Sarteneja Tour Guides Association (STGA) and Sustainable Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) & Homestay Group
Located in the Sarteneja Village, Corozal District, STGA was founded in 2008 and provides services for the tour guides – training opportunities, and equipment hire, as well as the opportunity to operate under the umbrella of the Sarteneja Adventure Tours Limited (SAT), which was created in 2009 by the STGA with funding from COMPACT, to assist fishermen in reducing their dependence on fishing and the marine resources of the Belize Barrier Reef. The SAT provides efficient tours that meet the expectations of visitors coming to Sarteneja, focusing on the need for environmentally aware tourism, with implementation of best practices policies in each of the tours provided.
SACD was founded in 2008 and is an alliance of the three registered community-based organizations of Sarteneja. SACD, as part of its activities associated with facilitating a shift to an alternative economic base for Sarteneja, is providing institutional support to the Women’s Homestay Group, a registered community-based organization of 20 families that provide a Homestay option for visitors to Sarteneja. The Group is currently going through the room licensing process under the Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Act, through BTB (Belize Tourism Board), and has developed a working partnership with Blue Ventures, (conservation NGO), to provide rooms on an ongoing basis for Blue Ventures volunteers.