Belize is enticing and exciting! The comprehensive information in this course will give you the type of insight you need to determine whether you really want to make Belize your home or home away from home for fun, business or retirement.The value and beauty in this course is that you'll find hours of researched content simplified so you don't have to spend hours navigating the labyrinth of tourism, government and business websites or physical spaces. While Belize is easy-going, the levels of bureaucracy at times require significant wait, multiple visits with limited resource persons available at the time of need.
Here's what to expect:
Where did Belize get its name? Who were the first people to live there? Who are the others and in what order did the others follow? What are the main distinctions of each ethnic group? How is the country divided and what ethnic groups, major industries and economic activity can you find there?
How long and what is the cost of the journey to permanent residency? What is the role of the sponsor in the process? Which parts of the process require legal representation?
Register a company or seek employment?
What is the process for a foreigner to establish a small business, NGO or enterprise? Do you need a lawyer or can you do it on your own?
Banking in Belize
Which banking rules, regulations and entities exist to protect your assets? What is the policy of most banks to set up an account? How about the credit unions? Is offshore banking an option? What is the range of interest rates on various types of loans?
Location, Location, Location: Lease, Rent or Buy
What are the pros and cons of living in a village, town or city? How do you lease, rent or buy property? Do you want to be inland or on a caye, off the grid or networked? Is it better to buy through an agent or on your own? How is property tax calculated?
Cost of Living
This is the last module because all the context from the previous module will affect your cost of living. Utilities, household goods, produce (including organic), take out and fine dining, school tuition, insurance, fuel and health care depend on your location as well as your standard of living. Bills, service quotes or receipts and restaurant menus will be included in this module to assist with estimating your monthly budget.
Felene M. Cayetano is a Belizean Garifuna author, mother, publisher, librarian and editor. In 2007, she relocated from Brooklyn, New York to live in Belize where she advocates for cultural continuity, literacy, authors, poets and small publishers through the Belize National Library Service and Information System, the Belize Book Industry Association and the Belize Copyright Licensing Agency. Her two collections of poetry are entitled Evolution: Weaving in and out of Consciousness While the Truth is Somewhere in the Middle and Crossing Bridges. Belizean Nail Soup is the title of her short story collection with other Belizean writers. These e-books are available through Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords or www.felene.com.
Felene introduced me to three
major regions of Belize. I informed her I was interested in purchasing
fertile property that would support my vegan diet. She met me at the
airport and traveled with me from Corozal, the most northern region, to
Punta Gorda, the most southern region with numerous stops south of
Belmopan along with key context. Although I was captivated by the
simplicity of Punta Gorda, I determined it best to situate myself close
to a more developed and populated area for my first land purchase. She
is extremely knowledgeable and immersed in Belizean culture and affairs.
I am forever grateful for her assistance in acquiring my new home in
the Belmopan area and will always seek her advice on future purchases.
~ Vaughn S., Baltimore, Maryland, USA