Volunteer tourism, or “voluntourism” is one of the fastest-growing trends in travel today.
Many people are realizing the enormous potential to affect very real and positive change in the world through volunteer travel. One of the great things about volunteer vacations is having a chance to get to know the people in the country you are visiting and learning about their lives.
I would encourage everyone to volunteer travel, it can be as simple as bringing down school supplies or donating time towards a community project.
Find an incredible volunteer project anywhere in Belize. Here are a few good organizations I have blogged over the years. These groups can always use help be it in person or bringing down wish list items that will help them operate.
Dive in and Explore
Belize offers world-class diving with an incredible array of marine wildlife finding protection in Belize’s barrier reef. San Pedro Red Cross offers you a chance to get to know the community you are vacationing in.
Belize is an English-speaking country located just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in Central America. Belize is 8,867 square miles but for its small size, the country offers endless adventures by air, land and sea.
A Volunteer Vacation in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize is one you will treasure always. Plus it’s a feel good, fun, way to learn about the country of Belize, it’s wonderful customs, people, with rich history.
Belize is home to the second-largest barrier reef but is quickly becoming the largest living reef in the world. The diving options are nearly endless on the thousands of finger canyons that go from the northern to the southern, tip of this beautiful country. With average depth visibility in excess of 100 feet, a wide array of fish, turtles, rays and coral life awaits you. San Pedro is the most popular dive destination in Belize. With 39 named dive sites along the coastline of Belize’s remarkable barrier reef that runs less than a mile offshore, you will be sure to get your fill of marine life viewing. Divers will see remarkable coral formations including canyons, grottos and tunnels that are teeming with abundant colorful sea life. Underwater photographers looking for that “National Geographic” shot are sure to be satisfied. Larger day trips are also available to the Blue Hole and Turneffe Atoll.
Your group can also enjoy a historical Belize adventure and explore breathtaking ancient Maya ruins. Most are on the mainland, but Ambergris Caye does have one official ruin. Located at the southern end of the island is the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site, the only one of 18 sites that are recognized to have protected status on the 25-mile long island.
After a day of volunteering in the community, there is nothing like a sunset cruise with breathtaking views of the island as you sail along the reef. Watch as the sun sets on the waters behind Ambergris Caye, and again the photo opportunities of beautiful Belize are almost endless.
The two pictures below are from 2 volunteer groups. Sperro to the left came and helped to do a large island-wide food drive to support our local food bank. The group on the right came from Florida to do an assessment of San Mateo neighborhood. It is an area lacking in proper infrastructure and needs help.
A Few non-profits on Ambergris Caye:
ACES Wildlife Rescue: A very important non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of Belize’s native wildlife and their critical habitats. They provide 24/7 emergency response to injured, ill, or orphaned wildlife. Great wildlife pictures on Aces Facebook Page.
Holy Cross Anglican School in San Pedro Belize was founded in 2006 to provide an education to over 425 of the islands poorest children. Before the school was founded, many of these children simply roamed the beaches, sold jewelry to tourists and had little hope of a brighter future. We started with a patch of lagoon and with the help of donations and teams of volunteer have built a school with 16 classrooms, a library, computer lab, dental clinic and a cafeteria. We also have a preschool. The children who come to holy cross are the poorest children on the island. Many come from San Mateo, a suburb where many families cannot access electricity or basic sanitation. Although their parents try to find work, many struggle simply to feed their families each week. Holy Cross Anglican School Facebook page.