Spend December this year doing something different and spend Christmas volunteering building a home for orphaned teenagers in Belize. You will learn traditional and sustainable building methods and contribute to the futures of children and young female adults in Belize. You will use sustainable resources such as sandbag walls and reed composting.
The home is located on a self-sustainable community farm dedicated to the promotion of self-reliance and harmonious living. Above all, you will help to provide a safe, stable and healthy home for abused and orphaned children. Children and young adults are referred to the project by the policy and Social Services Departments when it is deemed that they have nowhere else to go.
By focusing on this project at Christmas time the Project hopes to drive forward this initiative to completion and enable 10 young girls to move in. Once that phase is completed the project will be able to move on to the second phase of its development, which is a children’s home for abandoned and abused children. Help give the children and teenagers a safe home and the promise of a brighter future in the New Year.
Why choose this project?
This project benefits from the extra support of volunteers who will help to complete the building of this sustainable home. Progress has been made but to take this initiative forward the project is hoping to complete the building of the first phase; a home for 10 teenage girls. Groups and families are more than welcome and everyone will work together as part of a bigger project team. This is a great way to learn about the benefits that result from helping others while also improving your Spanish. Do something different this Christmas and put aside your plans to help those who really do need something for Christmas.
Role of the volunteer
Volunteers will participate in construction initiatives to help create outbuildings and to support the farm development work. You will have the opportunity to assist in many aspects of construction and learn ecological architecture such as sandbag construction and feeder roads built with old tires. We are constantly working to develop the farm which will in the future, raise animals so you will also be involved in developing the areas to house the animals, fencing of property, painting of buildings and landscaping are just as important building and road construction.
As a volunteer on this project, you should be prepared to get your hands dirty and have a real enthusiasm to get stuck in wherever you are needed. Volunteers with skills and experience in construction, carpentry, gardening, masonry or farming will be very welcome but these skills are by no means essential. Volunteers with animal husbandry and organic farming expensive are particularly sought.
You will need a fair level of fitness to complete the manual work involved in this project but most of all a willingness to get stuck in and help out where needed. Bring a can do attitude and you will be welcomed with open arms.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
A chance to give something back at Christmas
To join others in helping those in need
To spend Christmas with like minded people
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. San Ignacio, also referred to locally as Cayo, is located 2 hours from Belize City along the Western Highway and is a tourist centre. The town and the surrounding communities consist of a diverse population of Creole, Maya and Mestizo. San Ignacio is also an attractive town located in 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 if you choose to take free time. Christmas Day will be celebrated in Belize and you will be invited to participate in carol singing and a festive meal for a minor additional fee. New Year’s Eve will also be marked with a party (at an additional cost) so there will be an opportunity to celebrate not only your achievements as a team on the project but also the end of year festivities.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 weeks
- Cost: £1422 / $2489 staying in the volunteer house
or £1059 / $1853 staying in a tent
- Requirements: Age 17+, families welcome
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Project activities: Building, maintenance, landscaping, fencing of property, organic farming.
- Working Hours: Monday-Friday 6-8h per day
- Project availability: 2-week sessions, 1st – 14th December, 14th – 28th December and 28th December – 11th January
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared Tent or Volunteer House
- Food: 3 meals a day
- Airport pick up in groups from Belize City International Airport on specified dates
- Training: orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
What is not included
- Transfers outside of specified arrival and departure dates ($200 per return trip)
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Christmas and New Year’s celebration (£13/$23 additional per person for each celebration)
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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