Location: Orange Walk • Cost: $2595 • Age: 16-19 • Airport: MIA

Video Creator: Kiersten Smith


OVERVIEW

The beautiful country of Belize features diverse natural and man-made wonders, including ancient Mayan ruins. Situated on the Caribbean Sea, Belize is the only official English-speaking country in Central America, although most of the residents speak Spanish as well. You will fall in love with this amazing country and the friendly people who live there!


 

COUNTRY CHALLENGES

With the rich history, impressive natural wonders, and gracious individuals, it's easy to forget that the struggling economy in Belize creates many needs among its people. Education in Belize is underfunded. School buildings are small, deteriorating, or not easily accessible for the people of Belize.

Food insecurity, sanitation, and crime all contribute to poverty in Belize. Currently, about 41.3% of Belize lives at or below the poverty line. 


SIGHTSEEING

You will spend your first weekend visiting Caye Caulker where you will have the exciting opportunity to snorkel, swim, and let the beauty of the region inspire you. During your second weekend, you’ll travel into the jungles, tube through caves, and tour the ancient ruins in the area. 

 

 


TEMPLE

Belize doesn’t currently have a temple constructed within its borders, so you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit the Yucatan region of southeastern Mexico and serve in the Mérida Temple, just as the people in Belize do. 

 

 


BELIZE FACTS

Belize was settled by English and Scottish Pirates in the 17th century, but it was not formally named Belize until 1973. So for centuries, it remained an anonymous country.

Belize is almost 9,000 sq. miles in area. Along its eastern shore lies the second largest barrier reef in the world. To the west, ancient ruins from Mayan civilizations are enveloped in the lush vegetation of the jungle.  

Taking into account its population of 325,000, Belize is one of the most diverse populations in the world. The Belizean people are made up of Maya, Mestizo, Kriol, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, Arab, and Chinese.

Belize is known as one of the world's leading "ecotourism" destination. The land consists of vast plains of untouched rainforest, endless savanna and mangrove coasts, all containing the greatest variety of animal habitats north of the Amazon Basin. Offshore, Belize's coral reef is the most expansive in the Western hemisphere, second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

 

*Note: All info subject to final adjustment. 

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