At a glance
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.
Fixed dates during spring breakSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
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.
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.
Meet the team
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