Start in April and October each year.
Volunteer with indigenous communities in Belize
With this 10-month program, we join hands with activists all over the world to fight for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty in some of the poorest regions of the world. We believe that this kind of activism is needed more than ever, and we invite you to join a team of likeminded people for an action-based and fast-paced program, learning and creating positive change through humanitarian work.
Period 1 – 3 months: Training at Richmond Vale Academy in St. Vincent
Period 2 – 6 months: Volunteer in Belize
Period 3 – 1 month: Conclusion and information period in St. Vincent
1. Field Work Certification from Humana People to People
2. Certification of Completion from Richmond Vale Academy
THE PROGRAM PERIODS:
Period One - Three months Training in St. Vincent.
Period One is based at Richmond Vale Academy in St. Vincent. Studies will include global affairs, political science, international and economic development. Methods will include group and individual studies, lectures, investigations and discussions within a team. You will also take part in projects and receive leadership and practical training to develop a variety of skills directly needed during the subsequent project period in Belize.
The school is run by staff and students together, and all daily chores are organized within and by this group. The focus of the training period is to provide the framework that will give you the understanding, knowledge and variety of skills, including teambuilding, practical and leadership skills, to make the project period a success for both you and the beneficiaries at the project. These skills will also be useful in your future career and life.
In Trios your team will be posted at a project in Belize. Projects in the respective country focus on creating change in farming, education and health. The projects work together with children, parents, farmers, teachers and local leaders. You will do your part to tackle the root causes of poverty and build sustainable and thriving communities.
Prior to leaving for your destination, you will have Skype meetings with the Project Leader to discuss and determine the specific jobs and responsibilities for your posting, depending on the specific needs of the Project. This will act as the guidelines for the coming six months as you begin your work together with the people already at the project – There will be a variety of tasks, from engaging with local farmers to increasing food production, supporting income-generating activities, training teachers, or promoting and constructing latrines together with a local community – and much more.
You will get close to your partners in action and gather experiences you will never forget. You will also change as a person.
Period Three - One month Conclusion and information period in St. Vincent
Following your six-months posting, you return to Richmond Vale Academy to digest your experiences. This final stage of the program enables you to share your findings and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the work in the field. This allows for continual improvement of the program, whilst ensuring you gain extensive and valuable understanding derived from the program.
You finalize the products and get ready to spread information to target groups of your choice and «hit them in the heart», thereby supporting and encouraging greater sustainable development efforts. During this phase, you will acquire additional skills and understanding that help you prepare for the next steps in your life and career.
The Development Projects
This program combines our unique learning environment with six months of working and living in communities in Belize. Richmond Vale Academy is a partner with Humana People to People’s member organization in Belize. The Federation Humana People to People was established in 1996 and is a network of 31 organizations engaged in creating change, locally and globally, in communities in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Humana People to People’s approach to development is centered around community mobilization. Humana People to People have developed and implemented a methodology that equips communities with the materials, knowledge and infrastructure to lift themselves out of poverty. Humana People to People members’ work in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and have been implementing development projects for almost 40 years.
International Volunteers from the 10 months program join Humana People to People projects in Belize for six months. To date, participants from Richmond Vale Academy and other learning centers in USA and Europe have worked together with tens of thousands of people to create change, learn new skills, to farm, build homes, feed their families and educate their children and capacity for leading a full life.
Humana People to People in Belize
In Belize, one third of the population (126.000 people) lives below the poverty line. HPP Belize works in 32 communities in southern Belize, where 43% of the population in Stann Creek district and 60% of the population in Toledo live below the poverty line. The unemployment rate in the districts is at 15% in Stann Creek, the highest in the country, and at 8% in Toledo; 22 out of the 32 communities are inhabited by the indigenous Mayans.
The projects aim to mobilize children, youth and adults to be active in the economic, social and environmental spheres of their communities. Improve family health, education and economy and reduce the vulnerability of small farmers and whole communities to the advert impact of climate change.
The Child Aid Projects have been implemented since 2007 with close to 1000 families from 30 communities in the southern districts of Belize. HPP Belize furthermore works with women empowerment programs, waste management, and income generating activities and farmers clubs.
Meet the teams
The cost of the program:
|10 Months Fighting Poverty Program|
|$500 + $3700|
|Enrollment fee + Tuition fee|
|Food and Accommodation for 10 Months|
|Research and Action|
|Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities|
|Tickets to Belize and insurance while in Belize|