Belize is a tropical paradise, a destination where you will learn to just be with nature. It offers something for everyone including beautiful beaches, reefs, jungles; a place where travelers connect with nature as they embark on a volunteer project that blends giving back and nature perfectly.
Project Type: Volunteer Vacation Eco Tourism Experience
Travel Style: 3 Star Accommodations
Fitness Level Required: Low to Moderate
Trip Dates: May 18-22, 2017
About the Volunteer Project
Together with local school children, volunteers will plant mangrove and learn about the importance of mangroves to the eco system. Everybody talks about the environment but here is your chance to do something about it! While we must think globally, we need to act locally and we need to act now. Here is your chance to help preserve the natural beauty of a very special place on this planet – the tropic paradise of Laughing Bird Caye set in the clear turquoise sea a dozen miles from Placencia Village in Belize. The caye is covered with coconut trees and areas of mangroves growing in the white coral sand.grouper, angel fish, furry sea cucumbers, conch and lots and lots of colorful juvenile reef fish.
What to Bring: Flip flops or shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, bathing suit, waterproof camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and a sense of curiosity about our water planet.
Arrive in Belize. 5 days 4 nights accommodation at a 3 Star Hotel
Arrive in Belize
Transfer to Placencia by plane. Arrive at hotel, to relax and enjoy activities at the hotel
Save the Reef Volunteer Project
Laughing Bird Caye is a National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. The close proximity to the mainland makes Laughing Bird Caye a very popular place for both Belizeans and visitors.
The northern part of the caye is off limits to the public as it is a roosting area for birds. For this special cleanup day, the rangers will open the area to the volunteers and students to pick up plastic debris that has floated onto the caye. The cleanup presents many “teaching moments” as the volunteers participate with the students. After the cleanup, we ask the volunteers to share their knowledge about the environment by doing presentations to these school children. This makes acting locally have a longer term effect. The combination of action and the presentations on environmental issues are very effective ways to educate these future custodians our world on the sensitivity and importance of the environment to the way we interact with Mother Nature.
Monkey River Eco Tour
Your boat ride through the mangroves takes you to Monkey River village where you head upriver into a pristine rain forest. You can expect to see crocodiles in the water, huge iguanas on tree branches sunning themselves, turtles, and many species of birds.
Upriver your licensed guide will lead you into the rain forest in search of howler monkeys which communicate with each other to declare their territory. Nothing you read could prepare you for the adventure of hearing these monkeys for the first time…you just have to experience it!
Your guide will also point out the different plants and trees many of which are used as medicine by local bush doctors. As your hike through the jungle further from the river you may spot gibnuts (royal rat), deer, ocelots, peccaries, tapirs, coatimundis and agoutis. Binoculars are essential if you want to make the most of viewing the abundant wildlife.
Enjoy a genuine Kriol lunch at one of the local restaurant in Monkey River before heading out on a manatee watch on the way back to Placencia.
The tour leaves Placencia at 08:00 am and returns at around 2:30 pm and includes lunch.
Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeved shirt, long pants and a hat. Bring a camera, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen, and plenty of water.
Monkey River Background and History:
Monkey River Town is on the Caribbean Sea on the southern shore of the mouth of Monkey River. In 2000 the estimated population was 200 people. As no roads reach Monkey River Town, all traffic is by sea and by way of Monkey River itself. The main occupations are fishing, and ecotourism.
The village was incorporated as a town in 1891 at which time it had a population of some 2500 people, mostly engaged in the lumber and banana industry. With the decline of these industries and a blight of banana trees in this area in the second half of the 20th century the population declined, and in 1981 was legally reclassified as a village again, although retaining the historic name of “Town”.
On October 9, 2001, Hurricane Iris made landfall at Monkey River Town as a 145 mph Category Four storm. The storm demolished most of the homes in the village, and destroyed the banana crop. The area’s formerly large population of black howler monkeys was similarly greatly reduced. Researchers from the University of Calgary led by Dr. Mary Pavelka study the monkey population year round.
Snorkeling Trip to Silk Caye
The Belize great Barrier reef, as would be expected from the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere (185 miles long) offers many snorkel sites to explore, and all accessible within a day trip. In Southern Belize, Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes and South Water Caye are marine reserves to protect the outer reef and cayes and have an abundance of aquatic life, fish stocks, coral reef biodiversity and healthy corals. One of the Splash boats leaves almost every day from Placencia for the 40 to 60 minute ride to snorkel outer reef, making this a day trip and excursion to remember. The most popular destination for our snorkelers are the Silk Cayes. Mid day we serve an authentic Belizean style lunch.
Enjoy the day before heading back to Houston. Transfer to Belize City by plane before your flight back to the US
|Per Person Double Occupancy||$930|
|Optional Single Supplement||$295|
Deposit of $200 holds your space. Balance is due April 1, 2017
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Includes: All tours as indicated, all meals, domestic air and local transportation. Does not include international air. Rates are subject to change until a deposit is made. United Airlines currently has the best airfares via Houston.
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