Belize Faculty/Staff Experience
Sunday, May 24 to Sunday, May 31, 2015
Belize City/ Punta Gorda, Belize
The Ignacio Volunteer immersion trip to Belize is open to all Loyola University New Orleans faculty and staff. Participants will travel to different parts of Belize, including Belize City, Dangriga and the southern Toledo district. In addition, there will be two days of service work (painting) in one of the Mayan villages in southern Belize. Eight to ten faculty/ staff will be selected to participate.
The trip will be an immersion experience in the English-speaking country of Belize in Central America. There will be three/four required meetings during the spring semester before the trip where participants will have an opportunity to learn of the history and culture of Belize and to build community. In Belize, the participants will meet with various people involved in ministry, alongside the days of service. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn of the works and ministries of the Jesuits in Belize and Loyola Institute of Ministry (LIM) alumni. Evenings will include reflections and discussions. An optional daily mass is offered most mornings.
Housing in Belize City will be at Trinidad Farm, the Jesuit retreat house. Housing in Punta Gorda will be at a locacl hotel, and include single and double accommodations.
There will also be a day of recreation (with snorkeling on the coral reef) at Caye Caulker, a local caye, at the end of the trip. The group will stay at Tom's Hotel on the island, a simple hotel on the beach with fans, but without air-conditioning.
- Room & board and local transportation expenses will be covered by the Office of Mission & Ministry. Cost to the participant is airplane transportation (home to Belize City and return).
- A limited number of Magis Grants are available that can be applied to the cost of the air transportation. Please note that all Magis Grant participants will be asked to share rooms (two single beds) in housing accommodations.
As a result of taking part in the immersion trip to Belize, participants will:
- Contribute to Loyola's Catholic and Jesuit mission and learn of its reach into Belize;
- Learn about the Belizean and Mayan cultures and related political, sociological, economic, and ecological issues;
- Gain an understanding of the breadth of the works and ministries of the Jesuits, of the Catholic Church, and, indeed, of Loyola University New Orleans in Belize;
- Learn about and experience the fruits of Ignatian spirituality, particularly as it relates to the beauty and goodness of creation;
- Provide assistance through works of service;
- Reflect on the implications of the trip for their work at Loyola;