Teaching Physical Education in Belize
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: San Pedro
- ROLE: To develop and run a structured and fun sporting initiative in schools to improve fitness levels
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- AGE OF STUDENTS: 4 – 13
- CLASS SIZE: 25 – 30
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible. The project is closed from the end of June to the beginning of September for summer holidays.
Volunteer with Projects Abroad on the Teaching Physical Education Project in Belize and help combat unhealthy lifestyles led by young children in local communities. Childhood obesity is becoming an increasing problem in Belize. Cheaper diets of unhealthy and processed foods, as well as a lack of structured sport and physical activities in school, contribute to this growing problem.
By joining this project, you can help local staff make sport a focus at their school, which will contribute to students becoming more active and fit. You will reveal to students that sport and being active are priorities in living a balanced life, and are also much fun. This will provide them with constructive options in spending free time and countering stress caused by school work.
Your Role at the Teaching Physical Education Project in Belize
During your placement, you will work as a physical education teacher at a government primary school. These schools often lack the funding necessary to hire a trained sports teacher, and as a result, teachers from other subjects without the required skills or sporting background, will also teach physical education. You will work with students daily and ensure they are able to develop their skills in various sports. The most popular sports in Belize include:
From Monday to Friday, you will work between 8:30am and 2:30pm at various schools. Each lesson will be about 45 minutes long. You will be responsible for running each class, so it is up to you to choose the focus of each lesson. It should be your priority to create a positive sporting environment that emphasizes and encourages living a healthier lifestyle.
Schools close at the end of June as the students will be on summer holiday. The project will continue in September when the school reopens. If you would like to teach sports during the holidays from July to August, you can join our Community Sports Project in Belize.
While you’re in Belize, you might also consider joining a 1-week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Diving & Marine Conservation in Belize Project page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.