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SLU-Belize Project


Welcome to the home of Saint Louis University's partnership with Belize 2020 and the people of St. Martin's Jesuit parish and school, located in Belize City! 

Drums Not Guns
SLU is blessed to work with such an amazing community of people.  The children of St. Martin's school are victims of an environment of crime, drugs, and violence in the surrounding neighborhoods, and many are struggling to complete school. St. Martin's is a Jesuit parish serving the very poor of Belize City, and is a part of the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus, of which Saint Louis University is also a member. Given Saint Louis University's mission of Service to Humanity, as well as its current and past partnerships with the people of Belize, we are committed to working with the people of St. Martin's and the surrounding communities in a spirit of solidarity that emanates from a faith that promotes justice.

To learn more about the Belize 2020 program, visit their website!  Be sure to also like them on Facebook!

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  • Immersion Trip and Course, Spring 2017

    Applications for the Belize Course and Immersion Trip are now being accepted! Please complete this short form to be considered for the trip. The course will be one credit hour and take place once a week in the Spring 2017 semester. The immersion experience will take place in late May 2017. The total cost for the trip will be approximately $1400. Please send any questions to Justin Vilbig at

  • Research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Children in Belize City

    In the summer of 2015, two Public Health graduate students traveled to Belize to study possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on the children of St. Martin de Porres school as a result of gang violence in the neighborhood.

    Click here to view the results of their research, and congratulations to Monica Kavanaugh and Jessica Buck!

  • Belize 2020 Retreat: Called into Friendship for the Sake of Mission

    From January 27th-February 1st, 25 people from St. Louis, including staff and alumni of Saint Louis University and representatives of the Jesuit U.S. Central and Southern Province, will join with the people of St. Martins parish and school, administrators from St. John's College, and leaders across the country of Belize for a retreat to deepen relationships, evaluate progress, and chart the future. 

    Click here for photos and a summary of the retreat!

  • 2015 SLU-Belize Report Released

    A brief summary of the initiatives and successes from 2015 can be found by clicking here.

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