Bye Bye Belize

So, as most of my readers (if not all of them) will know by now, my time in Belize has come to an end. Finally. Continue reading


Diving Blind into the Blue Hole

As you may remember, last year I scuba dived into Belize’s Great Blue Hole – an underwater karst sinkhole that’s famous for its perfectly round shape and enormous speleothems (huge stalactites, stalagmites, and columns). Continue reading

BCVI Summer Camp

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, as part of the BCVI’s work in improving the eye health of Belizeans, they have a rehab department (though not rehab in the Amy Winehouse sense).  The department consists of Rehabilitation Field Officers who go out into the towns and villages of Belize and find those blind and visually impaired patients who can’t be helped with glasses, medication or surgery.  They work with the patients and their families, liaise with teachers and employers, and generally try to ensure that the patients lead as full a life as possible and become as integrated into society as possible.  Obviously, this work is more important for children than adults.  So, as part of the rehab work, once a year, the BCVI runs a summer camp for children, for two weeks in July. Continue reading


For a change, I thought I’d post a blog entry that’s not some self-indulgent narcissistic claptrap about what I’ve been doing at the weekends, nor a semi-racist rant about working and living in a foreign country; instead I thought I’d expound a little on the organisation that I’m working for, and what I’m doing for them.  And then pad it out with self-indulgent narcissistic claptrap and semi-racist ranting. Continue reading