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Staff Scholarship Fund Grows to Support 12 Students in Belize

Staff Scholarship Fund Grows to Support 12 Students in Belize

As we move towards completion of our 4th year of providing student scholarships in Belize, we are pleased to provide you, our friends, with this update. As you may know, education is not free to students and their families in Belize as it is in the U.S., Canada and many other nations. Many children living in poverty are not able to get even a basic education. 

In 2013 the staff of St. George's Caye Resort came together to start a scholarship fund to help children in their home villages attend school. In August 2014 we proudly shared about the Successful First Year for St. George’s Scholarship Winner, and then a year later shared that the program had expanded to help 6 students for the 2015-2016 school year!  Read more: Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize  

 

MEET THE STUDENTS WE SUPPORT

We are thrilled to share that we now support 11 high school students and one elementary age student through our program, which is fully operated by our incredible staff.  All candidates were vetted for ability, motivation and need – and they are now very thankful for their educational opportunity. 

Here is a little bit about the twelve students we currently support:

  • Justin’s mother fights to prevent him from following in his father footsteps.  She has tried to get enough money to pay for tuition by selling tamales house by house.
  • Christian's mother has been working hard on agriculture and was able to provide Primary education but was unable to meet the higher cost of Secondary school.
  • Roshanny is daughter of a single mother of four who tries her best on providing education for them.  Roshanny was awarded the student of the year for being well-mannered, well behaved and dedicated to her studies. She would like to be a nurse in the future. 
  • Jairo is the son of a farmer who cannot provide education for him. Jairo has left an impressive legacy of hard work, dedication toward his studies at the institution where he attended primary school. Parents are supportive for his education but are not able to provide it.
  • Emily is outstanding, dedicated, hardworking, respectful and always willing to help others. Emily is a daughter of single mother and sister of six. Mother is not able to provide high school education for her. 
  • Jackelin's mother works selling bread on the streets, and her father is sick and unemployed with two children in High School.  Jackelin’s mother is requesting our assistance to be able to provide a good education for her daughter.
  • Reginaldo is the son of a farmer who is trying to provide education for three of his sons, they are currently attending High school in Belmopan where they need to travel every day.
  • Gladis's parents are farmers and can’t provide for fees. It’s been over a year since Gladis had to drop out of school due to lack of funds. She has been trying to find a job to get the funds but because of her young age she has not succeeded. 
  • Nathaly is an 11 year old with parents from El Salvador. With the help of St. George’s Caye Resort’s Staff Nathaly had been successfully promoted to STD 6 (6th grade) in the current primary school where she is enrolled. 
  • Austin had given up the hopes on continue studying, but with the recommendation of his teachers and Principal of the school where he successfully completed primary education, he was awarded our scholarship and continues his education.
  • Amilcar is the son of local farmer who was not able to provide higher education. The scholarship program got to him by recommendation of some of his past teachers and principal. Amilcar has successfully been promoted to attend his third year of high school.
  • Brian is the son of a single mother, and amongst the highest students in his class who was not able to get financial help to continue his education. Brian is attending his second year in Belmopan Comprehensive School.

 

MAKING AN IMPACT TOGETHER

St. George’s Caye scholarships are funded by the staff and the resort.  Although we do not solicit donations, our guests and friends are welcome to help us expand our support of students by donating. 

Stay tuned for further updates – who knows, maybe one day we will be telling you about the next medical breakthrough, humanitarian achievement or celebrated novel by our past scholars!

 

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WHY AND HOW WE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TEACHERS

WHY AND HOW WE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TEACHERS

Recently we've had guests ask, "Why do you offer a Teacher Bonus?"

So here is Cap'n Ron to elaborate on why education is so important to him and St. George's Caye Resort.

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The value of a good education is universally acknowledged in the western world – opportunity for better jobs, ability to make better life decisions, more awareness of the world, more understanding of and compassion for others, etc. Sometimes, however, people who are fortunate enough to have access to quality education take it for granted. We sometimes don’t see, or we forget that a significant number of people don’t have this advantage.

