Who wouldn’t love a tropical adventure to a beautiful country with a lot of history? From March 30th to April 7th I was with group of AWTY school dedicated volunteers on a life changing trip Belize. Partnered with World Leader School we lived in a Maya Mopan village building local school , getting to know local families and exploring different areas of Belize .
Situated between Mexico and Guatemala to the west, and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean to the east, Belize is a sliver of green. There, in the heart of the tropical forest lye a small Mayan village where we were graciously hosted by the local families. Not only were the villagers friendly but the food was amazing. In the village we helped the local elementary school finish building the fence that we started two years ago and repaint the school. We were also substitute for the local teacher and I was really mover by the local children their beauty, their simplicity, their generous spirit.
I was able to bond closely with the people in my group so now they are like my extended family. We laughed until it hurt and cried together and I will never forget the memories I have made there.
After talking to my homestay mother and other locals I found that it was difficult for them to get access to medical facilities, especially for their children. Because the village is small and rural they do not have a permanent doctor or clinic there, and one village mother said that it was very expensive to get appointments because they had to pay for ambulance rides to the city and back as well as the doctors fee. I believe that all people should be able to access to medical facilities and care. Well, looks like I found my first mission after becoming a doctor – I vowed to myself to come back to the island and provide much needed medical help to the community I grow to knew and love.