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Volunteer School Sports Projects in Belize

  • Placement location: San Pedro
  • Role: To develop and run a structured and fun sporting initiative in schools to improve fitness levels
  • Age of Students: 4 – 13
  • Class Size: 25 – 30
  • Accommodation: Host family
  • What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, travel and medical insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
  • What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
  • Length of placement: From 4 weeks
  • Start dates: Flexible. The project is closed from the end of June to the beginning of September for summer holidays.

Projects Abroad volunteers playing a game with the children in Belize

Volunteer with Projects Abroad on the Teaching Physical Education Project in Belize and help combat unhealthy lifestyles led by young children in local communities. Childhood obesity is becoming an increasing problem in Belize. Cheaper diets of unhealthy and processed foods, as well as a lack of structured sport and physical activities in school, contribute to this growing problem.

By joining this project, you can help local staff make sport a focus at their school, which will contribute to students becoming more active and fit. You will reveal to students that sport and being active are priorities in living a balanced life, and are also much fun. This will provide them with constructive options in spending free time and countering stress caused by school work.

Your role at the School Sports project in Belize

During your placement, you will work as a physical education teacher at a government primary school. These schools often lack the funding necessary to hire a trained sports teacher, and as a result, teachers from other subjects without the required skills or sporting background, will also teach physical education. You will work with students daily and ensure they are able to develop their skills in various sports. The most popular sports in Belize include:

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics

From Monday to Friday, you will work between 8:30am and 2:30pm at various schools. Each lesson will be about 45 minutes long. You will be responsible for running each class, so it is up to you to choose the focus of each lesson. It should be your priority to create a positive sporting environment that emphasizes and encourages living a healthier lifestyle.

Schools close at the end of June as the students will be on summer holiday. The project will continue in September when the school reopens.

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