06:2412:1718:09

Member's Area



We are there too...

Google + Facebook

Mini Ad Spots

Your ad here Your ad here Jeremy Web Design Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Electric FM Your ad here Your ad here Your ad here Expats in The Bahamas Your ad here

Worldwide Visitors

I am from...


 

Visitors since October 2007: 896132
We have 95 guests online
Expats in Belize - Meet the Experts
S. Renee Wentz - Self-Defense Program in Belize
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 00:00

Renee WentzWho are you and where are you coming from?

My name is S. Renee Wentz. I grew up in a very small town in Northwest Illinois, Mendota. I lived in DeKalb for about 10 years and then moved to Madison, WI for about 6 years before moving to Belize in Jan. 2002.

What is your activity right now?

For money: I taught English from Jan. 2004- July 2009 at Muffles Junior College (a great school with terrific faculty & staff) in Orange Walk Town. Since August of 2009, I've been the student advisor (counselor) at Corozal Junior College where I also teach psychology classes.

For love: I instruct women and girls in self-defense and personal safety with my S.H.E. Thing Self-Defense and Personal Safety for Women and Girls program. I have been doing so since Nov. 2002 and to date have taught over 500 women and girls in Belize. I am expanding my programming to include men for street safety and defense against weapons (gun, knife, machete). The first mixed-gender presentation will be given at Belize Electricity Limited in Nov. 2009. I am also hoping to begin working with the LGBT community and people with disabilities as well as develop a program for primary school children. I have taught classes for Youth Enhancement Services, Wesley Junior College, Muffles Junior College, Corozal Junior College (in both colleges where I was employed I have had a self-defense club), the Women's Department in Corozal, Orange Walk Town, Belize City, and Cayo, and private groups. For the past two summers I have also taught at Sisterhood Camp sponsored by the Women's Department, where in addition, I served as camp counselor and physical activities - morning exercise instructor. I have written articles about domestic violence, preventing assault/attacks, and rape for national newspapers. I have also appeared on Channel 5 news, Open Your Eyes morning program, and will be appearing on LoveFM Morning Show in Nov. 2009. Recently, I wrote the scripts for some Safety Tips in a Flash which were recorded by the Women's Department and will be heard on national radio. Future: I write poetry and essays, which I hope to publish one day.

Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?

I was tired of the materialistic rat race of the USA. I also moved shortly into George W.'s first term. I saw that as a sign of bad things to come and decided the time was right to make a move. The main reasons for choosing Belize were: no quarantine on bringing pets in, only a permit and medical records - this was a big concern as I moved 4 large dogs and 3 cats with me from the USA. One is able to drive to Belize (ease of moving). English is the official language. It's in the Caribbean. After I made several trips, the first being in 1998, I learned that Belize is very diverse in people, language, cultures and also geography. For an outdoors person and lover of history, Belize has much to offer. In general people are much friendlier and open than in the USA. One also has more freedom. And there are NO chains of any type! No fast food! No Wal-mart! None of the things I grew to dislike in the USA.

How long have you been in Belize?

I moved to Belize in Jan. 2002 and have lived here full time ever since.

What do you miss the most, if anything?

Really I only miss friends and family still in the USA. Stuff-wise, I guess varieties of cheese, good ice cream, and sushi. That is really all, honestly.

Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?

I have learned a bit of what it is like to live as a minority where another culture is dominant. I think this has been a wonderful, even if sometimes painful, learning experience. I had visited Belize enough to not really be surprised but I do still notice differences. It was interesting to realize that not only are language/word use different, but even gestures and facial expressions differ. A few ways that Belize has changed me for the better: I am much more comfortable with my body and with dressing in clothing that fits me. I was one of those people who always wore dark clothing a few sizes too big and not very revealing. I believe I have banished those clothes from my wardrobe. I got used to the word "thick" being a compliment. I also hug and kiss my friends and tell them I love them. I never did this in the USA. And I call people sweet names like: baby, darling, love, babes...especially my students.

Any advices to give to the readers?

