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
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.
Alternative Spring Break - Try something different this Spring Break by joining one of our Projects
Belize > Early Childhood Development
Fixed dates during spring break
San Pedro (Read More)
Host family Read More
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
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?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Where will I work in Belize?
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.
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.
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.
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