San Antonio, Belize

Trip Name: Bold Hope - BZ - 03/27/22-04/02/22

Belize

Trip Information

This is an open trip

Trip Name:
Bold Hope - BZ - 03/27/22-04/02/22
Trip Destination:
San Antonio, Belize
Trip Dates:
Mar. 27, 2022 - Apr. 02, 2022
Trip Cost:
$1,395
Trip Type:
Bold Hope
Trip Status:
Status: Completed
Contact Email Address:
missions@boldhope.org
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Trip Closed to Reservations

This trip is 30 days out - please choose a different mission trip to serve on.

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Destination Information

Please thoroughly read and complete each step in the tabs below. All forms must be filled out prior to your trip's departure. * We understand that background checks and passports take time to complete. Please submit each item as you are able. We will follow up on any missing items as your trip gets closer.

    Application

    • We need completed applications for each person traveling, along with the $150 deposit in order to include them in trip planning. Please note that the application(s) may be sent without passport information or background clearances; we understand that those documents may take time to obtain. We will follow up on any missing items in the coming months.
    • Can I fill out one application for my whole family?
    • Yes, you can fill out a family application on our website, but there is some information that we will need for each trip participant.

    Climate / Packing list:

    How much clothing should I plan on bringing?
    • As you are packing for a generally hot climate, we recommend bringing extras of everything; you may have to change a few times each day. Generally bring 1-2 church outfits, 3-4 sets of work clothes, and 6-8 other sets of ministry clothes.
    What should I NOT bring?
    • Tight/clingy or see-through tops or bottoms, low-cut shirts, bikinis, or short shorts.
    What am I forgetting?
    • Hat or baseball cap, socks, undergarments, lightweight sleepwear, sunglasses, or rain gear.

    Customs

    What do I need to know for the customs forms?
    • For most countries, you will receive immigration entry documents and customs declaration documents during your flight. Fill out both in blue or black ink. You will be asked for the following:
    • Lodging address: **will be emailed to you 30 days prior to travel.
    • Reason for travel: Recreation
    What if I’m under 18 and traveling alone?
    • All trip participants under the age of 18 must carry a written, notarized letter from BOTH parents stating that they have permission to leave the country (two separate letters are acceptable, if necessary). If a minor is traveling with just one of their parents, they must have a notarized note from the other parent granting them permission to travel to Belize/Costa Rica.
      • The letter should show the following:
        • Child's legal name as it appears on their passport and date of birth
        • Both parents' legal names and formal signatures
        • Legal name of team leader
        • Legal name of temporary guardian (if different from team leader)
        • The specific traveling dates for each country. Include flight number, arrival time, departure time
        • The destination country
        • The purpose for travel to the destination country

    COVID-19

    Do I need a test before my trip?
    • Bold Hope asks all trip participants to provide* a negative COVID test within 72 hours of travel, regardless of vaccination status. Anyone who tests positive within 10 days of the mission trip, even if they later produce a negative result, will not be allowed to participate. Should a person test positive prior to their trip, all funds will be moved to a future trip.

      Bold Hope does not cover the cost of any COVID tests.

      Stay updated on the U.S. government’s requirements regarding travel.

      *Please send a picture of your results to rachel@boldhope.org
    Do I need a test in the country before coming home? How much does it cost?
    • The United States currently requires a negative Covid test prior to boarding your flight back to the US. Bold Hope will make arrangements for this test to be done but the cost of the test is each trip participant's responsibility - In Belize the test costs $75. Please be sure to bring that in cash.
      • *this amount may change based on testing costs in country, you will be emailed should this happen.
    • Please read our Covid-19 Waiver for our complete policies and procedures for testing.
    Do I have to wear a mask?
    • Plan to bring a mask (or several). We defer to our international partners while in-country, so please adhere to their request concerning mask wearing.
    • Read more about Belize requirements:

