Current Volunteer Needs are: 


Volunteer Math Workshop Tutor for 2013/2014


We are looking for a volunteer Math teacher for next school year.  Math is a challenging subject for many students, and we need someone who has the ability to explain concepts using a variety of strategies (hands-on learning, analogies, repetition etc.).  We have created Math Workshop time blocks to allow for differentiated learning and extra instruction time.  A volunteer Math tutor would work alongside the staff Math teacher both in the classroom and in after-school tutoring sessions, and also take small groups aside for individual attention.  This is a non-renumerated position for a minimum of one four-month semester and housing is the applicant's responsibility.  Perks include small class sizes, chaperoning field trips and free participatation in aquatic PE (scuba, windsurf, kayak), environmental volunteerism (mangrove restoration project, composting),beautiful island setting, innovative pedagogical approaches. This is an ideal position for a new, energetic Math teacher looking for work experience to develop his/her teaching credentials and skill set.  All interested and qualified volunteers please contact us.


Volunteer Cultural Anthropology/History Researcher for summer 2013

Ocean Academy, in partnership with community members, is researching island history and interviewing elders with the intention of creating an interactive museum display about Caye Caulker. Please contact us if you have professional skills as a museum curator/display artist, oral history interviewer and transcriber, or technical skills in videography, photography and editing.  We are interested if you have photographs of "Old Caye Caulker". 

 We are also looking for donation of a quality videocamera, tripod, travel projector, and microphone (to cut wind and background noise).    Click here to read more about the oral history component.


Volunteers to Create Fundraising Networks in your Communities


Ocean Academy is a non-profit community school.  Our supporters and donors truly are the foundation of our current sustainability.  Here are just a few examples of how folks, like you, organized their friends and colleagues to make collective donations to Ocean Academy. 


Mackenzie Yaryura, Sarah Stevens,  Meg Rivera and Julia Nordhausen are grade 9 girls in Bradenton, Florida, USA.  They have been fundraising for Ocean Academy as a group project.  They presented their fundraising plans and won the state Future Problem-Solving Conference, and then won 4th place at an international conference.  Both Mackenzie and Meg have already travelled to Caye Caulker to donate cash and school supplies.  Read a front page newspaper article about these amazing youth volunteers in Florida.  Read their project report and fundraising ideas that they submitted for the competition.


Linda Bovard of Oregon, USA, decided to celebrate her 60th birthday by requesting a donation of 60 new books for the students of Ocean Academy, in lieu of gifts.  She got 94!  Linda's generous friends from Oregon, Washington, Connecticut and Virginia  chose the books off Ocean Academy's wishlist on


Tammy Barnett from Goliad, Texas, USA is a teacher who is selling Ocean Academy's "Shop Green" recycled shopping bags in her community as an Ocean Academy fundraiser.  Shop Green bags are made from recycled rice and flour sacks by a local woman in her sewing room in San Ignacio, Belize.   If you're interested in buying/selling bags, contact JoniRead more about Shop Green Belize here.


David and Kathy Holscott from Ohio return every year to spend a few months volunteering with Ocean Academy.  They have guest lectured computer, life skills and science classes (Kathy worked with NASA and David with vocational education).  They have helped with a school composting business, afterschool tutoring, beach cleanups, program development and raffle sales; and also tutored children at the primary school.  Their many friends in Ohio show their support of the Holscotts and Ocean Academy, with cash donations that the Holscotts bring down to Belize.


Group Volunteer Experiences


We really enjoy welcoming student and church groups to volunteer on Caye Caulker.  Our volunteer coordinator, Joni, can help you organize meaningful volunteer project work, have intercultural experiences with our students, book hotels and arrange tour bookings.   You can see photos of past groups with the photos link. You can see Joni's qualifications here.


This is a sample  one-week fully organized group tour.  Please note that we are in the process of reviewing our pricing/placement fees.  We are also expanding the variety of volunteer projects we offer to include environmental work such as the Mangrove Restoration Project. 


Here is a CBC article about Volun-tours, and questions to ask before you decide to participate.

If you are interested in more information, please email Joni.