What is the Sustainable Food Security Project in Belize all about?
Join this organic farming and food security project in Belize, and help cultivate sustainable edible gardens for vulnerable young people and mothers. The goal of this project is to improve access to nutritious food, to educate local communities about seed conservation, and to equip those most in need with the tools and resources to take ownership over their food production and consumption.
Working with female self-help groups and young farmers’ clubs, you will be helping to grow heirloom fruits and vegetables and engaging with members of the local community about different farming systems.
Be a part of this sustainable food security project and empower young mothers and disadvantaged youths to take control of their food sources and help ensure they have a reliable supply of nutritious food.
Why choose this Sustainable Food Security 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.
Volunteers are needed to help ensure the project has a steady supply of a variety of seeds, to help establish farmers’ fairs and to help produce organic fertilizers and pesticides. This is a small project with big goals, and hands-on help is required to 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 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 nutrition and agro-processing workshops aimed at including new biodiversity-friendly food products into families’ daily meal preparation. 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!
What skills do I need to be a Volunteer in Belize?
As a volunteer 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. Volunteers with skills and experience in working with crops and an interest in organic farming and nutrition will find this project particularly interesting.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To help educate the community about sustainable gardening and farming
Gain an understanding of alternative farming systems and seed conservation
To explore a new country and immerse yourself in a different culture
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: £2030 / $3168 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 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 plan weekend activities (extra fees apply). e.g. canoeing through jungle, caves, tubing, visiting 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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