Hope Worldwide Utah is guiding a team of volunteers to the King’s Children’s Home (KCH) in Belmopan, Belize, June 15-24, 2018. Our expedition leaders will be Jonathan Hall and Holly Richardson.
KCH is a private organization that provides residential care for 80 children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned. Come and spend a week with us as we assist in the children’s education, organize recreational activities with them and participate in a large group project to help the orphanage be self-sustaining all while showering the children with love, laughter and beautiful memories.
Cost: The cost of the expedition is $1,050 plus your plane ticket. The expedition fee covers transportation (to and from the airport and outings while at the orphanage), lodging, food (including daily snacks), a t-shirt, a copy of all photos, a required background check for working with the children and transportation to Caye Caulker. To reserve your spot a deposit of $300 can be paid on our website using the Donate/Pay fees page. (Paypal and Venmo options are available). The remaining balance is due in full by May 1, 2018.
Transportation: Volunteers are expected to arrive on Saturday June 16th to the Belize City International Airport (BZE) and will be transported by van to the orphanage 1.5 hours west. We will spend 5 days at the orphanage (Sat.-Wed.) assisting in the children’s education, organizing recreational activities with them and participating in a large group project to help the orphanage be self-sustaining all while showering the children with love, laughter and beautiful memories. Thursday – Sunday are reserved for you to enjoy recreational activities and explore the beauty of Belize (the Blue Hole, archaeological sites, diving, snorkeling, etc.). Your trip fee does NOT cover your site-seeing activities from Thursday – Sunday.
Lodging: We will be staying at the orphanage, in three dorm style areas with adjoining bathrooms. Each area has 10 beds, 3 toilets, 2 sinks and 2 showers. The accommodations are somewhat primitive (netting on the windows, a ceiling fan but no A/C) but will help you appreciate the living conditions at the orphanage. We will have hot water in the showers and our own kitchen and eating area. The beds have sheets on them and a pillow, although it would be wise to bring your own sleep sack or sheets that have been Permethrin coated. A sleep sack (also called travel sheets or sleeping bag liner) can be purchased on Amazon ~$20-30. Photos of the living area can be found on the website. The last three days we will be taking the water taxi to Caye Caulker and staying in a beach villa; hotel style with AC and a great view of the sunrise.
Tentative Schedule: Each day (Sat – Thur) we will spend time organizing activities with the children (reading, soccer, etc.) and working on our large group project (laying bricks to build a school on-site). In addition to these we will have unique activities each day to create special memories for the kids and to help you enjoy the beauty of Belize. We will visit the Inland Blue Hole, Gumbo Limbo Lodge and plan a zip-line and cave tubing adventure during our stay at the orphanage. The last few days (Thurs-Sun) we will travel to Caye Caulker where you can choose to participate in snorkeling, scuba diving, etc. (These site-seeing activities will be an additional fee which you are responsible for covering). Additional details will be provided in your Volunteer Packet. This will be the perfect opportunity to mix service and adventure all in one trip.
Background Check: A background check is mandatory for all volunteers traveling with our group to Belize. Please call Barbara Hopkins at 509-440-2007 to give her your social security number and she will run the background check and then shred your information. We do not keep SS# on file. If we have already run a background check on you in the last 18 months, you do NOT need to repeat this.
Volunteer Application: All volunteers need to fill out our online volunteer application form so we have the necessary information on file in case of an emergency and to book any in country travel.
Immunizations: Volunteers are fully responsible for their health before, during, and after the expedition. You should consult with your personal physician and/or International Travel Office regarding your health and immunizations. You can also check the CDC website for recommendation which usually includes being current on your T-Dep (Tetnus), HepA and Typhoid immunizations for this expedition. There are several places that offer vaccinations including the SLC Travel Clinic and the U of U Travel Clinic. Please note: Zika has been confirmed in all Central and South American countries including Belize. Avoiding mosquito bites is crucial. We recommend bringing mosquito spray and permethrin coating your gear, sleep sack and pillow case.