Peace Corps Belize is proud to celebrate our 57th consecutive year providing support and resources through grassroots volunteer assignments throughout Belize. Over 2,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Belize since the program began in 1962, and we continue to work shoulder to shoulder with our Belizean host agencies, communities, and counterparts in the spirit of promoting world peace and friendship. The Youth Health and Well-Being Project in Belize is unique in that it gives Volunteers the opportunity to work in rural communities with various community leaders, addressing pressing youth health-related issues in areas where resources are scarce and need is great. These working relationships often become the foundation from which successful projects and activities are implemented and which have ultimately had proven impacts in the lives of community members.
Peace Corps Belize's Youth Health and Well-Being Project has one goal: Belizean youth lead healthy and empowered lives to realize their full potential into adulthood.
Peace Corps Youth Health and Well-Being Volunteers coordinate with primary schools and local community partners to carry out health education and promotion activities. With a focus on youth ranging in age from 6 to 14, Volunteers work alongside teachers and other community leaders in classroom and community settings to provide increased access to information and skills development opportunities in support of the healthy lifestyles of young people.
Specific activities a Volunteer will engage in include:
• Co-facilitate the national health and life skills curriculum, physical education, and other primary school-based health and well-being activities.
• Co-facilitate gender-equitable clubs and camps for youth ages 6-14
• Mobilize, co-lead, and train groups (fitness groups, cooking demonstrations, women’s groups) to increase healthy habits
• Co-facilitate health education with families and caregivers
• Coach and co-facilitate training of school-based staff to use innovative and gender equitable techniques to deliver health, life skills, and physical education
• Coach community leaders to facilitate gender equitable clubs and camps for youth ages 6-14
Belize is arguably the most culturally diverse country in Central America and Volunteers will have the unique opportunity to learn about and interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Belize is also home to incredible flora, fauna, land and seascapes. Although Americans may be most familiar with Belize as a tourist destination, applicants should not apply with expectations of spending their time at the beach or touring the country. While you will certainly have the opportunity to experience the natural wonder Belize has to offer, it is expected that all Volunteers maintain focus on their safety, community projects, and community integration throughout their entire service. PC/Belize Volunteers are dedicated, competent, responsible, respectful and motivated professionals and as such we have enjoyed a high level of community, counterpart and government support. Those individuals willing to commit and dedicate the time, effort and energy to their service will be welcomed and ultimately successful throughout their time in Belize.
Please note that if selected to serve, you are expected to prepare your personal and professional life to make a commitment to serve for the full 27 months.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check