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Healthy Snacks Intern Honduras

 

Description

A large percentage of the children who attend our free classes are arriving hungry. Food insecurity is a big problem in our community and the goal of the Healthy Snacks program is to provide a protein filled snack to each child who attends our free classes. We started by serving the kids near the pineapple fields but are now working overtime to try to meet the needs of the students in all six of our daily groups and in all three locations. A registered dietician/nutritionist provides appropriate recipes. Two local women prepare some of the snacks and our volunteers prepare the rest. The snacks are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. For many of our kids, this may be the most nourishing meal of the day. A secondary goal of the Healthy Snack Program is to make a program that is sustainable. To do so, we have incorporated as many local ingredients as possible into our recipes. The Healthy Snacks Ambassador works directly with the project manager and the dietician/nutritionist to maintain and assess the impact of the program.

The Healthy Snacks Ambassador will be responsible for the following:


Details

Organisation:
Honduras Child Alliance

Location:
El Porvenir, Atlantida, Honduras

Qualifications/Skills:
Ideally the candidate has completed or is in the process of pursuing a degree in culinary arts, nutrition/dietetics, restaurant and resort management or hospitality OR has worked as cooking instructor or chef. You will work as part of the management team and will coordinate with the on-site project manager, executive director, and nutritionist /dietician.

Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
6 months minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 19+

Cost:
Your only cost is housing which is US$21 per week. Your housing includes purified water and Wi-Fi access.

Other information:
Our community is welcoming and safe and fronts on the Caribbean Sea! There is a project manager on site who lives in the volunteer house. Note that we are looking for a 6+ month commitment (ideally 12 months). Starting and ending dates are flexible.


Reviews

Healthy Snacks Intern
"My experience volunteering with HCA was undoubtably positive. I knew I wanted to study nutrition but this experience has really shaped my view not only on nutrition by how culture, family, beliefs, tradition, are all strong determinants health. During my time, my ideas for helping the program were listened to and I had the opportunity to try new things while still being guided and advised as needed. As for the general classes, it is amazing what learning environments they help create for the kids to stimulate their creativity and give them opportunities to learn more than what is just taught in school. Being a volunteer at HCA you are remarkably accepted into the community with open arms. Pretty quickly did I get to know tons of the kids and their families and learn more about the culture and the health of this population which is not something that can be learnt from a textbook. Not only did I have a wonderful learning experience but I was connected with the brilliant and big hearted network of volunteers that HCA attracts. I did not come for that reason but I did end up learning a lot from my peers and making some life long friends. A year and a half has gone by and I am still involved in the organization because I truly believe in what they are working towards and see a lot of opportunity for the future of the kids."- Lynda Lawrence

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