What is the Teaching and Teacher Development Volunteering project in Belize all about?
Support over-stretched local teachers in the classroom through interactive training sessions as well as teaching and teacher development volunteering in Belize. The classes in Belize are often overcrowded which makes it difficult to instruct students effectively. The class teachers’ time is stretched meaning that it can be challenging being able to complete administrative tasks, correct school work, prepare materials while providing small group instruction. The teachers really need extra support to enable them to spend more time on lesson preparation and instruction in line with the state curriculum. Children in these state-run schools are aged 6 – 15 years old. Specific areas needing help are English programmes, arts and crafts lessons and physical education classes.
In addition to helping teachers in the classroom, there is a real need to work with the teachers themselves on their development. Volunteers can help by running training sessions and workshops on subjects such as classroom management, behaviour management and student motivation. In line with global standards, Belize banned corporal punishment from the schools and classrooms. Teacher’s student management skills are very weak and help is needed to desperately enable them to manage the children appropriately while running effective classes. This is a great opportunity, not just to help with the classes, but to help motivate and develop the future of education in Belize.
Why choose this Teaching & Teacher Development Volunteering project?
- Assist in providing specific needs for students needing additional or specialized instruction.
- Provide much-needed assistance in the classroom and assist in fostering a positive learning experience for the children of the Cayo District as a teacher’s assistant, supply teacher or teacher’s trainer, depending on your experience.
- Develop your skills as a teacher as you will focus on areas and challenges that you may not encounter in your own classrooms, as a student or a professional.
Role of the Teaching Volunteer
Volunteers on this teaching and teacher development project will be asked to become a teacher’s assistant, may also be asked to cover classes (in a supply teacher capacity if needed), participate in arts and crafts lessons and run workshops to develop the skills of the teachers themselves if you have the necessary experience to do so. Teachers working in physical education classes may help with football (soccer), volleyball, basketball or baseball. As well as helping during the school day, volunteers may also be asked to help with after school activities.
What skills do I need to be a Teaching Volunteer in Belize?
Teaching experience is needed for this project. Experience either through study or practical work is required to maximise your impact during your volunteering placement so education students are welcome to join us. Anyone with sports or arts teaching experience is also welcome.
Good organisational and communication skills are very important as you will be working closely with local teachers and children in need of one to one support. Obviously, a love of working and interacting with children is essential, as well as a passion for education. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project.
Travel during COVID times
The health and safety of our travelers and our local communities remain central to our plans for reopening countries and projects. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been adapting our programs and protocols to protect all those involved, and ask for everyone’s patience and collaboration as new rules are implemented in-country. For all projects, new standards of sanitation, procedures and social behaviors are in place, including new health and hygiene protocols and social distancing practices. You can read more here. Each location may be slightly different in the way they operate. We encourage you to inquire to your placement advisor to learn more about your specific project as you plan for your responsible return to travel!
RECRUITING FOR LATE 2022
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To share your teaching skills and experience with others
Help make schooling a more inclusive experience for children
To spend time living and working in a varied and scenic region
Where will I work in Belize?
Kaya’s programmes are based in San Ignacio and the surrounding communities. This project is within a 15 minute bus ride outside the town centre, where the volunteer house is located. San Ignacio, also referred to locally as Cayo, is located 2 hours from Belize City along the Western Highway and is a tourist centre (relative, in Belize terms). The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse population of Creole, Maya and Mestizo. San Ignacio is also an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills with a wide, shallow river running through the centre, where local families and volunteers love to swim. You can visit nearby Maya ruins and take part in caving adventures in your free time.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4+ weeks
- Cost: £3487 / $5579 for 4 weeks, see drop-down menu for additional weekly pricing
- Requirements: Age 21+
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Working hours: Monday-Friday, in line with school hours
- Project availability: All year round
- 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 pick up: Airport pick up 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, 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.
- 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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