Cayo District Village Schools Projects2017-05-04T20:58:15+00:00
Cayo District Village Schools:
Teaching Music Education

Unfortunately, music education is not a part of the regular public school curriculum in Belize, and is limited to only those who can a afford to pay a private teacher. Music is a huge part of Belizean society and this project aims to improve access for more children. We believe that music education will provide children a healthy medium by which they can express them- selves and resolve personal challenges. Our students range from kindergarten to 8th grade, but the curriculum is adapted to be age appropriate for each group.

One of the most exciting parts of this program is being able to introduce the students to new kinds of instruments. Any unique instruments that you can bring to show are likely new experiences for these children. It is also possible to organize small “ eld trips” to local churches to look at pianos and organs with your students. Join us and become a volunteer music teacher in Belize! Share your passion for music with our youth and help them explore the world of the arts.

Groups of volunteers will provide invaluable health classes for several different age groups covering personal hygiene, dental health, and sex education. Your group will design your own curriculum and get to learn about the current conditions of health education in the developing country of Belize.

The typical health education in Belize is not consistent and is only sporadically taught during Children’s Rights Month (May) and focuses on nutrition and hygiene. Nutrition education is becoming increasingly important in this developing country where obesity is a growing problem. Sex education in Belize is currently an “abstinence only” curriculum, which does not elaborate on birth control options or prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

NM Productions seeks to help improve the overall health of Belize through health education. Because of the current circumstances, volunteer teaching groups are essential to achieve these goals.

This is an incredibly gratifying project to take part in. The children and local teachers will benefit from your enthusiasm and passion for music and are excited to learn about instruments and making music. You may even discover hidden talents within a student that would have never come to light without this educational opportunity.

Project Activities: Music education, lesson planning, fundraising, youth mentoring.
Duration: 6 months to 1 year. We have accepted very qualified volunteers for as little as 3 months, but we would like volunteers to stay for as long as possible to help our students have some consistency in the program.
Project availability: School year only. Must start in September or January.
Arrival day: Flexible. Please plan to arrive at least 1 week before teaching begins.
Cost: Please contact us for a full package describing rates for various types of accommodation and meal plans.
Requirements: You must have both a passion for music and some experience teaching music. Educational degrees are a plus.
Working Hours: Expect to work during school hours, 9am-3pm, Monday – Friday.

You must be comfortable taking the lead role to volunteer for this program. You will be following a pre-determined curriculum designed by Emily Wilkerson, a former music volunteer. We welcome volunteers to expand upon and further develop this curriculum in coordination with local staff. You will be teaching students how to read music, play basic instruments (based on availability), and developing their appreciation of classical musicians. Lower elementary children (Pre-K through 3rd grade) will focus on very basic music reading and experience the sights and sounds of various instruments. Upper elementary students (4th-8th grade) will learn how music reading translates to making music with instruments. Recorders have previously been donated to the schools for this purpose.

Ideally, the school would love to set up a number of musical performances throughout the year for the other students and families. As the leader of this program, you would be responsible for coordinating these events.

Fundraising is a key element of this project, as the schools we serve do not have the resources to purchase instruments. At the moment, they have little access to anything besides the previously donated recorders. Any musical instruments you can bring with you, or perhaps construct yourself, are greatly appreciated.

A background and passion for music is needed to participate in this project. You must be able to read music and should be motivated to get the children performing! Knowledge of helping to set up musical performances is also useful, but not necessary. A music-related teaching background would be very helpful (again, not absolutely necessary) as you will be looking after groups of students and developing their talent. You should be able to read music. Ideally, we would love volunteers for 6-month periods as we are committed to providing an in-depth and consistent music program. You must be able to work without supervision, make decisions, and lead others. Please highlight your relevant work experience in your resume/CV. You may be asked to attend a Skype interview for this position.

Cayo District Village Schools:
Teach Health Classes & Community Health Fairs

Groups of volunteers will provide invaluable health classes for several different age groups covering personal hygiene, dental health, and sex education. Your group will design your own curriculum and get to learn about the current conditions of health education in the developing country of Belize.

The typical health education in Belize is not consistent and is only sporadically taught during Childrens’ Rights Month (May) and focuses on nutrition and hygiene. Nutrition education is becoming increasingly important in this developing country where obesity is a growing problem. Sex education in Belize is currently an “abstinence only” curriculum, which does not elaborate on birth control options or prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

NM Productions seeks to help improve the overall health of Belize through health education. Because of the current circumstances, volunteer teaching groups are essential to achieve these goals.

*Please note: this project only accepts volunteer groups

This is a great opportunity for volunteers to share their passion for health education with real students. This is a valuable project for health students as they will be able experience the current conditions of health education and public health projects in a developing country.

Project activities: Teaching health education classes, creating a health fair or clinic day, community outreach.
Duration: Minimum 1 week commitment. Groups must be committed to completing curriculum development before arriving in-country and participating in 3 conference calls for planning purposes.
Project availability: School-season only for teaching health classes. Other health outreach can be done throughout the year.
Arrival day: Flexible
Cost: Please contact us for a full package describing rates for various types of accommodation and meal plans.
Requirements: Students must be pursuing public health or health-related fields. Anyone participating in medical testing must be certified to do so.

Volunteer groups will serve one school per day and will be split into small teams of 3 for each classroom to teach health classes in the local public schools. For young children the classes will primarily cover personal hygiene and dental health (hand-washing, proper flossing, etc.). High school students will be taught personal hygiene but there will be a special focus on sex education, HIV, and prevention of other sexually transmitted diseases. Groups should plan an engaging curriculum and plan to bring supplies for activities, which will then be donated to the school (i.e. coloring pages, colored pencils, etc.).

Prior to the trip, volunteer groups will work together with local Belizeans to develop a curriculum that allows them to share their area of expertise with our students as well as meeting the health education needs of our community. There will be 3 video conference calls to make sure that all parties are on the same page.

Volunteer groups will also have the opportunity to run a community health clinic day. These health fairs typically provide vitals & blood pressure testing as well as glucose and HIV testing. For this to be possible, groups must commit to bringing the necessary medical supplies including needles, syringes, glucose test strips, etc. A local doctor must be present to supervise. Volunteers will only be allowed to perform procedures that they are qualified to perform. If there is a certified medical doctor traveling with the group, they may supervise these activities if they apply for a local temporary medical license. The process for the temporary medical license needs to be completed 4 months prior to arrival.

This project can be customized to the educational level of the volunteer group, but volunteers should at least be pursuing a health-related field in university. Professors or other faculty traveling with the group should be prepared to lead curriculum development programming well before arriving in Belize. In the resume/CV part of the application, please submit a CV for the leading professor and a description of the kinds of students that will be attending the trip.