|Location||Ladyville village, near Belize City|
|Start dates||Every week on a Wednesday|
|Duration||2 - 12 weeks +|
|Age requirement||21 + (exceptions possible for volunteers 18 + with previous experience)|
|Cost||From £645 / €830 / $1025 - see fees table below|
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:
You will normally volunteer for 5 days per week from around 7am until 6pm with breaks during the day. Volunteers normally get up early and have breakfast with the children at around 7.30am, then help with the running of the home during the day before spending time with the children when they return from school at around 3pm.
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.
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 2-8 volunteers at the project at any one time with a maximum of 20.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Belize Children's Home reviews.
The children’s home is run by Liberty Foundation; a UK registered charity which provides care, rehabilitation and education for abused and abandoned children in Belize. They support up to 45 children at any one time, all of whom have been physically/sexually abused and/or abandoned and placed at the Children's Home through Belize Human Services.
Some of the children that Liberty support have additional disabilities, special needs and/or HIV/AIDS. Normally the home has 25-40 children in its care at any one time and they provide support for children 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.
Liberty 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. 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.
There is a huge need for, and benefit from having international volunteers; with up to 45 children there at any one time, the children’s home is always grateful for extra pairs of hands to help out. Volunteers are able to spend time with the children 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.
“The children benefit from additional one on one attention from the volunteers which helps build their confidence and communication skills. It also gives the children an opportunity to meet a variety of different people of varied ages from a number of countries. By providing extra support to the existing staff the volunteers enable us to provide a higher quality service to the children.”
Gemma, CEO of Liberty Children’s Home
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.
The Children's Home 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 for travel to the offshore islands (cayes).
The volunteer house is located on site; there are 4 volunteer bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The rooms sleep up to three people, so depending on how many volunteers are there you will normally share with another (same gender) volunteer. Internet is available on site.
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. The offshore cayes are accessible from the water terminals in Belize City. You may also wish to explore the jungle regions and Maya archaeology.
|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 Volunteering Guide 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.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information
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
Percentage living on less than US $1.25 per day: 12.2%
Number of threatened animal species: 92
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