Belize: The Initiative for Children

Improve children's literacy in exotic Belize, surrounded by dense wildlife and adventure from ridge to reef.

Highlights

  • Lead educational English camp for Belizean youth
  • Use experiential learning tools to improve children’s literacy
  • Live on a tropical savannah surrounded by biodiversity
  • Experience everything from lush rainforests to the Caribbean coast
  • Enjoy world-class snorkeling over the world’s second-largest barrier reef
  • Learn about animal conservation at the Belize Zoo

Overview

Belize is known not only for its abundant biodiversity, but also for bringing together a seamless mix of cultures: Belizean, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, and Maya. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize may be small but it's packed with adventure—you’ll be snorkeling on the reef one day and hiking the tropical savanna the next. In contrast to its vast natural resources, the country’s economic and public resources are limited. As a volunteer, help design and run an educational summer camp for local children, creating an effective, nurturing environment for them to continue their education.

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Community Service

Inspire the development of the English language and literacy among youth in Belize by staffing an empowering educational summer program for local youth. You’ll lead children in experiential learning and outdoor activities that tie into their language lessons. These are just a few of the creative methods you’ll adopt to make learning more engaging. In the only country in Central America where the national language is English and one-third of the population is under 15 years old, you’ll form bonds with your enthusiastic students that will reflect the difference a quality education can make.

Hands-On Learning

The same natural beauty that draws people to Belize risks endangerment to the region’s ecosystems due to growing tourist traffic. Experience the country’s dense biodiversity and learn about efforts to preserve the region during guided nature hikes and a visit to the world-famous Belize Zoo. Try your hand at cooking local foods and be guided through Garifuna and Creole cultural dance. Tour the Xunantunich Archaeological Site for a glimpse into history and a better understanding of Belize's ancient Maya heritage.

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Adventure

With its easygoing attitude, Belize is the perfect destination for true Caribbean adventure. Go cave tubing through a jungle river to observe green iguanas, keel-billed toucans and the occasional Central American river otter. Cool off after long days of service by dipping in the local river tributary. On a weekend excursion to the island of Caye Caulker, you'll have the chance to snorkel over coral reefs with tropical fish, and with luck - observe sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and other marine mammals in the open ocean.

Lodging

Home Base is located on a tropical savanna located in Belize's central lowland forest. The land consists of many beautiful hiking paths and a wide array of flora and fauna. Students stay in gender-segregated dormitory buildings with fans, and have access to shared bathrooms with hot- and cold-water showers. Meals will be hearty and healthy, consisting of meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fruit.

Dates & Tuition

The Initiative for Children
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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