Belize City, Belize

The Belize Service Immersion Program partners with Hand in Hand’s Building for Change program. Juniors will work alongside a family to build a 16’ X 20’ house in Belize City, where 65% of the population lives in poverty. 
Students will also visit children marginalized by poverty and disease at the Hand in Hand Outreach Center which provides day care and preschool services, and hear about their innovative mobile outreach services to fight HIV/AIDS among children. All of these programs work to empower the recipients of these services to build a better life for their families while giving back to their community by assisting with other Hand in Hand projects. Students will also have a chance to visit the beautiful Bay Islands. Juniors will receive service and retreat credit for this seminar.

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List of 4 items.

  • Eligibility

    Juniors are eligible to participate in this program. 
  • Program Expectations

    Participating in a service immersion trip is a privilege that must be approached with prayer, wisdom, and discernment. Students will need to fulfill all necessary requirements for pre trip departure, on-site experiences and post trip reflection. Students will meet with their group leaders for these preparation meetings several times throughout the school year.  Students receive retreat and service credit for the completion of the program.
  • Program Costs

    Estimated at $1,800 - Cost includes tuition, board, meals, travel within Belize, and entrance fees. Expenses that are not included are: round trip airfare, a $20 exit fee, one lunch on Caye Calker, personal items, and services such as passport fees, phone calls, and personal spending money. (Final cost is determined by participation.) Financial aid is available through the application process.  
  • Program Dates

    The program will take place at the end of the school year in June. Final dates are determined by participation at the time of ticket purchase.

Have a Question?

Please contact Jenny Ehalt, Associate Director, Hyde Center at or 617-474-5017 to learn more about the program or to set up a time to meet.

At a Glance

Organization Name: Hand in Hand Building for Change (website)

Location: Belize City, Belize

Year Program Established: 2013

Program Theme: Service Immersion

Length of Stay: One week

Group Size: 10-12 students

Language Requirements: None