A volunteer uses sign language during a dive on the volunteering Conservation Project for high school students in Belize.

Volunteer Conservation Work in Belize for Teenagers

Learn to dive and protect marine life along the breath-taking Belize Barrier Reef

In sintesi

  • Explore an underwater world and help us to protect the Belize Barrier Reef.
  • Learn directly from conservationists, and once you’ve gotten your diving certification, you’ll help underwater.
  • Help raise awareness about how important it is to protect the reef and share different ways local people can help with conservation efforts.

Date di Inizio: 

Date fisse durante le vacanze scolastiche

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Durata Minima: 

Due settimane


Questo progetto è per ragazzi tra i 15 e i 18 anni

Is Marine Conservation work in Belize for high school students right for me?

This project is perfect for adventurous teens looking to protect the planet. Join if you’re interested in marine life or would like to pursue a career in environmentalism or conservation.

You don’t need any experience to do marine conservation work in Belize. Our staff are experts who’ll guide you through your project work. They’re also Dive Masters who can ensure that best safety practices are followed during your dives. This is a great opportunity to learn from qualified marine biologists and you’ll get plenty of practical experience.

Never been on a scuba dive before? No problem. You’ll get your PADI Open Water Diver certification during your first week at the project.

A Projects Abroad volunteer does conservation work and teaches children in Belize on our project for teenagers

What will I do as a Conservation volunteer in Belize?

You’ll find there’s a lot of work to do to reduce the impact people have had on the Belize Barrier Reef. Here are some of your main tasks:

  • Get your PADI Open Water Diver certification
  • Survey dives to collect data and monitor marine life
  • Beach clean-ups and salvage dives for a cleaner environment
  • Community work like helping prevent beach erosion and planting seaweed
  • Discover the cultural heritage of this tropical island during weekend trips

Your work will focus on the following areas:

PADI diving certification

Your first week in Belize is spent getting your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The skills you learn during this course will enable you to take part in survey dives. These dives are critical to our conservation efforts in Belize. With this certification, join the diving community and discover new diving spots around the world for years to come. There are no extra costs. This international certification is included in your project fee.

Survey dives

By collecting data during thrilling survey dives, you’ll be contributing to massive databases that inform the local government Fisheries Department how best to protect the reef. Monitor things like fish species, size, and water temperature to determine which conditions are best for which creatures.

To float in clear blue waters past shoals of tropical fish and colourful coral is a magnificent experience. It’s rewarding knowing that while you dive, the work you’re doing will help to protect the beauty around you.

Salvage dives and beach clean-ups

Have you ever seen a jellyfish bobbing around in the ocean? How about a plastic bag? They look pretty similar, don’t they? Litter and pollution have a devastating effect on marine life. Many creatures eat non-biodegradable plastics or get caught in discarded fishing nets. Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, the issue of plastics in the ocean has started to get global attention. You can be a part of this worldwide initiative.

Help by participating in salvage dives to collect litter from the reefs. During our beach clean-ups, you’ll pick up plastic and other rubbish before it washes into the ocean. You’ll also pick up litter on beaches where turtles lay their eggs. This clears the path for hatchlings to make it to the ocean.

Community work

You’ll also be helping the community as a whole. Help with building barriers to stop coastal erosion or clean up litter in communities. You can also plant seaweed with local fisherman. Seaweed gives them an alternative, sustainable income source.

Discover what Belize has to offer

Belize is rich in cultural heritage and stunning nature. During weekends, hike to sparkling waterfalls, where you can swim in the cool, refreshing water. Go diving in the famous Blue Hole or explore ancient Mayan ruins. And all of this with a group of volunteers your age from around the world.

Our project partners in Belize

This wouldn’t be a Marine Conservation Project without the chance to dive and work at the forefront of reef protection efforts. So we’ve partnered with PADI to make sure you’re fully qualified to dive safely and confidently.

We’ve also partnered with the government Fisheries Department in Belize. We provide them with data that directly influences policy-making. The department doesn’t have enough staff and finances to collect this data themselves, so as a volunteer, the role you play is very important.

Where in Belize will I work?


Placencia will be your main base. During dive trips, you will spend about two nights per week on more remote, unpopulated islands. Be prepared for more modest and basic facilities, but expect a unique opportunity for island living!

Pick up all'aeroporto, voli e visti

Al tuo arrivo in aeroporto, un membro dello Staff di Projects Abroad sarà lì ad aspettarti. Per maggiori informazioni su arrivo, orientamento e visti visita la pagina Procedure di Arrivo per il Belize.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The aim of this project is to protect the Belize Barrier Reef and the marine life that call it home.

The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest reef in the entire world. It’s under serious threat from climate change, litter, unsustainable coastal development, and overfishing. If the reef dies and we lose too many marine species living here, tourism and fishing will be disrupted. This will affect people’s incomes and food sources. 

The work you do will help to protect the reef. You’ll spread awareness about the importance of conservation efforts. You’ll also get involved in practical work to make Placencia a cleaner, more sustainable area.

Volunteering in Belize will have a major impact on your life. Gain a diving certification to add to your resume and get practical conservation experience. Learn about tropical marine ecosystems and animals, including sharks, turtles, rays, and a host of fish and corals.

Contribute to the conservation of marine life and broaden your horizon by joining this High School Special.

Projects Abroad's organised leisure activities during our volunteer Conservation Project in Belize for high school students

Piani di gestione

Nei Management Plans definiamo gli obiettivi dei nostri progetti. Questo è uno strumento importante per pianificare correttamente il lavoro dei nostri volontari. Inoltre, ci aiutano a misurare e valutare l'impatto e i risultati raggiunti ogni anno.

Grazie ai Management Plans possiamo migliorare i nostri progetti ogni giorno. Questo significa che, come volontario, entrerai a far parte di un programma che ha un un impatto reale dove è più necessario. Scopri di più sui nostri Management Plan.

Misurare il nostro impatto

Ogni anno, migliaia di giovani volontari che partecipano ai nostri Campi di Volontariato per Studenti delle Scuole Superiori fanno la differenza in tutto il mondo. Durante il loro periodo all’estero, contribuiscono al raggiungimento di obiettivi a lungo termine e ad avere un impatto positivo nelle comunità locali.

Per documentare i risultati raggiunti grazie al loro aiuto, elaboriamo un rapporto annuale chiamato High School Specials Impact Report. Scopri di più sull'impatto dei nostri progetti e leggi l'ultimo report.

Vitto e alloggio

Condividerai l'alloggio con gli altri volontari di Projects Abroad a Placencia. Questa è una bella opportunità per conoscere meglio volontari da tutto il mondo, condividere esperienze ed esplorare i dintorni insieme durante il tempo libero.

Nei nostri programmi per Studenti delle Scuole Superiori, cerchiamo sempre di accomodare due o più volontari dello stesso sesso e di età simile. La tua stanza sarà modesta, ma confortevole, pulita e sicura.

La quota del programma include tre pasti al giorno.

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Sicurezza e supporto del nostro staff

La tua sicurezza è la nostra priorità. Adottiamo diverse procedure per darti il supporto di cui hai bisogno e per farti vivere il tuo viaggio all'estero senza pensieri. Lo Staff di Projects Abroad sarà sempre disponibile 24 ore su 24, durante la settimana e nei week-end. Ti aiuterà ad ambientarti a casa e all'interno del progetto e, in caso di necessità, potrai contattarlo in qualsiasi momento.

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Al momento dell'iscrizione paghi solo un acconto di €295, che verrà dedotto dal prezzo finale.

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