Balaam Eco Adventures
About Balaam Eco Adventures
Balaam-Eco Adventures is your Belize Adventure & Tour Specialist. We offer Tours and Packages to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as well. Our Tours are Private, Customized, Educational & Adventurous with our Mayan Naturalist Guides. All our Tours are based on a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 persons and we can also accommodate larger family groups.
At Balaam Eco Adventures we practice Eco-Tourism therefore all our tours are Private and we have small groups causing minimal impact to our Fragile Environments.
We offer Daily Tours, Customized Packages & Itineraries and Complete Vacation Planning throughout Belize to both Mainland and Islands. We take care of every detail of your Vacation so that you can have an Unbelizeable Vacation enjoying Nature with our Expert hand-picked Mayan Naturalist Guides.
Allow us to plan your next Unbelizeable Vacations. Creating Lifetime memories one vacation at a time. "Exploring Nature With Expert Naturalist." Balaam Eco Adventures Sustainable and Responsible practices mean that your visit contributes to, and never adversely impacts this pristine part of the world. Under our Community Outreach & Volunteer Programmes, you will glow even brighter knowing that 10% of all tours goes directly into programs which support the environment and worthy social causes like offering scholarships to deserving students with limited resources.
With Kindest Regards,
Balaam Eco Adventures
Creating lifetime memories one vacation at a time. "Exploring Nature With Expert Naturalists."
Oscar Castaneda: Managing Director Balaam Eco Adventures
Upon completing College I earned an Associates Degree in Arts and Science with majors in Biology and Chemistry with the intentions of becoming a Pedriatician. The eldest of 4 in my family I was born and raised in "Sugar City" known as Orange Walk, Northern Belize and eventually moved to San Ignacio in search of more experience and exposure as a Naturalist Guide. I am now an Envirionmentalist, Serious Adventurer, Explorer, Naturalist, Educator, Wildlife Biologist, Caver, and advocate for the Conservation of the Archaeological & Cultural Heritage of Belize, Eco-Tourism, Sustainable Development, and Selective Extraction of our Natural Resources.
Janaury 1995 marks the start of my Adventureous life and the exciting turn of events leading to this day. Working for the leading NGO Conservation Organization, Programme For Belize as a Research Biologist & Naturalist Guide gave me the opportunity to be a tourist in my country while learning about Nature, Wildlife, Flora & Fauna, Protected Areas, Conservation and its importance to the entire Globe, Eco-Tourism and how its up to us to individually make a difference. Think Globally and act locally was inculcated in my being and existence. Some duties included: Community Outreach Programs, Scientific Research on Birds, Wildlife, Insects, Plants, Trees, assisting with Archaeological Excavations, Guiding tours, Developing Nature trails and Lectures on Environmental topics, Marine Ecology, Tropical Forest Ecology among other topics.
Over the next thirteen years after leaving Programme For Belize I worked as a Professional Naturalist Guide for several Tour Companies, High End Resorts and for Thompson Family Adventures. Everyday was a new Adventure in my many offices Leading Day Tours and 7-10 Day Tour Itineraries and being the Private Guide for my guests. As an Adventure Guide I would meet my guests upon arrival to Belize and be with them throughout their vacations to the Mainland and Island Tours. I am a now a Specialist in High Adrenaline Adventures and developed four new tours for Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve. The new Tours are Rock Climbing, Canyoneering, Waterfall Rappelling and Jungle Overnight Expeditions.
As a Naturalist Guide, Natural Leader, Ambassador for my country & descendant of the Ancient Maya I strongly believe in Responsible Tourism, Travel that supports the local Economy, Conservation of Wild Areas and Cultural Tourism. I have learnt and educated others on how to create balance between the Environment and Sustainable Tourism. I continue to introduce guests to the beauty of Belize while helping to shape and direct best practices and policies for developing Belize into a Sustainable Destination.
I am very passionate about the Tours & Excursions I lead, Natural wonders of Belize, the Diversity in Belize Cultures, Flora and Fauna and the Mayan sites as I am a descendant of the Ancient Maya that once thrived in the Rainforests of Belize. Having lots of experience Guiding, I love working with Private Tours, Customized itineraries and Family groups.
With my passion for Guiding, Eco-Tourism & Sustainable Development, Creating Employment, Contributing to the Communities, Diverse Cultures and after working for several companies came the birth of Balaam Eco Adventures. Balaam is the Maya word for Jaguar, revered by the Ancient Maya and my favourite animal that I have seen many times in the wild. The vision with Creating Balaam Eco Adventures as a Company is to Promote the diverse and rich Cultures of Belize, Eco-Adventure Tours, its Natural Wonders, Mayan Sites, Practice Eco-Tourism by involving the local communities, Adopting schools to work with, Creating Economic Incentives and Ideas for the people of Belize, Incorporate other community Outreach Programs, stimulate the Belize Economy by sharing our country with Tourists and everyone wins at the end of the day. This creates better working and living conditions for the local people thus Eco-Tourism and changing people's lives, both local and tourists alike. Balaam Eco Adventures is indeed here to make a difference and positively touch everyone's life ours and everyone we come in contact with for a better world in any small way we can.
