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Volunteer Work with Children in Belize

 
are project in Belize
  • Placement locations: Around the city of Placencia
  • Types of care projects: Care centres and kindergartens
  • Role: Taking care of children and organising creative and physical activities
  • Accommodation: Host families
  • Price:  
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 2 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible, from November 2015 onwards
 

By volunteering with Projects Abroad on a Care project in Belize, you will contribute by supporting disadvantaged children in care centres and kindergartens. Whether you are on a gap year, career break, or looking to experience meaningful travel over a vacation, you will have an important role to play and your impact will be greatly appreciated in the community.

Although there are kindergartens and schools in Belize that provide quality education for children, many families are not able to afford additional costs such as uniforms, books, and stationery supplies. On a Care project, you will be able to help these children at care centres and kindergartens and contribute to their educational development.

Most of our Care placements are based in and around the city of Placencia. You will normally travel to work by bus, although some placements may be within walking distance.

Volunteering on a Care Project in Belize with Projects Abroad

In Belize, Projects Abroad works with care centres and kindergartens that provide care and education to children from impoverished backgrounds. These placements are often understaffed and have limited resources, so they are in desperate need of volunteers to help give children the best care possible. As a volunteer, you will be a welcome pair of helping hands for the local staff, who are often too busy to give the children the individual attention they need.

You will help with day-to-day practical tasks, such as ensuring that the young children have been washed and fed, as well as organising creative and physical activities such as arts & crafts and games and teaching basic literacy and numeracy and songs. Volunteers often also assist the local staff with tasks such as washing dishes and cleaning, which are essential to the daily running of the care centres.

With the older children, volunteers can help with homework. You could also play sports such as basketball, football, and Frisbee, and help kids develop their team skills.

Whether you are helping children learn to read, playing sports with them, or teaching them a new game, the time and attention you give them children hugely beneficial. Any skills you have to offer are welcome.

You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Belize Care Management Plan.

Your Role as a Care Volunteer in Belize

Social development, friendship, and support are the key things you can offer as a volunteer. Most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to travel.

Projects Abroad is happy to provide extra help to volunteers working on Care projects. This may include buying some paints or art materials or arranging a day where all the volunteers in Belize help to renovate a play area at one of the centres or kindergartens. Suggestions from volunteers are welcomed and we are open to any ideas you may have to help benefit the lives of the children with whom you are working.

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