    Flights

    I am a part of a group & Bold Hope booked our flights. What do I need to know?
    • Bold Hope will provide flight information to your group leader 90 days prior to your trip. We book in groups so we cannot allow trip participants to choose their seats and we cannot add known traveler numbers or airline frequent flyer accounts. 30 days prior to the flight we submit names and you will be able to add these numbers on your own using your record locator. If you do not have a seat leading up to the flight, you will be assigned one at no cost upon arrival at the airport - there is no need to purchase a seat (unless you prefer to) if Bold Hope purchased your tickets.
    Bold Hope did not book my group’s plane tickets OR I am not a part of a group. How do I book my flights?
    • You are responsible for booking your own airfare. (If you are a part of a group, please check with your group leader about flight plans prior to booking). We recommend searching for flights at google.com/travel/flights or contacting a local travel agent. Please use the following guidelines when booking, and send your itinerary to rachel@boldhope.org once finalized.
    • The dates of your trip include travel days on either end -  please be sure to book your flights to arrive and depart on the start and end date of your mission trip.
    Airport to fly in and out from:
    • BZE
    Time to arrive in country by*:
    • 3:00pm
    * Please note that transportation for the team will not leave until this time to ensure all participants have arrived. Depending on how early you arrive at the airport, a Bold Hope representative may or may not be there; you will wait at arrivals until they (or the rest of the team) arrive.

    Do not plan to fly home before**:
    • 11:00am
    ** You will be dropped off 3 hours prior to this time for departure. If you fly out later in the day, you will wait in the airport prior to leaving.

    *** Please contact us if these times are prohibitive. We charge a $200-400 transportation fee (depending on location of service) for flights booked outside of these arrival and departure times.

    Cultural Sensitivity

    What cultural things should I be aware of?
    • In Belize, it’s common practice to greet everyone you come across
    • Belize is a conservative culture, and dress should be kept modest (especially for women)
    • It is a good idea to avoid public displays of affection, more so in Belize than in other parts of the world

    CHECKLIST - PDF TO PRINT

    Money / Currency

    How much money should I bring? Can I use my credit card? Do I need to bring cash and do I need to exchange it?
    • The American dollar is widely accepted - Locals often do not have change and they will not accept torn or crinkled money, so we suggest bringing new, small bills. Most things are included in your trip but if you would like to purchase souvenirs, participate in extra fun day activities or eat a meal at the fun day location, or purchase food at the airports or any extra drinks at the hotel we recommend bringing some spending money. Additionally, any required COVID tests are taken at the expense of the trip participant. We recommend between $100-$200 for these expenses. Credit cards are also widely accepted but depending on the card can have excessive international fees - please check with your credit card company prior to travel.
      • FOR HAITI: Haiti charges a $10 tourism fee upon arrival. You need to pay that fee in exact cash.
    • We suggest that each trip participant bring $20 to contribute towards a tip for hotel staff, translators, etc. This is a recommendation, not a requirement. Bold Hope will collect all tips at the end of the week and distribute them appropriately.

    Training

    How should I prepare for my trip?
    • Please take the time to read through your training booklet (either physical or PDF version) where you will find more information about serving with Bold Hope, fundraising, heart prep and more.
    • If you are a part of a team, please be sure to prioritize attending all team meetings.
    • Missions book recommendations:
      • When Helping Hurts
      • Reciprocal Missions
      • Let the Nations be Glad
      • Across the Street and Around the World
    • Missions podcast recommendations:
      • The Missions Podcast
      • Global Missions Podcast
      • Maverick, a Pioneers Podcast
      • The 1040 Podcast

    Physical Donations

    Are there any guidelines or suggestions concerning donations that I could bring for the ministry?
    • Bringing donated items is an added blessing to our ministry partners. Please email rachel@boldhope.org for a list of suggested items. Keep in mind that we ask you to refrain from handing out donations directly; please give them to our missionaries or ministry partners who will distribute them as needed in the context of the relationships they've built over time.
    • Unfortunately, Bold Hope does not have a convenient and cost effective way of shipping donated items to the various countries in which we serve. If you would like to bring donations, you will need to pack them in a suitcase and bring them with you at your own expense.

