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Volunteer Trip Preparation

Passport Information

A valid passport is required to enter Belize. Those coming from the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, or the UK can get a tourist visa on arrival which will be valid for thirty calendar days. If staying beyond thirty days, you will need to renew your visa (for a fee) for each additional thirty-day period. Visa extensions can be obtained at the Customs Office in Punta Gorda. Citizens of other countries need to contact the Belizean embassy to make arrangements for a visa.

 

Vaccinations
 

Participants are asked to check the CDC website at

http://www.cdc.gov/travel/camerica.htm for the

latest information. 

 

Getting to Belize

Participants are responsible for arranging their own airline

tickets to and from Belize. Airlines serving Belize from the

United States include Delta, American Airlines, US Airways and Continental Airlines.

 

All international flights arrive and depart from Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (Code BZE).

 

Travel from Belize City to Punta Gorda can be via bus or air. You can take an economically priced (about $12 USD) bus ride from the terminal in Belize City that will be a little crowded and will take about seven hours. One hour flights to Punta Gorda can be booked on Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. Tickets should be booked in advance online:

 

Tropic Air

Maya Island Air

 

Upon arrival at the International Airport, you will be

required to show your passport after you collect your

luggage, and then pass through customs. If traveling to

Punta Gorda via air, just ask to be directed to the Tropic

Air or Maya Island Air desk which is in the same terminal.

It is only a short distance from the customs area. The

flight from Belize City to Punta Gorda takes about one

hour.

 

The Belizean dollar is fixed to the U.S. dollar at a 2:1 ratio

($2 BZ = $1 US). U.S. dollars are accepted at most places

without question at the 2:1 rate. Credit cards are accepted

only at tourist sites and often have a surcharge required

for their use. Both the Belize Bank and Scotia Bank in

Punta Gorda have an ATM machine that will dispense up to

$500.00 BZ per day to U.S. ATM cards.

 

Off-Campus Housing Options

 

While we would love to be able to offer free or reduced-cost housing on-campus for all our volunteers, we simply don't have the space. Below is a comprehensive resource for alternative lodging options in the PG Area to suit all budgets and preferences: Housing Options in the Community

 

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