At a glance
Join our International Youth Development project in Belize and assist the Department of Youth Services in empowering young people.
As an intern, you’ll provide essential support and manpower to local organisations in the development and execution of various youth programmes. You’ll get involved in sporting events, mentorship programmes and anti-bullying campaigns, among others.
You’ll live with a local host family in San Pedro during your project. This is the perfect way to get to know the culture and the people you’ll work with every day. In your free time, you can explore the tropical white sand beaches, scuba dive through the rainbow coral of the Belize Barrier Reef or hike to the Mayan ruins.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is a volunteer project with youth in Belize right for me?
If you want to be a part of the positive youth movement abroad, then our Youth Development project in Belize is for you. It’s a great opportunity to work with young adults and local government agencies. You’ll gain hands-on experience and provide guidance to ensure that campaigns are run smoothly.
We’ve partnered with the Department of Youth Services in Belize. You’ll assist in ensuring the goals and objectives of their programmes are met. You can reach out to our staff for advice and help at any time. You’ll also have access to an online database full of resources that’ll assist you during your volunteer project.
While formal qualifications are not required to join, experience in teaching, leadership, or mentoring is helpful.
This project runs throughout the year, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. We usually encourage you to stay longer. The longer you stay, the bigger the impact you can have on the youth in Belize.
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Provide guidance during anti-bullying campaigns
The anti-bullying initiative was developed several years ago in schools across Belize to encourage the positive use of social media. The Department of Youth Services is launching this programme in primary schools in San Pedro. It is a youth-led initiative, meaning that it is led by the school’s own peer helper group or student government.
Your role in this project is to provide direction and guidance to the students to ensure the campaign is successful. You’ll lead workshops on bullying and how to handle these types of situations, and monitor the programme on a weekly basis to ensure its success.
Support students as a tutor
Due to the size of classes, teachers don’t have the capacity to give every student the attention they need during lessons. This often means that students cannot keep up. To combat this issue, you’ll assist with primary and high school students with the subjects they are struggling with.
Arrange sporting events for the local youth
Sports can help teach important skills like teamwork, coordination and discipline. It also encourages a healthy lifestyle. Because of this, you’ll organise regular sporting events such as softball, basketball, and volleyball. You’ll arrange the logistics, such as referee bookings, setting dates and times, and ensuring water is available.
If you are skilled in a particular sport, you'll be able to assist with training and help teach the rules of the game.
Teach young men life skills and provide hands-on training
This twice a week programme is geared towards young men who’ve been recommended by their school or required by the court to attend. You’ll teach them life skills and other hands-on training including:
- Basic computer skills
- Craft making
- Cell phone repairs
- Dive lessons
This programme encourages development and hobbies which provide an avenue away from crime and violence.
Maintain community gardens
Nutrition plays a big role in the development of San Pedro’s youth. As a part of your youth development work experience abroad, you’ll support the Public Health interns in the running and maintenance of community vegetable gardens. You’ll even help roll out this initiative to more schools and communities.
Where in Belize will I be working?
Your International Youth Development Project in Belize is located in San Pedro, a town in the southern part of the island of Ambergris Caye. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations and home to the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef.
You’ll visit various schools and communities in the area to raise awareness about the development and empowerment of Belizean youth. You’ll occasionally travel to Caye Caulker for the day, depending on the activities you have planned.
A typical day on the Youth Development Project abroad
On a typical day, you’ll wake up to the sounds of the nearby beach in your host family’s home. After breakfast, you’ll hop onto your bicycle or take a short walk to the office. Our staff will show you how to get there on your first day.
A typical day will start at 9 am. From there, you’ll travel to various placements depending on the day’s activities. This is an example of what a week on this project could look like:
- Monday: Plan your week and check in with schools about anti-bullying campaign activities. Assist in the community garden and run tutoring sessions.
- Tuesday: Mentor at-risk and out of school young men. Prepare for and run tutoring sessions and a sporting event.
- Wednesday: Implement and guide after school clubs to encourage youth participation. Assist in the community garden and run tutoring sessions.
- Thursday: Mentor at-risk and out of school young men. Prepare for and run tutoring sessions and a sporting event.
- Friday: Implement and guide after school clubs to encourage youth participation. Assist in the community garden and join a meeting to discuss the week's activities.
You’ll do all of your lesson preparation at our office, where you’ll have access to materials and the internet.
At 5 pm, you’ll clock out for the day. You’ll have the evenings and weekends free to explore Belize or relax. A snorkel along the Belize Barrier Reef, beach sunsets and hikes up to the Mayan Ruins are a few things we’d recommend.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of the International Youth Development Project in Belize is to encourage and empower young people.
In Belize, the youth face a range of difficulties, including insufficient access to education and employment. Our goal and the goal of the Department of Youth Services in Belize is to substantially reduce the portion of youth that are struggling.
By building them up, you can help them transform their circumstances, encourage them to take responsibility, and improve their prospects. This not only helps create a better future for them, but it’ll mean they can provide a better life for their kids and family one day too. They are the active agents in creating better futures for themselves, you are simply there to facilitate and provide the skills needed to get them there.
Help us work towards long-term goals by joining this volunteer opportunity with youth 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.
Leisure activities and free time
Belize is a beautiful tropical country bordered by the clear, blue Caribbean Sea. There are plenty of ways to spend your free time here, whether you’re a beach lover, a culture buff, or an adventure seeker.
During your free time, you can go snorkelling along the colourful Belize Barrier Reef. For a more relaxed atmosphere, you can spend time on one of the white-sand beaches, sipping freshly squeezed papaya juice in the warm sun.
There are also plenty of cultural activities, so you can get a glimpse into the history and heritage of the country. You can visit Mayan ruins or spend the day wandering through an art gallery or museum.
During your trip, you’ll be surrounded by volunteers from around the world. So you can choose to explore independently or with volunteers from our different projects in Belize.
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.
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