyramids, temples and fortress walls of the ancient Mayan ruins of Xunantunich.
Learn Spanish during lively dinner conversations in the home of a rural Belizean family or on the soccer field with local community members.
Snorkel along the second largest barrier reef in the world in the emerald green waters of the island Cayes.
BELIZE HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
Dates: Jul 1 – Jul 21 (3 week program, includes Homestay); Jul 21 – Aug 5 (2 week program, includes Group community stay)
Starting/Ending Point: Belize City, Belize
Program Fee: $4,575. Travel expenses to and from Belize City are not included in the program fee. Global Routes arranges group travel. Round trip airfare from New York to Belize City will be approximately $TBA. Students are also encouraged to raise monies to help fund their service projects.
Group Size: maximum 18 students; 2 U.S. leaders; 2 Belizean staff
2 week program: approx. 30-40 hours
3 week program: approx. 40-60 hours
Language Requirement: None. English is the official language of the country. In certain parts of the country, including in many host communities where we have traveled in the past, Spanish is the first language, so some Spanish exposure is likely.
Accommodations: Hotels, Youth Hostels, Homestay