Here are some useful tips and a suggested timeline to get your ultimate Belize Adventure underway. The sooner you start planning the better, so everyone is ready and well prepared for the exciting journey ahead.
Step 1: Contact Island Expeditions Co. to discuss your learning objectives, timeline, budget, and travel details. To help you successfully integrate an educational trip in Belize with your curriculum and ensure that we come up with the most suitable itinerary possible we have come up with an Itinerary Questionnaire that will provide some of the information we need to better understand your goals.
Step 2: It may be necessary to obtain your school’s approval or present them with a proposal detailing the itinerary and intended learning outcomes. IEC will provide referrals from teachers who have gone on our trips and/or information on finances, insurance, safety, etc as is needed.
Step 3: Recruit your students! With a clear objective in mind you are now ready to announce this opportunity to your students. Setting up a display, downloading our Educational Trips Poster, or sending a letter out to students or placing it in the school newsletter are all ways of publicizing the program.
Step 4: Hold a Parent-Student meeting outlining the trip, the long-term benefits for the students and some highlights about Belize. IEC will provide images, descriptions, detailed itineraries and testimonials from past students/teachers for the meeting as well as a Sample Letter, which you can send out to parents while planning this meeting. During the meeting it is important to introduce IEC and why you have chosen them, review the educational component of the trip, address the registration fees, insurance and payment plan as well as answer any questions parents and students may have.
Step 5: Have the committed students fill out an application with their parents, collect the deposit payments and send these in to our office. Don’t forget to allow some time for any students who have missed the meeting to sign up. Refer your students and their parents to our website for extra information about IEC, Belize, and their upcoming adventure.
Step 6: We’ll take care of the details!
"This trip changed my life in so many ways. I want to say a special thank you to all of our guides. They helped me in more ways then they will ever understand"
-Jamie Garrett, Villanova Preparatory School