Belize is not for everyone. Sites that are trying to sell land or vacation packages will only show you the positives many times. Come to Belize with an open mind and open eyes. Garbage disposal is a huge problem here. Machismo reigns. Women are called on the street and sometimes told disgusting things. It takes some adjustment. If you plan on moving to Belize, take some time to visit for long periods of time first. I would recommend at least 3-6 months of "trial" before you sell everything and move down. Live in a town or village, rent a house, pay bills, buy food, do laundry, like a normal person. Don't come for a vacation and think your life will be like that always in Belize. And if you really want to live in Florida or California but can't afford the lifestyle you want and think Belize is a great alternative, don't come. Don't come to Belize and try to make it another USA. Don't come here and be the "ugly" American/Canadian/European by complaining about how Belize needs to be more like the USA or Canada or Europe!

Something else to share with us?

If you are on Facebook, you can find a page on my self-defense program by following this link.

 

Want also to share your Belizean experience?

 
Ginny Ophof
Friday, 23 October 2009 00:00

Ginny OphofWho are you and where are you coming from?

Ginny Ophof and I come from Holland via Portugal and the USA.

What is your activity right now?

Free lance work in marketing, translations and event planning.

Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?

My Mother has been living here for the past 20 years and I wanted to spend more time with her.

How long have you been in Belize?

2 years now, not counting my bi-annual vacation visits.

What do you miss the most, if anything?

Good Food AND Good Wine!!!

Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?

Not really because I had been coming here regularly over the years, so I felt I had a good grasp of it's cultural, climate and all that it has to offer. I also saw the infrastructural growth picking up faster and faster over the years.

Any advices to give to the readers?

Learn creole or Spanish, it certainly helps to stop being treated like a tourist....and better get used to the rice and beans :) Black beans are a very rich source of protein, iron and many other things !!

 

Want also to share your Belizean experience?

 
Michael Preston: Midas Resort Belize
Saturday, 22 August 2009 00:00

Midas FamilyWho are you and where are you coming from?

My name is Michael Preston, Born in Germany and raised in Bournemouth England. Last place living in the UK was Mansfield Nottingham.

What is your activity right now?

Managing Midas Resort in San Ignacio Belize Central America.

Tell us why you choose to move to Belize?

My parents to moved to Belize in 1990 and opened Midas Resort in 1991 and they built six round Cottages and this was in a time when tourism was just begun in Belize. I was working for a law firm in England for 2 years and I came to Belize for a month vacation and my family showed me all the beautiful things that Belize has to offer and I fell in love just like my parents and came back to Belize about 3 months later with all my gear and made ago of it. At first it took a while to adjust because everything takes too long to do example shopping, restaurants, and appointments which was very hard to adjust but after a month you adjust as nothing happens today but always day after tomorrow apart from the food of course. But this little country has a lot of charm, people are so friendly and welcoming.

How long have you been in Belize?

I’ve been in Belize now a little under four happy wonderful years.

What do you miss the most, if anything?

I miss the pubs most of all. For us Brits there are three stores called broadies 2 located in Belize City and one in Belmopan where you can purchase some favorites like bisto gravy yummm so we can still make an English Roast. Belize has about five channels only for football so we can still keep in touch with local footy and if there is anything that you can’t find here you can always have a family member post in the mail some stuff like HP Brown sauce PG Tips so its really hard to miss things other than the local Pub.

Did Belize brings you any surprises? Which ones?

Adjusting to currency as at first like every country that you go to you always think coohhhhh that’s cheap but in reality if you took the currency difference off Belize would be as expensive as the UK on imported goods especially but what country isn’t but for being in a town that has just over 15,000 friendly people not bad for the small inconveniences and the all the tropical fruit that you can get its makes up for it.

Any advices to give to the readers?

If you are thinking of living in Belize deciding on destination is pretty difficult so be sure to spend about a week to two weeks in each destination and try living as a local that way you will know whether or not you have made the right choice. If you are thinking of bringing a vehicle make sure you get a pickup truck as you only pay 12% duty compared to SUV’s which is nearly as high as 50%

Do you have something else to share with us?

Check our website at www.midasbelize.com.

 

Want also to share your Belizean experience?

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 Next > End >>

Page 1 of 3