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ProBelize Internships
Belize is a peaceful and complex country rich with cultural diversity and stunning natural beauty. Only two hours away from the U.S., this English-speaking country offers authentic and unforgettable experiences.

Belize is on the Caribbean coast nestled between Mexico and Guatemala. It offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests, majestic mountains, mysterious Mayan temples, and excellent opportunities for diving and fishing. In a single day you can go from tropical forests to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.
San Ignacio
ProBelize's programmes are based in San Ignacio and the surrounding communities. San Ignacio, referred to locally as Cayo, is located 2 hours from Belize City along the Western Highway and is a tourist center. The town and the surrounding communities contain a diverse population of Creole, Maya and Mestizo. San Ignacio is also an attractive market town set among pleasant tropical hills. The friendly people of San Ignacio enable rich cultural exchanges and productive development projects.
ProBelize Internships Options
NGO Internship - Supported internships in ProBelize host communities with excursions and homestay immersion. Volunteers live in communities near a ProBelize office and 4 to 18 other NGO Interns, work alone or in small groups, and receive extensive staff support.

Field Internship - More independent internship placements in communities within 4 hours of ProBelize headquarters. No excursions. Volunteers live remotely 1 to 4 interns per community, work on individual projects, and have periodic meetings with ProBelize staff.

The options of NGO and Field Internships allow ProBelize to have a positive impact in communities closer to our home base as well as those further a field, while offering volunteers the choice of two distinctive experiences.

Recent ProBelize volunteers have...

  • Led rural health clinics providing medical care to villagers
  • Provided diabetes testing and education services to multiple communities
  • Tutored children in reading, writing, and math
  • Assisted at an understaffed eldercare facility
  • Planned and facilitated a summer camp for primary school children
  • Trained local cooperative members in business management and accounting
  • Provided ESL language training to immigrant populations in rural communities
  • Assisted with environmental development, reforestation, and trail maintenance in the Elijio Panti National Park
HEALTH PORTFOLIO IN BELIZE
Limited and ineffective health care are some of the most fundamental challenges facing our host communities in Belize.
ProBelize Health Volunteers work in local clinics, hospitals, and eldercare facilities, gaining basic clinical skills by assisting with daily hospital duties including patient registration and care. Volunteers also collaborate with medical providers to develop health education strategies and conduct social research focused on health issues.

Health projects in Belize
  • Clinical Work 
  • Public Health Education and Research Work
  • Rural Outreach and Field Clinics
ENVIRONMENT PORTFOLIO IN BELIZE
Within Central America, Belize sets a higher standard concerning environmental conservation and the protection of natural resources. National policies have created a variety of natural reserves, which serve to protect the biodiversity of the region. Despite a national sentiment sympathetic towards environmental issues, there are still environmental problems stemming from the need for grass roots efforts to share practical knowledge and experience with locals and a lack of practical experience in the execution of environmental projects. Problems remain with improper use of pesticides, traditional land clearing techniques, and poaching as well. 
ProBelize Volunteers collaborate with local community partners in grass-roots efforts to protect the environment, working on projects such as forest conservation, national park maintenance, studying and documenting local medicinal plants, and helping to developing a variety of ecological projects.

Environmental projects in Belize
  • Conservation & Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Education
  • Sustainable Agriculture
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO IN BELIZE
ProBelize host communities face a variety of impediments to economic growth such as limited education, high unemployment, unskilled workforces, and a lack of private sector investment.
Volunteers in Social and Economic Development work on a wide variety of projects including: classroom education support, small business development, youth sports, human rights law, computer education classes, domestic violence education, and organizing youth groups.

Social and Economic Development projects in Belize
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Community Development
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Human and Legal Rights
  • Journalism
  • Micro Business
NGO INTERNSHIPS
Program Summary
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Projects: Individual and small group projects 5 days a week
Orientation: Intensive orientation
Living: Homestay family
Excursions
ProBelize offers cultural and outdoor adventures. Based on duration excursions may include:
Visiting excavated and unexcavated Mayan ruins
Exploring rainforests, caves and jungles
Participating in remote community cultural events
During free weekends, volunteers can also plan their own adventures

FIELD INTERNSHIPS
Prerequisites
Demonstration of independence, intercultural experience, and project related skills.
Flexibility within project placement
Program Summary
Projects: Project work 5 days a week
Orientation: Intensive orientation
Living: Homestay family
Excursions: Orientation trips only
Where: Communities within 4 hours of San Ignacio

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