Warasa Garifuna Drum School

in Punta Gorda, Belize

Owned by the indigenous Garifuna People, Warasa is an organization offering authentic hands-on cultural experiences for travellers who want to engage in drum lessons, cooking workshops, and enjoying musical performances!

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Cultural Immersion


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Rural Communities and Small Towns/Villages

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Locally Owned Family Business
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Speaks: English, Spanish and Other Local Language

Why Lokal Recommends Warasa Garifuna Drum School


Family Business started in 2010| Locally Owned with 100% local staff

A Unique Story

Warasa Garifuna Drum School is the dream of its founder and master drummer and teacher, Ronald Raymond McDonald. Ronald, or Ray, learned drums by watching his family group from childhood.
He is a former drummer, dancer and singer for the Belize National Dance Company. He has performed all over Belize and much of Central America.Ray is passionate about his culture, and for many years his dream was to start a Drum School and teach others about his culture.
With the help of his wife Ruth, Warasa (which means “our culture”), was begun in 2010.  The School has grown from borrowed drums and a rented house, to more than 20 of our own drums at our beautiful thatch palapa.

Community Connection

Warasa offers sponsored drum lessons for local children to help preserve the Garifuna culture for generations to come. They also provide ongoing income for seven local members of the indigenous community.

Environmental Engagement

Their thatch palapa is built from abundant and sustainable locally available materials. Additionally, the drum school grows their own seeds for their handmade maracas. When hunting season is open, they only purchase deerskins for their drum-making.


They preserve cultural traditions by including experiences such as indigenous Garifuna drumming, drum-making, dancing lessons and performances.
Music, singing, drumming and dancing are integral parts of Garifuna culture, and many of the songs and dances tell stories about Garifuna history and culture.


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