Nestled in Central America on the Caribbean coast between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize lies at the centre of the Mesoamerican "biodiversity hotspot". Pristine subtropical forests provide a refuge for wildlife and conceal ancient Mayan ruins. The warm clear waters of the Caribbean lap sandy Cayes offering access to the world’s second longest barrier reef and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its spectacular snorkelling and diving.
‘No shoes, no shirt, no worries’ is the infamous motto for the Cayes off the east coast of Belize. You will have the opportunity to discover infamous barrier reefs, dive the Blue Hole, marvel at an extraordinary array of colourful reef fish and rays, sea urchins, anemones, octopus and even sea turtles feed at luxuriant sea grass beds. You can explore this exquisite, untarnished underwater world as you snorkel off the Cayes of Belize.
You will have the chance to explore, chart and monitor extensive areas of pristine coral and vast seagrass beds, record populations of reef fish and conch and assist in annual reef health check. On shore, you will explore the unique ecosystem which bridges the land and the ocean: the lush fringing mangrove forests, seasonal lagoons and littoral forests of red, white and black mangroves.
Mangroves represent a critical coastal ecosystem that have an incredible impact on our lives. They help in preserving biodiversity as nursery grounds for many marine and coastal species and fisheries. They contribute in protecting coastal communities against extreme weather events such as hurricanes and stabilise coastlines, reducing soil erosion.
Your days will be eventful; the work will be challenging, rewarding and fun. Your discoveries will be of huge benefit to the conservation of these fabulous mangroves and you will gain immense satisfaction from knowing that you have helped protect these precious natural resources for future generations.
The results from your investigations will supply vital baseline information on the Belizean coastline to enable the sustainable management of natural resources in the region and the protection of the marine wildlife in partnership with the Belize Fisheries Department.
Help to preserve Belize's marine and coastal biodiversity
Make lifelong friends and return with incredible stories, photos and memories
Expand your experience in tropical marine and coastal conservation field work
Environmental education days in the local schools and community groups
Swim and snorkel off the beach to locate, and explore, the crystal clear caribbean sea
Discover the effects of global warming on marine communities
Belize, Caye Caulker
Airport pickup and transfer to the project site is provided for free if you arrive on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.
If you want to join the project at any other time, you can book an airport pick up and transfer from Frontier for an additional $120USD / £95GBP.
Beach camp on Caye Caulker
Before you go:
Travel advice & documentation
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
All camp accommodation & food
Local orientation & comprehensive project training
Project equipment & camp equipment
24 hour in-country support
International HQ emergency support & back-up
Discover scuba dive training courses (extra cost applies) subject to availability & to length of stay
Free park & reserve entrance fees & research permits if applicable
CoPE qualification available (confers UCAS points) subject to time constraints
Snorkelling and swimming off the diving boats(extra cost applies)
Discounted advanced dive courses may be available (you will need to rent your own personal dive kit including wet suit, fins, mask and snorkel)
PADI Open Water diver US$595
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver US$561
PADI Emergency First Response US$221
PADI Rescue Diver US$595
PADI Dive Master US$1,275
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.