Belize Summer Camp 2014- Group

Belize Summer Camp

Monday, July 20 to Tuesday, August 11, 2015

(Recruitment has now ended for this program.)


Ten Loyola New Orleans students are invited each year to participate in the Ignacio Volunteer 'Umadagu Lescuela' summer camp in English-speaking Belize, Central America.  The volunteers serve as teachers/coaches at the two-week day camp in the coastal town of Dangriga for approximately 250 local Belizean primary students.  The camp offers academics in the mornings (Arts & Crafts/ English & Math) and Sports & Games (Basketball/ Volleyball/ Soccer) in the afternoons.  The trip is a three-week (21 day) immersion experience

Volunteers will depart on Mon, July 21, 2015 and return on Tues, August 11, 2015.  Before the camp begins, the group will spend five days experiencing the country of Belize, a land of rain forests, Mayan ruins, cayes, waterfalls and wonderful people.

The Camp

The Ignacio Volunteer "Umadagu Lesceulana" summer camp in Belize was started in 1991 by Fr. Ted Dziak, SJ.  Students from Boston College, Georgetown and St. George's College (in Jamaica) have served as teachers/ coaches over the years.   This will be the eighth year that Loyola University New Orleans students have participated in this program. 

About 200-250 students attend the camp from the two Catholic primary schools in Dangriga town -- Sacred Heart School and Holy Ghost School.   Students range from Standard One (age 5-6) to Standard Five (age 11-12 ).

Classes are held each morning and sports and games are held each afternoon.  Subject areas taught include Arts & Crafts, Reading & Writing, and Math.   Afternoon sports include basketball, volleyball and football (soccer) and children's games for the youngest kids.

Each Loyola student will pair off with a local Garifuna young person as a co-teacher.   In Belize, our liaison is Gwen Garcia, who is the Camp co-principal and is an administrator/ teacher at DeLille High School in Dangriga.

The volunteers live in a community center called the 'Helpage' building, located right on the Caribbean Sea.  The Garifuna co-teachers commute daily from their homes.  The volunteers sleep on mats on the floor and eat meals together at the center.  The Helpage is simple living.

There will also be an opportunity for a couple of days of relaxation at Caye Caulker, a local caye at the end of the camp.

COST:  Fundraising with a goal of $1500.   This covers air transportation (New Orleans /Kingston) local transportation, housing and meals for the entire week, except for a few meals on the Caye at the end.   Participants will be asked to fund-raise as a group and individually and assistance in such will be given.  $100 deposit is required upon acceptance.  


  • Orientation overnight retreat on January 23-25, 2015.  This retreat is required.
  • Weekly meetings during the spring semester to learn of the culture and to build community.
  • Certain immunizations required (Hepatitis A and malaria pills.)
  • Evaluation and reflection after program has ended.
  • U.S. Passport required and/or Belizean visa for non-U.S. citizens

For further information, write or stop by the Jesuit Center/ Bobet 101

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