A group of volunteers takes part in conservation and community work in Belize for teenagers

Volunteer Conservation Work in Belize for Teenagers

Learn to dive and protect marine life along the breath-taking Belize Barrier Reef

Explore an underwater world and do volunteer conservation work  in Belize for teenagers. You’ll learn directly from conservationists and be part of protecting the Belize Barrier Reef. You’ll get practical experience, and once you’ve gotten your diving certification, you’ll help underwater. Scuba diving is a magical experience, but diving with a purpose is so much more!


After seeing the beauty of the underwater world yourself, you’ll help raise awareness about how important it is to protect the reef. You’ll share different ways local people can help with conservation efforts.


You’ll work in Placencia and also team up with other teenagers to give back to the local community, like doing a beach clean-up. Help, learn, and explore Belize together.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Placencia (Read More)

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

  • PADI diving course

  • Diving equipment rental

What's not included
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is Marine Conservation work in Belize for high school students right for me?

This project is perfect for adventurous teens looking to protect the planet. Join if you’re interested in marine life or would like to pursue a career in environmentalism or conservation.


You don’t need any experience to do marine conservation work in Belize. Our staff are experts who’ll guide you through your project work. They’re also Dive Masters who can ensure that best safety practices are followed during your dives. This is a great opportunity to learn from qualified marine biologists and you’ll get plenty of practical experience.


Never been on a scuba dive before? No problem. You’ll get your PADI Open Water Diver certification during your first week at the project.

A Projects Abroad volunteer does conservation work and teaches children in Belize on our project for teenagers

What will I do as a Conservation volunteer in Belize?

You’ll find there’s a lot of work to do to reduce the impact people have had on the Belize Barrier Reef. Here are some of your main tasks:


  • Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification
  • Survey dives to collect data and monitor marine life
  • Beach clean-ups and salvage dives for a cleaner environment
  • Community work like helping prevent beach erosion and planting seaweed
  • Discover the cultural heritage of this tropical island during weekend trips

Your work will focus on the following areas:


PADI diving certification


Your first week in Belize is spent getting your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The skills you learn during this course will enable you to take part in survey dives. These dives are critical to our conservation efforts in Belize. With this certification, join the diving community and discover new diving spots around the world for years to come. There are no extra costs. This international certification is included in your project fee.


Survey dives


By collecting data during thrilling survey dives, you’ll be contributing to massive databases that inform the local government Fisheries Department how best to protect the reef. Monitor things like fish species, size, and water temperature to determine which conditions are best for which creatures.


To float in clear blue waters past shoals of tropical fish and colourful coral is a magnificent experience. It’s rewarding knowing that while you dive, the work you’re doing will help to protect the beauty around you.


Salvage dives and beach clean-ups


Have you ever seen a jellyfish bobbing around in the ocean? How about a plastic bag? They look pretty similar, don’t they? Litter and pollution have a devastating effect on marine life. Many creatures eat non-biodegradable plastics or get caught in discarded fishing nets. Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, the issue of plastics in the ocean has started to get global attention. You can be a part of this worldwide initiative.


Help by participating in salvage dives to collect litter from the reefs. During our beach clean-ups, you’ll pick up plastic and other rubbish before it washes into the ocean. You’ll also pick up litter on beaches where turtles lay their eggs. This clears the path for hatchlings to make it to the ocean.


Community work


You’ll also be helping the community as a whole. Help with building barriers to stop coastal erosion or clean up litter in communities. You can also plant seaweed with local fisherman. Seaweed gives them an alternative, sustainable income source.


Discover what Belize has to offer


Belize is rich in cultural heritage and stunning nature. During weekends, hike to sparkling waterfalls, where you can swim in the cool, refreshing water. Go diving in the famous Blue Hole or explore ancient Mayan ruins. And all of this with a group of volunteers your age from around the world.

Our project partners in Belize

This wouldn’t be a Marine Conservation Project without the chance to dive and work at the forefront of reef protection efforts. So we’ve partnered with PADI to make sure you’re fully qualified to dive safely and confidently.


We’ve also partnered with the government Fisheries Department in Belize. We provide them with data that directly influences policy-making. The department doesn’t have enough staff and finances to collect this data themselves, so as a volunteer, the role you play is very important.

Where in Belize will I work?

Placencia

Placencia will be your main base. During dive trips, you will spend about two nights per week on more remote, unpopulated islands. Be prepared for more modest and basic facilities, but expect a unique opportunity for island living!

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Belize Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to protect the Belize Barrier Reef and the marine life that call it home.


The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the entire world. It’s under serious threat from climate change, litter, unsustainable coastal development, and overfishing. If the reef dies and we lose too many marine species living here, tourism and fishing will be disrupted. This will affect people’s incomes and food sources. 


The work you do will help to protect the reef. You’ll spread awareness about the importance of conservation efforts. You’ll also get involved in practical work to make Placencia a cleaner, more sustainable area.


Volunteering in Belize will have a major impact on your life. Gain a diving certification to add to your resume and get practical conservation experience. Learn about tropical marine ecosystems and animals, including sharks, turtles, rays, and a host of fish and corals.


Contribute to the conservation of marine life and broaden your horizon by joining this High School Special.

Projects Abroad's organised leisure activities during our volunteer Conservation Project in Belize for high school students

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.


We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay in Placencia. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your time together.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.


This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

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