Belize is a very unique Central American country... With its legacy of British colonialism, it is the only country in the region to have English as its national language (although Creole, Spanish, and other languages are often heard on the street). The Belize Outreach began in 1992 and is designed to help students gain an understanding of the beautiful multicultural society in Belize, a developing nation.
We approach our ten days in Belize with the simple desire to be with Belizean people and to serve by listening. It is a true gift to be able to encounter the diversity of Belize through its people. We will hear local speakers addressing topics pertinent to the lives of Belizeans, spend time with members of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps International, and meet with high school students at St. John's College, a Jesuit school in Belize City.
The outreach trip also includes regular reflections, which provide the opportunity to look upon our experiences in light of our faith.
The variety of opportunities to be one-on-one with people in Belize city is truly what makes the Belize experience unique. Students may work in a health clinic, caring for the elderly poor, provide meals, be with the elderly at a daytime care center, or be with young children and youth at a school, the YWCA, or a child care center.
For more information, please contact Seán Bray, Social Justice Minister, at 206.296.6079.
I had done mission work before... and this was the first time I realized that trips like this can be more about learning about other human beings than about helping 'those less privileged.' The [Belize] trip reveals common humanity and a common understanding and so both parties benefit and both cultures give equally to one another, good and bad things.