This life-changing project was created with the goal of helping to improve the education of children and youth of El Porvenir. Sadly, the Honduran education system is largely ineffective. Classes are too large and teachers routinely lack proper training and adequate supplies. The result being that many Honduran children, particularly those in rural areas, simply drop out by the time they reach the third grade. In an effort to encourage and instil a love of learning and success in school, this program provides a variety of extra-curricular educational enrichment and healthy living classes to children and teens in the stunning beachside town of El Porvenir. Originally conceived as a program to encourage bilingual literacy in both English and Spanish, the program now also includes tuition in computers, math, creative arts and sports.
Volunteers on this wonderful project work in small groups at one of three locations around the community, all within easy walking distance from the volunteer houses. There are sessions for both elementary age children (grades 1-6) and also for young teens, and the program operates Monday – Thursday in the morning and afternoon, as well as on Friday mornings. Volunteers are well supported with an on-site project manager facilitating planning and preparation for all classes and activities.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide free education life skills lessons to the children and youth of El Porvenir
- Improve the future prospects of some of El Porvenir’s most impoverished youth, and help them to break the poverty cycle
- Expose marginalized youth to a whole new world of education and help them discover a love for learning
- Expose participating children and volunteers to new people and cultures and enable cross-cultural understanding
This is a highly varied volunteer-powered program and so volunteers are always needed! This year-round program gives vulnerable children access to educational tools and support so they feel comfortable and have the resources and assistance they need to learn. Volunteers will teach, mentor and play with the children, providing a much-needed safe-haven for them to learn new skills and educational tools, work on computers (simply not affordable for most of them at home), explore the arts, play sports, make friends and have fun. This program opens up a whole new world for many of these children. Volunteers working on this program have access to the program’s Volunteer Houses – fully equipped and comfortable homes located within an easy walk of the program’s classrooms, close to the beach and the several seaside restaurants on offer. Volunteers are free to explore the local area, laze on the white sandy beaches or relax with other volunteers. All volunteer houses have filtered drinking water, hot water showers, ‘western-style’ toilet facilities, comfortable beds and Wi-Fi Internet access.
Volunteers on this project will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Provide education life-skills lessons
- Organize games, art and other fun educationally based activities
- Supervise sports and playground games
- Provide learning support and assistance
- Assist with basic chores, including kitchen work, cleaning
- Network with local residents and local project staff
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A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:
7:00am Breakfast at the volunteer house
8:00am Pre-start meeting with project supervisor
9:00am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START
A tea break and lunch break will be fitted in during the day, but often the timing of breaks will change based on the needs of the local staff and number of volunteers on hand.
4:00pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END
4:15pm Debrief with project supervisor
Note that volunteers work just a half-day on Fridays and resume volunteering activities on Monday morning.
Evenings Volunteers are welcome to help teach adult English classes in the evenings are of course free to explore the local area, laze on the white sandy beaches or relax with the other volunteers.
There are no direct international flights into La Ceiba. Volunteers usually fly into San Pedro Sula, then catch a connecting local flight or a Hedman Alas bus connection to La Ceiba (exact details and instruction are provided to registered volunteers). Volunteers will be picked up at the Hedman Alas bus station or the La Ceiba airport (Code: LCE). Note that volunteers should try to arrive in-country mid-day so that they can easily travel to La Ceiba by early evening.
After they are collected by the local teams driver, volunteers will be brought directly to the volunteer house to meet the local Project Manager and settle in to their accommodations. The following morning, an orientation is held and the itinerary presented. This includes a walking tour of El Porvenir, and also covers details of the social issues, health issues and educational needs of the community. Your project manager will also address safety and health issues, organizational rules and “do’s and don’ts” of living and working comfortably in Honduras. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers, and ask any last questions you may have.
- Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
- Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival/Departure Airport: Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (Code: SAP)
- (Volunteers must catch a bus or domestic flight from San Pedro Sula airport to La Ceiba, where they are collected on arrival)
Participants are generally accommodated throughout their stay in one of our comfortable Volunteer Houses. Comfortable, clean and secure volunteer houses are located in the seaside town of El Porvenir, just 20 minutes West of La Ceiba. All volunteer houses have filtered drinking water, showers, ‘western-style’ toilet facilities, comfortable beds and WI-FI Internet access, which makes communication easy. Volunteers can enjoy wonderful accommodation in a great town on the Caribbean Sea, learn about local people and their culture.
Volunteers purchase and prepare their own food. Several small markets are located just a few minutes from the houses and volunteers are encouraged to use the full kitchen facilities available to prepare their own meals. Alternatively, volunteers are welcome to enjoy the local Honduran culture and cuisine at one of the inexpensive beachfront restaurants available just a quick walk from the volunteer houses. Note that conversational Spanish tutoring is available in the evenings.
Registration Fee: The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the Trip Planner.
Requirements: We welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for people living in marginalized communities of Honduras. While this project is best suited to those pursuing a career in the fields of education, social work, international relations, psychology and linguistics, volunteers who simply wish to be involved in a more ‘varied’ project are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist and individual projects can often be tailored to suit the particular skills and interests or each participant. While the ability to speak Spanish is a huge plus, volunteers are accepted at all levels of fluency and lessons are available. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Project Location: Honduras is a beautiful country with amazing people and a rich culture and with the Caribbean Sea at its doorstep, and mountains with tropical waterfalls and cloud forests just to the South, the community of El Porvenir is a simply stunning place to visit. In their free time, volunteers are free to explore the local area, laze on the white sandy beaches or relax with other volunteers. It’s like volunteering in paradise!
Start Dates & Duration: This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.