Shelter for Abused Women and Children
Become a volunteer in Belize and help bring much-needed help to abused women and children in a country that has only one safe shelter to house victims of domestic abuse. This program was set up in 2008 by local women who had been victims themselves and has served over 200 women and their children since that time. The main goal is to be able to establish a permanent safe house in the Cayo District: currently in the entire country there resides just one safe house to support all of Belize. Help create another establishment where women and their children can seek support in domestic violence situations. The organization provides help by assisting them with basic counseling, education on their legal rights, direct support, and outreach for families affected by domestic violence.
Teaching Support for a Community College
Volunteer abroad in English-speaking Belize and work as a teaching assistant at a local high school and community college. With a combined total of approximately 1200 students enrolled at the campus, there is a staff base of around 105 who teach children aged between 12 and 18 in the High School and those between 17 and their late 20s in the College. Located within the Cayo District, college is government and grant aided which has allowed it to significantly expand over its 50 years and has recently enabled the college to develop an Adult Learning and Continuing Division, which will officially be opened in August 2011. This wonderful service will provide the equivalent experience for out of school youths and adults, and give them a structured and formal education to assist in their future life and job prospects. For many of these young adults, high school has never been an opportunity for them, so this incentive will also provide much needed support to young adults all over the country.
Teach Music, Dance and Drama to Disadvantaged Children
Volunteer abroad in Belize and work as a Performing Arts teacher at a Community College. The college boasts a High School and Junior College with a combined total of approximately 1200 students enrolled over the two. There is a staff base of around 105 who teach children aged between 12 and 18 in the High School and those between 17 and their late 20s in the Junior College. Located within the Cayo District, The College is government and grant aided which has allowed it to significantly expand and flourish over its 50 years however the team are constantly looking for ways to develop the skills of their student population which is where volunteers are particularly needed.
Teaching and Childcare for Preschool Children
Working in tandem with our Sustainable Home Building Project in Belize, volunteers are needed to provide education and care to preschool children within the Cayo District. Local primary schools usually have overcrowded classrooms which limit a lead teacher's ability to instruct students effectively. Volunteers assist with general administrative tasks, correcting school work, preparing materials, small group instruction, and other tasks as assigned, allowing the lead teacher to spend more time on lesson preparation and instruction. Getting real-world teaching experience in a developing country environment will be an eye-opening and exciting experience.