Volunteer Teacher (room & board included) Honduras
BECA exists to provide quality, affordable bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful cultural exchange. Our volunteer-driven bilingual school model creates an environment in which Central American students learn from dedicated volunteer teachers, and those volunteers learn from the community in which they are immersed. BECA aims to provide its volunteers with a challenging, transformative experience that gives an in-depth understanding of grassroots international development, underserved Central American communities, bilingual teaching strategies, and community capacity building techniques. As a result, BECA teachers develop the skills and responsibilities to be effective teachers, communicators, and leaders. Afterward, BECA teachers go on to become Fulbright scholars, microfinance specialists, diplomats, educators, World Bank employees, non-profit executives, and law and public policy students. The Volunteer Teacher is a team member who plays an integral role in the education of our students. The highlight of this job is the genuine nature of the experience: leading a classroom of 25 students, supporting fellow teachers in the classroom, getting to know your students and their families, and immersing oneself in Honduran culture. Please note that applicants need not be certified teachers or fluent Spanish speakers.
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
- Facilitate relationships with students, their parents, and community members through home visits
- Plan lessons and teach in English all subject areas with the exception of Social Studies and Spanish
- Collaborate with the Honduran and International teaching team on school projects, events, planning, and curriculum development
- Periodically serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
- Contribute to the collaborative and respectful group living experience
- Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work
- Administrative duties
Why choose BECA?
- 6-week summer training: As a BECA volunteer, you will begin your volunteer year with an intense, interactive, and comprehensive training that will prepare you for the duties and challenges you will face once the school year starts.
- Holidays: Teachers have a holiday break from approximately Dec. 20 until Jan. 6.
- Living expenses covered: BECA will provide shared living accommodations; a daily food stipend, high-speed internet, assistance with obtaining temporary residency status, airport pickups and drop-offs, a stipend for food & incidentals, and assistance with the Temporary Residency process.
- Lifelong connections: Each school takes on a unique identity representative of its adjoining community, and partners work closely with BECA teachers and staff to provide cultural training that promotes united community engagement and cultural exchange.
- Classroom success: BECA’s tailored custom curriculum ensures that volunteers are well prepared and equipped to provide the BECA students with high quality, culturally relevant education.
- Future success: Upon completion of service, we offer career development assistance and access to BECA’s extensive, and growing, a network of 200+ alumni.
Bilingual Education For Central America (BECA)
Cofradía, Cortes; Vida Nueva, Cortes; Macuelizo, Santa Barabara
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:
June 2020 - July 2020 for summer camp; July 2020 - June 2021 for school-year volunteers
Duration of program:
6 months and 11 months, respectively
Project start date:
15th June 2020
Project end date:
25th July 2021
15th June 2020
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 daily food stipend, high-speed internet, assistance with obtaining temporary residency status, 6-week Intensive Summer Teaching Training, ongoing teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Volunteers are responsible for their flights to Honduras, health insurance to cover them while they are in country, and background check costs.
Travel stipends are available on a case-by-case basis as well as needs-based scholarships to ensure that anyone who wants to make this commitment can do so.
"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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