Volunteer abroad at state-run schools where music access and development for school children in Belize is for the affluent. Located within the Cayo District, the schools have a basic music programme within two local schools with very limited resources available to them. Music is a huge part of Belizean society and this project aims to improve access for more children to music, not only to playing instruments but also learning about composers. It also aims to increase children’s ability to read music, expose them to different types of music and a variety of instruments.
The school is state-run and the music programme is a collaboration between the volunteer and the School Principal. The music programme is available to children aged from kindergarten through to grade 8 and lessons take place during the school day. The aim is to develop the creative skills of children through access to music. Life is expensive in Belize and access to musical teaching is definitely a luxury.
Why choose this project?
- Give access to music and music-related skills to children and young adults by teaching, but also helping them acquire more instruments as those are scarce in Belize.
- Connect with the students by providing them with a healthy medium by which they can express themselves and resolve some of the personal difficulties they face in their daily lives.
- Develop your fundraising skills and enjoy sharing your passion for music with others. Access to musical instruments is limited for the majority of children in Belize as they are very expensive, well beyond the means of most.
Role of the volunteer
In this programme, you will very much be taking a lead role. You will follow a set curriculum that has been designed by a former music volunteer and continue to develop it, involving the local staff. You will be teaching students how to read music, play basic instruments (if they have them) and develop their appreciation of classical musicians.
The school would love to set up a number of performances throughout the year for the whole school community so you will be responsible for putting together a show. This is where your skills and training will really come in to play as you will need creative direction over the class. Also, fundraising is a key element of this project as the school is desperate for more instruments. At the moment, they have very little access to anything beyond a flute, making their talents fairly limited.
A background and passion for music are needed to participate in this project as well as bags of enthusiasm and a commitment to get the Belizeans to perform! Knowledge of helping to set up musical performances is also useful, but not necessary. A music related teaching background would be good (although not necessary) as you will be looking after groups of students and developing their talent. You should be able to read music. Ideally, we would love volunteers for a 6-month period as we are committed to providing an in-depth and consistent music programme. You must be able to work without supervision, be able to make decisions and lead others. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
A chance to share your musical talents with others
To inspire others to learn an instrument
To learn about songs and instruments important to a different culture
The dance programme is based just outside San Ignacio, referred to locally as Cayo, which is located 2 hours from Belize City. It is a well-known tourist centre. The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse mix of Creole, Maya and Mestizo populations. San Ignacio is an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills and is a relaxing place to stay. The friendly people of San Ignacio enable rich cultural exchanges and productive development projects.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 weeks – 1 year
- Cost: £2180 / $3816 for 4 weeks
£423 / $740 per each extra week
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: San Ignacio, Belize
- Working hours: Monday – Friday, in line with school opening hours
- Project availability: Project starts 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Project closed for the whole of July and August as well as December 19th – January 5th
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in volunteer accommodation with access to a pool table and a bar
- Meals: 3 per day; light breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a cooked evening meal. Volunteers take turns once a week preparing something from their own country
- Airport Pickup: Airport pickup and drop off at Belize City International Airport
- Training: Orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion Planning: Staff can help to suggest weekend activities (extra fees may apply). 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.
Easy 3-step application process
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