By volunteering in Belize and getting involved in a home building project that uses traditional and sustainable building methods, such as sandbag walls and reed composting, you will be helping orphans who, without the help of this project, would be desperately trying to find somewhere to live. This is a self-sustainable community farm dedicated to the promotion of self reliance, harmonious living and above all, providing a safe, stable and healthy home for abused and orphaned children whom law dictates, must leave the orphan system at only16 years of age. Volunteer work in Belize for this orphanage development project is bringing a sense of community to the children abandoned by the legal system while immersing them in inspiring sustainability initiatives helping to preserve local resources enabling the community to be financially independent. Importantly, this farm aims to become a transition model to inspire other community building and sustainable farming initiatives throughout Belize.
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There are a number of initiatives currently being undertaken on this project including food security sustainable agricultural practices, preserving biodiversity through land management, providing transitional homes for both young women and those that the orphan system has disregarded at 16 years old and a child fostering programme. This project needs developmental volunteers to help support the above practices and provide much needed man power and support to the initiatives on the ground.
Kaya’s programmes are based in San Ignacio and the surrounding communities. This project is in Georgeville - a 15 minute bus ride outside the town centre, where the volunteer house is located. San Ignacio, also referred to locally as Cayo, is located 2 hours from Belize City along the Western Highway and is a tourist centre (relative, in Belize terms). The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse population of Creole, Maya and Mestizo. San Ignacio is also an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills with a wide, shallow river running through the centre, where local families and volunteers love to swim. You can visit nearby Maya ruins and take part in caving adventures in your free time.
• Duration: 2-26 weeks
• Cost: £975/$1706 for 2 weeks, £215/$376 for each additional week
• Requirements: Age 18+
• Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
• Project activities: Building, maintenance, construction, tree planting, environmental assessments.
• Working Hours: Monday-Friday 6-8h per day
• Project availability: Project starts 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.
• Arrival day: Saturday
•Accommodation: Single/shared room in a home-stay or volunteer house. Groups will camp on site.
•Food: 3 meals a day
•Airport pick up and drop off
•Training: Orientation and project induction provided
•Support: 24 hour support
•Excursion Planning: Staff can help to suggest weekend activities (activity price will be extra). Trips may include; canoeing through jungle, caves, tubing, visit Mayan ruins, hiking and horse riding.
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