Caves Branch…The Adventure Co & Jungle Lodge…But so much MORE !!
Ian Anderson has spent the last 15 years as an active member of the tourism industry in Belize. In addition to building a number of successful businesses in Belize, Ian has continuously worked to give back to his adopted home, Belize. Ian, along with Caves Branch, has supported, founded, sponsored, and coordinated multiple efforts to create positive experiences and opportunities for Belizean Youth as well as provide emergency aid for Belizeans and tourists alike.
Pack for a Purpose
An all-volunteer, non profit organization
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Click the link below to learn more and view our list of supplies that are needed for these community/school project/projects.
Belize National Youth Chess Foundation
A chess club geared towards education and motivation
In 2007 Ian & Ella Anderson developed the “Belize National Youth Chess Foundation”: a nation wide not-for-profit organization utilizing Chess as an educational and motivational tool for disenfranchised youths. Chess instruction helps youths develop critical & logical thinking, memory development, ability to analyze actions & consequences, pattern recognition, creativity, communication abilities, planning ahead, setting up short/long term goals & intellectual maturity. More than 1,000 young people are now in the program.
Belize Disaster and Rescue Response Team
In 1993, after just one short year of opening the tiny and struggling Caves Branch, Ian realized there was no emergency response team in Belize. With concern for not only his own guests at Caves Branch, but all travelers throughout Belize, Ian initiated, created & provided ongoing training & financial support for the first national (all volunteer) rescue organization in Belize, BDARRT. After 12 years of developing the program, and performing countless rescues & relief operations, both in Belize and abroad, Ian turned the program over to local leadership where it still remains active today.
Youth at Learning Risk
In 2004, Caves Branch created the not-for-profit BAD CAT’s “Youth at Learning Risk” program. During its 3 years, this program provided tutoring, mentoring, a school meal program, high school and college scholarships, and adventure trips to build self esteem & self confidence, for youths that were identified as potentially dropping out of school, due to already failing 5 or more subjects. The BAD CAT’s program had a success rate of 72% in assisting these youths in graduating from one year to another &, for some, continuing their education into college. The benefits and services of this program are now part of the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation.