Intern in Punta Gorda & San Ignacio, Belize

From the Mountains to the Sea

It’s only a four hour drive from Punta Gorda to San Ignacio, but they’re worlds apart. A “tourist hub” between Belize City and Tikal National Park in Guatemala, San Ignacio’s tropical hills house Mayan ruins while Punta Gorda offers a more relaxed, welcoming vibe an earshot from the Caribbean Sea.

Interning in Belize

Work attire in Belize will depend entirely on your internship. Hospitals and clinics will require scrubs and closed-toe shoes and small business offices tend to be business casual. While the estimated risk of contracting malaria is low, it’s recommended that interns wear loose-fitting clothing that covers the skin. Mosquitos and other unpleasant insects are abundant.

For those of us used to the idea of eating out for lunch, Belizeans introduce us to a different approach. Depending on where home is, Belizeans will go home for lunch or bring a home-cooked meal to enjoy outside the office.

Live Like a Local

When the backpackers have passed through San Ignacio for the day and left you behind, the riches of Belize begin to shine through. By the time your program ends, you’ll have shopped the multi-ethnic Saturday farmers’ market and climbed a Mayan temple. Here are some tips to get you started living like a local.

  • (Summer) Hot, Rainy
    (Winter) Warm, Dry
  • English, Creole
  • Belize Dollar (BZD)
  • Taxis & Buses

Getting Around

In San Ignacio, private taxis are the most convenient, if not the quickest way to get around. Because Punta Gorda is a much smaller town, everything is a bicycle ride or a walk away. If you’re not in a hurry, both cities have a bus system that will get you from point A to point B.

Things to Do

“Go slow” is a common saying on the island of Caye Caulker, a small island with only bikes and golf carts used as a means of transportation. Take a water taxi here to enjoy fun nightlife, snorkeling or diving. Or head to Dangriga to enjoy the coastal rain forest and the reef in the Caribbean Sea.

Useful Phrases in Creole (Kriol)

Gud maanin / Good Morning

Weh di go aan? / What's up? Hello.

Fuh chroo? / Is that so?

Cho! / A statement of surprise