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Teach in Honduras Honduras

 

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We are a bilingual school located in an impoverished area of Honduras. Our mission is to offer a solid bilingual education at an affordable price so that our students have more opportunities in the future and can break the cycle of poverty many families in Honduras are trapped in. We look for native or near-native English speakers to teach becau […]

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Dates of program:
Year round

Duration of program:
3 months minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Cost:
Free. We offer housing in a shared volunteer house, food, transportation to and from the airport, and a monthly stipend of US$50. We also cover any visa related costs and any medical expenses incurred while in Honduras. Volunteers receive teacher training and run their own classroom (which is perfect for people who are thinking about going into teaching in the future and want the experience!). There is in-classroom support as needed and we provide any teaching supplies necessary.

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Reviews

I Almost Gave Up
"There is a saying, “You only get out of life what you put in.” I have found this to be proven true on many occasions. But before I tell you about my experience, let me give you a brief taste of my background. For the past twenty years I have been chasing a career which has yielded much less than anticipated. As you can imagine, there has been much frustration and questions raised as to what my true purpose in this world is. This brings me to the search for something greater than personal ambitions. For a long while there has been a burden upon my heart to reach young people in need, particularly the neglected, abandoned and most vulnerable. With the monotony of a 9-to-5 losing its value, I decided to turn to volunteering. Fast forwarding past all the formalities and recruitment process, I found myself boarding a flight for Honduras. Central America was familiar territory as I had explored some of the region previously. What was unfamiliar to me was fronting a classroom full of 2nd and 3rd graders. In the deep end and struggling just to catch the back-end of the wave is pretty much the summary of my first five months of teaching. As I struggled to win the hearts and minds of those under my care, many times I doubted my suitability for such a role and questioned what real impact I was making. I contemplated an early return home yet the thought of abandoning these kids grieved me. It was about this time that I was reminded, “You only get out what you put in.” What I came to discover was that once I started to invest more quality time in my children, getting to know them and, in many cases, their families, the more willing they became to learn from me. I do not know exactly how much they will retain of what we covered in the classroom, but this I do know; where there was once disorder, there is an appreciation for structure; where there was insecurity, there is now assurance; and where there was once fear and timidity, their hearts are now primed to receive instruction and unconditional love. If there is one piece of encouragement I can offer, it is this; Any aspect of an experience that is new will challenge you. You will face doubt, sometimes discouragement, and oftentimes difficulty. But when you feel like you’ve hit the brick wall, examine your motives, set a clear objective, and persist with it. With time you will reap results in proportion to your efforts. As for me, the fruit of my efforts only started to come through in the last month or so. Had I succumbed to temptation when the going got tough, I would’ve sold myself short; sold out of watching some of my most shy and timid students blossom into these little people with such colourful and vibrant personalities; sold out on forging lifetime bonds with some of those whom I initially had little interaction with; sold short of the joy that comes from an abundance of unsolicited hugs; and sold short of a fulfilment that career-chasing has failed to yield. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give a little, and then challenge yourself to give a little more."- Kenneth Mackenzie
The Perfect Volunteering Opportunity
"Volunteering for this organisation in Honduras was an amazing experience! I recently graduated from high school and decided to take a year off to gain some new experiences and help out in any way that I can within communities abroad, and volunteering here allowed me to do just that. This is an experience worth having, as you meet amazing people living in the community where the project is located in and whether you are like me, and are young and looking for some experience or someone older looking for something new, this is the perfect place to come for many many reasons."- Ayélé Atiwoto
Teaching 1st grade in Brisas de Valle
"This school is in its first year of teaching English as a foreign language. So the setup is still a work in progress. While there are still plenty of kinks, also there is progress. The Spanish teachers are all wonderful. The students and their families are overly hospitable. The town itself is very poor and water is an issue. I enjoyed my time in Honduras. Visa runs were paid for and there are teaching supplies. Be sure to inquire more about the living situation to be informed."- Jacque Lynn Warner

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