I ask myself, “What if the next Jonas Salk, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein or Nelson Mandela never has the chance to achieve anything because she or he did not have the opportunity for education?” Our world is so much the poorer for not having met the great achievers, the great potential contributors who do not get to blossom due to a lack of educational opportunity.

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Students Must Pay to Attend High School in Belize

In the United States, Canada and Western Europe, education is considered a right and governments take responsibility for making education available. In Belize, education is provided for everyone through the elementary level only. Beyond elementary, there is a cost – for tuition, books, uniforms, as well as transportation and meals – that is beyond the reach of a significant percentage of the population. The result is that thousands of young people never get the chance to attend middle school, high school and beyond. Statisticians will tell us that there are great achievers in that group of uneducated people who just didn’t have the opportunity.

Scholarship Program at St. George's Caye Resort

As a successful private island resort, St. George’s is dedicated to helping identify the achievers and supporting their education – hoping to see more young people achieve their potential. Our staff not only takes pride in showing guests the Blue Hole, Mayan ruins and other jungle adventures, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and other Belize landmarks, but they also fund and operate a scholarship program, currently putting six students through school in Belize.

Learn more about our Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize 

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Your Stay at St. George's Helps Us Support Students

Guests at St. George’s choose between an overwater bungalow (sometimes called an over-water casita) or a private oceanfront bungalow (beachfront thatch ambience!) or a cozy garden cabana. You might come to learn to dive in Belize, experience adventure travel in Belize, or come for an anniversary trip. Whatever you choose to do, with our all-inclusive packages and excellent Belize resort deals, our guests get the extra benefit of supporting the education of young people.

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Educators get extra special treatment at St. George’s. Our summer program last year with huge discounts was very popular with teachers, and this year we are offering a $100 Resort Credit to educators (and students!) over and above our sizzling Summer Specials. That means you can get a free jungle tour for two AND a $100 credit to spend on a massage or guided snorkel to the Belize Barrier Reef.

So tell the teachers and educators in your life that they deserve a relaxing summer break in Belize - and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for their free Teacher Bonus.

Thank you to our guests for helping us find and support the undiscovered great achievers!

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Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize

Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize

Scholarships for Belize Higher Education

 

One of the ways we show our gratitude and reinvest in Belize is through educational scholarships for students who would not be able to attend school otherwise.

In 2013-14 we sponsored one young lady - paying her school tuition, books, transportation and food - allowing her to attend high school. Many students in Belize stop attending school in 6th form (or 8th grade) because high school fees and books are often too expensive for families to afford. All money to support her was given by the staff of St. George's and matched in donations by the management and owner.

Read first year scholarship recipients letter thanking staff.

In 2014-15 the staff donated enough money out of their own pockets to sponsor FOUR students! This is very exciting! It touched the staff members to see how the seemingly small pieces of their paycheck added up in a way that could change the lives of children from their villages. 

This school year, 2015-2016 we are thrilled to let you know that SIX students are now being supported by our scholarship program. Over $14,000 Belize dollars was contributed - every member of our staff chose to participate! These 6 students are all currently enrolled in school, learning and thriving. How fabulous is that! It may seem like a small number - but imagine how these six students lives are being changed by the opportunity to go to school instead of having to enter the workforce at the ages of 12 and 13. 

As a reward for our scholarship recipients, on August 23 Cap'n Ron and the staff hosted the four students and their families for a day on the island. For some this was their first time seeing the ocean. In addition to a nice meal on the beach under the almond tree, there was time to kayak around the island and visit the small St. George's Caye Aquarium. It was a memorable and eye opening experience for the students and their families.

SGCR Staff welcoming Students

Students learning about local wildlife.

First ocean kayak for all Students!

All scholarship recipients are chosen by our staff's elected Scholarship Committee - a small group of seasoned team members. They communicate with school principals, parents and are aware of needs within their communities. The selection process considers need, attendance and grades before choosing. Unfortunately some students are left out. 

