A few words from Francis about how your group can Volunteer at Holy Cross Anglican School Ambergris Caye Belize. The school also accepts individual volunteers as well.
VOLUNTEER MISSION TEAMS SAN PEDRO TRANSPORTATION:
Folks will fly direct from Belize International Airport to San Pedro - cost around $65US round-trip. You can check out current schedule and prices on the Web ("Maya Island Air" + "Belize"). The last flight to San Pedro departs at 5:30pm so groups can arrive in San Pedro on the same day they fly into Belize. Taxi to hotel - $5US per person round-trip. Everything else is within walking distance. The only reason you need a taxi to the hotel is for luggage.
PROJECT FEE: Each group is asked to donate $2,500US to the construction project. This covers building materials, transportation of supplies and wages for the Belizean workers who assist each group.
LODGING in SAN PEDRO: The best hotel and price I've found so far is Ruby's Hotel. It is in downtown San Pedro, right on the beach (smile) about a 15 minute walk (up the beach) to the work site, no ac but plenty of ocean breeze. All rooms have private baths - 14 rooms with two beds cost $50US per room per night; 2 rooms with ac cost $55US per night. Ruby's is really wonderful - clean as can be and in a great location. You can check it out on the web and contact then at firstname.lastname@example.org attention Mirza. You might also want to check out the following hotels on the Internet. All are centrally located, an easy walk to the school and 'Francis recommended' - more expensive but with ac!
Blue Tang email@example.com
Coral Beach Hotel - most economical hotel with ac - about $65per room per night firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.coralbeachhotel.com/
Sun Breeze Hotel www.sunbreeze.net email@example.com
The Tides www.ambergriscaye.com/tides firstname.lastname@example.org
Each group needs to make their own reservations as all hotels in San Pedro require a credit card to book a reservation. Deposit is usually one night room rate times the total number of rooms.
MEALS: I'm estimating cost at $25US per person per day. There are lots of great breakfast spots which average around $5US. Mid-morning snack and lunch will be provided at the school and prepared by our cook - $5US. Dinner - lots of options from frugal $6 to $8US to elaborate and pricey. Purified water will be abundantly provided at the school - $5US per person for the week.
SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS: Most recreational opportunities can be arranged from San Pedro including the wonderful Mayan ruins at Lamanai. Of course all sorts of water sports - snorkeling, diving, wind surfing, swimming, etc are available in San Pedro.
If your group would like, accommodations can be arranged at the Diocesan Guest House in Belize City at $15US per person per night. Many groups choose to spend either their first or last night at the Guest House in order to attend Cathedral services or to have recreational opportunities more assessable - the Zoo, Old Belize, Altun Ha, Cave tubing, etc. If you spend the first night in Belize City you can either fly to San Pedro or take the water taxi. That is a wonderful boat ride which takes about 2 hours and costs about $15US each way.
Please let me know your questions and we'll continue planning your mission trip!!!
Mrs. Francis Wilson
Diocese of Belize