Pitt Community College Global Serve is a service learning based program that focuses on cultural exploration while taking part in service projects in a particular host country. The service country for 2016 was Belize.
I applied for an International Education Travel Scholarship, created a go fund me page, and accepted PCC Foundation donations to help cover the cost of my 10 day trip.
This was my first international trip. Although I was nervous, I wasn’t going to let anything keep me from embarking on this life changing opportunity.
Day One: Saturday, March 5th
Raleigh, NC – Miami, FL – Belize City, Belize – San Ignacio, Belize
CELA Welcome Dinner at Hode’s
Check-in at Martha’s Guesthouse
Walking Tour of San Ignacio, Belize
Day 2: Sunday, March 6th
– Overview of Health, Safety, and Culture in Belize, Cynthia Reese
– History and Culture Timeline, Dr. Filiberto Penados
– Challenge of Sustainable Development, Dr. Filiberto Penados
Conservation in Belize: Green Iguana Project
Day 3: Monday, March 7th
We took a local ferry to get to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruin.
Lunch at Benny’s
Biodiversity in Belize – Chiquibul Forest Conservation Lecture
Visit to David Magana’s Art Studio in Succotz Village
Dinner at Hode’s
Day Four: Tuesday, March 8th
Belize DuPlooy’s Botanic Gardens Tour
-Focus on traditional plants for complementary and alternative natural medicine
Canoeing from DuPlooy’s to San Ignacio
You guessed it! The canoe I was riding in, flipped on the largest rapid. As soon as I saw the flip coming, I just relaxed and went with the flow. Thankfully, I know how to swim and I’m very comfortable in the water.
It was nice to end the day with Steam Yoga. This was my first time trying yoga. I’m stiff and apparently full of stress knots, so I need more yoga time for sure.
Day Five: Wednesday, March 9th
-Health & Wellness in Belize~Nurse Rosa
~Social Issues in Belize: Family, Poverty, Youth, and Development~
Professor Melanie Santiago Smith
~Service Learning Introduction and School Tour~
Dr. Filiberto Penados
Mount Carmel Primary School
Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize
BMI Assessment of 100 students in the School Lunch Program
Day Six: Thursday, March 10th
Health Clinic Tour
~Nutrition & Physical Fitness Lesson~
Four Classes 60 minute blocks
Day 7: Friday, March 11th
Day 2 of Service Learning Health & Nutrition Lessons
House of Culture Traditional Farewell Dinner
Day 8: Saturday, March 12th
Departure to Caye Caulker via Water Taxi
~The Belize Coral Reef: Issues & Challenges~
Late Night Swim
Day 9: Sunday, March 13th
Day of Snorkeling
~Belize Barrier Reef~
Day 10: Monday, March 14th
I am so thankful for the chance to experience so many new things. I made the most of every second and pushed myself beyond fear, doubt, stereotypes, and the thought that another opportunity like this would arise. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. I think it is important for us all to see what life is like outside of our comfort zones. Reading a book or watching a documentary can open your eyes to the world around us, but seeing it first hand it priceless.
Different doesn’t mean wrong, it means DIFFERENT!
Everyone has a story to tell and a lesson to teach.
God doesn’t need your bank account number to bless you with riches.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Life is so much bigger than your bubble.
Trying something new can be exactly what you need.
Don’t wait for someone else to fix a problem if you know the solution.
Be the change you want to see in this world.
Strive to be better today than you were yesterday.
If I have to go alone, I’ll go.
Don’t allow others to steal your time or happiness.
I’m blessed to be a blessing.
Don’t be selfish with your experiences! Share them and inspire others to take their own journey.
I want to leave a positive mark on this world.
Don’t overlook the magnificent wonders life has to offer because you were too busy chasing materialistic items that you can’t take with you when you leave this world.
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