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Belize Student Volunteer Trip

Pacific Ridge School takes a trip to Belize. The students stayed outside San Ignacio, Belize at Pooks Hill Jungle Lodge. They spent time cave tubing, hiking in Cockcomb Wildlife Sanctuary, exploring ancient Maya ruins, and volunteering at a local children's home.There were 12 students from Pacific Ridge School (Carlsbad, CA) on this Belize trip. I was the only chaperone.The tours, lodging and experience were a once in a lifetime event! I doubt any of the students will forget their senior trip to Belize!Adventure Life set up a fabulous trip for us! Thank you!

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Lincoln and Griffin strutting old moves from their modeling
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Monica Laflin
The students were able to sleep in. A 'suggested' breakfast time was 8:15AM. We leave for the Belize City International Airport by 11:30AM. Ample time to get checked in and pay our departure tax. …
Playing in the third watering hole of the day
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Monica Laflin
5:45 Wake up call. 6AM breakfast. 6:30AM we were driven to Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. What an amazing spelunking cave experience! We split into two groups. One group had David as their guide and …
Mitch jumping off rope swing at Rock Pool!
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Monica Laflin
9AM departure from Cockscomb. It was a 3 hour drive to Pook's Hill Lodge. Most of the students slept on the way back. Everyone was ecstatic to be back! No bunk beds! After lunch, the girls either …
Underwater at Rock Pool water hole!
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Monica Laflin
After breakfast, one of the Canadian college professors invited us to see what they had caught on their hikes last night. We were able to touch and/or hold a tree snake and a rhinoceros beetle. It …
bedroom in a Cabana
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Monica Laflin
The students are in the process of packing what they will need for 3 days/2nights in Cockscomb. We have to empty out the cabanas as Pook's Hill Lodge is booked for the time we are at Cockscomb. …
A traditional looking bathroom
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Monica Laflin
7AM departure. UGH! LONG and rough drive over dirt and gravel roads. First, we visited one of the largest caves in Belize, the Rio Frio Cave. The students climbed all over the rocks at the cave. …
Alex and a Machete. . . Yeah. . . we were scared too
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Monica Laflin
Only Ryan, Mitch and I went on the 9AM jungle hike. They wanted to use their new machetes to help clear the trail. Mike (Miguel) gave them major pointers and they were happy campers. We saw more …
The little friend we made in the forest.
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Monica Laflin
We left at our usual time, 8AM. UGH! We did stop by the local flea market (only open 2 days a week) in Belmopan City on our way to the orphanage. Some of the items the students decided to purchase, …
Hanging out in the lounge.
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Monica Laflin
Only 4 students opted to go to the orphanage today-Kelsey, Chiara, Sam and Nicole. The rest decided to go to the construction site. Still very HOT and HUMID today! At the orphanage there was less …
The main lounge of Pooks Hill Lodge
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Monica Laflin
We were up by 6:30Am. Breakfast at 7. On the road to King's Children's Home/Orphanage by 8am. We were there from 8:45-4pm. VERY HOT AND HUMID!!! I made sure everyone drank lots of water! Half the …
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE - road to Pooks Hill Lodge
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Monica Laflin
Last night the students played games and listened to their iPods at Kelsey's and Chiara's cabana. They seemed to be enjoying themselves! Only one scream from Jazzi when she saw a big bug! Nicole, …
Welcome to Belize... 90 degrees + 100% humidity
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Monica Laflin
The four boys, Sam and myself were up for the 6am birding hike. The rest, slept in. Breakfast at 8am. After breakfast all 13 of us went on a 2 hour jungle hike and then spent an hour cooling off …
Arriving at San Diego Airport
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Monica Laflin
The students are all great after their long plane trip and bus ride. Check out the blog for some pictures of our lodge in the Belizean jungle. The students have all checked into their cabanas, …

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