There are many opportunities for volunteering in Belize. Here is a sampling of a few well-known organizations.
- SAGA Society Belize in San Pedro helps homeless and suffering dogs, cats, and other animals on Ambergris Caye.
- Programme for Belize is a Belizean-run organization which manages the 260,000-acre Rio Bravo Conservation and Management area. Volunteer opportunities in conservation and archaeology are available at its two research stations.
- The Cornerstone Foundation is based out of San Ignacio and works with cultural and community outreach programs.
- The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) works in many aspects of conservation and also manages parks and protected areas.
- Belize Botanic Gardens in Cayo runs garden projects for those interested in horticulture and agriculture.
- The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center looks after orphaned, rescued, donated, and rehabilitated wild animals.
- Birds Without Borders is a research, education, and conservation organization which works with the Belize Zoo and is coordinated by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
- Green Reef Belize is based in San Pedro and has several projects to protect Belize’s marine and coastal resources.
- Itzamna Society in San Antonio works with the local Maya community in the protection and conservation of the environment.
- Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is an environmental education center near the Belize Zoo which works with conservation and community service projects.
- Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) in Punta Gorda focuses on conservation in Toledo District.
Education and Development
- The Mount Carmel High School Belize in Benque Viejo del Carmen is a Catholic school where volunteers can teach.
- Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) works with sports, arts, and other programs, and helps women and girls in Belize.
Working with Children
- King’s Children’s Home looks after orphans and abandoned, neglected, and abused children in Belmopan.
- The Scout Association of Belize sometimes has opportunities for volunteers, especially those with scout experience from their own countries.
Excerpted from the Second Edition of Moon Living Abroad in Belize.