Construction ProjectIndividual Volunteers

Builders Needed

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This summer (2015) we’re looking for experienced builders who can help us build a brand new wood framed classroom for our Standard 6 (8th Grade) students. If you’re more interested in funding the project than coming to build, please contact Brian Ostenso at brian.ostenso@gmail.com

This page includes all the basic information about the project. If you’re interested to help – or just have questions – please contact the school’s Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerbelize@gmail.com.

When Do you Need Me?

To get this project done we’re looking to recruit up to 10 skilled builders each week from late May through to the end of July.  Some builders will come with church mission teams, but we’re still looking for additional volunteers.  Some local labor will be hired in addition to volunteers.

Week of 25 May – Builders urgently needed
Week of  1 June – Builders needed
Week of  8 June – Builders needed
Week of  15 June – Builders needed
Week of  22 June – Builders needed
Week of  29 June – A few builders still needed
Week of  6 July – A few builders still needed
Week of  13 July – Builders needed
Week of  20 July – Builders needed
Week of  27 July – Builders needed

What Skills/Tools do I Need?

We’re looking for people with framing experience to help build the floors, walls and ceiling of a wooden building.  In Belize we build in HARD wood, and I do mean HARD wood (Mahogany is considered a soft wood here). This means everything takes longer to build, but lasts much longer.

There will also be painting and basic maintenance work going on, so less skilled family members of skilled builders are welcome to come along and help with that (but as we also have church mission teams helping this summer we’re not specifically recruiting unskilled volunteers).

We hope to provide all the tools necessary, but it never hurts to bring an extra hammer, drill and circular saw just in case to save waiting. Extra saw blades, drill bits and paintbrushes are very useful, too. Do bring personal protective equipment, as well as bug spray, sunscreen, a water bottle and a hat.

Travel Arrangements?

We’d expect you to fund your own travel arrangements and food. San Pedro is a popular tourist destination so transport links are good and the accommodation is good.  I can give you many more details on inquiry, but here are the basics:

International Flights: These leave from various hubs around the USA for Belize City
Local Connections: From Belize City you can take a small plane to San Pedro (Tropic or Maya Island Air) or save money by taking the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi from the Mainland to San Pedr
Accommodation: Ranges from $15 US per night in new air-con dorms (at the Sand Bar) to $100+ per night (eg at the Blue Tang Inn or Ocean Tide Resort).
Food: There are many quality restaurants, or save money by eating at the safe and tasty roadside food stands. Lunches can be ordered in advance from the school cafeteria.
Recreation: Add a few extra days to your holiday to enjoy fishing, zip lining, cave tubing, snorkeling, diving, and exploring Mayan ruins.

Any more questions?

Please contact me at volunteerbelize@gmail.com