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#326338 - 03/03/09 09:02 PM Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadations
breakofdawn26 Offline

Hey Guys,

I'm planning a trip to Belize for April for 1 month. Does anyone know of any hostels in Belize that offer work exchange programs in exchange for free accomadation?

#326449 - 03/04/09 01:41 PM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadations [Re: breakofdawn26]
Diane Campbell Offline
doubtful since you cannot work without a work permit, sorry

#326565 - 03/05/09 12:00 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadations [Re: Diane Campbell]
breakofdawn26 Offline
in the work exchange program you don't get paid, you do about 24hrs in a hostel in various positions to cover staying in the hostel for free

#326591 - 03/05/09 01:31 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: breakofdawn26]
SnoopysMom Offline
Yes, breakofdawn - isn't this the craziest? You have to buy a work permit to volunteer in Belize. I think it's $100.

BTW - I am so sure all of those mission groups and anyone volunteering for SAGA or Holy Cross follow the proper procedure...

#326596 - 03/05/09 01:46 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: SnoopysMom]
SimonB Offline
Your passport will be clearly stamped "Permitted to remain on condition that the holder does not enter into employment paid or unpaid and does not engage in any business or profession without the consent of the director of immigration..."

Doing volunteer work for an organization that benefits the community is a bit different than trying to get a free stay for doing work that could be done by a national or resident.

#326598 - 03/05/09 01:47 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: SimonB]
SimonB Offline
Oh, BTW, when I was with Saga they did apply for volunteer work permits...

#326603 - 03/05/09 01:54 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: SimonB]
breakofdawn26 Offline
thats crazy paying for permit to volunteer wow

#326607 - 03/05/09 02:05 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: breakofdawn26]
SimonB Offline
It allows away around the stamp in the passport. It also appears to be no different than many other countries including the US: http://www.laborimmigration.com/2008/02/unpaid-volunteer-work-on-h-1b-h-4-or-f-1-visas/

#326612 - 03/05/09 02:10 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: SimonB]
SimonB Offline
I love all the posts from people who get upset about Belize immigration laws but don't bother to think about the laws of their own country.

Many Belizeans would love to be able to run up to the States or Canada and grab a job in the area of their choice but they can't because of immigration laws. Why should this country be looked down upon for its right to enforce it's own immigration laws.

#326665 - 03/05/09 04:45 AM Re: Hostel Work Exchange Programs/Free Accomadatio [Re: SimonB]
breakofdawn26 Offline

I don't know if your last comment was directed to me. I don't look down at Belize Immigration laws. But I was looking at travelling to many hot subtropical to tropical counties that had work exchange program that didn't require any permits so its an aggreement with the participate and hostel. And its not a program recognize by immigration like many exchange programs geared to having many people from other countries to come to countries like Belize for a learning experience

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