Compassion for Kids in Belize

Volunteers are needed to help at a children's home in Belize. You will be working with a small local charity that exists to provide care, rehabilitation and education for abused and abandoned children in Belize.

Liberty Children’s Home is licensed to house up to 40 children, all of whom have been physically/sexually abused and/or abandoned and placed with them through Belize Human Services. Some of the children also have disabilities, special needs and/or HIV/AIDS.

Normally there are 25-40 children at the home at any one time and children can be aged from babies through to late teens. Liberty strives not only to provide a child with food and shelter but to provide an environment where children are respected, nurtured and treated as individuals. The priority is to ensure the health and happiness of every child in their care. The home is an English speaking environment providing a unique opportunity for interaction with the children and local staff at the home. There is always a lot going on to get involved with!

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What to Expect?

Volunteers are needed to help at a children's home in Belize. You will be working with a small charity called Liberty Foundation which exists to provide care, rehabilitation and education for abused and abandoned children in Belize.

Liberty Children’s Home is licensed to house up to 40 children, all of whom have been physically/sexually abused and/or abandoned and placed with them through Belize Human Services. Some of the children also have disabilities, special needs and/or HIV/AIDS.

Normally there are 25-40 children at the home at any one time and children can be aged from babies through to late teens. Liberty strives not only to provide a child with food and shelter but to provide an environment where children are respected, nurtured and treated as individuals. The priority is to ensure the health and happiness of every child in their care. The home is an English speaking environment providing a unique opportunity for interaction with the children and local staff at the home. There is always a lot going on to get involved with!

Most volunteers work on a number of different activities, wherever help is needed most at the time. Each day will differ but activities could include: * Caring for and socialising with the children * Gardening / farming * Animal care - looking after the chickens, ducks and pigs on site! * Cooking and cleaning duties * Assisting with admin * Assisting with local fundraising events e.g. making posters, helping organise an event * Accompanying children and staff on trips outside of campus Activities with the children: * Reading books * Art and crafts together * Playing games outside * Communicating with the children, listening to them and encouraging them to speak with you.

If you have a specific skill or background e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, please let us know as these skills are much appreciated and needed.

The children follow a daily routine during school term-time with breakfast around 7.30am, then off to school and back around 3pm. Volunteers normally get up early and have breakfast with the children, then help with the running of the home during the day before spending time with the children when they return from school. During school holidays the children are around during the day as well so there is additional time to spend with the children.

Volunteers work Monday-Friday for approx 40 hours a week, so expect to be kept busy! During school term time you can also opt to work weekends and take 2 weekdays off instead, giving you more time to spend with the children when they are not at school.

Belize has a lot to offer on the sea and mainland. There is 190 miles of barrier reef and three atolls for excellent diving, snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking or relaxing with a good book on a hammock. Caye Caulker is a forty five minute water taxi from the Marine Terminal in Belize City. Ambergris Caye is one and a half hours by water taxi and twenty minutes by plane.

There are many great half day trips from Liberty House, including the Belize Zoo, cave tubing, zip lines and Altun Ha Maya site. The Museum of Belize and House of Culture in Belize City are both well worth visiting. Lamanai site is a full day trip by road and boat and combines Maya archeology, a jungle river trip, great birding, howler monkeys, crocs and manatees.

The Cayo district has much to offer and is one and a half hours from Belize City. It has many impressive Maya sites, caves with artifacts, waterfalls, jungle, river and horse trips, butterfly farms, botanic gardens, iguana hatcheries and interesting cultures.

If you have more time, Stann Creek district offers both beach and jungle trips and includes Dangriga, Hopkins and Placencia beaches, as well as the Jaguar Preserve with great hiking trails. The Toledo district furthest south is the least visited and most lush district with many interesting cultures.

  • Program ID: # 1721
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Ladyville Belize City
    Belize
    17° 33' 18.0324" N, 88° 17' 49.6284" W
    BZ
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Belize City (BZE)
  • Costs From:
    $500 to $1000
    $1000 to $1500
  • Program Type:
    Women's & Youth Programs
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