At Balaam Eco Adventures we practice Eco-Tourism therefore all our Tours are Private and we have small groups causing minimal impact to our Fragile Environments. All our Tours are based on a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 persons. Balaam-Eco Adventures is your Belize Adventure Specialist. Our Tours are Educational & Adventurous with our hand picked Mayan Naturalist Guides. We offer Daily Tours, Customized Packages & Itineraries and Complete Vacation Planning throughout Belize to both Mainland and Islands. We take care of every detail of your Vacation so that you can have an Unbelizeable Vacation enjoying Nature with our Expert hand picked Mayan Naturalist Guides.
Allow us to plan your next Unbelizeable Vacations. Creating Lifetime memories one vacation at a time. "Exploring Nature With Expert Naturalist."
Balaam Eco Adventures
Community Outreach & Volunteer Programmes
Social Networking And Blogging
Volunteer for social networking and blogging in San Ignacio, Tropical Belize with Balaam Eco Adventures!
Through this project, you'll update Balaam Eco Adventures Website, content management, keyword analysis, upload relevant pictures for the tours and packages, update quarterly newsletter, help coordinate other Community Outreach & Volunteer Programmes and write newsletters, press releases and content rich blogs, write blog posts using keywords about news and events, and market the work Balaam Eco Adventures does through Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Blogger, Networked Blogs, Google + and other social media.
You will assist the current, Marketing Dircetor with ongoing efforts to promote and develop new Community Outreach & Volunteer Programmes for Balaam Eco Adventures. You will be asked to create your own day-to-day schedule and posting plan based on the daily work at Balaam Eco Adventures. Tell their story, live the Belize Experience and enjoy Adventure Tours to assist you in your volunteer work and writing blogs and materials, find dedicated volunteers to further the mission, and keep alumni and friends up-to-date about Balaam Eco Adventures milestones and developments.
Programmes and Locations
Programme locations are in the town of San Ignacio and the surrounding Villages within 15-20 minutes driving time or with a taxi. Cost of taxi varies on location and time of night travelling and are between $5.00US and $20.00US.
From Belize International Airport to San Ignacio is approximately 2 hours drive and Balaam Eco Adventures offers pick up shuttle and taxi services within Belize for volunteers. Inquire at email@example.com for prices on shuttles, transfers, taxis and discounted tours for volunteers.
San Ignacio has a twin sister town called Santa Elena where the housing for volunteers is located in a safe, secure neighbourhood nearby to groceries stores and Loma Luz Hospital which is the best for medical attention in Belize. Both San Ignacio and Santa Elena are divided by the Macal river making them both the second largest urban area in Belize.
For more information on Belize visit this link: http://www.balaamecoadventuresbz.com/index.php/about-us/about-belize
It is recommended to dress comfortably, not carry large sums of cash for personal safety like in any country where you travel. Further questions and concerns can be addressed with Managing Director of Balaam Eco Adventures and Community Outreach and Volunteer Programmes.
Housing Provided For Volunteers
Housing is provided for all volunteers and interns who sign up for Volunteer Global's Programs partnering with Balaam Eco Adventures in Tropical Belize. Read on to learn more!
Tropical Belize: Balaam Eco Adventures Community Outreach & Volunteers Programmes
Volunteers can sign up to stay at our our Guest House, Casa Balaam. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Housing is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, and is coed if more than one volunteer signs up for the project.
All volunteers stay in the Casa Balaam, unless they request otherwise. The Casa Balaam sleeps four people at a time and is located in Santa Elena, Cayo. San Ignacio has a twin sister town called Santa Elena where the housing for volunteers is located in a safe, secure neigbourhood nearby to groceries stores and Loma Luz Hospital which is the best for medical attention in Belize.
Both San Ignacio and Santa Elena are divided by the Macal river making them both the second largest urban area in Belize. This includes one single bed, coffee machine, microwave, and a bathroom with running (not heated) water inside the Casa Balaam bulding.
Accommodation costs $30.00US per night. If you wish to stay in the the Casa Balaam, please e-mail us at email@example.com so we may send you updated project pricing.
Meals are not provided at the Casa Balaam and can be arranged for a Local cook to cook your three meals hereby enjoying our local variety of rich Belizean meals. Another option is for volunteers purchasing food at local grocery stores, restaurants, or at roadside vendors.
Laundry also is not provided and can be arranged with one of the local ladies for a reasonable rate. Laundromats are available in town and are a little on the pricy side.
As is common with travel, it may be best not to drink water straight from the tap. While tap water is perfectly fine to shower in, you will likely want to purchase bottled water at the local grocery store—an inexpensive alternative if you buy in bulk.
*Pets like cats and dogs are not allowed into the volunteers’ rooms or the building. While you may wish to bond with them, allowing them into your room will get them used to you and may not want to leave. Smoking is not permitted inside Casa Balaam or in the rooms. You can smoke on the grounds and outside Casa Balaam.
*Absolutely no use of illegal drugs by volunteers which will be griouds for immediate termination of volunteer time with Balaam Eco Adventures and you will also be reported to the local Police.
*Balaam Eco Adventures reserves the right to use the Police and also search your property if you are suspected of using, having or hiding illegal drugs or paraphenelia. There is zero tolerance for drugs in Casa Balaam and while under the Community Outreach and Volunteer Programmes of Balaam Eco Adventures and Volunteer Global.
Shedule of Volunteer Programme
The Volunteer Programme for social networking and blogging in San Ignacio, Tropical Belize with Balaam Eco Adventures runs for 4 months at a time and is renewable based on space and avalability. You will have a flexible shedule and you will volunteer 6 hours per day with one free day each week.