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Belize: The Initiative for Children™

Belize: The Initiative for Children™

Improve children's literacy in exotic Belize, surrounded by dense wildlife and adventure from ridge to reef.

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Highlights

  • Lead an educational English camp for Belizean youth
  • Use experiential learning tools to improve children’s literacy
  • Live on a tropical savannah surrounded by biodiversity
  • Experience everything from lush rainforests to the Caribbean coast
  • Enjoy world-class snorkeling over the world’s second-largest barrier reef
  • Learn about animal conservation at the Belize Zoo

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Overview

Belize is known not only for its abundant biodiversity, but also for bringing together a seamless mix of cultures: Belizean, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, Maya. With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, Belize may be small but it's packed with adventure and culture—you’ll be snorkeling on the reef one day and hiking the tropical savannah the next. In contrast to its vast natural resources, the country’s economic and public resources are limited. As a volunteer, help design and run an educational summer camp for local children, creating an effective, nurturing environment for children to continue their education.

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Community Service

Improve access to education in Belize by staffing a summer camp focused on youth literacy and empowerment through education. You’ll lead the children in experiential learning activities and take part in outdoor activities that tie into their language lessons. These are just a few of the creative methods you’ll adopt to make learning more engaging. In a country where one-third of the population is under 15 years old, this is impactful work, and the close bonds you’ll form with your enthusiastic students will reflect the difference a quality education can make.

Hands-On Learning

The same natural beauty that draws people to Belize risks endangerment to the region’s ecosystems due to growing tourist traffic. Experience the country’s dense biodiversity and learn about efforts to preserve the region during guided nature hikes and a visit to the world-famous Belize Zoo. Try your hand at cooking local foods and beating traditional rhythms on Creole sambai drums. Tour the Xunantunich Archaeological Site for a better understanding of Belize's ancient Maya heritage and a glimpse into history.

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Adventure

With its easygoing attitude, Belize is the perfect destination for true Caribbean adventure. Go cave tubing through a jungle river to observe green iguanas, keel-billed toucans and the occasional Central American river otter. Cool off after long days of service by dipping in the local river tributary. On a weekend excursion to the island of Caye Caulker, you'll have the chance to snorkel over coral reefs with tropical fish, and with luck, observe sea turtles, dolphins, manatees and other marine mammals in the open ocean. If you’re joining us for our 21-Day Flagship Program, take an exciting, guided journey through the magnificent cave systems of Belize, with a chance of seeing ancient artifacts.

Lodging

Home Base is located on a tropical savannah located in Belize's central lowland forest. The land consists of many beautiful hiking paths and a wide array of flora and fauna. Students stay in gender-segregated dormitory buildings with fans, and have access to shared bathrooms with hot- and cold-water showers. Meals will be hearty and healthy, consisting of meats, beans, rice, vegetables and fruit.

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Dates & Tuition

Belize: The Initiative for Children™ 21-Day Program Flagship
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Belize: The Initiative for Children™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2019 Dates
Jun 18 - Jul 8, 2019
Jun 28 - Jul 18, 2019
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $5,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 60
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Belize: The Initiative for Children™ 14-Day Program
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,799
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
Belize: The Initiative for Children™ 14-Day Program
2019 Dates
Jun 12 - Jun 25, 2019
Jul 12 - Jul 25, 2019
Jul 22 - Aug 4, 2019
Jul 28 - Aug 10, 2019
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,799
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 35
Language Hours: N/A
See What's Included
Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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