Belize Wolf Pack SUMMER CAMP 

Interested in serving as a teacher and coach at a two-week summer camp in Belize, Central America?   Consider applying to volunteer at a three-week Wolf Pack Volunteer program for Loyola University New Orleans varsity athletes in the summer, from mid-July to early August facilitated by the Office of Mission & Identity.  The Wolf Pack Volunteers will serve as a teacher and coach for primary school children  (kindergarden to 6th grade) at a summer camp in English-speaking Belize.  Eight to ten Loyola students will be chosen from the Loyola Wolf Pack varsity athletic teams, and the group will be accompanied by a team of staff members, led by Father Ted Dziak, S.J.

TreVon teachingThe 'Wolf Pack Summer Camp' summer camp will be held at a local school in Dangriga, Belize, a town of about 8,000 people located on the Caribbean coast.  Wolf Pack volunteers will be co-teaching with a Belizean junior-college or high school student and have their own class.   

Each Wolf Pack Volunteer will teach a class of 15-20 local Garifuna children in the mornings (in English, Math & Arts & Crafts) and then lead their students in sports (soccer, volleyball, basketball and children's games) in the afternoons.   Volunteers will live together in a local community center and will sleep on mats on the floor.  A local cook will provide food with volunteers assisting in the evenings.  

This experience in Belize is more than teaching and coaching at a camp.  It is a unique opportunity for these Loyola students to truly experience Belize -- there will be a trip to Mayan ruins and swimming at a local waterfall.  Participants willl experience Belize's vast rain forests and the lsecond largest coral reef in the world.  The last two days at the end will be spent on an island caye off the coast.    

Paige teachingThe experience seeks student-athletes who are able to immerse themselves in a new culture.  Accommodations are simple and very basic.   Local Belizean food will be the daily staple.

COST:  There is a fundraising goal which covers all expenses, including air transportation (New Orleans /Belize City), local transportation, housing and meals for the entire trip.  This can be raised through fund-raising as a group and individually seeking donations through letters.   There are also Magis Grants available to help those who need financial assistance to reach their goal. 

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SEE  >> CLICK HERE >> Photo Album of Summer Camp 2018 in Dangriga

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PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:
 
  • Must be a current member of a Loyola University varsity sports team

  • Must be willing to attend regular meetings during the Spring semester to learn of the Belize culture , plan the teaching & sports, as well as build community.  We will work around your team schedules. 

  • An Evaluation and Reflection after program is required after the trip is complete.

  • Must be actively involved in fundraising as a group and through individual efforts.

  • $100 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance. 

  • Immunizations and U.S. Passport required.

  • For further information, contact Father Ted Dziak, SJ (dziak@loyno.edu) or call 504-865-2304