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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 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, you’ll 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

In Belize, the cost of an education at any age is beyond the financial reach of most families. Volunteer with an organization dedicated to alleviating this problem by providing an accessible summer camp focused on youth literacy and empowerment through education. You’ll lead the children in experiential learning activities such as co-creating books and taking part in stimulating 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 foreigners to Belize’s protected areas risks endangerment to the region’s ecosystems due to growing tourist traffic. You’ll learn firsthand about the struggle that Belize faces in finding a balance between attracting tourism revenue and preserving the region. Experience the country’s dense biodiversity and groundbreaking conservation efforts 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. You’ll also tour the Xunantunich Archaeological Site for a better understanding of Belize's Ancient Maya heritage, and on our 21-Day Flagship Program, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Mayans as you explore a cave system with historical artifacts.

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Adventure

Belize is the epicenter of outdoor adventure! 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. On our 21-Day Flagship program, experience tubing down the Sibun River and swimming in the sapphire waters of an ancient geographical sinkhole. Challenge yourself with a cave tour, where you'll swim and squeeze through narrow passageways to observe well-preserved Mayan history. With its easygoing attitude, Belize is endearingly rough around the edges yet thoroughly traveler-friendly, making it the perfect destination for true Caribbean adventure.

Lodging

The 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 Western-style bathrooms with 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 Flagship Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 28 - Jul 18, 2018
Jul 12 - Aug 1, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
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™ 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jun 16 - Jun 29, 2018
Jul 2 - Jul 15, 2018
Jul 18 - Jul 31, 2018
Aug 4 - Aug 17, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $3,499
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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