At a glance
- You’ll work with the only non-profit, non-governmental animal shelter in San Pedro.
- Gain experience handling, exercising, and training animals to prepare them for adoption.
- Observe veterinary procedures carried out by a qualified vet.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What will I do on the Animal Care Project in Belize?
You’ll support the work of local staff at an animal shelter in San Pedro. Here are some of your main tasks:
- Help with exercising, socialising, and training animals
- Observe veterinary procedures carried out by a qualified vet
- Bathe and feed the cats and dogs and help with shelter maintenance
- Raise awareness about animal cruelty in schools and in the community
- Organise fundraising events to raise money for the shelter
Your work with animals in Belize will focus on these activities:
Work with animals
Most of your time will be spent working directly with animals. You’ll help with positive reinforcement training and walking dogs to give them exercise. Even playing with the animals, which doesn’t seem like work at all, will help socialise them and prepare them for adoption.
You’ll also help with basic care like bathing, grooming, and feeding animals.
Observe veterinary procedures
When possible you can observe veterinary procedures. This includes operations like spaying and neutering, which help control the population of stray animals on Ambergris Caye. This is also a great way to see if a career in veterinary medicine is for you.
Contribute to shelter maintenance
The shelter is understaffed and so volunteers provide extra pairs of helping hands to keep it running smoothly. You’ll help with tasks like cleaning kennels and repairing fences. This work helps make sure the animals have a safe, comfortable place to stay before finding a new home.
Raise awareness of animal cruelty
By raising awareness of animal cruelty in schools and throughout the community, you’ll help local people to be more mindful of the way they treat animals. You’ll also talk to them about the importance of animal shelters, and the amazing role they can play in an animal’s life by considering adoption.
If you’re feeling creative, you can even make colourful posters, flyers, or leaflets to use during talks and workshops.
Organise fundraising events
Sharpen your project management skills by helping organise fundraising events. Some examples of events include Halloween pet costume competitions, adoption days, and barbecues. You can brainstorm event ideas, help with planning, and be there on the day to facilitate the event. This is an important part of your project that helps the shelter to continue the great work they do with animals.
Where in Belize will I work?
This project is based in San Pedro, a small town on Ambergris Caye. This is a coastal community next to the Caribbean Sea. During your free time, you can relax on the beach or even go diving through marine reserves along the Belize Barrier Reef.
The animal shelter where you work is underfunded and understaffed, so conditions can be poor. This makes the maintenance work you do even more important. You’ll also work in local schools and run fundraising activities in the local community.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Belize is a beautiful tropical country bordered by the clear, blue Caribbean Sea. There are plenty of ways to spend your free time here, whether you’re a beach lover, a culture buff, or an adventure seeker.
During your free time, you can go snorkelling along the colourful Belize Barrier Reef. For a more relaxed atmosphere, you can spend time on one of the white-sand beaches, sipping freshly squeezed papaya juice in the warm sun.
There are also plenty of cultural activities, so you can get a glimpse into the history and heritage of the country. You can visit Mayan ruins or spend the day wandering through an art gallery or museum.
During your trip, you’ll be surrounded by volunteers from around the world. So you can choose to explore independently or with volunteers from our different projects in Belize.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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