After School Sports Volunteer Project in Belize
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: San Pedro
- ROLE: To help run a sports program for children during the summer
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- AGE OF CHILDREN: 5 – 12
- NUMBER OF CHILDREN: 50 – 75
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Mid-July to early August
Help run a summer sports program by volunteering on our After School Sports Project in Belize. Sport is a fun, healthy and constructive outlet for children, and is an important tool in discouraging juvenile violence and crime. The sport program is a great opportunity for local children to develop their fitness, have fun with other children, and will encourage them to continue working on their sporting skills while at school, or join a school sports teams if they haven’t yet done so.
The sports program is four weeks long, and will run from July 17th 2017 to August 11th 2017 and is open to all children in the local community between 5 and 12 years old. The provisional 2018 dates are July 16th 2018 to August 10th 2018.
Your Role on the After School Sports Project in Belize
In Belize, the San Pedro town council has an entire department dedicated to encouraging youth participation in sports. You will contribute to achieving these goals on this project.
Every week, coaches and volunteers will focus on a different sport, including:
- Beach soccer
- Martial arts
In the mornings you will prepare afternoon activities and work with various coaches trained in each of the sports. Your input and knowledge will be valuable to the team, as you look to get as many children as possible involved.
Between 2pm and 4pm, you will assist the coaches as they teach that week’s sport to the children You will help with demonstration on how to play, encourage participation, oversee their games and activities, and ensure that they are having fun.
The day will not end with the game, but rather with educational awareness. On the program, you will help organize beach clean-ups to teach the children about the importance of keeping the oceans clean.
After the four weeks of the program, there will be a ceremony to thank all volunteers, staff, and children who participated, and also to celebrate National Youth Day in Belize. This evening will end with a movie and snacks in the local park.
Free time during the After School Sports Project in Belize
While in Belize, you will be living with a local host family. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle and culture in the country. In your spare time, there is plenty to do You can visit the many beautiful beaches, take a trip to the Blue Hole or go zip lining and cave tubing!
If you would like to coach sports in Belize throughout the year and work with students in local schools, you can join our Teach Physical Education Project in Belize.