Due to the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our entire 2020 domestic mission trip season to next year.
Belize is a stunningly beautiful country located on the eastern coast of Central America, sharing borders with Mexico and Guatemala. The country has just under 400,000 citizens and spans over 8,000 square miles. Many people head to Belize as a tourist destination because of its beautiful access to the Caribbean and world-renowned snorkeling and scuba diving. Like many Central American countries, poverty, access to clean water and healthcare, and limited opportunities for differently-abled children are common struggles in Belize. Disabled children in rural villages often face the greatest struggles, and many of them rarely or never leave their homes because of fear and shame surrounding their disabilities. Thankfully, efforts are growing to combat these issues. Our partnerships on the ground are changing Belize one person at a time, through education, Biblical training, empowerment, and community development.
We’ve put together an experience of a lifetime based in the Cayo district of Belize, near San Ignacio. You’ll have a chance to work with on-the-ground partners in ministry to make a lasting difference. Also built in to the experience are opportunities to dive into the culture, the history, and the fun things that Belize has to offer. Because it’s an English-speaking country, you’ll be able to connect with local Belizeans on a deep level. You’ll experience a great combination of service, evangelism, and fun with our partners.
As a dancer on this trip, you will be performing and teaching dance as a part of healing to a camp for differently-abled children in the San Ignacio area of Belize. You will also partner with local dancers for classes and cross cultural experiences. Additional opportunities to serve include home/garden work projects and playing with local children for any parents/adult family members wishing to travel along with their dancer.
Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:
Our ministry partners have been making an impact in their community for the last several years by working tirelessly to bring clean water into rural villages, care for women through childbirth classes and hospital visits after their babies are born and building an amazing camp for special-needs children. This camp is the first of its kind in Belize and allows for disabled children and their families to experience everything that makes camp an adventure for kids, including a handicapped-accessible playground, zip-lining, a splash park, and even a petting zoo! They are looking for teams to help finish the bath house and dorms to make this a fully functional camp.
Saturday – Arrive at El Salvador International Airport (SAL); meet your local staff and drive to your lodging facility; Countdown Connections: Trip overview, rules, expectations (This will be a nightly group meeting/discussion/activity time.)
Sunday – Attend local church in the morning; cultural activity in the afternoon
Monday-Tuesday – Breakfast and devotions; serve Tia Ana’s children by teaching dance, performing, and interacting with local communities; Non- dancers to help with service projects at Tia Ana’s farm; Countdown Connections: Focus on 3 areas of Personal Development, Service, and Self-Care
Wednesday – Cultural Exchange with dance classes at local studio in AM; Cultural sight-seeing PM; Partner with local studios for a community performance; Countdown Connections
Thursday – Continue service projects at Tia-Ana’s; Teach/perform dance at local orphanage or safe house; Countdown Connections
Friday – Day at the local beach
Saturday – Depart for SAL airport; fly home
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Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. We require 1 adult (18 years or older) for every 5 youth (17 years or younger). Contact Robin at 970-800-4000 for more location-specific age requirements.
Contact our expert international mission trip advisor, Robin, at 970-800-4000.
Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa and Cusco.
To reserve space on a trip, a non-refundable $100/person deposit is due when you register.
Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.
Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.
While some mission trips are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Our International Mission Trip Advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.
Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-970-800-4000 for more information.
Our payment policy is designed to give you the most flexibility when reserving your mission trip experience with Group Mission Trips.