“This experience was hands down one of the best of my entire life. I enjoyed every minute of being in Belize and working with the people there. The ISL staff was incredible and every day was full of fun and learning. I not only learned new nursing skills, but I learned about life as well. It was so great I plan on going on another trip!”

-Allison S., University of Maine

About Belize

Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Belize, rich with Spanish and British influence, featuring attractions such as Mayan archaeological sites, the world’s second longest barrier reef, caves and rivers, along with a variety of cultural foods, while serving and learning amongst its peoples.

“With its Spanish-speaking neighbors to the south and west and the laid-back Caribbean to the east, Central America’s youngest nation offers a cultural mélange – including Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Creole, Mennonite and more – unrivaled in Central America. Belize is home to verdant jungles, from the Maya Mountains in the southwest to the Shipstern Nature Reserve in the northeast, not to mention ancient ruins, remnants of bygone days as part of the greater Maya kingdom. Then there are the beaches, miles of white sand and blue sea dotted with a nigh-uncountable number of islands big and small. So what’s not to love?”   –Joshua Samuel Brown, Author

While public health care in Belize is available to the population at no direct cost to the individual, most rural health clinics suffer from inadequate staffing, lack of financial resources to handle the patient volume, and a lack of equipment and medicine, according to the World Health Organization.  Many families also lack the resources to travel to the nearest health care facility. Join ISL in aiding developing communities in Belize!

Communities We Serve

ISL serves small villages in different regions of Belize. Homes in these villages often lack basic provisions such as electricity and water. Although Belize is an English speaking country many of the people in these communities speak only Spanish, especially in the older generations. Regardless of language barriers, Belizeans believe in respect for all and the people in these villages are known for their warm and welcoming attitudes towards our volunteers. Don’t be surprised if they ask you into their home for some food and drinks during community visits!

Logistics

Volunteers arrive for service in Belize via the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE), located 20 minutes away from the commercial capital of Belize City.  After going through customs and picking up their luggage, volunteers are met by one of their field team leaders and transported via ISL bus to team housing. The drive from airport to hotel is always scenic and may take from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the location of the team’s work site, for this reason volunteers must book flights that arrive and depart at Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) between 11:00am and 3:00pm.  The daily commute from housing to work site can be 20 minutes away or take up to an hour when working in more remote communities.  On Recreation Day, the team usually moves to lodging in Caye Caulker or Placencia.

Activities

Our volunteers have the opportunity to explore ancient Mayan temples, learn how to dance with locals, and observe the diverse tropical wild life of Belize during our programs. Try swimming with sting rays and nurse sharks on snorkel trips and discover the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere or go kayaking, tubing, or canoeing inside the reef at one of Belize’s 200 islands or “cayes”. 

ISL helps volunteers get to know the diverse Belizean community through their cultural, historical and local pride by exploring the abundance of activities near the regions you’ll be living and working in.

Lodging

ISL has strict housing standards for cleanliness, safety and comfort.  Each volunteer shares a room and shower facilities, but has their own bed.  Housing locations are selected according to proximity to program sites.  ISL staff members stay with volunteers and are always available 24/7.

  • Internet is available at most housing locations. Volunteers are transported by their Team Leaders to an internet location periodically if internet is not available at their hotel.
  • Laundry services are provided at least once a week for a small charge.
  • If food or drug stores aren’t nearby, Team Leaders make sure volunteers are transported to shopping areas periodically or as needed.
  • ISL provides breakfast each day, unless otherwise specified in the team itinerary.

In Belize, smaller teams may stay with local ISL staff in their homes. Larger teams stay at the guest house or hotesls, whichever is closest to their team work site. Clean and comfortable rooms, internet and laundry services are always provided.

Staff

ISL Belize has a staff of native Belizeans who have a wide knowledge of Belizean history and culture. The majority of the staff is trilingual, speaking Creole, Spanish, and English, so getting around and communicating with other locals is never a problem. The doctors who work with ISL health teams are local and have an extensive knowledge of the healthcare system in Belize, as well as the health needs in Belizean communities.

Meet the Staff

Gidda Hyde Team Leader Belize
Gidda Hyde
Team Leader

Gidda is a native Belizean who has worked with ISL since 2009. Her natural leadership skills and easy going personality makes her an excellent Team Leader.

Juliet Moguel Assistant Country Coodinator Belize
Juliet Moguel
Assistant Country Coodinator

Juliet is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2010. When not helping Denise prepare for ISL teams, she lectures at a local college.

Denise Neal Coyoc
Denise Neal Coyoc
Country Coordinator

Denise is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2007. As a former teacher, she is extremely well organized and able to deal efficiently with the myriad of details involved in preparing for ISL team visits to Belize. Her easy-going personality enables her to work calmly under team deadlines! She loves to cook and travel in her spare time.

Rose Anderson Belize Team Leader
Rose Anderson
Team Leader

Rose is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL for over 2008. Her experience as a health educator with the Ministry of Health and her extensive knowlege of western Belize qualifies her as an excellent Team Leader.

Javier Requena Belize Team Leader
Javier Requena
Team Leader

Javier is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2011. Volunteers love his easy going personality. As a self-employed business owner, he is able to arrange his schedule to work with ISL teams whenever he is needed.

Ana Castellanos Belize Team Leader
Ana Castellanos
Team Leader

Ana is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2012. As a former teacher, her organizational skills and extensive knowlege of Belize history and culture make her an excellent Team Leader.

Fidelio Montes Jr. Team Leader / Driver Belize
Fidelio Montes Jr.
Team Leader / Driver

Fidelio is a native of Belize who has worked with ISL since 2011. When not leading ISL teams, he is a freelance tour guide. His out-going personality and extensive knowlege of Belize make him an excellent Team Leader.

Antonio Coyoc Team Leader Belize
Antonio Coyoc
Team Leader

One of ISL’s most experienced and energetic Team Leaders, Antonio’s work as a Public Health Nurse with the Ministry of Health makes him a valuable asset to our programs and teams.

Programs with upcoming Belize Teams

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#BZE63GH - Global Health Team in Belize from Jun 03, 2017 to Jun 16, 2017 for $2095

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Belize they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE63WCI9 - Well Child Int'l Team in Belize from Jun 03, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Belize they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

#BZE6110GH - Global Health Team in Belize from Jun 10, 2017 to Jun 23, 2017 for $2095

Volunteers will be working in ISL partner communities to provide global health services to those in need. While in Belize they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE617GH - Global Health Team in Belize from Jun 17, 2017 to Jun 30, 2017 for $2095

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE617GHAIP8 - Global Health Team in Belize from Jun 17, 2017 to Jun 24, 2017 for $2205

This "All Inclusive Program" covers all food and recreation. Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE624GH9 - Global Health Team in Belize from Jun 24, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE624NUR9 - Nursing Team in Belize from Jun 24, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide nursing services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

#BZE0701GH - Global Health Team in Belize from Jul 01, 2017 to Jul 14, 2017 for $2095

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE71WCI9 - Well Child Int'l Team in Belize from Jul 01, 2017 to Jul 09, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to children and women. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE78GH9 - Global Health Team in Belize from Jul 08, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017 for $1895

Volunteers will be working in developing communities to provide Global Health services to those in need. They will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!