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August 8 to 17, 2018

When Spanish conquistadors came ashore in 1511, Belize had been populated for centuries by thriving Mayan communities. On this trip you will learn about the complicated history that led to the creation of this English-speaking country. Once you’ve gained a solid grasp of Belize’s cultural identity, your time with the local teachers will enable relevant, responsive coaching. T2TGlobal’s partner on this trip is the Toledo District Ministry of Education.

Cost — $1350 plus airfare

Included —

  • in-country group travel
  • overnight accommodations
  • most meals
  • trip organizer
  • group interpreter

Grant Opportunity — Grants of up to $175 are available to current and retired school staff and university faculty who are paying full cost out of pocket. In order to be eligible, you must complete the following requirements:

Wednesday, August 8 — Arrival in Belize City

After landing at the Philip SW Goldson International Airport (BZE) near Belize City, you will be driven to the team’s lodging at the Nature Resort in Bermudian Landing. Once your team members have arrived and everyone has settled in, the group will gather for dinner. The owner of the Nature Resort, Dr Roy Young, will orient you to the days ahead with an overview of Belize’s rich culture and traditions.

Thursday, August 9 — Caye Caulker

Today you and your group will make a day trip to Caye Caulker, a beautiful island about 20 miles north of Belize City. After arriving by water taxi, you can choose to snorkel, soak up the sun, or relax with a book while enjoying the pristine beach. A lunch of fresh seafood will restore your energy for your travel back to the Nature Resort later in the day.

Friday, August 10 — Ambergris Caye

Your destination today will be the town of San Pedro on the scenic island known as Ambergris Caye. Once a fishing village, San Pedro retains its authentic flair even though it now caters to tourists. You’ll be surrounded by the vibrant colors of sea and flora in an off-the-beaten-path atmosphere. You’ll eat dinner back at the Nature Resort and then pack up to leave tomorrow.

Saturday, August 11 — Cayo District

Of Belize’s six districts, the Cayo district is not only the largest but also the second-most populated. It is home to Belize’s capital city of Belmopan and also contains some of the country’s most stunning Mayan archaeological sites. Today you and the team will travel west to visit Xunantunich and Caracol, spending the night at an inn in the Pomona or Hopkins area.

Sunday, August 12 — Toledo District

Getting ready for the week ahead is on your agenda for today. Driving south along the Hummingbird Highway, you and the team will make your way to Punta Gorda, enjoying the delightful Belizean scenery as you go. Once settled at the Sun Creek Lodge, Feliz Sho, Toledo District representative for the Ministry of Education, will be available to introduce you to the local education community. You will spend the rest of the day preparing professional development for the district’s teachers.

Monday, August 13 — Toledo District

Today will be the first day of workshops to prepare the local math teachers for the school year ahead. Whether you are leading or participating in a workshop, the opportunity for collaboration will be rich and inspiring. Once the school day ends, you will tour a nearby cacao farm to learn how chocolate transforms from bean to bar.

Tuesday, August 14 — Toledo District

A second day of workshops will support the local teachers as they implement student-centered best practices. During the evening, you’ll enjoy a cooking demonstration by one of the lodge’s chefs.

Wednesday, August 15 — Toledo District

More professional development workshops will take place today, led by you and the team. To learn more about the culture of this part of Belize, a local politician will be invited to speak to the group about the region’s challenges and triumphs.

Thursday, August 16 — Toledo District

The final day of workshops will give you a chance to answer any remaining questions and say your good-byes to this amazing group of teachers. You’ll have free time to create any last-minute memories and get a good night’s sleep for tomorrow’s dawn departure.

Friday, August 17 — Departure

Leaving early this morning, the team will drive (approximately 3.5 hours) to the Belize City airport for return flights to the United States. So you will want to purchase an afternoon ticket home. 

Our partner in Belize is the Toledo District Ministry of Education. This trip overlaps with local teachers’ professional development period before the start of the school year.