Belize is a tiny country in Central America – it has a population of just 300 000.
Belize is situated between Mexico and Guatemala but it was a British colony until 1981 and so maintains a feel for its colonial past. The Belize people are warm and welcoming and you will feel at home here. There is a large community of expats here who come to Belize from Canada, the US and Europe to retire.
Belize is different in that it is has a rich cultural heritage while also providing visitors with many different activities to keep busy. One of the most popular activities in Belize is to visit the many Mayan ruins and ancient temples. Horse riding, snorkelling and cave exploring can also be done, as well as ziplining over the rainforest. Belize has over 400 tropical islands with gorgeous white sand beaches and turquoise waters where you can go if you are looking to lose yourself for a while. Especially if you’re interested in fishing, Belize is the place to be, with some of the best places for saltwater fly-fishing in the world.
In terms of history, Belize has a lot to offer: many archaeological Mayan ruins, stone temples, excavated tombs and natural caves. One of the most famous sights in Belize is the Lamanai ruins, where you can hike to the tallest Mayan pyramids, surrounded by monkeys and birds.
The official language of Belize is English but Spanish and Creole are also spoken. You should be able to find work in public or private schools or language schools. Education in Belize is undertaken in English so this is a good location for teachers to develop their skills. You need to have a degree to teach in Belize as the government is trying to make teaching a priority. Teachers are also expected to participate in extracurricular activities, as well as the usual teaching hours.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|BA/BS required||12 months||May, June||Work visa||Students||BZD 2 800 – BZD 3 600 (£950 – £1 200)||BZD3 600 – BZD 4 400 (£1 220 – £ 1 500)|