What is the At-Risk Youth Volunteer Project in Belize project all about?
Join this Volunteer Camp for At-Risk-Youth: Putting Film Into Action in Belize and share your film and photography skills. You can inspire the youth of Belize to inspire environmental socio-political changes and give them skills for a career. By sharing your skills and knowledge, volunteers can help empower students and guide them produce a film to be shared through online media. It really is a fantastic opportunity for these young people. The project aims to provide a free camp for the youth. Volunteers are needed to help drive the project forward and act as mentors during the camp. The project wants to involve international volunteers as this will also enable the students to make connections in the internationally and share more than filmmaking and photographic skills. The camp is split into 2 sections with the first two weeks focusing on filmmaking and the last 2 weeks looking at the photography element of media production.
Why choose this Volunteer Camp for At Risk Youth: Putting Film Into Action project?
- Volunteer within a multicultural team and share your areas of expertise.
- Inspiring others to pursue their passions, and potentially create a future career for themselves.
- Bring a new perspective to the youth of Belize and be a vital element of this placement by giving them hope and a global perspective.
Role of the Teaching Arts Volunteer
As a volunteer on this Youth Camera Action Camp, you will share your skills and experience with the youth of Belize and support local experts with the delivery of the following programmes:
Film Making (2 weeks)
The first week focuses on film evolution, telling a story, examining classic and contemporary tales and looks at the media landscape, critiquing meanings behind short films and clips. The students will be introduced to media literacy examining types of media, creators motivations and approaches to storytelling, reviewing documentary versus narrative filmmaking. The second week focuses on story creation, translating images into words, script development process, character development and screenwriting. Students write their own scripts using the skills and techniques learned, have an introduction to the photography process and on the final day design and deliver a photography project.
Photography (2 weeks, following on from the filmmaking camp)
The first week looks at camera operation and uses this knowledge to develop a topic-based photo essay. Students are introduced to storyboarding and the production process. In week 2, students learn about the creation of suspenseful scenes and the conveying of visual language. The 2 weeks culminates with a short film production in groups.
Your role will very much be determined by your own skills, experience and interests but primarily, you will be supporting the students with their work.
What skills do I need to be a Teaching Arts Volunteer in Belize?
The project is looking for volunteers who have hands-on experience in the film industry so that a balanced and detailed training can be given. Any of the following will be highly valued by the project: videographers, producers, scriptwriters, photographers or editors. You will be asked to send your CV/resume before being accepted onto this project and may also be asked to attend a Skype interview to discuss the specifics of the camp. Bring your passion for film and photography and inspire others!
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To empower students from an at risk youth centre
To volunteer in a multicultural team
Explore the region and interact with members of the local communities
Where will I work in Belize?
The camp is based in San Ignacio, also referred to locally as Cayo, and works with local experts. The town is the main tourist centre and there is plenty to do and see. The surrounding communities consist of a mix of Creole, Maya and Mestizo populations making it a fascinating place to visit. San Ignacio is a very attractive market town set among lovely tropical hills. You will have time to explore so make the most of your placement and add on a week or two extra, perhaps to do more volunteering in the film industry or to explore this amazing country.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 or 4 weeks
- Cost: £1845 / $2880 for 2 weeks
£2904/ $4533 for 4 weeks
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: San Ignacio and Cayo District, Belize
- Working hours: Monday to Friday, 6 to 8 hours per day
- Project availability: All year with one-month advance notice, please speak to a Kaya advisor
- Arrival day: Saturday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in volunteer accommodation
- Food: 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 suggest weekend activities (extra fee may apply). Trips may include; canoeing through jungle, caves, tubing, visit Mayan ruins, hiking and horse riding
What is not included
- In-country transport
- 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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