Pod Volunteer’s award-winning Caribbean Conservation team in Belize protect the local ecosystems, their research findings guide government legislation and decision making to protect the environment.
You will assist the local team in monitoring and collecting data on a variety of native mammal, amphibian, bird and plant species including turtles, manatees, yellow-headed parrots and frogs. The project works closely with the local community, providing them with knowledge, awareness and incentives to be environmental stewards. Volunteers enable the project to collect a greater amount of data and increase the amount of reforestation in the area.
Explore the stunning waterfalls, forest and jungle surroundings in the wild “forgotten” Toledo district whilst promoting the wellbeing of the local environment.
From the lush rainforests of the Maya Mountains, to the coral reefs of the Snake Cayes, the Maya Mountain Marine Corridor encompasses 830,000 acres of some of the most pristine ecosystems in the entire Mesoamerican Biodiversity hotspot. 43 distinct ecosystems provide habitats for 108 mammals, over 350 birds, over 100 reptiles and amphibians, and more than 50 species of global conservation concern. The project collects data on specific species to guide the management of these ecosystems.
Training in research methods and conservation activities is provided and is delivered by project staff members who are experts in their fields.
Volunteers spend their time at one or both research bases; Creek Base or River Base, depending on the needs of the project at the time. Each day will differ and research activities are weather dependent, volunteer tasks may include:
- Transects to monitor mammals and birds
- Camera trap downloads and monitoring
- Yellow-headed parrot raising and monitoring
- Hicatee turtle tracking
- Manatee monitoring from boats
- Amphibian monitoring
- Cutting areas of transect
- Construction (if needed) e.g. creating educational signs, helping to build boardwalks
- Fire management
- Education outreach
- Maintaining nature trails
- Assisting with the project’s community children’s summer camp (2 weeks in July)
- Data input
As the research is carried out in a wild environment, volunteers are not hands on with the animals.