Belize Nursing Service Trip

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
Travel Route
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
Morning Lectures
– 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
​Morning Lectures:
-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
​Service Learning 
~Nutrition & Physical Fitness Lesson~
Four Classes 60 minute blocks

Day 7: Friday, March 11th
Day 2 of Service Learning Health & Nutrition Lessons
4 Classes

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
​Farewell Sunrise
Return Travel

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. 

~Life Reflections~
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.  

Pitt Community College Travel Abroad needs our contributions to make an experience like mine happen for another deserving student.  Join me in paying it forward. Specify that you’d like your funds to go to TRAVEL ABROAD PROGRAMS.

Individuals interested in contributing to the PCC Foundation may donate on-line at, contact Beth Sigmon, Executive Director, at 252.493.7834 or, or mail to the PCC Foundation, P.O. Drawer 7007, Greenville, NC 27835-7007.

​Special Thanks to:
​for your thought and prayers
~Financial Contributors~
Anonymous Gofundme supporters
Mr. & Mrs. Askew, Jaleesa, and Jennifer Askew
Ida Brown
Bigelow Family
Kristina Champagne
Celestine Davis
Tonya Davis
Tula Garris
Felecia Henderson
Chris Holder
Bridgett Kiah-Johnson
Danielle Lamm
Narron Family
Tiffany Phillips
Tarena Scott
Delzora Stringfield
Cynthia Tyson
Jerome Williams
Ann Yelverton

~Trip Advisors~
Mrs. Happy Gingras and Dr. Tabitha Miller

~Trip Mates~
Jessie Jones
Krissy Miller
Jordyn Moore
Hannah Tomlinson
Henry Woods

Benque House of Culture 
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Mount Carmel Primary School Staff & Students

Pitt Community College Global: Serve
Joshua Awe & Giselle
Joni Miller
Dr. Filiberto Penados
Cynthia Reese

Martha from Martha’s Guesthouse 
San Ignacio, Belize
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Raggamuffin Tours
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Barefoot Caribe Resturant & Hotel
Caye Caulker, Belize
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Published by Zora O | Doula, Life Coach, & Content Creator

I am on a mission to live my life with purpose, while helping others do the same. I work one on one with individuals as a mindset & accountability coach and with families as a childbirth & postpartum doula. I am passionate about sharing my life, personal growth, wellness progression, and even my most delicate journey of all, fertility. We are all on a journey going somewhere. Where are you going and how can I support you along the way?

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