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Caribbean Children's Home - Belize

  • Join a flagship Children's Home, highly regarded due to its fantastic work
  • Provide care, support and education to children aged from babies to late teens
  • Live on site and enjoy full cultural immersion in an English speaking country
  • Explore the rainforest, coral reefs and beautiful beaches in Belize in your free time
 
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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)
Availability Spaces available, 1st - 15th July fully booked
Cost From £645 / €830 / $1025 - see fees table below

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

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:

  • Caring for and socialising with the children
  • Gardening
  • Cooking and cleaning duties
  • Assisting with admin
  • Helping with local fundraising events e.g. making posters, helping to organise an event

Activities with the children:

  • Reading books
  • Art and crafts together
  • Playing games outside
  • Communicating with the children, listening to them and encouraging them to speak with you

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.

Hear from past Belize Children's Home volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Belize Children's Home reviews.

 

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How is the Belize Children's Home project making a difference?

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 can support up to 40 children, 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 25-35 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.

Click here for more details about Liberty Foundation.

Why are volunteers needed?

There is a huge need for, and benefit from having international volunteers; 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. 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

Child protection

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.

Where will I be living?

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.

 

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What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Erin is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod
  • Child care volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Belize) and return transfers
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Food - all main meals
  • Induction
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans and insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community
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 volunteer fees

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.

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2 weeks £645 €830 $1025 $1200
Extra weeks £65 €85 $105 $120

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

 
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We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information

 

Pod UK Manager

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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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