Conservation & Community in Belize
High School Projects for 16-19 Year Olds
- Placement location: Marine parks near Placencia
- Types of placement: Marine parks
- Accommodation: Host Family
- Age Requirements: 16-19 years old
This project is a great way to learn about preserving marine life while contributing to the local community. You will spend your first few days participating in an Open Water certification course. In shallow waters, you’ll learn how to breathe underwater, clear your mask and equalise pressure. You will also become familiar with the buddy system and practise using underwater sign language.
Once you have your diving certification, you will start participating in conservation activities with our local staff and project partner. Projects Abroad holds a research permit from the government Fisheries Department. This permit allows us to work in three important marine parks in the Belize Barrier Reef Systems, located near Placencia. The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important ecosystem for many species, including whale sharks.
You will have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of tasks during your time abroad. These tasks include: salvage dives to clean-up the reefs and surrounding seabed, marine wildlife surveys and beach clean-ups.
You can also work directly with local communities through land-based activities, where you will work to improve local public areas, such as painting a classroom or refurbishing a playground.
Over the weekend, depending on weather, you will travel with the other volunteers and our staff to visit a nearby island or a Mayan ruin. This is a great opportunity to relax and have fun with everyone while exploring a new country and culture.