Belize: Moving to Belize??:
The primary school curriculum is standard across Belize. As mentioned to others asking about schools, most primary schools are church based and operated. So no matter what district you find yourself, you will find Catholic public schools, Anglican schools, muslim etc. and then there are the government run schools. The church run schools tend to be managed more effectively. However, in my opinion, the education is relatively the same, with the same curriculum across the country... however, you might have better teachers in Belize City and Belmopan, the two major cities. Regardless of whichever school you pick, government, private, church run, if you are not involved in your child's education and paying attention and home and supplementing what she/he is learning, then your child will miss out. Personally, I'm beginning to believe in home schooling... realizing that I'm the best teacher for my child (I am a teacher by profession but anyone can do it!)
Belize: Universityof Belize:
no.... unfortunately the University of Belize is NOT accredited, therefore her degree will be valid in Belize but only in Belize. They are working on accreditation but its still in the works. If you want her to have a degree that is universal, she's better off going to an accredited college abroad or doing online courses from the University of the West Indies (which can be done here).
Belize: Availability of nutritional supplements:
Nothing wrong with the tap water but most belizeans don't like the taste, as they say it has too much chlorine. However, I wouldn't give it to a baby or child, because they need purified water.... but .... buy the crystal water from the Crystal depot and you will get it for $3.30 instead of the $4.50. The depot is beside stationary house and close to the main Atlantic bank near the roundabout.
Belize: home for rent:
Anyone interested in renting my fully furnished home in Ladyville... 20 minutes outside of Belize City. Beautiful quiet neighbourhood with a security guard.
4 bedrooms, 2 baths, deck, yard space, kitchen, living room, laundry room with dryer and washer. Approximately 2000 square feet.
Renting between $1500 US a month (owner willing to negoiate.)
Committment span - at least a year.
Belize: Children and Elderly:
I don't live in Corozal, but I understand that its a lovely place, especially for expats. Its also close to Mexico. I'm a teacher in Belize City, and the education would be the same anywhere in the country. I can't speak specially about the schools in Corozal, but in general in Belize we have church run schools as well as public and private schools. Most Belizeans tend to gravitate towards either Catholic run public schools (which are cheap and have a reputation for having a quality education as well as good teachers) and private schools.... the private schools however are expensive for the average Belizean, while the catholic run public schools are subsidized by the state. I'm not sure the ages of your children, but the education received in Belize is equivalent to that in the States... the only issue is you won't have access to that many extra curriculum activities... if you want piano, swimming, tennis etc.... you will have to find a private provider. And no.... once at the college level, it will be hard to have credits transferred to the states. A few US schools do accept one or two credits, however, the highschool diploma and CXC exam results (which all Caribbean students have to take) will be accepted by Universities in the US. Credits however, will transfer to Universities in the Caribbean. I myself studied in Chicago and I am Jamaican. I did my CXC's (Caribbean Examination Council examinations) and based on that and my regular report card and my SAT's was accepted into more than one university in the US. My sister went to Denison, in Ohio and I went to Lake Forest. Many of my current students have graduated from the Junior College I teach at to the US and Canada with NO problems. It's just that they had to spend the normal 4 years as their associate degree didn't transfer, but their report card was sufficient to get them accepted.
So education isn't a problem in Belize. It's just that the school lack the luxuries (in terms of infrastructure and after school activities) that you might be accustomed to.
In terms of the elderly, again, they would definately appreciated the slowed down pace of life we experience in Belize. There are facilities, however, it is the custom for older relatives to remain with younger ones instead of being put into nursing homes. Many Belizeans hire nurses or "maids/housekeepers" to remain home with the older relatives while they are at work etc. Unlike in the US, maids/housekeepers are affordable and it is common in the Caribbean despite income, to have a maid/housekeeper/cook/gardener etc.
Belize: moving to Belize:
well you have options here in Belize. There are health care facilities situated all over the country and we are bordered by Mexico and Guatemala. Many Belizeans are bi-lingual in Spanish and English and therefore can go to Quintano Roo (Chetumal) Mexico or Guatemala City hospitals if they don't like the service they receive in Belize. However, Belize City does have some very good health care facilities. They have two very good private hospitals that offer excellent care and services and the doctors are professional - Medical Associates and Belize Health Care Partners Ltd. (on a down note, the public hospital sucks!). They have good eye care facilities too, dental, etc. Anything you need and want can be found... its just that you need to know where to look... which is the difficulty for foreigners.
