Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about I.M.A.P.

Why Belize?

Connecting with the social ministries of the Jesuits to learn about and immerse ourselves into their work with the Belize community is a great way to bring timely justice issues into the lives of our Marquette community.

The program is led by, taught by and true stories are being shared by the local community. We are there to learn from the experts and to reflect upon these issues in light of our lives, our vocation and our Jesuit values. Our pre-trip preparation will help prepare us for the principles of poverty, immersion and solidarity – but to be in country learning from those who struggle with these issues can only add to our I.M.A.P. experience.

Where exactly is Belize?

Belize is a part of Central America and is south of the Mexican Yucatan, west and north of the Guatemala border. Its population is roughly 250,000 with a square-mile size of a little less than 9,000 miles. Belize has been an independent country since 1981 and has just recently celebrated its 30th birthday. Before this, it was under the leadership of the British Commonwealth and known as British Honduras. Tourism has exploded in this country within the last 10 years, despite the fact that much of the country remains pure and untapped of its resources. Forestry, fishing, citrus production and textiles are the main exports of the country.

Where exactly in Belize are we staying?

I.M.A.P. will be staying in a Jesuit center in Belize City and a Jesuit guest house in Punta Gorda, Belize.

How safe is this trip?

There are basic safety issues as would be expected for any foreign traveler. Crimes against American citizens are more prevalent. Marquette University takes every precaution to ensure our safety.

How much does the trip cost?

Your $1,500 will cover airfare, food, transportation, housing and fees/donations for museum costs.

Do I need to have a passport?

To enter Belize, you must have a passport with the expiration date further than nine months from the date of travel. Applications for passports can be found online. Please ensure that you have a passport before you decide to attend I.M.A.P. Belize.

Do I need to get immunized?

Please consult with your family physician on what immunizations are needed for travel to Belize. Typically, we will be traveling to villages and into the jungle and not just staying in Belize City.

What language do I need to know?

Belize used to be a British commonwealth, so English is the primary language, but we will encounter a few different Mayan dialects as we travel into the smaller villages.

What will the weather be like?

Belize will be hot and humid.

Do I need to bring an electrical adapter?

Generally the electricity operates at 110 volts/60 hertz (like North America).

What is the currency for Belize?

It is $1 American for every $2 BZs. Credit cards and ATMs are not found in our region.

Can I bring my phone or make calls to home?

Belize has spotty connections with our U.S. phone plans. You can purchase a phone card and call home when you find a pay phone.