2024 Mission Dates

BMI is traveling again to Corozal, Belize
Feb. 10-15, 2024
June 8-13, 2024

2025 Mission Dates

Feb. 2025
June 2025

Mission Trip Cost

Approximately $1900 from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Please note that since you are making a tax-deductible donation, you need to write “Donation” on the memo section of your check.
*Subject to cost increases in international flights, hotels, ground transportation, departure taxes, visa costs and fuel surcharges.


Please visit the Application page to review the list of required documents.


The BMI team departs from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday, and flies to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize, where they clear customs.  They are met there by the Belize VIP Transfer Service, who transports them to the northern coastal city of Corozal.  The team stays at Tony’s Inn, and each day the team eats breakfast at Tony’s, has lunch prepared for them by the Methodist Church, and evening meals at various local restaurants.  Each day, the Belize VIP Transfer Service transports the team to and from the Methodist Eye Clinic, which is a short distance from Tony’s Inn.

The clinic team works in the Duke Walker Eye Clinic while the surgical part of the team works in the adjoining Elfrida Miguel Surgery Center.  The team uses Saturday afternoon to set up the clinic and optical, as well as prepare the operating rooms for the anticipated surgeries for the week.  On Sunday, about 50 pre-op patients are examined and scheduled for surgery beginning that afternoon through the following four surgery days.  Each day, about 80-100 patients are examined and treated in the clinic.  During the mission, about 40-50 cataracts and 20-30 pterygium surgeries are performed.

Those who choose to experience Belize further will leave Thursday afternoon on Tropic Air from Corozal, and fly a short 25-minute flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.  The remaining participants will leave from Belize City and return to Houston Intercontinental Airport.

Background Info

In 1986, at the invitation of the Ministry of Health of Belize and the Methodist Church of Belize, the volunteers who would later become BMI were invited to provide ophthalmic care for the northern region of Belize (as well as for thousands of people in adjacent Central American countries who would also be served by this clinic).

With funds, largely from St. Lukes United Methodist Church of Houston, the first free standing eye clinic in Belize was built in Corozal and the nearby Corozal District Hospital operating room was refurbished.  Both the clinic and the OR were equipped by the early “BMI volunteers.”  Initially, BMI sent four eye teams a year to provide eye care for the underserved.

In 2003, BMI built and equipped a new state of the art surgery center adjacent to the original clinic.  The complex was named the Methodist Eye Center which included the Duke Walker Eye Clinic and the Elfrida Miguel Surgery Center.  BMI fully equipped the surgery center as well.  This complex was then donated by BMI to the Methodist Church of Belize.  In addition to the visiting BMI teams who come twice a year, the clinic is used by the Belize Council For the Visually Impaired on a weekly basis to provide ongoing eye care year round.
Some links to other sites about Belize:


In 1986, at the invitation of the Ministry of Health of Belize and the Methodist Church of Belize, the volunteers who would later become BMI were invited to provide ophthalmic care for the northern region of Belize. Read more...


From an association with Rev. Veramu Tora serving as a missionary in Belize and working with BMI team members there, BMI was invited to send eye teams to this South Pacific island, which at that time had only one ophthalmologist. Read more...