The ASB to Belize is a collaboration between Peacework, agricultural professionals, a local Belizean workers association, and community members in the Toledo District for the improvement of livelihood and economic opportunity. Our NCSU team works in the Toledo District, staying in the main town of Punta Gorda and traveling to work sites everyday. Work days include hiking to and from sites and a variety of agricultural field work like harvesting, planting, lifting, and shoveling. Other experiences include meals at local restaurants, trips to Mayan ruins, a jaguar preserve, Belizean coral reefs, and swimming, tubing, and snorkeling.
“Not only was working with the farmers and other people meaningful, but actually interacting with them and conversing, I was able to learn so much. … such an invaluable experience.”
“The most meaningful aspect of my ASB was spending time with farmers and talking to them about how they grow and harvest their cacao. Anyone can look up pictures of cacao and how its processed, but it was a truly special experience to see everything first hand. I also enjoyed working on different farms and seeing how a baby cacao tree is grown up until it is made into chocolate.”
“I learned the power of keeping a good attitude, making work fun, listening to others and recognizing differences.”
- Trip dates: March 6-14, 2020
- Location: Punta Gorda, Belize
- Approximate cost: $2,300 – $2,700
- Trip cost covers transportation, housing, and meals