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The Arches North Campus Incubator Sackville St Manchester, M60 1QD England
Belize: San Ignacio
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks
Typical Duration of Program
The first Saturday of every month
A community project will enable you to fully immerse yourself within the community, and by the end you will feel like one of the locals. There are a diverse number of projects you can be involved in from eco-tourism in Peru to women empowerment projects in Ecuador for abused women. Projects like these help you contribute in preserving some unique and special ways of life and helping people achieve a common goal.
* Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Belize
Help bring much-needed help to battered women and children in a country that has only one safe shelter to house victims of domestic abuse. Volunteers work in conjunction along with a newly formed non-profit organization addressing the issues of Domestic Violence in Belize. The main goal is to be able to establish a permanent safe house in the Cayo District: currently in the entire country there resides just one safe house to support all of Belize. Help create another establishment where women and their children can seek support in domestic violence situations. The organization provides help by assisting them with basic counseling, education on their legal rights, direct support, and referral to a safe place in extreme situations.
* Teaching Support for a Community College in Belize
Volunteer and work as a teaching assistant at a local high school and community college. With a combined total of approximately 1200 students enrolled at the campus, there is a staff base of around 105 who teach children aged between 12 and 18 in the High School and those between 17 and their late 20s in the College.
* Counselling and Social Work in Belize
On this project, the college has a small staff that focus on individual counselling for the students as well as providing wider social skills development outside the classroom, including Building School-Community-Parent partnerships, Parental Educational Classes, Youth Leadership Development (working with various student clubs), The High School Life Skills Program, Drug and Alcohol Education and workshops to help students learn how to respond to peer pressure in school.
Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala is the peaceful and ecologically diverse country of Belize. Spanning the length of the coastline is the second largest barrier reef on earth, which is a world heritage site. The ancient Maya ruins in the mountains date back to 500 BC, and the ethically diverse population of Maya, Mestizo, creole, Mennonite and Garifuna make for a unique and culturally rich experience.
* Track Jaguars at Cockscomb Basin:
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best undisturbed nature centers in the country and easily one of the most beautiful with 600-1000 Jaguars prowling the land. Get involved in mapping and distribution research to help protect Jaguars and their prey.
* Glovers Reef Atoll:
70 miles southeast of Belize City brings you to Glovers Reef, named after the pirate John Glover. The atoll is a circular necklace of almost continuous coral reef around an 80-square-mile lagoon with depths to 50 feet; the various colors of blue in the water are so intense they seem unreal. Within the lagoon, divers will find 700 shallow coral patches and the remains of at least four sunken ships.
* Kayaking the Belizean Waterways:
Raft a 20-mile stretch of the Macal River. This small, steep, and technical route brings you through drop pools, mazelike channels, and big waterfalls in class IV whitewater. Led by guides who have rafted all over the world, you know it's got to be good when even they get excited about it. Groups are small (six people), and the wildlife abundant -- tapirs, iguanas, and river otters are just a few of the species to be seen.
Belize's fragile ecosystems are under threat from deforestation, improper agricultural practices, irresponsible tourism and development, and forest fires. The people of Belize are very conscious about conserving their natural habitat and have used eco-tourism as a means of preserving their fragile ecosystems. It is very important to the communities that these ecosystems survive as they use them for food, medicine, shelter and water.
These are just a few of the wonderful activities and experiences a volunteer will accomplish in a few weeks of their stay in the majestic Belize.
Experience and passion for working in the community and interacting with the people are needed. Participants must also possess enthusiasm and a willingness to learn about the environment and the place's culture.
Please visit the website for more information.
* Accommodation: Single/shared room in a home-stay or volunteer house (GBP 20 supplement p.wk)
* Food: 3 meals a day
* Airport pick up and drop off
* Training: Orientation and project induction provided
* Support: 24 hour support
* Excursion Planning: Staff can help to suggest weekend activities (activity price will be extra). Trips may include; canoeing through jungle, caves, tubing, visit Mayan ruins, hiking and horse riding.
A Kaya volunteer shows enthusiasm, spirit and life to stimulate and bring something new to the residents; love, patience and a listening ear for the people; and a good motivator with a positive and optimistic attitude.
Must be more than 18 years old
Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups
Kaya's mission is to promote sustainable social, environmental and economic development, empower communities and cultivate educated, compassionate global citizens through responsible travel.