|Location||Ladyville village, near Belize City|
|Start dates||Every week on a Wednesday|
|Duration||2 - 12 weeks +|
Volunteer age requirement: 21 years +
|Cost||From £495 / $780 - see pricing table below|
There is a huge need for and benefit from having international volunteers spending time with the children, helping to build their confidence and communication skills and supporting the day to day running of the home.
By volunteering at the children's home you will help children who have had an incredibly tough start in life. Your support helps them to be reintegrated into society and gain an education which can mean the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity and freedom.
With up to 40 children there at any one time, the children’s home is always grateful for extra pairs of hands to help out and it allows the children to receive more one-to-one attention which is incredibly important.
Read what past volunteers have said about this project in our Belize Children's Home reviews.
You will normally volunteer for 5 days per week, with weekends free to relax and explore Belize (although you may be required to swap these to two weekdays depending on the needs of the home, especially when the children are on school holidays). The children follow a daily routine during school term-time with breakfast around 7.30am, then off to school and back around 3pm. Volunteers work Monday-Friday for approximately 40 hours a week, so expect to be kept busy!
Volunteers normally get up early and have breakfast with the children, then help with the running of the home during the day before spending time with the children when they return from school. During school holidays the children are around during the day as well so there is additional time to spend with them. School holidays are normally 2 weeks at Christmas, 2 weeks at Easter and 8 weeks in the summer.
There is always a lot going on to get involved with! Most volunteers work on a number of different activities; wherever help is needed most at the time. Each day will differ but activities could include:
Activities with the children:
If you have a specific skill or background e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, please let us know as these skills are much appreciated and needed.
There are normally 2-6 volunteers at the project with a maximum of 8 (and a maximum of 10 over the summer holidays).
Liberty Foundation is a UK registered charity that exists to provide care, rehabilitation and education for abused and abandoned children in Belize. The children’s home is licensed to house up to 40 children, all of whom have been physically/sexually abused and/or abandoned and placed with them through Belize Human Services. Some of the children also have disabilities, special needs and/or HIV/AIDS. Normally there are 25-35 children at the home at any one time and the children can be aged from babies through to late teens.
Liberty strives not only to provide a child with food and shelter but to provide an environment where children are respected, nurtured and treated as individuals. The priority is to ensure the health and happiness of every child in their care.
The Liberty campus consists of Liberty Children’s Home and Liberty Learning Centre. Liberty Learning Centre provides child-centred schooling to the pre-school age residents at Liberty Children’s Home, but the majority of its students live in the local community. The school draws upon the Montessori method of education that focuses on working with each child to develop independence, confidence and a desire to learn.
The Liberty campus is situated in the village of Ladyville, on the outskirts of Belize City. It's about 20 minutes to Belize City by bus so very easy to visit.
Belize has a lot to offer on the sea and mainland. There are 190 miles of barrier reef and three atolls for excellent diving, snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking or relaxing with a good book on a hammock. Caye Caulker is a forty five minute water taxi from the Marine Terminal in Belize City. Ambergris Caye is one and a half hours by water taxi and twenty minutes by plane.
There are many great half day trips from Liberty House, including the Belize Zoo, cave tubing, zip lines and Altun Ha Maya site. The Museum of Belize and House of Culture in Belize City are both well worth visiting. Lamanai site is a full day trip by road and boat and combines Maya archeology, a jungle river trip, great birding, howler monkeys, crocs and manatees.
The volunteer house is located on campus; there are 4 volunteer bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The rooms sleep up to two people, so depending on how many volunteers are there you will normally share with another (same gender) volunteer. Internet and laundry facilities are available on campus. As the campus is shared with the children and staff it is completely smoking / drug / alcohol free and volunteers must respect this.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa (if required), criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.|
PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.
PoD is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy.
All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.
For placements starting before 31 December 2013
For placements starting after 1 January 2014
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
Erin in the PoD UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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Population: approx 300,000
Currency: Belize Dollar (BZD)
Life expectancy: 76.9 years
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