    Cancelation policy

    All trip payments are considered donations and are therefore non-refundable. If a trip participant backs out of a trip, the money donated will go towards Bold Hope’s greatest need at that time.  BH values its relationship with its teams and supporting individuals; please contact BH directly for any questions regarding cancellation.

    Ministry Prep

    How can I be prepared to serve?
    We say it over and over: be flexible. Just about now you’re thinking, easier said than done. Right? We know. But, it is easier to be flexible if you’re prepared with some things that you can implement at a moment’s notice. Be ready with several songs and hand motions to teach children (if you know the song in their language, even better!). Learn games ahead of time that you can play with any number of kids in any kind of space. Bring items that will allow you to easily connect, such as:
    • Jump ropes
    • Nail polish
    • UNO or other simple, wordless card games
    • Beach balls
    • Sports balls
    • Frisbees
    • Bubbles
    • Crayons/coloring books

    Payment Due Dates

    • Deposit due: 15 days after sign up
    • 1st half of payment due: 90 days before trip
    • Final payment due*: 45 days before trip
    *No participant or group will be accepted at the mission site with an outstanding balance. If your balance is not paid in full 15 days before departure, your trip will be canceled.

    Schedule

    What will we be doing?
    • This schedule is a rough outline of what you will be doing during your week of service. A more complete schedule will be discussed during team meetings or in an email closer to your trip’s departure.
    • Here are a couple example schedules from past trips:

    Travel / Trip Insurance

    We purchase trip insurance which includes emergency evacuation, if needed.

    DESCRIPTION OF BENEFITS:
    • ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT BENEFITS
      • Principal Sum: $100,000
      • Covered Losses: See Benefit
    • EMERGENCY MEDICAL EVACUATION REPATRIATION BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: Actual Costs
      • Deductible: $0
    • EMERGENCY REUNION BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: $10,000
    • FAMILY REUNION BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: $10,000
    • LOST BAGGAGE BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: $2,500
      • Deductible: $100
    • HOME COUNTRY BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: $5,000
      • Deductible: $0
    • OUT OF COUNTRY MEDICAL EXPENSE BENEFITS
      • Maximum Benefit: $10,000
      • Deductible: $0
      • Deductible must be incurred within: 1 year
      • Maximum Benefit Period: 1 year from the date of the Covered Accident or Sickness
      • Maximum for Pre-existing Conditions: N/A
      • Maximum for Dental Treatment (injury only): N/A
      • Maximum for Emergency Medical Treatment of Pregnancy: N/A
      • Maximum for treatment in an Emergency Room: $10,000
    • PERSONAL PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT REIMBURSEMENT BENEFIT
      • Personal Property Maximum Benefit: $2,500
      • Financial Instrument Maximum Benefit: $2,500
      • Deductible per Occurrence: $100
      • Maximum Benefit for Any One or Set of Articles: $750
      • Maximum Benefit for Cash: $500
    • POLITICAL EVACUATION WITH NATURAL DISASTER BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: $100,000
    • REPATRIATION OF REMAINS BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: Actual Costs
      • Deductible: $0
    • RETURN MINOR CHILD(REN) BENEFIT
      • Maximum Benefit: $10,000

    Vaccine requirements

    What vaccines do I need or should I get prior to traveling?
    • All international travelers should research the area they are visiting. Plan to call or visit your primary care physician or a travel medicine specialist at least 4-8 weeks prior to your departure.
    • We recommend starting your research with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After gathering information, you can then make decisions that are best for you or your family members.
    *The CDC recommends that travelers be up to date with vaccinations common to those living in the United States, such as tetanus and measles/mumps/rubella.
    ** Bold Hope employees are not medically trained and are unable to advise you on vaccination or medication decisions.

