VOLUNTEERING IN Belize

CENTRAL AMERICA

Being a volunteer in Belize is fascinating, the country is a Caribbean delight of natural wonders, from the crystal waters of the second largest coral reef in the world to the tropical jungles! Its rich history makes it a real melting pot of cultures too, where Maya people live side by side with Garifuna and the ruins of ancient cities are scattered through the rainforest. This hidden gem of a destination has a lot to offer those who are looking to travel and volunteer.

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There is a great need for volunteer support for conservation initiatives and wildlife rescue in this diverse country. Pod Volunteer is an award-winning non-profit organisation helping people to volunteer in Belize for as little as 1 week or as long as 3 months.

We find the best volunteer projects in Belize for you, help you with all the arrangements and provide lots of support before and during your volunteering time in Belize! As the only English speaking country in Central America, you don’t need any Spanish to get by in Belize, though you can still practice your skills when you visit!

Volunteers can get involved in animal volunteering; conservation work in the jungle, mangroves, lagoons and pine savannahs; and reef conservation, diving in the deep blue waters off a private island!

There is no bad time to volunteer in Belize and volunteers are needed all year round. Weather wise, Belize is warm and tropical all year. December to February are the cooler months and March to August generally typify the dry season with little rain and high temperatures. September to November provide the heaviest rainfall. The hurricane season runs from July to October - Belize is rarely hit full on by a hurricane but sometimes people on the Cayes (islands) have to transfer to the mainland. Temperatures average between 15-35 °C.

At Pod Volunteer we love to travel and Gemma in the Pod team has written about her time in Belize. To get you started, here is our insider’s view of our experiences.

Things we loved: The very laid back atmosphere – it’s impossible to not feel relaxed in Belize, the local motto is “just go slow”, take that advice and you’ll love Belize too! The wildlife – Belize is a nature lover’s paradise with over 570 bird species and other wildlife such as monkeys, jaguars and crocodiles. The food - is fantastic, from the breakfasts of Caribbean fruits to fry jacks, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Things we weren’t so sure about! Nothing happens on time! This can be frustrating initially but once you’ve got used to it, it’s much easier to just go with the flow. The bugs can be annoying, especially as you move inland and towards the jungle areas so be prepared and take plenty of insect repellent and after-bite cream.

Below you’ll find a summary of our volunteering projects abroad in Belize which you can click through to and find out about the volunteer role, location, accommodation and costs, see lots of pictures and read volunteer reviews!

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Caribbean Conservation

Caribbean Conservation

Belize

  • Join an award-winning conservation team, collecting data on manatees, crocodiles and rare parrots
  • Research findings are used to guide the management of these protected areas
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Duration: 1 – 12 weeks +

Cost from: £895 / €985 / $1110

Caribbean Reef Conservation

Caribbean Reef Conservation

Belize

  • Join an award-winning project on the world's second largest coral reef
  • Learn to dive or develop your skills whilst carrying out surveys and conservation work
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Duration: 1 – 12 weeks +

Cost from: £995 / €1095 / $1235

Caribbean Wildlife

Caribbean Wildlife

Belize

  • Assist keepers with the care of around 200 rescued native animals including jaguars and tapirs
  • Help prepare food and enrichments for the animals at the educational visitor centre
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Duration: 2 – 3 weeks

Cost from: £945 / €1040 / $1170

Top 5 reasons to visit and volunteer in Belize

  • Coral reef - Belize’s barrier reef is the second largest in the world and home to over 100 different types of coral and 500 species of fish. If you are interested in diving then this is definitely the Caribbean country for you. Exploring the famous Great Blue Hole makes an exciting day trip.

  • Toucans, monkeys, iguanas and jaguars - Belize is known as ‘mother nature’s best kept secret’. From the seas to the jungles, Belize also has incredible birdlife with over 570 species including the keel billed toucan (the national bird of Belize) as well as several different species of monkey, crocodile and huge iguanas!

  • Maya ruins - Mayan civilisation rose to its peak between 600-900 AD, now all that remains are the ruins, tombs and hieroglyphs. Soak up some history and take a tour around some of the most famous Mayan sites including Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, Caracol and Lamani.

  • Tropical island - Caye Caulker a small coral island just off from mainland Belize where you can truly relax. Don’t forget to “just go slow” (the local motto)! Here you can go sailing, diving, snorkelling, bird watching, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing or simply chill out at the Split!

  • Fusion cuisine - Belize has some of the best cuisine in the world. Using fresh produce, most of it straight from the sea, the food here is a mix of Mexican, Caribbean and other native influences. If you like seafood, you’ll love travelling in Belize!

Belize island

Belize island

Belize volunteers walking on street

Belize volunteers walking on street

Belize ancient monument

Belize ancient monument

Belize locals cycling

Belize locals cycling

Belize local road and countryside

Belize local road and countryside

Belize wildlife

Belize wildlife

Belize building by water

Belize building by water

Belize sunset by the coast

Belize sunset by the coast

Belize coast pier

Belize coast pier

Belize beach and coast

Belize beach and coast

Belize jungle cave

Belize jungle cave

Belize historic monument

Belize historic monument

We have long term relationships with hand-picked projects that have lasting and positive impact. We are a highly experienced and passionate team, here to support you!

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal