Volunteering in Belize
For those wishing to volunteer in Belize we have a large number of different projects, where volunteers are needed. Our volunteer projects in Belize focus mainly on social issues from teaching in schools to tackling issues for the elderly to working in a shelter for abused women and children to teaching dancing to disadvantaged children, there’s plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference. You can also get your hands dirty and join our Build a Sustainable Homes for Orphans project. The support of volunteer work in Belize is essential for this project, as all the building work that has been done so far simply would not have been possible without the help of volunteers. For those with experience in physical therapy or in counselling we have a fantastic medical elective and a great counselling project both of which are greatly in need of volunteer support. Finally, with world class diving opportunities no trip to Belize would be complete without a spot of scuba diving! For those interested in doing some diving you can join our marine conservation project with PADI certification on a stunning private island.
If you would like to Central or South America then you can also look at our volunteer projects in Costa Rica.
Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala is the peaceful and ecologically diverse country of Belize. With more than 65% of the country covered by lush rainforest and a population of less than 300,000 it is the most sparsely populated country in Central America. Biodiversity is vast for such a small country with 150 species of mammals, 540 species of birds and 600 species of freshwater and marine fishes. Spanning the length of the coastline is the second largest barrier reef on earth, which is a world heritage site. The ancient Maya ruins in the mountains date back to 500 BC, and the ethically diverse population of Maya, Mestizo, creole, Mennonite and Garifuna make for a unique and culturally rich experience.
Belize's fragile ecosystems are under threat from deforestation, improper agricultural practices, irresponsible tourism and development, and forest fires. The people of Belize are very conscious about conserving their natural habitat and have used eco-tourism as a means of preserving their fragile ecosystems. It is very important to the communities that these ecosystems survive as they use them for food, medicine, shelter and water.
$500 scholarships for Latin American Volunteers. Click here for more information.
Belize Travel Highlights
Track Jaguars at Cockscomb Basin
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best undisturbed nature centres in the country and easily one of the most beautiful with 600-1000 Jaguars prowling the land. Get involved in mapping and distribution research to help protect Jaguars and their prey.
Glovers Reef Atoll
70 miles southeast of Belize City brings you to Glovers Reef, named after the pirate John Glover. The atoll is a circular necklace of almost continuous coral reef around an 80-square-mile lagoon with depths to 50 feet; the various colors of blue in the water are so intense they seem unreal. Within the lagoon, divers will find 700 shallow coral patches and the remains of at least four sunken ships.
Kayaking the Belizean waterways
Raft a 20-mile stretch of the Macal River. This small, steep, and technical route brings you through drop pools, mazelike channels, and big waterfalls in class IV whitewater. Led by guides who have rafted all over the world, you know it's got to be good when even they get excited about it. Groups are small (six people), and the wildlife abundant — tapirs, iguanas, and river otters are just a few of the species to be seen.
Is the only English-speaking nation in Central America
295,000, and is one of the least populated countries in the world.
50% Roman Catholic, 27% protestant, with Hindu and Islam making up the rest.
Main languages include English, Creole, Spanish and Garifuna. Official national language is English but Belizians consider Creole as their native language.
25% of the population live on $2 or less per day.
• Average Temperature: 26°C
• Wet Season: June - November
• Dry Season: December - May
• Hurricane Season: June - November
• Is a visa required?: No visa required for British citizens
• Allocation of Tourist Visa: Tourist Visa is received at the airport of Origin
• Duration of Tourist visa: Lasts up to 30 days
• Cost of Tourist Visa:
• Tourist Visa Extension: Extensions can be arranged as long as you have 6 months valid on passport.
• Cost of Tourist Visa Extension: £15-£20 for 6 month extension
• Passport validation: Must be valid for at least 6 months
• Return/onward flight ticket: Required upon entering the country.
• Confirmation of Funds: You may be asked to show evidence of sufficient funds of at least £50 per day.
• For more information: Belize High Commission in London
• Usual International flight cost: £450 - £650
• Airport fees/taxes: £20-£25
• Airport code: Belize City (BZE)
• International Flights: Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Continental Airlines, American Airlines
• Domestic Flights: Tropic Air
• Currency: Belize Dollar (BZ$)(Tied currency of US$1 = BZ$2
• Inform Banks: Give the dates of travel and destinations to prevent security blocks on your bank and credit cards.
• Cash: Always take enough cash to cover your expenses for the first week in case there is a problem with your bank cards or access to ATM’s is limited.
• Credit Options: Good idea to have at least two different credit/debit card options i.e. MasterCard, Visa, Maestro, or Cirrus.
• Travellers Cheques: Will only be able to exchange in major cities and best to take them in Dollars.
• Western Union: If at any time you have any problems in accessing money you can use Western Union transfer. Money can be sent from your home country and received in Belize the same day.
• Vaccinations: No vaccinations are required
• Malaria medication: Required
• See local GP: If vaccinations or medication is required see the doctor 4-6 weeks before your departure.
• Less than 4 weeks before you leave: You should still see a healthcare provider for needed vaccines, anti-malaria drugs and other medications and information about how to protect yourself from illness and injury while travelling.
• Check the following for up to date information: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention