Belize Resort
Moho River
Punta Gorda, Toledo District, Belize

Belize Ecotourism and Hospitality Internship

Cotton Tree Lodge, a small, independent jungle lodge in southern Belize, is seeking 1 – 3 interns for their 2013/2014 season. The lodge features 11 guest cabanas, a restaurant and bar, an organic garden, tour services, horseback riding, and a beautiful riverfront. The atmosphere at the lodge is intimate, with all guests coming together for tours and meals. The lodge is in a fairly remote jungle setting approximately 15 miles from the nearest town. Most of the local residents are Mayan and speak Mayan dialects; however English is the official language of Belize.

There is a lot of fascinating work to be done at the lodge and the internship experience will vary depending on the interests of the applicant. The management team and intern will work together to identify goals and expectations for the internship. We are happy to help make this internship coincide with academic coursework if we can. Regardless of particular interests, all interns will be expected to assist in day-to-day lodge operations, particularly in manning the front desk and customer service, as needed. In the past, interns have been interested in:

  • Hotel management
  • Cultural tourism/ecotourism
  • Restaurant management/Culinary arts
  • Marketing
  • Organic gardening
  • Horseback riding
  • Construction/carpentry

Interns do not need to have a particular hard skill set, but the following qualifications are highly desirable:

  • Hotel or restaurant experience (Front or back of house)
  • Proven customer service skills

Interns must possess:

  •  A positive attitude
  • Flexibility (Belize is a developing country, and things rarely go according to plan)
  • A sense of humor
  • Patience
  • Sensitivity towards other cultures
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to entertain themselves in a remote (but beautiful!) location
  • Love of the great outdoors, and tolerance of the occasional jungle critter

Interns should be prepared to commit to a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 6 months at the lodge. Internships can begin as early as September 2013 and end as late as summer 2014. Interns will be expected to work a 5-day week with two days off. The internship is unpaid, but meals and housing in staff dormitories will be provided at no cost to the intern. Family and friends can stay at a 50% discount.

If interested in applying, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Please send PDFs and include your name in the filenames.