Are you interested in joining us as a student intern? Three times a year SWAP International provides 10 to 12 week internships to Belize for students who are studying one of the following majors:
SWAP International’s student interns are provided with unique opportunities to put their education to work while gaining real life experience related to their professional career goals. We encourage all applicants to contact our office early to discuss how participation in the programs will help you as you pursue your personal goals. We are very selective in who we choose as interns and if we have approved your application, we will be very happy to ensure you participate in projects that help you reach your professional goals.
Internships are conducted on the following dates: (dates are flexible based on the needs of the students)
Spring Internship Dates: April 20 to June 30 (10 weeks) Living Expenses: $4.550
Fall Internship Dates: Sep. 7 to Nov. 30 (12 weeks) Living Expenses:$5,450
Winter Internship Dates: Jan. 5 to March 30 (12 weeks) Living Expenses:$5,450
To participate in an internship, you must be in the last year of your bachelors degree. Check with your school to ensure this opportunity will count for your senior internship.
The entire program cost must be paid in full by your checkout meeting, which will be scheduled 3 weeks prior to your departure date.
Your Program Fee Includes:
Airport pick up and drop off in-country
All in-country transportation expenses
Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week (Except when eating out)
2 in-country support staff
Trainings and project resources
All project/work related expenses
This list is not all-inclusive. The program cost covers a variety of costs necessary to maintain and build the entire program.
Your program fee does NOT include:
Flight to the country you will serve in
Health Insurance (including comprehensive coverage for evacuation and medical emergencies)
Tourist activities & souvenirs
Extra food & eating out
Once accepted, you will have three weeks to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit. Your deposit will be applied to your internship expenses.
If for any reason a volunteer decides to no longer attend their program, then some of the total program cost may be refundable according to the refund policy explained in the SWAP's paperwork. However, money fundraised by the volunteer from others is non-refundable.
Why is there a program cost?
To accomplish the mission of SWAP International, to fight global poverty with sustainable development programs, we train and recruit passionate volunteers to travel to underdeveloped countries to serve as human capital for poverty-alleviation efforts. SWAP is as big or as small as the volunteer base that signs up for the teams each year. Although some private funding is used throughout the year to run the organization, the volunteer program fees are how the organization sustains itself.
SWAP charges a program fee in order to cover the living expenses of our volunteers and to fund our projects in our areas of operation and to run the organization at large. This cost may be paid out of pocket or through fundraising. Program fees go toward project costs, housing and food, volunteer support, insurance, volunteer trainings and handbooks, domestic overhead, etc.
When you pay a program fee, you are facilitating impact around the world, as every location costs the same for volunteers but not the same to run on the ground. Your donations are bigger than just the one location you will work at during your program. We are able to achieve great things because of the support of the wonderful participants each year.
A Commitment of Time and Emotion
We hope you love your time working with Service With A Purpose. It is very common for our volunteers to come back for several mission trips. Although it may sound like a lot of work and expense, those that go almost always wish they could stay longer. You will actively participate in various projects that are designed to give individuals and families the tools they need to successfully lift themselves out of poverty. These projects my include assisting in developing agriculture projects, building schools, irrigation and clean water systems, feeding programs for children and other projects that are needed.
We work hard but we also play hard. You should expect several expeditions in your host country where you will participate in fun adventures and experience the culture in ways a tourist will never get to experience.
It takes time to build relationships, see the progress of projects, and adjust to a new culture. That being said, we know that not everyone is in a position to come for the 12-week internships, so we offer shorter 10-day missions so that everyone has opportunities to be a part of life changing development work and poverty relief.
Whichever way you choose to participate, your commitment and willingness to engage the people we serve will directly impact your experience. Most volunteers become quite emotional at the end of their missions as they prepare to leave the people they have come to love These experiences are real and we encourage you to stay in touch with the people you have connected with.
Social Science Internships
Our Social Science Internships are designed to teach bachelor level interns the skills they will need while working as a professional.
Participants will learn to:
1. Perform mental health assessments
2. Develop effective treatment plans
3. Conduct appropriate interventions
4. Complete treatment progress noting
Interns will also have direct practice opportunities as they teach children life skills and assist them to achieve established life goals.
Upon completion of this internship, students will have the basic skills they need to be successfully employed as a entry level mental health professional.
Entrepreneurial Business Internships
The Entrepreneurial Business Internships provide our interns with hands on experience as they learn, teach and implement effective business skills.
Working as a team, interns will assist local participants to develop a small but sustainable business that feed a family of 4.
As interns work along side our local participants to develop the new business, they learn all aspects of new business development, including business plan development, bookkeeping, inventory management, marketing and more.
Upon completion of this internship, students will have the basic skills they need to start and grow a small business.
We encourage all applicants to contact our office early to discuss how participation in the programs will help you as you pursue your personal goals. We are very selective in who we choose as interns and if we have approved your application, we will be very happy to ensure you participate in projects that help you reach your professional goals.