As for insurance. There are many insurance companies - RFG or Sagicore. Sagicore might be best suited for foreigners as the coverage is international and relatively affordable (cheaper than in the States)l. What Belize doesn't have much of is nursing homes for the elderly. Its the culture that the elderly stay home with relatives and are cared for by their family, not put away in institutions.
Belize: Sand Fleas:
Yes I must admit that sand flies (as they are referred to by Belizeans) are a minor irritation on calm still days - meaning there is little to no wind blowing of the coast. So yes, occasionally you will find yourself spraying replant and being bitten by sand flies once you live by a sandy area. The good news is, these areas also receive a nice cool breeze frequently which removes sand flies or keeps them at bay, and you can enjoy the outdoors without their irritation.
Belize: Sittee River Wildlife Reserve:
This is a developing area that is located near Hopkins Village, near the coast. It will probably be one of the biggest tourist destination areas in Belize in the near future.
Belize: Best way to sell property - land and home?:
Part of the problem is locals aren't going to pay states prices for land or house. For one, most can't afford it and secondly, even if they could afford it, land is still very much available in Belize for CHEAP!! so they can get 30 acres anywhere for minimal cost. Have you tried contacting the local realtors like the company "Alpha and Omega" who have a foreign market as well as a local one? So they would advertise your property aboard as well as locally.
about $10 to $15 US dollars.
Belize: Info on moving to Belize:
HI.... I may be able to help but I need specifics as to what you want to know. Schooling, jobs, housing, banking??
Belize: teaching position sought:
There are ALWAYS job openings for English teachers in Belize especially at the secondary level. You are paid according to your qualifications as it corresponds with the Government pay scale. The best times to apply for these jobs would be during the summer months (June - Aug) before school starts in September or Nov-Dec before school starts in January. Belize is an English speaking country in Central America, but since the people speak Creole (a dialect), many schools still need people specialized in English education.
Hope this was helpful.
Belize: families moving:
First, Belize is a great place to live if you like a slow easy pace to life and can see the potential that this country has to offer.
I was single and young when I first moved to Belize because my boyfriend was Belizean. I'm Jamaican but I moved to Belize from Chicago, where I was a student for 4 years. So I understand the transition one would have to make if you were coming from a first world country like the United States. You will definately experience culture shock - the language (creole - a dialect and a broken form of English), the food, the environment and even the government and private services, and the pace of life and even the weather are not what you may be accustomed to, especially if you live in the first world. But once you've adjusted and know how to obtain all your needs and make the services that exist work for you, then you can fit right in. Many other foreigners have come here and are enjoying this simple relaxed lifestyle, including myself. Belize is bursting with possibility and you can easily start businesses, own real-estate or just experience and enjoy Belize's unique culture for what it is.
Are you still interested in finding out about schools in Belize?
Because there is soooo much to explain about the schools that it would be easier if you ask specific questions.
For instance most primary schools in Belize are modeled after the British system and are church run... unlike the states your child WILL be exposed to the religion of the particular school... so you have muslim run schools, Catholic run schools, Jesuit run schools, Baptist etc.... The Catholic Public schools tend to be regarded as some of the best schools in the country. However, there are a few private, elitist schools that model the American system here as well, but they are more expensive.
Primary school goes up to age 12-13 and the child then spends 4 years in highschool where they do a Caribbean examination called CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) before they can graduate to move on to our Junior Colleges or our University. The Junior Colleges in Belize are 2 year programs where the students graduate with an associates degree in their area of study. The junior colleges are generally very good.
The country has one main university - UB, The Unviersity of Belize, which unfortunately is still working on accreditation so their degree will be recognized aboard. So most young people venture aboard unfortunately to pursue higher degrees... in Cuba, The US, Canada, Taiwan, England etc.
I teach at one of the Junior Colleges in Belize City and I've taught and the primary level as well. so if you need more specifics, I'll see how I can help you.
Belize: moving to belize:
You have to know how to handle customs or you will pay through your teeth at customs
Belize: Topic of the Week: Real Estate in Belize:
Cayo District is in the Western part of the country... Belize is divided into Districts (equivalent to a "State" in the USA). So when you hear Cayo District it means all the towns and villages in the entire district of Cayo. Belmopan the capital of Belize is located in the Cayo district... along with many other towns and villages. It is a huge district. Each district has a main city within it.
Belize: moving to Belize:
Spanish is spoken alot in Corozal. Also, it is nicely located close to the border and Chetumal is wonderful to get away to for entertainment (movies, dining, etc) as well as for shopping for clothes, food items, personals... the Belizean dollar goes a far way in Mexico.