What is the Sustainable Farming, Food Security & Animal Husbandry Project in Belize all about?
Put your skills to good use in this sustainable farming project in Belize. In this varied and customisable project, you can get involved in a variety of tasks, including:
- Helping to cultivate sustainable edible gardens for vulnerable young people and mothers.
- Assisting with the farm’s bee keeping project, helping to develop stingless bee colonies.
- Observing and assisting the veterinary technician with her daily tasks on the farm, including cleaning, feeding, and performing simple procedures.
The project can be tailored to suit your interests and experience. Whether you are looking to learn more about seed conservation and sustainable food production or gain practical experience working on a farm, helping to look after animals including ostriches, mini pigs and giant rabbits, the project can be what you make it!
This project is not simply about providing practical assistance to the local team. As a volunteer you will be helping to educate and empower the local community about the importance of sustainable farming and food production. Whichever areas of work you choose to get involved in, you will be making a valuable contribution to not only the farm, but the community that it serves.
Why choose this project?
Food insecurity, poor nutrition levels and food access barriers remain prevalent issues in Belize, particularly for young people and women. This project is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help support these groups in becoming less reliant on unhealthy and expensive imports, by ensuring that local groups are able to plant and grow their own organic produce.
This is a small project with big goals, and hands-on help will help it deliver on its mission to help hundreds of families across several districts in Belize.
Role of the Volunteer
Volunteers on this food security and animal husbandry project will participate in a range of activities, and can select which tasks they assist with. You may be asked to dig, plant and irrigate the crops, or help out with nutrition and agro-processing workshops aimed at including new biodiversity-friendly food products into families’ daily meal preparation, or assist the veterinary technician with an array of tasks.
Volunteers will gain valuable cultural insight and work closely within the local Belizean community. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the world of sustainability in an incredible setting!
What skills do I need to be a Volunteer in Belize?
As a participant on this project in Belize, you should be ready to get your hands dirty, and be willing to adapt to the needs of the project. This project is ideal for those with an interest in organic farming and sustainable food sources, or those looking to gain valuable experience in the veterinary field in a unique setting.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Where will I work in Belize?
You will be based in San Ignacio and the surrounding communities. This project is a 15 minutes bus ride outside the town centre. San Ignacio is located 2 hours from Belize City and is a tourist centre. The town and the surrounding communities consist of a diverse population of Creole, Maya and Mestizo. There is plenty to do in your free time, such as visiting the Maya ruins or going on caving adventures.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2+ weeks
- Cost: £1845 / $2880 for 2 weeks
- Requirements: Age 17+
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Working Hours: Monday-Friday 6 to 8 hours per day
- Project availability: Project starts 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: shared room in volunteer house
- Meals: 2 per day; light breakfast, 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 plan weekend activities (extra fees apply). e.g. canoeing through jungle, caves, tubing, visiting Mayan ruins, hiking and horse-riding.
What is not included
- In-country transport to project
- 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
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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