Volunteer in Belize at an Orphanage (Customized Programs)

Overall rating: 9.9 based on 3 reviews

Program Description

Volunteer at an orphanage and make a difference in the lives of 42 children. They are aged 2-16 and you will help the orphanage staff during their daily rounds. You will also be able to help develop activities and fun recreational events. During school terms, you will prepare the children’s breakfast and take them to school. In the afternoon, you will assist with farming, gardening, animal care, cooking, laundry, and cleaning. You will also work with the children on reading activities, assisting with homework, doing arts and crafts, playing sports, and being emotionally available to encourage the children.

This is an energetic facility so we need volunteers to be cheerful and vivacious. The temperature will be hot especially when you work outside or play with the children. Volunteers should aspire to be role models and friends to the children while also working as gardeners, famers, and counselors.

Volunteer Application Process

Research your flights, the program location and determine your desired start dates. ABV program fees are based on 7 night increments (example 1 month is 28 nights = 4 weeks).

When you have your travels plans decided, click the APPLY ONLINE button on the ABV home page. Log In and create your own personal profile.

Fill out the application form in its entirety. This includes uploading your resume/CV and completing the online questionnaire. Incomplete (or inactive) applications will be deleted within 7 days of receipt. If you have any doubts, call or email the ABV office to verify your application was actually received by us.

Upon submission of your completed application, expect an email confirmation from ABV within 24/48 hours. Follow the instructions provided and Log In to your personal profile.

Read and Sign the online Volunteer Service Agreement, and the Participants Contract. Follow the payment instructions to pay your US$120 deposit.

After paying the US$120 deposit you will be emailed an Orientation Guide, the Pre-trip check list and your invoice. Log in to your profile for updates.

Bookmark the ABV Log In. This is your main source of information: flights, travel insurance, payment deadlines and project details. If you have any questions, ask us!

Highlights

Work with energetic children and improving their lives
Assist in the daily work of an orphanage
Be a role model and mentor
Make new friends and communities

Qualifications

In order to provide you with the very best service, we require that you read our policies. At the bottom of the online application you will be required to check the box that you have read and understand the terms and conditions of volunteering with A Broader View (ABV).

- You must be 17yrs old to participate. Children accompanying their parent/legal guardian must be 12yrs old.
- Travel insurance and medical coverage is not included in the program cost. These are the responsibility of the volunteer. Volunteer Card Insurance (US$45)
- ABV is not responsible for loss of property, personal injury, illness, accident, delay or expense sustained by the volunteer while participating in our program.
- ABV and its agents are not responsible for any financial obligations or liabilities the participant may incur including damages to property, or injury to others while -participating on this program.
- ABV is not responsible for the cost of extra activities (sightseeing, language class etc) incurred during the course of your program. Daily transportation costs are the volunteers’ responsibility, although we try to confirm accommodations within walking distance to work site or bus transportation (very cheap in each country).
- Volunteers agree to follow the laws of the host country, the policies of the community in which they volunteer, and/or the rules of the host family, failure to do so will result in the termination of your program and forfeiture of all program fees.
- A non-refundable deposit of US$120 is required along with your application. Program costs paid in US dollars only. We begin the confirmation process once the deposit is received. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. Volunteers agree that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has commenced.
- Cancellations must be received in writing. No refunds are issued for cancellations received less than 45 days prior to departure.
- Prices on the website are subject to change without warning. Once the deposit is received, the program fee cost is guaranteed and will not change.

Volunteer Types

What`s Included

Accommodation: On-site shared volunteer quarters
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
Arrival: Airport meet and greet by ABV Staff
Orientation: Project Overview On-Site
Support: Pre-trip written guide, In-country ABV staff available 24/7
Departure: ABV Staff Escorted Airport Transfer

Program Locations

Potwin, Belize

Overall rating 
9.9
Experience
10
Program Administration
10
Living Conditions
10
Cultural Immersion
10
Social Life
9.3
Health and Safety
10
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Program Details

Provider:
A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Location
  • Belize: Potwin
Terms:
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks
Languages:
English
Participants:
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
Cost:
Starting from US$895: 5% Discount for groups over 5 volunteers

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  • Dear applicants, we encourage you to leave a personal review if you have ever taken part in this program. Leaving a review will help fellow travelers to decide where to go and which program to go with as they plan their trip abroad.
    Review this program
    The orphanage has opened my eyes to the need of institutions like this for neglected children all over the world. These children are good kids with so much love in their hearts given their past circumstances. Think this experience is worth having especially with a group of friends. If people could come to the orphanage and experience the family culture they would leave with a higher level of gratitude in life... If moved enough they would return home and try to find ways to help the orphanage continue on helping children in need.
    Avatar Vanessa

    Belize orphanage

    Review by: Vanessa , On: 07 Apr 2016, Changed On: 07 Apr 2016 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    The orphanage has opened my eyes to the need of institutions like this for neglected children all over the world. These children are good kids with so much love in their hearts given their past circumstances. Think this experience is worth having especially with a group of friends. If people could come to the orphanage and experience the family culture they would leave with a higher level of gratitude in life... If moved enough they would return home and try to find ways to help the orphanage continue on helping children in need.
    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10
    I will always remember my experience at the orphanage in Belize. I can't express how much the children impacted me during my stay and I hope more than anything that I will be able to go back and see them soon. They really help to put things into perspective and taught me how to love others.
    Avatar Alec Mcniff

    Belize impact orphanage

    Review by: Alec Mcniff , On: 06 Apr 2016, Changed On: 06 Apr 2016 | Yes, I would recommend this program
    I will always remember my experience at the orphanage in Belize. I can't express how much the children impacted me during my stay and I hope more than anything that I will be able to go back and see them soon. They really help to put things into perspective and taught me how to love others.
    Overall rating 
    9.7
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    8
    Health and Safety
    10

    The coordinator  is a gem! Wufie is great…a true asset to the organization. Numerous others. Here is an example: The main cook, Ms. V, heard that our team was comprised of medical professionals/students. She came and talked with us regarding her concern about a newly arrived child with epilepsy. As a result of our discussion, the coordinator asked if we would develop a presentation for the staff. Ultimately, we provided a 3-hour training session in Pediatric First Aid, CPR & Epilepsy. The staff was highly engaged during all facets of training and we were constantly answering questions throughout. Very dynamic, lots of laughter. Great experience for both teachers and students. One lady brought us homemade tamales later in the day as her way of saying thank you. We were very touched and accepted them most humbly.

    Avatar Richard wells

    Belize Orphanage a great experience

    Review by: Richard wells , On: 10 Jul 2014, Changed On: 10 Jul 2014 | Yes, I would recommend this program

    The coordinator  is a gem! Wufie is great…a true asset to the organization. Numerous others. Here is an example: The main cook, Ms. V, heard that our team was comprised of medical professionals/students. She came and talked with us regarding her concern about a newly arrived child with epilepsy. As a result of our discussion, the coordinator asked if we would develop a presentation for the staff. Ultimately, we provided a 3-hour training session in Pediatric First Aid, CPR & Epilepsy. The staff was highly engaged during all facets of training and we were constantly answering questions throughout. Very dynamic, lots of laughter. Great experience for both teachers and students. One lady brought us homemade tamales later in the day as her way of saying thank you. We were very touched and accepted them most humbly.

    Overall rating 
    10
    Experience
    10
    Program Administration
    10
    Living Conditions
    10
    Cultural Immersion
    10
    Social Life
    10
    Health and Safety
    10

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