International Gateway Belize and Jungle by the Sea offer individual and group programs in Central America’s only English speaking country – BELIZE! Have you ever dreamed of learning English, volunteering or just ‘kicking back’ and relaxing in a tropical destination with the warm waves of the Caribbean caressing your feet? THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!
Belize (population 300,000), part of the British Commonwealth, is an unspoiled tropical paradise with an average year round temperature of 29C. Tourists and students visit Belize to enjoy Caribbean beaches, Mayan ruins, citrus orchards, rum factories, wildlife and water sports. Popular activities include: zip lining, jungle trekking, kayaking, fishing, birding, snorkeling and scuba diving on the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef. Most importantly over 90% of Belizeans speak English as a first language so your English skills improve very quickly in this total immersion environment.
Hopkins (population 5000), is famous for sport fishing, scuba diving and is the centre of Garifuna culture and drumming. Hopkins is a popular retirement and investment destination for Canadians, Americans and British and as a result it is very safe, welcoming and friendly.
Jungle by the Sea, (the location for ESL programs, accommodation and meals) is located a 15 minute walk from town on a pristine white sand beach. The resort was established by a Canadian family in 2003. International Gateway Belize was established in 2010 also by a Canadian family and facilitates the ESL, internships, volunteer placements and ESL camps. Jungle by the Sea was a finalist for Belize’s ‘Green’ resort of the year in 2010 and winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2011 and 2012 and the Traveler’s Choice Award in 2013.
At IGB and Jungle by the Sea you can book any of the following programs or just come and relax in the cabanas and enjoy an awesome beach vacation!
Interns at Jungle by the Sea learn the fundamentals of operating an eco-resort from the ground up. Internship tasks consist of front desk work, painting, gardening, light outdoor work, cooking and housekeeping. Participants are required to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week at the resort to offset the cost of their stay. There is plenty of time after work to enjoy everything the resort and the region have to offer.
One to four week unpaid placements are available from April to November for individuals aged 19 and up.
Includes: Single room, breakfast and dinner, round trip transfers from Dangriga Airport or bus station, use of resort’s recreational equipment.
Placement fee $300US (one time, non-refundable)
Internship fee $350US per week (7 nights/ 8 days)
‘Flexi’ Volunteer Placements
One to four week volunteer placements in community organizations (libraries, schools, animal shelters, restaurants, spas, retail shops and at the town council). Participants can expect 5-15 hours per week of volunteering. This program begins weekly year round for ages 19+ and is suitable for students wishing to volunteer on a casual basis. Participants should have an intermediate conversation level and must be staying at Jungle by the Sea in order to participate.
Placement fee $300US (one time / non-refundable)
Take a yoga class in our jungle palapa with the sweet sounds of birds and the ocean to help you relax.
Private classes $60US per hour
Group classes Tu/Th/Sun/ 4-5pm $10US per hour
ESL + ECO Adventure Camp
The ESL + ECO Adventure camp combines morning ESL classes with afternoon and weekend adventure activities in a resort setting.
This dynamic program is suitable for university students, executives and mature students. Special interest groups (archaeology, ornithology, botany, oceanography) will also find it an excellent option.
1 or 2 weeks – Starting weekly from April 15 to November 15 for groups of 10-25 (ages 18 and up). Not available for individual students.
Sample Schedule: (Download PDF ATTACHMENT)
1 week – $1200US per person (10-16 students) / $1100 US per person (17-25 students)
2 weeks – $2100US per person (10-16 students) / $2000US per person (17-25 students)
Includes: ESL classes and activities as indicated in the attachment, all activity admissions and transportation to and from the resort and the activities.
Shared rooms – dormitory style (2, 4 or 6 people per cabana, shared bath and 3 meals per day)
Airport pickup and drop off at Dangriga Airport (DGA) or Dangriga Bus Station
1 free escort (accommodation, activities, and meals) for every 10 students booked
Does not include: Belize Entry Visa fee if applicable (see visa link below), Belize Exit Visa $37.50US per person, Medical Insurance (must purchase in home country prior to departure). Optional programs and activities not listed above.
