Belize - Wildlife Volunteer Adventure – Volunteer Vacations | Discover Corps

Belize – Wildlife Volunteer Adventure

Work along scientists to protect the gentle manatee. Visit remote nature reserves, pristine beaches, and world-class reefs.

The Place and The People

Coral fringed islands, the world’s largest living barrier reef and some of the most pristine rainforests in the world – this is Belize.

Under this natural beauty lies a growing problem. A combination of habitat loss and human impact have affected Belize’s endangered manatee population as well as other marine species and ecosystems that call Belize waters home. Spend part of your time monitoring the health of the manatee population, gathering water quality data, and counting the population of the West Indian Manatee. This information is crucial for the marine biologists and the NGO you’ll work with who rely on Discover Corps travelers to be able to better track these gentle creatures.

You’ll also have a chance to explore the reefs and jungles, meet with the friendly locals, uncover the ancient Mayan past and take in Belize’s laidback Caribbean rhythms.


What You'll Do

Lend a hand to the experts who are dedicating their careers to preserving the endangered manatee population. Venture out to three different ecosystems including calm lagoons surrounded by mangrove trees, the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and along jungle rivers to see these beautiful creatures in the wild. Help to measure the salinity of the water and currents, collect the size, weight and number of manatees as well as other wildlife, and observe their overall health. Learn about the conservation initiatives underway in Belize to save these marine animals and how to accurately record data. If you or your child has dreamed of being a marine biologist, you’ll get a real taste on this trip!

During this time, you’ll experience the natural beauty of Belize. Live amongst mangroves where colorful parrots take to the sky for the first part of the trip. Then venture to a quaint seaside town that puts the world famous Port Honduras Marine Reserve at your footsteps for the second half of the trip.

What You'll See

Spend your days exploring the sandy beaches, colorful reefs and verdant jungles of this Central American country. Venture to a 20 ft. high waterfall that leads into a clear blue swimming hole one afternoon and learn to make coconut oil from the locals the next. Take a boat to the white sand beaches of a tropical caye for snorkeling, and kayak through the mangroves scouting for wildlife. On land, you’ll uncover the ancient Maya past of Belize by visiting a Maya ruin site, and get to know the culture with a traditional Creole drumming lesson. You’ll also enjoy an afternoon with with a Maya family making tortillas and cocoa as well as trying traditional dances. If you’re still on the search for more adventure, opt for an adventure supplement zip-lining or river tubing.





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Itinerary Overview

Rise early and explore one of Belize’s unique ecosystems by boat scouting for manatees and collecting data along the way. We’ll return to land for breakfast and inputting the monitoring data along with the marine biologists, who have dedicated their lives to protecting the Belizean manatee population.


In the afternoon, we’ll explore Belize’s natural treasures. Snorkel off a coral-fringed island uncover a rushing waterfall, explore caves tucked into the rainforest or relax on the white sand beaches Belize is famous for. Sample a variety of local dishes for dinner each night and take in the laid-back rhythms of Caribbean life.

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Where You'll Stay

In the picturesque seaside town of Hopkins, start your journey with one night in a coastal hotel before splitting your time between two of Belize’s unique ecosystems. Stay two-nights first at a rustic guesthouse tucked into the Payne’s Creek Nature Reserve. With a wonderland of natural beauty at your doorstep, mingle with the Belizean rangers who call this remote space home. Next, move on to an oceanfront hotel in the laid back coastal town of Punta Gorda. This is the prime jumping off point for exploring the caves, waterfalls, jungles, and Maya ruins of southern Belize. End your night in a bungalow on a nature preserve closer to Belize City with hammocks for all.

Lisa S.

Oneonta, NY

Traveler's Journal

“I’ll never forget watching my kids’ eyes light up as we pulled the boat over and watched a group of manatees swim by. They are such majestic creatures! My family loved the service and felt like it was balanced perfectly with truly fun activities around the coast, reefs and on shore.”

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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8 days / 7 nights

Program Cost: $2,995 Adult* / $2,495 Child*

2018 Dates

Aug 5-12, 2018

Aug 19-26, 2018

Dec 26, 2018-Jan 2, 2019

2019 Dates

Feb 24-Mar 3, 2019

Mar 31-Apr 7, 2019

Apr 21-28, 2019

May 26-Jun 2, 2019

June 16-23, 2019

June 30-July 7, 2019

July 14-21, 2019

July 28-August 4, 2019

August 11-18, 2019

September 15-22, 2019

October 20-27, 2019

November 24-December 1, 2019

December 26-January 2, 2020


  • * Double Occupancy Price. Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger sharing a room with an adult
  • Single Room Supplement = $200
  • $160 river tubing and zip-lining adventure supplement

What's Included?

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • All activities: snorkeling, boat rides, tubing adventure, waterfall visit, Mayan ruin excursion, jungle treks and more.
  • All meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Lodging in the rainforest and along the coast
  • Volunteer project with a manatee conservation organization
  • Airport transfers and all ground and water transportation
  • Expert local guides that are there to support, inform and guide you throughout the trip
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • Trip literature

What’s not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Tips for Discover Corps guides and drivers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $160 river tubing and zip-lining adventure supplement
  • Phone calls, laundry, or Internet costs during the trip

Alumni & Family Discounts

Repeat travelers and groups are eligible for discounts and special deals.

Customized Private Trips

Let us create a custom trip for your group. Learn more about custom group travel.

Add a 4 day/3 night post-trip extension to Tikal to any Belize departure. Click here to learn more.

  • Explore the Maya ruins of Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Uncover Ixpanpajul Nature Park, home to an array of birds, animals & plants
  • Relax in a stunning eco-lodge nestled amongst the jungle landscape


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