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This section is a compilation of answers to the questions most commonly asked by our constituents. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What does your organization do?
Holy Cross Education Foundation exists to provide administrative and financial assistance to schools in developing countries that serve disadvantaged students. At this time our resources support Holy Cross Anglican Primary School in San Pedro, Belize. For a list of specific programs and services we provide, visit our What We Do section.
How can I get involved?
Holy Cross Anglican School was built and is sustained by donations of time, energy and financial gifts. Some areas where we count on volunteers to assist with are on-going maintenance, new construction, and administrative support. Visit our How To Help section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
If I were to donate funds, how is my money used?
At this time, 100% of gifts made to Holy Cross Education Foundation are used to support education in the Anglican Diocese of Belize. Our greatest focus is Holy Cross Anglican School in San Pedro. We take the responsibility to our community and our donors very seriously, working to the ensure long-term sustainability of the school.
Where is Belize?
Belize is a country in Central America. It is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea to the east. Until its independence from Great Brittan in 1981 it was known as British Honduras. Holy Cross School is located on one of the many islands that are a part of the country of Belize. Holy Cross is on the island of Ambergris Caye.
How do I get to San Pedro?
The only international airport in Belize (Philip Goldson International Airport, BZE), is located in Belize City which is on the mainland. Most US airlines fly into Belize daily. Two regional airlines, Maya Island Air and Tropic Airlines, fly several flights a day between Belize City and San Pedro. The flight time is 15 minutes. Both of these airlines accept on-line reservations which you are encouraged to make in advance.
There is also the option to take a cab to the ferry dock in downtown Belize City and then take the water taxi (San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi) to San Pedro. The ferry ride is approximately 1.5 hours long.
Who do I contact if I want to visit Holy Cross School or to organize a mission trip?
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about visiting Holy Cross.
Is there an Anglican Church affiliated with Holy Cross Anglican School?
At the present time there is not, however, that is a top priority of the Holy Cross Education Foundation. A cistern has been built with the intention that its top will serve as the foundation for a future chapel/gathering space. A modest cottage has been built on the school property to provide housing for a priest when one is called to serve the school and lead the faith community.
Must I speak Spanish to volunteer at Holy Cross School?
NO! English is the official language of Belize and all classes at Holy Cross are taught in English by English speaking teachers. This makes Belize on of the easiest countries in Central America to visit.
What is the weather like in Belize?
The climate is tropical in Belize. There are two primary seasons, wet (June-November) and dry (December -May). With Holy Crosses location on Ambergris Caye the tradewinds off the Caribbean Sea help to keep things cooler when the temperatures rise in the wet season.
What grades are served at Holy Cross?
Holy Cross Anglican Primary School educates students from Pre-school (four-year-olds) through Standard 6, which is the US equivalent of sixth grade.
How is the school curriculum set?
The curriculum for all schools in Belize is set by the Belize Ministry of Education. Because Holy Cross also falls under the management of the Anglican Diocese of Belize there are spiritual requirements of all classes too.
How does one qualify to be a teacher in Belize?
Teachers are hired through the school's respective management in hand with the Belize teaching service commission and not by the school directly. Upon applying, they provide a form that must be completed and accompanied by a valid Belizean teaching license obtained from the Ministry of Education. Other requirements include a clean police record, medical evaluation, a minimum of an associate's degree in Primary Education, and teaching pedagogy at the primary level (based on training).