Learn More: Belize
UNTIL RECENTLY, the pristine rain forests, scrublands, and coastal plains of Belize remained relatively untouched, but Belize is facing severe environmental degradation and cultural loss. Rapid coastal development, high deforestation rates, increasing poverty and the discovery of crude oil are threatening ancient tropical forests and former kingdoms of the Maya.
Based in the southern districts of Toledo and Stann Creek, SHI-Belize has been working since 1999 to find practical, sustainable strategies to improve the health of the local environment and the families who live there.
Although Stann Creek is an arid, mountainous region, and the Toledo District is heavily forested, these regions face similar challenges, such as slash-and-burn agriculture and logging. Toledo District, the most impoverished district in Belize, is home to numerous ethnic groups, with the majority being Mopan or Q’ekchi’ Mayan.
Upcoming Smaller World Tours to Belize
Ongoing: Smaller World Day Trips in Belize w/ Cotton Tree Lodge
When staying at the Cotton Tree Lodge in the Toledo District, Belize, you are invited to join SHI for a day-long service project, which may include building a wood-conserving stove, reforesting land, or planting an organic school garden. Working side-by-side with SHI families and staff, you will have the opportunity to…Read more...