What is the Belize Spring Break Organic Farming Volunteer Week all about?
Join this Belize Spring Break Organic farming volunteer week and do something different this year. You will work on a small farm, cultivating sustainable organic food for a home that supports abused and abandoned children. The project also supports children who, at 16, have to leave the state orphanage system by providing them with accommodation. The project uses traditional planting and irrigation methods to grow quality produce. Crops include cassava, corn, grapes, lemon grass, pine nuts and herbs. In addition to growing organic crops, the farm also has animals such as ducks, sheep, goats and chickens. There are two phases to the project, the first being a home for 10 girls aged 16-17, and the second a children’s home. The aim is to provide a supply of fresh, nutritious food to the children’s home on a regular basis. Be a part of this organic farming project through volunteer during your Spring Break and help disadvantaged children of San Ignacio.
Why choose this Spring Break Organic Farming Volunteering project?
The project is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help support the organic initiative. More hands on help is required to keep the momentum up. Providing a regular supply of organic and nutritious fruit and vegetables to the children’s home is needed. This takes manpower which this small project does not have. Use your Spring Break to help contribute to this amazing food access and nutrition initiative and make your time away from university stand out from the crowd.
Role of the Community Volunteer
Volunteers on this organic farming project will participate in a range of activities. You will be asked to dig, plant and irrigate the crops. You may also be required to help out with the local wine making process, as proceeds from this are used to fund the project. There will be an opportunity for you to work in the aromatic herb garden, preparing plots and assisting with landscaping. When you finish your work, enjoy an exciting caving trip to the Actun Tunihil Muknal. This project is perfect for spring break students, who can contribute to the provision of a sustainable, organically grown food supply for the children’s home. Volunteers will gain valuable cultural insight and work closely within the local Belizean community.
What skills do I need to be a Community Volunteer in Belize?
As a volunteer on this project in Belize, 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 working with crops and an interest in organic farming and nutrition will find this project interesting. Most of all volunteers who can bring enthusiasm and a willingness to join in will have a great Spring Break experience.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To do something different this Spring Break
Give something back during your travels
To make your Spring Break experience stand out
Where will I work in Belize?
Kaya’s programmes are based in San Ignacio and the surrounding villages. This project is in a farm 15 minutes outside of San Ignacio. 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 located in pleasant tropical hills with a wide, shallow river running through the centre, a place where local families and volunteers love to swim. You can visit nearby Maya ruins and for the more adventurous take part in caving and swim deep into a cave system to see a 2000 year old Mayan site and also many skeletons.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 1 week
- Cost: £1133 / $1768 for 1 week
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Working hours: Monday-Friday, 6 to 8 hours per day
- Project availability: Spring Break
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room or tent in a campsite on a farm
- Food: 3 meals a day
- Airport pick up and drop off at Belize City International Airport
- Training: orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion: Actun Tunichal Muknal in the ultimate 1-day jungle and cave adventure
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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