Belize expeditions

Belize at a glance

Population: 356,600

Terrain: Jungle, mountains, pine forest, islands

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Belize

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Belize.

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More about our school expeditions

Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Acclimatisation

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

1 day

Covering a 400 square kilometre area of the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains in south-central Belize, the nature reserve at Cockscomb provides an ideal place for a jungle day trek. Founded in 1990 as the first wilderness sanctuary for the jaguar, the reserve is also home to four other endangered species of cats, howler monkeys and 290 species of birds.

1 day

Project

Rural schools

Rural schools in Belize are often overcrowded and don't have government funding for maintenance and repairs. Teams will have the opportunity to help expand and renovate teaching areas, as well as provide resources for recreation and out of the classroom learning for children in the local communities.

In 2014

2 teams

went to two project sites, where they built two activity bridges, one playground and a school veranda.

Trekking

Indian Creek Trail

4 days

Trek through rivers and across orchards and farmland to reach the jungle and limestone karst hills, before picking up the Indian Creek trail and heading into the Mayan tropical rainforest.

4 days

In-Country Agent

Niall Gillet

Niall lives just outside Belize City and speaks Spanish and English. When not working for World Challenge he works in PR. His advice for teams is “Keep your options open, since things change”.

Factfile

Languages spoken: English, Mayan, Belizean Creole and Spanish.
 
Time zone: GMT -6
 
Interesting fact: Belize is the only Central American country with English as its official language.
Rest & Relaxation

Relax on Caye Caulker

Go snorkelling off the coast of Belize, or just chill out in a hammock on Caye Caulker's sandy beaches, adjusting to the Caribbean pace of life.

Project types

Projects in Belize are a mixture of painting, removation and construction. Your day to day life will be a mixture of work and cultural interaction. This may include helping with classes, organising sports activities and sharing cultural differences.

Mountain Pine Ridge 

Walk across Mountain Pine Ridge and enjoy the views.

Belizean Mayan ruins 

As part of your project, you may get the opportunity to trek to some Mayan ruins on an afternoon off.

San Ignacio 

Explore the colourful fruit and vegetable market at San Ignacio, home to a culturally diverse population including Maya, Garifuna and Kriol.
My top tip is to explore some of Belize's ancient Mayan ruins.
Claire, our Belize Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Jungle, mountains, pine forest, islands