I am really excited for this trip! We will be coordinating with a group of dental/audiology/primary care through the Belize Mission Project. This mission was established in 1993. Because of the popularity of this mission, the mission is split into two – one week missions, each with approximately 50 volunteers.
I spoke with the director of the Belize Mission Project recently (she is a neighbor and friend). Check out the Belize Mission Project website: Belizemissionproject.com
Here are the preliminary plans for our mission (subject to changes):
-Fly into San Pedro on Saturday October 26 (best flight is usually Delta through ATL, Arriving in Belize at approximately 11am). We will be met at the airport by representatives who will assist with customs. From the main airport we are transported (via small plane) to our resort area.
-We stay at Xanadu Resort (luxury resort) that night. We meet the full Belize Mission Project Team that evening. After introductions, we will discuss excursions and have dinner together at the resort.
Although the resort has no on-site restaurant, a grocery store and restaurants are located nearby. Each resort suite has a kitchen. Golf carts can be rented for transportation. The hotel does have a bar.
-Sunday, October 27, we meet on “the dock” for devotions at 6am (15-20 minutes). We eat breakfast together, take photos and then break out into our individual section (eg: eyecare, dentistry, primary care etc) for a meeting to discuss the week’s plans.
-Sunday afternoon we help hand out flyers to patients letting them know about our clinics.
-Lunch and dinner are on our own and there is time to shop and relax.
-Monday morning, we meet for devotions at 6 am. After devotions the groups of volunteers will split up depending upon where they are working that day. Groups may be flown to a different island, or to villages on the mainland via small plane. The planes leave by about 7am. We are considering placing our eye care team in the Orange Walk and/or Mahogany Heights locations. We will be hosted overnight at these sites in hotels and have clinic on Monday and Tuesday. (Our supplies will be taken to our work locations on different flights the previous day.) After clinic on Tuesday we will pack up our supplies and be taken back to Xanadu Resort on Ambergris Caye.
-Wednesday we are back together with the entire group at Xanadu and have a group meal that evening.
-Thursday – Friday we may fly to another overnight location or stay in San Pedro for eye exams. We finish patient care at noon on Friday and pack up our supplies for the last time.
-Friday afternoon we can participate in the beans and rice project. We may chip in to purchase and deliver portions of beans and rice to the homes of families on the island. It is a great chance to see how/where these individuals live and gift them with a meal.
-Friday night we have our Big Team Meal/Celebration at Ramones (near the Xanadu hotel).
-Saturday we have our last morning devotions on the dock at 6am and the day is free for excursions such as: fishing, snorkeling, scuba, beach, shopping, Mayan ruins, and other fun activities. There will be assistance in setting up excursions.
-Sunday we fly home.
Each traveler will be responsible for their flight to San Pedro (approx $750), luggage/supplies, excursions, golf cart rental and several meals. Each member will be required to transport supplies and eyeglasses including additional luggage fees. Housing and transportation in Belize are covered in the trip fees (Approx $1475) – as well as several meals.
The trip fee is payable to the Belize Mission Project and payments sent to:
Belize Mission Project
1020 Jonas Street
Centralia, IL 62801
Please include your contact information (name, address, e-mail, telephone) and let them know that you are with the VOSH-MN group.
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