|Location||Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea between Guatemala and Mexico|
|Language||Spanish 46%, Creole 32.9%, Mayan dialects 8.9%, English 3.9% (official)|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 39.3%, Pentecostal 8.3%, Seventh Day Adventist 5.3%, Anglican 4.5%, Mennonite 3.7%, Baptist 3.5%, Methodist 2.8%, Nazarene 2.8%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.6%, other 9.9% (includes Baha'i Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Mormon), other (unknown) 3.1%, none 15.2%|
|Climate||Tropical; very hot and humid|
|Ethnic Groups||Mestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7%|
|Motto||Sub Umbra Floreo "Under the Shade We Flourish"|
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|Transportation to/from Airport and Ministry Sites:|
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|Customizable:||Select Dates Only|
|Sleeping Accommodations:||Church/School/Community Center floor sleeping||Church/School/Community Center floor sleeping (final night hotel stay at beach or similar recreation location)||Hotel accommodations throughout entire trip|
|Meals:||Provided by Local Community||Provided by Local Community||Provided by Local Community|
|Recreation:||Mid-Week Cultural Experience||Mid week recreation plus closing day/night at a beach or similar recreation location, including transportation and hotel||Mid week recreation plus closing day/night at a beach or similar recreation location, including transportation and hotel|
Prior to the trip you will receive a group leader manual, which includes fundraising ideas, online trip handbooks and resources for participants, promotional materials, group t-shirts, and unlimited pre-trip consultations with your trip leader.
Once in Belize, you will receive transportation to and from the airport, transportation to and from ministry sites, three meals a day, purified drinking water, sleeping accommodations, customizable ministry options, an opportunity to attend local church services, evening worship, prayer, debriefing meetings, and a local sightseeing activity.
Airfare, passport, vaccinations, spending money, offering at church services, construction and/or ministry materials, personal insurance, and optional recreation. Personal items & clothing including toiletries, bug spray, sun tan lotion, etc., Airline fees including exit fee (approximately $35 USD). Floor-sleeping trips need to bring air mattresses and bedding.
English is the official language and is taught in all schools. Spanish & Creole are spoken as primary languages in the home, followed by Mayan dialects in some homes.
Yes. Our genuine partnership with pastors and other community leaders in over 50 distinct Belizean communities ensures there is always someone looking out for the well-being of our teams. Praying Pelican Missions staff are with the team throughout the trip from arrival at the airport to departure.
Standard bug repellent is a must in most areas. Belize has its share of bugs and creatures, as does every tropical country, however, the chance of seeing anything dangerous is very, very slim. In the unlikely event that one of these creatures is encountered our staff is well-prepared and equipped to handle such a situation.
PPM staff will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive in Belize. We will then provide transportation from the airport to the ministry location and back again at the end of the trip. .
All transportation within Belize is included in the cost of the trip and will be arranged by PPM. Most often, teams will be riding in buses.
Please plan on flying into Philip S. W. Goldson Airport (BZE) in Belize City.
We will provide all meals, which are prepared by cooks specifically instructed by Praying Pelican. In fact, food is usually several participants' highlight! We also provide bottled purified water at all times.
We have some sort of recreation on all trips, ranging from a light mid week recreation ($495 trip) to a full day of recreation at a beach or similar location ($695 & $845 trips) - all of which have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs.
While serving in Belize, a variety of meals will be offered from local favorites to American food. A typical meal in Belize might consist of rice and beans, stewed chicken, along with some Spanish dishes, and soups.
No. Praying Pelican Missions will provide all meals from the time you arrive to the time you depart. You may wish to bring snacks, but all main meals will be provided by us.
Please see our general FAQ page for answers to questions not specific to Belize
Bordered by the Caribbean sea to the East, Mexico to the North, and Guatemala to the South and West, Belize is perhaps the most diverse nation in Central America. This nation of just over 300,000 people can look like three different countries depending on where you. With mestizos (Latinos) in the North / West, Mayans in the south, and Creole in the Central/East, there is a culture for everyone in Belize. Often referred to a the Jewel of the Caribbean, the beauty of the country begins with the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world just off the coast and continues with the dense jungle and Maya Mountains of the West and South. The interior mountain areas and coastline are beautiful, with Belize boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world. Forty percent of the country is dedicated to nature preserves.
With English as the primary language, Belize is an ideal place for those looking to travel without the burden of language difficulties. Influenced by the bordering Spanish-speaking countries, there are areas where Spanish and even Mayan dialects are spoken. The climate is often warm and humid with average temperatures 75-85 degree Fahrenheit.
2:1 ($1 dollar US equals $2 Belizean dollars)
Belizean food is as great blend of the three cultures (Caribbean, Spanish, Maya). For breakfast one may have the traditional Caribbean / Creole dish of fry-jack (fried tortilla), beans and egg. Lunch may be tacos, burritos, salbutes or any of the delicious authentic Spanish food. Dinner may often be the Creole staple rice and beans with stewed chicken and fried plantain. Whatever is eaten in Belize, it is all great and there is more than enough of it.
Recreation in Belize is a great joy! Zip-lining and cave-tubing are popular recreation activities for the more adventuresome. History abounds in Belize as it is home to the largest number of ancient Maya ruins (Laminai, Xunantinich, and Altun Ha as the most impressive). Finally traveling to one of the islands off the cost of Belize, Caye (pronounced Key) Caulker or Ambergris Caye, many people enjoy snorkeling the second largest barrier reef or diving the world famous Blue Hole.
Belize was originally populated with the Maya whose kingdom stretched from Yucatán Mexico through Belize and into further reaches of Central America. Spanish originally settled Belize as part of the conquistadors but were quickly overrun by the British who named Belize "British Honduras" Popular for it's rich natural resources of mahogany and other lumbers, the British ruled Belize bringing in workers from other West Indies nations. This began to set up the diversity in cultural of the Central American country. Britain granted Belize independence in September 1981.
Religion in Belize is deeply influenced regionally based on culture. Roman Catholic (50%) make up the primary religion with the majority of parishes in the Spanish-influenced North and West. Protestant (27%) of all denominations are throughout the country as well. Finally there are smaller groups of indigenous religions practiced in the south and in some Mayan areas (14%)