Belize is an English-speaking country. Housing in Belize is in the volunteer houses in Punta Gorda. We will be serving in the parish community run by the Jesuits. The guest house has bunk beds and air conditioning, a rare treat for mission trips in Belize. Guys and ladies will have separate sleeping areas. There will also be an opportunity to meet the Pallottine sisters. Housing is along the Caribbean Sea, a perfect view for a morning sunrise & swim on the local dock.
Meals will be provided starting Monday evening when you arrive until you depart the following Saturday. The only meals that are not included are your free day meals. Breakfasts are generally hot, lunches are at the school, and dinners are always hot. If you have allergies, we can accommodate for that. Please indicate on the signup form. You will also get to experience meals with host families of the parish St. Peter Claver.
In Belize, we will be working in the community of Punta Gorda and the surrounding villages. Our current project is a construction project for the school of St. Peter Claver. Some of the kids from the school will be helping us as they are on summer break. The school’s PTA, principal, volunteers, and children will also be helping us reconstruct the school for their community. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, put your faith into action, and build relationships with our brothers and sisters in Belize!
Each day we will have the gift to encounter Jesus in the Sacraments. Each day we will start with Daily Mass. At least one night there will be an Adoration Holy Hour and the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Expect daily community prayer, praise, and worship, and each night the CMT missionaries will share a testimony about God’s restoration in their lives towards mission. Each day after work projects, everyone will have about 2 hours of rest/personal time. Most explore in the local town or jump in the Gulf of Mexico after hard working in the sun all day! Bring your modest swim wear.
Community Free Day
Free day activities, meals, and transportation are not included in the mission trip price. Please budget $50-100 for your free day activity we will do as a group. Free day activities are encouraged, some options are visiting the keys, snorkeling, cave tubing, and visiting the Mayan ruins.
Pray for good weather. If we get rain, it’s possible that the outdoor projects will be canceled for the day. Catholic Mission Trips, Inc., will arrange an activity to engage in the corporal works of mercy with the poor.
$1,000 per person (Airfare not included.)
Belize is an English-speaking country. Passport required. International flights from the U.S. arrive at Belize City. Give yourself enough time to claim baggage and enter through customs. You must book a separate ticket on the charter plane to arrive in Punta Gorda Airport. We will meet you at the Punta Gorda Airport to pick you up when you land. Please send us your itinerary and time of arrival. Please plan to arrive by 5:30 PM.
Effective July 12, 2022, all Foreign Tourists entering Belize will have the option to purchase Belize travel insurance. It is no longer mandatory but is highly recommended by the Belize Tourism Board.
All public health measures at Belize’s land and sea entry points, including proof of purchase for the Belize Travel Health Insurance and proof of vaccination, are no longer required.
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that as of June 12, 2022, air passengers traveling from a foreign country will no longer be required to show a negative COVID-19 test when entering the United States.