Projects Abroad Early Childhood Development volunteer dancing with a child during his spring break project placement

Early Childhood Development in Belize for Spring Break

Volunteer during your spring break and gain childcare work experience in Belize

Volunteer with children for our Early Childhood Development Project in Belize, and work in kindergartens and primary schools for an Alternative Spring Break.

Here’s what you could get up to:

  • Work with small groups of children during literacy and numeracy lessons
  • Play educational games and sports to promote overall development
  • Track each child’s progress using development checklists
  • Make posters, flashcards, and colourful murals, which you can use during lessons

Tourism and eco-tourism are growing rapidly in Belize. However, the country still faces major development challenges, with poverty and inequality being major factors. Children are an especially vulnerable group and there are many in need of extra educational and emotional support. We’re trying to change this with the help of our volunteers by making a real impact

Getting involved in an Early Childhood Development Project is ideal for people majoring in:

  • Social Work
  • Child Development
  • Education
  • Psychology

It's a great practical experience for any student who wants to do meaningful and fun volunteer work over spring break.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 917 810 4744 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Trip Format:

Alternative Spring Break - Try something different this Spring Break by joining one of our Projects

Project Name:

Belize > Early Childhood Development

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during spring break

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

San Pedro (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged 18 or over can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organized weekend tourism trips

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Where will I work in Belize?

San Pedro

Our Early Childhood Development Project is based in San Pedro, a small beach town in Ambergris Caye, the largest island off the coast of Belize. The town is home to over 15,000 people. As you explore the streets, you’ll see locals zooming past on bikes or golf carts, which are common forms of transport in this area.

The communities you will work in can look drastically different from idyllic postcards, with rough, muddy terrain often littered with rubbish. Volunteer work with children in Belize is challenging but an extremely eye-opening experience. Really an Alternative Spring Break option.

You’ll work with children in kindergartens and primary schools. They’ll be less developed than the schools you’re used to, making your role there even more important.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Belize Arrival Procedures page.

What impact will I make in Belize?

The aim of this project is to improve the literacy, numeracy, and early childhood development of children in San Pedro.

In Belize, many young students are often immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries. They struggle with literacy, especially in English, and need extra support. However, local teachers are often overwhelmed. Classrooms are overcrowded, making it more difficult to give struggling students more attention.

On top of that, many parents are illiterate themselves and work several jobs to keep their families afloat. This means that parents don’t have the skills or time to support young children with learning at home.

As a volunteer, you’ll help us tackle these issues and contribute to our mission to provide children with sustainable educational support and care. As described in our Childcare Management Plan for Belize, you’ll work with us to achieve four goals:

  • Increase literacy
  • Promote early childhood development
  • Raise awareness of healthy living, the environment, and family planning
  • Improve English

Help us achieve these long-term goals by joining a volunteer opportunity with children in Belize.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in San Pedro. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Belize and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.