A volunteer gets into a golf cart for a tour of Belize with Projects Abroad staff.

Belize Arrival Procedures

Airport pickup, flights, and visas for your trip to Belize

We have all the information you need to know for your trip, from helping with visa queries to walking you through a placement induction on your first day in Belize. Our hassle-free approach means you can concentrate on what really matters, making a difference at your placement.

Arrival airports and pickup in Belize

You will arrive in the country at Belize City Airport (BZE). You’ll then catch a short domestic flight to either San Pedro Airport (SPR), or to Placencia Airport (PLJ) if you’re doing a Conservation Project.

One of our friendly local staff members will meet you at your arrival airport. They’ll be easy to spot, as they’ll be wearing a Projects Abroad t-shirt or holding a Projects Abroad sign. They will then take you to your accommodation and make sure you’re settled in. We cover the costs of transport to and from your arrival airport, giving you one less thing to worry about on your first day.

San Pedro Airport is approximately two minutes from our office in San Pedro. Placencia Airport is about a 15-minute drive from our Conservation Project base in Placencia.

Booking your flights to Belize with us

Projects Abroad has over 20 years of experience arranging flights for thousands of volunteers around the world. Searching for flights online can be a time-consuming, overwhelming, and frustrating process. Let us do the work for you!

We can help you book the best return flights, making sure you have the safest, most convenient, and cost-effective flight options, no matter how complex your travel plans. Find out more about booking your flights through us.

Visas requirements for your volunteer project or internship in Belize

One of the perks of volunteering with us is the visa guidance we give you. We have a dedicated visa team who have up-to-date information on visa requirements for all of our destinations around the world. You can get in touch with us if you have any visa queries, big or small, and we will talk you through the process. Once you apply, you’ll also get a link to your own MyProjectsAbroad webpage, which will include all the necessary visa information.

Your induction and orientation in Belize

Depending on the time of your arrival in San Pedro or Placencia, you’ll either have your induction on the same day as your arrival, or on the following day. However, if you arrive over the weekend, you will have your induction on the Monday morning, because banks and the post office are closed all weekend.

On the day of your induction, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation and taken for an orientation around town. Your coordinator will show you different landmarks and amenities such as:

  • The post office
  • Banks
  • Internet cafes
  • A bureau de change

During the orientation, you can purchase a local SIM card or phone. You will also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers in destination, and hear more about how we run our different projects in Belize. You’ll also receive an induction pack. This contains all the information you need, like a map of the town with important places highlighted, and contact information for local Projects Abroad staff.

The Projects Abroad Coordinator will show you how to travel from your accommodation to your placement and back again. All placements are located fairly close to our host families and accommodation so you’ll either walk to your placement each day or ride a bicycle. If there are any, all of your necessary work-related transportation costs are covered by Projects Abroad.

Your first day at your volunteer or internship placement in Belize

No matter which project you’re doing in Belize, you’ll receive plenty of guidance and support from local staff. Your first day at your placement is a chance for staff to show you how everything works before you actually start your project work. You’ll be introduced to the people you’ll be working with and you’ll get shown around the placement.

You’ll only start working on your second day, once you’ve had a chance to learn about how the placement is run and what your role there will be.

Support, safety, and backup

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

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