What is the Family Volunteering: Building and Organic Farming in Belize project all about?
Bring your family to Belize and join us on this farming and building project for disadvantaged teenagers. Building work can be some of the most rewarding volunteer work you can do as a family, because it leads to tangible results which children, in particular, like to see. Working in a team, learning about eco-friendly construction techniques and organic farming in the friendly environment of a community farm in Belize, will be fun for all the family.
In Belize, the law states that orphaned children must leave the system at only 16 years of age. This means that many children face life on the streets and are unprepared for the reality of supporting themselves. This initiative offers a half-way house, acting as a safe environment for children to have shelter and work on the farm, learning techniques that they can use to find employment when they move on. The farm is self-sustainable and dedicated to the promotion of self-reliance, harmonious living and above all, providing a safe, stable and healthy home.
Why choose this Building & Organic Farming Family Volunteering project?
This is an extremely innovative project, where the building efforts are complemented by sustainable agricultural practices used to preserve biodiversity through land management and skills development. The work that you contribute as volunteers will help to support these practices and provide much-needed manpower to the local team. Sustainability is the main aim of this venture and you will learn how to make sustainable building materials, which makes for an educational experience.
Role of the Community Volunteer
Volunteers will participate in the construction of outbuildings, using local resources and methods. You will have the opportunity to assist in many aspects of construction such as tiling and building during which you will learn ecological architecture such as sandbag construction and feeder roads built with old tyres. Depending on the needs of the project at the time, you may be involved in helping in the construction of waterless composting latrines and wood conservation stove and ovens. This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to learn about the world of sustainability!
We are constantly working to develop the farm which will in the future be used to raise animals, so you will also be involved in developing the areas to house the animals. Children will enjoy feeding and take care of the animals on site, mostly horses, ducks, chickens and goats.
There are many small projects for children if they do not wish to get involved with building. They can participate in assistance activities such as earthbag building, tree-house maintenance or paint signs for the properties. If they wish to work more on the farm, they can learn organic farming techniques, collect eggs, pick fruits, help with landscaping duties or do some painting at the toddlers challenge course in the recreational area at the farm.
What skills do I need to be a Community Volunteer in Belize?
For this project, the main skill required is having the motivation to get stuck in and work hard to improve the living conditions of the orphans living in the farm community. Those with building, plumbing, electrical and carpentry skills would be a great asset to the project, but it is by no means necessary. Children must be of an adequate level of strength and fitness if they wish to be involved in building work.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help improve the lives of disadvantaged teenagers
To work together as a family with a shared aim
To learn about eco-friendly building techniques
Where will I work in Belize?
The farm is based in Georgeville – a 15-minute bus ride outside the centre of San Ignacio, where the volunteer house is located. As a family, you will enjoy a private room at the volunteer house. From your location, you will take transport to the farm each day, which is included in the price.
San Ignacio is an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills with a wide, shallow river running through the centre, where children will love to swim. You can visit nearby Maya ruins and take part in caving adventures in your free time.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1+ week
- Cost: – 16 and Above: £1133 / $1768
– Children 13-15: £948 / $1480
– Children 10-12: £837 / $1284
– Children 7-9: £785 / $1204
– Additional weeks available on request
- Requirements: Minimum age 7 years old
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Working hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 16:00
- Project availability: All year round
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: private room in a volunteer house near San Ignacio.
- Food: 3 meals per day – breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Airport pickup and drop off at Belize City International Airport
- Pre-departure support: assistance with visa, flight vaccination & destination information
- Training: on-site orientation and project induction
- Daily transfers to and from your project
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator in each location
- 24/7 emergency number for volunteers and families
What is not included
- Background checks
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.