High Season November 15 to April 15 / Low Season April 16 to November 14
Beach front cabanas $135US per night high season / $105US per night low season
Ocean view cabanas $105US per night high season / $75US per night low season
Single or Double beds, coffee maker, fridge, microwave
Budget cabanas $60US per night high season / $50US per night low season
Single or double beds, no amenities
All rooms have a private bathroom.
Above rates are based on 1 or 2 guests per room. Each additional guest is $10 per night.
The beach front and ocean view cabanas can sleep up to 4 people per cabana.
There are no kitchens in any of the cabanas.
Meals at IGB
Breakfast $6.00-$8.00US per person
Lunch $7.50-$9.00US per person (only available by special advance request)
Dinner $12.50-$15.00US per person
A variety of scuba diving, jungle tours, honeymoon and wedding packages are also available. Ask for details.
Getting to Belize
Delta, American, US Air, United and Southwest Airlines service Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) Airport in Belize City through Dallas, Miami, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Newark, Houston and Atlanta. Tropic Air services Belize City from Cancun, Mexico, Flores and Guatemala City, Guatemala, San Pedro Sula and Roatan, Honduras. TACA Airlines services Belize City from San Salvador, El Salvador.
Air Canada, West Jet and a variety of carriers service Cancun, Mexico. An overnight bus from Cancun Airport to Belize City Bus Terminal departs daily www.ado.com.mx/ado/index.jsp and takes 7-8 hours. Change buses at the Belize City Bus Terminal for a local bus to Dangriga which takes approximately 3 hours.
Getting to Hopkins, IGB/Jungle by the Sea
Dangriga (DGA) is the closest airport to Hopkins. Maya Island Air and Tropic Air service Dangriga (DGA) from a number of Belizean cities. Most flights are less than 1 hour.
You can be picked up at Dangriga Airport or at Dangriga Bus Station by IGB.
Dangriga Airport and Dangriga Bus Station are located approximately 30-40 minutes from IGB and Jungle by the Sea in Hopkins.
Dangriga Airport or Dangriga Bus Station pickup $75US / Drop off $65US
Students must call IGB/Jungle by the Sea upon arrival at Dangriga Airport or Dangriga Bus Station if they have arranged a pickup. Tel. 533-7047
You can easily pay in $US for transportation, meals, hotels, activities etc. If you have $US there is no need to change them into $B. All other currencies must be changed into Belize dollars at local banks or exchange centres. All prices posted in shops, restaurants etc. are in Belize dollars unless otherwise indicated. Most major credit cards are accepted at hotels, attractions and upscale restaurants.
Full payment of ESL, Resort Internship and Flexi Volunteer Placement fees are due at least 30 days before arrival by bank transfer.
Yoga classes are paid by cash at the resort
A 10% non-refundable deposit is due for the ESL+ECO Adventure Camp at least 60 days before arrival. The balance is due 30 days before arrival.
A $40US bank service fee will be added to all program payments.
A 50% deposit by Visa, Master Card or bank transfer is due at the time of booking.
The balance is due 30 days before arrival.
Meals and activities are paid at the resort ($US or $B cash or major credit cards).
A $40US bank service fee will be added to all accommodation payments made by bank transfer.
A $37.50US environmental protection levy is required for all non Belizeans at the airport or border (cash only).
ESL, Resort Internship,FLEXI Volunteer Placements and ESL+ECO Adventure Camp
A 50% refund is available after booking is made
No refund on any programs is available after arrival.
An administration fee of $37.50US will be charged for all cancellations
If the cancellation is received more than 60 days before arrival only the $37.50US will be charged
If the cancellation is received more than 31 but less than 60 days prior to arrival a 50% refund will be provided
If the cancellation is received less than 30 days before arrival no refund will be provided
No refund is provided for premature accommodation departures (prior to the original check out date)