What is Enchanted Forest Art Therapy Volunteering in Belize all about?
Are you passionate about art and the positive effects it can bring in people? Join Kaya Enchanted Forest Art Therapy Volunteering in Belize!
The project takes place in a farm environment setup for abused children abandoned by the legal system. Indeed, the children are hosted in an eco-sustainable centre that provides them with a stable accommodation and food security while they recover and heal from their past. The purpose of the farm is to empower them to become financially independent and put them on a path of success, despite their hardship. In Belize, the government is responsible for orphans and foster kids until the age of 16. At that time, they are released from the legal system with little means to sustain themselves. As a result, many of the young girls are at risk of human trafficking and poverty. The farm provides them with a platform to live in a safe and secure environment, further their education and vocational training, as well as provide them with the mental support they need to rebuild themselves.
Coupled with conventional therapy, the Enchanted Forest project will provide a place for the young girls and other local troubled children to explore their emotions, relieve stress and anxiety and cope with self-esteem and depression brought on by their past.
As part of the Enchanted Forest Art Therapy Volunteering in Belize, you will work with a lead artist from Mexico who has created some artwork with road kills and natural materials. The initiative combines art and landscaping with the creation of artwork through natural resources, creation of a meditational area, bringing the forest area to life and allowing an escape to reality as a type of therapeutic treatment.
Why choose this Art Therapy Volunteering in Belize?
- Contribute to a long lasting Art project making a positive impact on local troubled children.
- Develop your art skills and use your creativity towards a worthy project.
- Discover a new culture make new friends while learning about Belize.
Role of the Volunteer
At this stage of the project, we need participation from art students, landscape architects, sculptors and carpenters to create a magical realm where the imagination is assisted by the visual display of various animals. Working under the guidance of a lead artist, you will bring in your creativity and imagination to contribute to this therapeutic project.
What skills do I need to participate in the Enchanted Forest placement in Belize?
An open-mind, creativity and imagination are essential to make this Enchanted Forest Art Therapy Volunteering in Belize successful. Bring in your ideas and your entrepreneurship and contribute to a long term sustainable project that serve a purpose for the local troubled children.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To support a local initiative and make a lasting impact
To share your creativity and imagination
Learn about a new country and culture
Where will I work in Belize?
About the location
The Enchanted Forest Art Therapy Volunteering in Belize is based in San Ignacio’s surrounding community. San ignacio is located about 2 hours away from Belize City. The town is very diverse and a mix of Creole, Mestizo and Maya populations.
As an volunteer, you will live in a volunteer house owned by a Belizean family. The Belizean family has been hosting volunteers from all over the world for many years and are true advocates of human justice and fairness in Belize. Your accommodation is located within a 5-minute walk from the market town of San Ignacio. Because there are plenty of other interns and volunteers, you may have to share your room with other like-minded individuals also working on local social justice projects.
What to do in your spare time
During your free time, you will have plenty to explore in the surrounding area including Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave and other archaeological sites.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £2030 / $3168 for 2 weeks, see drop-down menu for additional weekly pricing
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Working hours: Monday-Friday, 6 to 8 hours per day
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: double room in volunteer house
- Food: 3 meals per day; light breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a cooked evening meal. Volunteers take it in turns once a week preparing something from their own country
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from/to Belize City International Airport
- Transport: to and from project
- Training: Pre-departure manual, learning reflection manual, orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24 hour support
- Excursion Planning: Assistance with booking weekend activities (activity price will be extra). Trips may include; canoeing through jungle, caves, tubing, visit Mayan ruins, hiking and horse riding.
What is not included
- Police/Government Background Check; US and UK citizens will be processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
- Any costs for COVID-19 PCR tests required pre-departure and in-country
Easy 4-step application process
Click here to apply online and pay your application fee to apply for your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
Once we’ve received your application, we’ll review your details and be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
Following your interview, we will provide you a placement offer. Once you are ready to confirm your placement and dates, you can pay your confirmation fee to book and secure your space.
When you have confirmed your project dates 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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