Belize wildlife conservation holiday

“Volunteering daily at a wildlife centre, this conservation holiday is a worthy way to give something back while exploring the rainforest and beautiful beaches of Belize.”

Highlights

Belize | Assisting a zookeeper daily | Shared dorms with like-minded volunteers | Full induction training and support | Bicycle provided to cycle to work every day | Work with over 150 native Central American species | Beautiful beaches | Snorkelling | Rainforest

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Check dates

2016: 7 Dec, 14 Dec, 21 Dec, 28 Dec
2017: 4 Jan, 11 Jan, 18 Jan, 25 Jan, 1 Feb, 8 Feb, 15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr, 19 Apr, 26 Apr, 3 May, 10 May, 17 May, 24 May, 31 May, 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun, 28 Jun, 5 Jul, 12 Jul, 19 Jul, 26 Jul, 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 30 Aug, 6 Sep, 13 Sep, 20 Sep, 27 Sep, 4 Oct, 11 Oct, 18 Oct, 25 Oct, 1 Nov, 8 Nov, 15 Nov, 22 Nov, 29 Nov, 6 Dec, 13 Dec ...
Our top tip:
Take enough basic toiletries with you to last your stay.
Trip type:
Small group - max. 3 volunteers.
Activity level:
Lesiurely.
Accomm:
Shared dorms divided into single sex twin rooms.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. No single rooms available.
Meals:
All meals provided.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, bicycle, food, full induction, 24-hour support.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belize wildlife conservation holiday

Environment

Social responsibility: Before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.

Economic responsibility: For over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Environmental responsibility: One of the main negative impacts of our volunteers travelling, is the carbon dioxide created from flights. We work with a 'carbon neutral' charity to help ensure that an amount of carbon is sequestered through tree planting or the promotion of low energy technologies. Volunteers are accommodated in simple shared accommodation with low environmental impact. While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.

Community

Much of Belize's wildlife is the same as that of the Amazon Rainforest. The Caribbean Wildlife Centre houses over 125 animals in their natural habitat, keeping only native animals of Belize which were either orphaned, born at the centre, rehabilitated, or donated to the centre from other zoological institutions. Species include jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, harpie eagles, crocodiles, howler monkeys, gibnuts, scarlet macaws, toucans, king vultures, boa constrictors, coral snakes and many more beautiful and incredible animals of Central America.

The centre believes that by bringing the people of Belize closer to the animals which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and want to protect them for future generations.

Volunteers make a difference to the local community in Belize in a number of ways. The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes directly to the project which provides employment for local staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.

Reviews of Belize wildlife conservation holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Working with the zoo keepers was an amazing opportunity to get close to animals and experience the working life of a zoo keeper... very hot and sweaty, but satisfying!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take old clothes that you don't mind getting bleach on and wellies! But apart from insect repellent, I felt no other safety precautions are needed. Book directly through the zoo - it's much cheaper and the experience will be the same.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes! The zoo keepers were a dedicated bunch of people who worked long hard hours for quite a small return. So, it was great to be able to make their job slightly easier by helping with the preparing food and cleaning enclosures. Also, the zoo is respected across Belize and recognises it's important educational role teaching the Belizeans to value and respect their wonderful wildlife. For example, the barn owl is considered a bad omen, so would be shot if heard near a house. Through using a tame owl, the zoo teaches the beautiful truth about these owls. The zoo also plays a strong role in the conservation of jaguars and I could get up close and personal with them and the other wild cats of Belize such as ocelots and margays.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing! The only thing that would have improved it would have been working in the schools- but as it was their school holiday too, that wasn't possible.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Alison

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback, we’re so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your time volunteering in Belize!

We operate on a non-profit basis in order to keep costs as low as possible for volunteers whilst still ensuring a high level of service and that the projects are receiving enough money to cover the costs of volunteers on the ground. For many, the additional support that we provide to volunteers is why they choose to book with us. By booking a project with us, they know that the project they are joining has been visited and vetted in terms of both ethics and health and safety. We offer ABTOT payment protection as well as all the back up 24/7 support in case something goes wrong.

We hope to help you to organise another volunteering placement in the future!

Best Wishes

Erin

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The most memorable part of my holiday was Belize Zoo where I volunteered, it
is such a beautiful zoo and so easy to forget that it actually is a zoo. I loved the jaguars as I knew that without the zoo these particulars jaguars would of been killed or in the case of Lucky Boy, a black puma, would of died a slow death. Also everyone was really friendly at the zoo and welcoming. It was also exciting to be able to have time off and travel to different locations in Belize especially to go caving in the Actun Tunichil Muknal and to see the Mayan sites, although it was the rainy season I enjoyed the weather and seeing the Independence celebrations.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I went specifically to see the Belize Zoo and was pleasantly surprised to find that Belize is an amazing country with diverse habitats and places to see. I would recommend researching different places to visit before going like the Caye Caulker and Cockscomb basin just as an example. But I would recommend taking basics with you like bandages and medical creams, I know these things are available but I personally did not find them easy to find, also things like shampoo and casual clothes are not much not cheaper than at home, i would recommend take what you need rather than trying to buy local once you get there, but you will be able to buy lots of fantastic Belize souvenirs.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think that by going on local tours such as the ATM tour and travelling around
this can benefit local people. I think the Zoo is definitely of benefit to the
local people as it is a focus of conservation education and it does seem that
the local communities can get really involved.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I would say that this is definitely an experience and very different from any
other place that I have been to and I have previously been to South America
but not Central America. It was a very positive experience being in a country
that treasures the natural environment and it is government policy to protect
at least 40% of the land for nature. I felt that after 3 weeks I had only scratched the surface of what there is to find out about Belize and definitely plan on returning.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Meeting all the wild animals

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to expect different culture than what you are used to

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I helped look after the animals

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Once in a life time experience

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