At a Glance
- Touring with the 444 project: Learn more about this organization HERE
- Tour One: July 7-15,2018
- Tout Two: July 15-23, 2018
- Cost: $3,000 (Price includes flights from LAX, classes and training material from the 444 Project)
- Tour Destinations: Belize City and Ladyville
- Service Projects: Typhoon Relief, Building Schools, Medical Screenings, Hygiene Classes, Educational Assemblies, and more!
- Arrival Airport: Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
- Age of volunteers: 15 years and older (under 15 must be accompanied with adult)
To Do Before the Tour
About the Tour
Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of our favorite Service Tour destinations. Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the many natural attractions that allure the adventure traveler to visit. Belize is a diverse society with many cultures and languages (Creole and Spanish are widely spoken) however English is the official language, making it easy for our volunteers to get around and serve without a language barrier. As always our focus is serving the locals but on this tour we get the chance to snorkel/dive and explore the ancient Maya world. There are more than 200 islands in Belize that are known as cayes (pronounced “keys”) that are easy accessible and can serve as ideal bases for fishing, snorkeling and diving. Archaeologists estimate that more than one million Maya lived in present day Belize and flourished during the Classic Period from 300 to 900 AD. Maya temple sites are spectacular, in-between service project, activities that we’ll discover in Belize.
Projects and Activities
We will spend time with the children, playing games, painting, and reading. Spreading love and just being with these children who don’t have families is always rewarding.
We have have great curriculum that excites students to be more serious about school and eventually graduate from high school. We will hold school assemblies and teach this curriculum to the students. Volunteers will have the chance to share why they believe education is important and help facilitate the assemblies.
When trying to help the education system, we turned to local teachers and asked for their greatest needs. In many underdeveloped areas the schools do not have desks for the students and many sit on the ground. With the help of the locals we will buy and assemble school desks that will literally lift the children up.
At a government-sponsored community event we will teach locals proper procedures for washing hands, and brushing teeth. This project creates an opportunity to interact with locals as we try to improve their health.
Touring & Recreation
It would be unfortunate to travel all the way to Belize without a little recreation. Throughout the tour we will swim, snorkel, dive, float in underground rivers, and explore ancient Maya temples.