    Passport / VISA Requirements

    When do I need my passport?
    • Your passport must be valid at least 6 months past the dates of your trip.
    You need at least 2 empty pages for stamps. If you travel frequently, please check your passport.
    • Whether you are applying for the first time, or applying for a renewal, please apply immediately. The process can take 12 weeks or more and all fees are the responsibility of the trip participant.
    • Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html for more information.
    • When you have your passport, please provide us with a copy.
      • Passport Upload (see below)
    Do I need a VISA or other forms before travel?
    • Belize: A visa IS NOT required for your trip to Belize.
    • DR: A visa IS NOT required for your trip to The Dominican Republic. HOWEVER, you must fill out this form prior to your travel: https://eticket.migracion.gob.do

    Food

    What will we be eating?
    • Breakfast: at the hotel prior to starting your day
    • Lunch & dinner: at the hotel or at a ministry site depending on the schedule for the day
    • You can expect local cuisine and there may be some American food mixed in. If you are a picky eater, have extensive allergies or are worried about food for any reason please bring supplemental snacks to ensure you are not hungry.

    International Cellular / WiFi

    • Facetime, Facebook Messenger, and Whatsapp are great free services to help you communicate with loved ones during free time at the hotel.
    • Wi-Fi may be spotty (Set up the apps with your family/friends before you  leave home).
    • We suggest talking to your cell phone provider to find out your international coverage options as well.

    Accommodations

    Where will I be staying?
    • Your hotel will have A/C and Wi-Fi access. Other amenities will vary based on the hotel your team is booked at for the week.
    • 30 days prior to your trip's departure you will receive an email with the name and address of the hotel you will be staying at.
    Can I upgrade my room so that I don't have to share with other team members?
    • Bold Hope typically puts 4 people in each hotel room. We do offer single, double or triple occupancy options for the below upgrade fees:
    • Single room = $450
    • Double = $225/person
    • Triple = $100/person
    • Please email rachel@boldhope.org when submitting your application and deposit if you are interested in one of these options.

    Transportation

    How do I get to the airport?
    • You will need to get yourself to and from the airport in the United States. Bold Hope will take care of all in-country transportation once you land.

    Trip Discounts

    • We offer trip discounts for monthly donors
    • $30 / month = $450 off trip cost
    • $50 / month = $750 off trip cost
    *We ask for a commitment of at least one year.
    **Discount does NOT apply to child sponsors

    Paying for my Trip

    How do I pay for my trip?
    • The first step is to reserve your spot on the team.
      • Trip Reservation
    • The next step is to pay your trip deposit .
      • Pay Trip Deposit
    • The remainder of your trip cost can be paid at the Trip Contributions tab. You can pay the balance yourself or you can invite others to be a part of your mission trip through fundraising.
    • Checkout this document for step-by-step suggestions and details on how to fundraise. Bold Hope Complete Fundraising
    • If you would like others to donate, provide them your designated trip link and they can give towards your trip.  Please ask them to gift the processing & transaction fee so that you receive 100% of their donation toward your trip. Please also ask them to simultaneously send you an email to let you know they have donated. This will help you keep track of your donors so you know whom to thank!
      • Designated Trip Link*: Contribute to My Trip
        • Be sure to submit all trip payments (fundraising or paying yourself) through your trip link
    • All contributions/payments received in excess of trip fees will be used in support of the organization and cannot be refunded or used to reimburse expenses for the group/individual. For groups, if checks are written to Bold Hope, any extra funds will be applied towards projects, the greatest need, ongoing program costs, or administrative expenses. We do not pool funds between participants. If checks are written to the church or organization and excess funds are raised, they can choose how to use the surplus.

    Language

    What language do they speak?
    • The official language of Belize is English.
    • Some areas we serve people will also speak Spanish or Mayan as well.
    • Translators will be present if needed.