Volunteer Classroom Educator and International Ambassador Honduras
We exist to provide quality, affordable bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful multicultural collaboration. Our model is more than an international teaching program; we distinguish ourselves by the breadth and depth of our community engagement, our dedication to fostering long-term relationships with our communities, and our commitment to ensuring that our teachers are trained and supported to unleash the amazing potential of their students and to learn from them and their families. In the 2016-17 school year, one of our long-time dreams came true - we hired a BECA graduate as a teacher! Now, half of our teaching team at each school is made up of BECA graduates, and the other half is international volunteers.
BECA invites ~12 international volunteers to join our volunteer teaching team each year, supporting both elementary and middle school students at 2 local schools, San Jeronimo Bilingual School and Santa Monica Bilingual School. At a high level, each volunteer teacher is responsible for: leading an English curriculum for students in grades PreK-9 in ELA, Science, Math, Art, PE and Computers (all classes are capped at 25 students, and most teachers take on one full curriculum for a grade level) supporting fellow teachers in the classroom, getting to know your students and their families, and immersing oneself in Honduran culture. Don’t worry - we’ll be there to support you with every step along the way! Prior to arrival, international volunteers will have 2-3 virtual onboarding calls to prepare for their time in-country. Our international team arrives in-country in June 2023, and are placed in a homestay with a local family upon arriving in Honduras before moving into BECA housing. The initial weeks in-country are spent embarking on a summer-long training program that teaches you: the BECA curriculum, classroom management, and so much more. Once the school year begins, BECA teachers receive ongoing professional development and training throughout the academic year.
- Facilitate relationships with students’ parents and other community members
- Plan lessons and teach in English (all subjects with the exception of Social Studies and Spanish)
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
- Periodically serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
- Collaborate with the teaching team (Honduran and International) on school projects, events, planning, and curriculum development
- Contribute to the collaborative and respectful group living experience
- Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work to your families and friends Participate in professional development events, such as local education-based conferences, and BECA-lead efforts.
Bilingual Education For Central America (BECA)
Cofradía, Cortes and Vida Nueva, Cortes
A commitment to BECA’s mission and a dedication to social justice; fluency in English; strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; willingness to operate in a low-resource environment under challenging living conditions.
Dates of program:
July 2023 - June 2024
Duration of program:
Adults of both sexes 18+
There is no fee that our volunteers have to pay to work with us. We provide shared living accommodation, a monthly food stipend, high-speed internet, assistance with obtaining temporary residency status, teaching training, ongoing teacher support, and airport pick-up. Plus US$500-750 flight reimbursement for travel to/from Honduras.
"The time I am passing with BECA is being the most meaningful in my life. Cofradia is a really safe city. And the volunteers can walk around without any concern. The whole community knows us, and the relationships we make here are really incredible. In the professional part, I feel I grow one year every month. It's a lot of work to do every day. But look the kids learning so fast, and the friendship between the team makes everything worth at the end of the day. Even saying all of it, it is still impossible to describe how good is to work for BECA."- Bruna Gomes
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