Why are we sharing this with you? 

When you stay at St. George's Caye Resort we want you to know you are not only experiencing a beautiful vacation on a private island - you are also supporting many local families. It is because of you, our guests, that these programs are possible! It also empowers our staff to do the best job they can serving you - knowing the cycle of giving will flow through them. They pass on their enthusiasm and authentic desire to create a great vacation to you AND they get to pass on some of their financial reward to others in need. And we wanted you to know!

Thank you! 

Its costs roughly $1500 US dollars ($3000 Belize Dollars) to completely sponsor a student - covering tuition, books, transportation, uniforms and food - if the belly isn't full the mind isn't active! If you would like to directly help us sponsor more children please let us know! Contact Cap'n Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Giving Back to Our Community

When you stay with us, you’re staying at a socially responsible resort. We are stewards for the reef, ocean, and natural resources that surround our island. We provide Belizeans with stable jobs and a living wage. We treat each other and our guests with respect. And everyone at St. George’s Caye Resort shares a commitment to giving back to our community.

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Our Belizean staff sponsors educational scholarships in their home villages; resort manager Barry is an active participant in the local Rotary; and Cap’n Ron joined the board for Full Basket Belize, a nonprofit that awards scholarships and community grants and our gift shop supports local artisans. We also regularly donate resort stays to charity auctions across the US. Read on to learn more about how we’re giving back – and how you can help.

ST. GEORGE’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

We take good care of our employees and, in turn, they share their prosperity with their home villages. In 2014 we launched a formal scholarship program to support high school students from the villages our employees call home (in Belize, free education ends after 8th grade). Thanks to the participation of every single member of our staff, we’ve expanded this program from offering one scholarship a year to three. Read about the first year for our first scholarship recipient in the Island Blog.

Successful First Year for St. George’s Scholarship Winner 

FULL BASKET BELIZE

Full Basket Belize

Cap’n Ron, owner of St. George’s Caye Resort, has been visiting and doing business in Belize for more than fifteen years – and in that time has supported students and young entrepreneurs. To broaden his impact, Cap’n Ron joined the board of directors for Full Basket Belize(FBB), a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides scholarships and community grants countrywide. At times we run specials where we donate a percentage of our proceeds to FBB—you can join our email list to hear about these opportunities. Or at any time visit www.fullbasketbelize.org to learn more and make a contribution.  

CHARITY AUCTIONS

Every year we donate trips to charity auctions across the US to help them raise money for worthy causes—from public radio to mental health. Organizations supported in the past include: WCNY (PBS station in NY), KRCB (PBS station in northern CA), NorthStar Clubhouse, Lake Oswego Rotary, and the Assistance League of Greater Portland.

Do you have a charity auction we should consider supporting? Email Cap’n Ron to let him know.

ROTARY CLUB BELIZE

Rotary Club of Belize

Resort Manager Barry is a long-time supporter of Rotary International. For 10 years he was a member of the Austin University Area Rotary Club in Austin, Texas where he lived before becoming the  leader of our island resort. He served as Club President 2007-2008 and led a number of important community projects, including serving as Director of the Lantz Invitational Golf Tournament for 4 years.

In 2011, Barry joined Rotary Club of Belize, one of eight clubs in Belize and the oldest, founded in 1957. Barry serves on the International Grants Committee and the Student Scholarship Committee, and has been asked to serve as President in 2016. The Rotary Clubs in Belize are part of Rotary District 4250, comprising Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala.

 

GIFT SHOP

Throughout thb2ap3_thumbnail_SGCR-Mayan-Basket-Square.pnge Gift Shop you will find many hand made items from hardworking Belizeans. We believe it is important to support the local Villagers. And by purchasing these art pieces you too are contributing to school uniforms, fresh food and the livelihood of the artists and their families. 

 

Drop in and check out the shell jewelry, Mayan baskets, wood carvings, hammocks and more!

 

 

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