Volunteer in Honduras

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Volunteer in Honduras

Just get your degree? Trying to decide what to do with your life?

Are you retired and want a new and satisfying purpose? Are you well off but bored?


Then please consider helping Honduras kids by volunteer teaching, and get that satisfying feeling of having helped the future of not just kids and organizations, but a country as a whole.

The future of our country lies in the hands of our youth, and your good deeds will aid some of the poorest children in the world to grow up to create and run a better Honduras.

Volunteer in Honduras

Peace Corps volunteer working with children in Honduras.

Volunteering Opportunities in Honduras

Why Volunteer in Honduras?

Honduras is a destination that was previously overlooked by visitors to Central America. The popular destinations of Costa Rica, Belize, and Guatemala left Honduras as a gateway country for travelers in transit. In recent years that has changed. Honduras is revealing itself as a beautiful country with something to suit every travel taste, with sites of historical significance, traditional tribes, “paradise” islands offering diving and coral reefs, rustic islands providing a snapshot of communities untouched by tourism, modernizing cities, and Caribbean subcultures. Of course, as in every Latin American country, Honduras has its problems. More than half of the population lives below the poverty line, and as a result there is crime, poor education systems, and health problems. This is the terrible truth, but is also the reason why a travel experience to Honduras can be so much more rewarding. Volunteers are desperately needed across the country-for teaching, community work, medical work, and conservation..

Volunteer Teaching in Honduras

There are a number of volunteer opportunities for teaching in Honduras. It is possible to either go via one of the larger organizations such as i-to-i, or to approach various schools directly. Larger organizations tend to be much more expensive, but generally provide excellent in-country support. By approaching a school directly however, you are ensuring that the minimal money that you spend is going directly towards covering your own costs and towards the needs of the school and your students. Various schools and organizations offer different packages and the price of the volunteering placement differs accordingly. Although placements are on a voluntary basis, there are often opportunities to tutor English in your free time to earn some extra money. Schools frequently require a minimum commitment of time from volunteers, which is ideally one full school year, in order to provide the best continuity and therefore learning environment for pupils. However, volunteering in Honduras is very flexible—schools are desperate for volunteers, so if you wish to stay for a longer or shorter time, you will nearly always be able to organize this.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Honduras

If you approach a school independently, they usually do not stipulate that you have a teaching qualification, although it is preferable. Instead they tend to ask that you are enthusiastic, a good communicator, and have some experience with children. If you go via a larger volunteer organization, a TEFL course is often included in the fee. Whether or not a TEFL is required or included in the package, it is generally a good idea. It provides an excellent basis of knowledge about the correct use of English grammar and how to teach it, lesson planning, and effective teaching methods. It can also increase employability in the future and lead to paid teaching placements elsewhere.

(Note: Costs and dates subject to change. Please check with program provider.)

Which TEFL Course to Select?

Different organizations offer TEFL courses, and on completion give you access to their databases of teaching job opportunities:

Cactus
www.cactustefl.com
Weekend TEFL: A 20-hour weekend course resulting in an official TEFL certificate on completion ($422).
Weekend TEFL & Grammar: A 20-hour weekend course plus a 20-hour grammar awareness module. Completing this course results in a 40-hour TEFL certificate – often the minimum requirement when applying for paid English teaching jobs abroad in the future.
Weekend, Online and Grammar: A 20-hour weekend course, 40-hour online course and 20-hour grammar module, resulting in official TEFL certificate.

i-to-i
www.i-to-i.com
i-to-i offers various levels of official TEFL training. A TEFL course is often included in the fee of many relevant volunteering projects, but it is also possible to undertake a TEFL course without booking a placement. Courses can be taken online or in-person over a weekend, and vary in length from 20 hours to 120 hours.
The various options are:

  • Online TEFL: A 40-hour online course resulting in a TEFL certificate
  • Online TEFL and Grammar: A 40-hour online module plus a 20-hour grammar awareness module . Completing this course results in a 40-hour TEFL certificate – often the minimum requirement when applying for paid English teaching jobs abroad in the future.
  • Premier TEFL: A 40-hour online course, 20-hour grammar awareness module and 20-hour weekend course. This is the most detailed and highly-regarded TEFL diploma.
  • Absolute TEFL: This course includes all aspects of the Premier TEFL but also includes 2 weeks teaching experience abroad.

Intensive Training Courses (ITC)
www.tefl.co.uk
A 20-hour weekend course resulting in internationally-recognized TEFL certificate
Distance-learning course: Grammar and language modules (US265). Intensive weekend course must be completed prior to taking this course.

Other TEFL resources

Schools and Placements in Honduras

Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA)
www.becaschools.org
BECA send volunteers to a bilingual school in Cofradia, North-West Honduras, to teach English at Summer Camp.
Placement duration: 1-4 weeks
Requirements: Experience of working with children preferred
Cost: Fees subject to change; $150 (1 week), $600 (4 weeks)
Included: Food, accommodation, orientation and in-country support
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume and written application

Blanca Jeanette Kawas Bilingual School
www.bjkschool.zoomshare.com
Teaching all subjects in English in a bilingual school in Tela to students aged 6 to 17.
Placement duration: 1 year
Requirements: High school education, native English speaker and a TEFL qualification is useful but not stipulated
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Accommodation and medical care
Age restrictions: Over 25
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, phone interview, letter of reference, physical examination and medical records.

Cofradia’s Bilingual School
www.cofradiaschool.com
This bilingual primary school, based in Cofradia in North-West Honduras requires volunteers to teach English to disadvantaged children in the local community.
Placement duration: 3 months to 2 years
Requirements: Some teaching experience or experience of working with children
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food, accommodation, phone and Internet use, household expenses, and free luxury bus tickets
Age restrictions: 20-50
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, phone interview and letter of reference.

Creative Corners – The Global Arts Project
www.creative-corners.com
This organization provides opportunities to creative volunteers to teach street children and teenagers in Tegucigalpa some creative arts. Examples include devising plays in orphanages, teaching jewellery-making, teaching digital photography, building greenhouses and teaching musical instruments. Creative Corners also welcomes volunteers to submit their own ideas.
Placement duration: Minimum 2 months
Requirements: Ability to communicate well in Spanish, minimum 3 months independent travel experience and experience of working with troubled children
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,360 (2 months), $395 for each additional month
Included: Food, accommodation, airport pick-up and travel insurance
Age restrictions: Over 23
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, phone interview and letter of reference.

Fairland Academy
This Montessori school in San Pedro Sula needs volunteers to teach English to elementary school students.
Placement duration: 1-2 years
Requirements: Bachelors degree and 1 year related work experience
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food and accommodation
Age restrictions: 22-32
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, phone interview, letters of reference and medical records
Write to: Maria Walterina Rodríguez, Barrio Guamilito, 8tva. calle entre 8 y 9 Avenida, Nor-oeste, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras.
Phone: +504 2516 0910

Global Vision International
www.gvi.co.uk
This organization provides teaching placements in Copan Ruinas in a traditional Maya Chorti community. There are also opportunities for community work in the area. Spanish classes can be taken in-country alongside volunteering.
Placement duration: 4 – 16 weeks
Requirements: No experience required, although TEFL course and knowledge of Spanish is recommended
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,840 (4 weeks), $2,935 (16 weeks). With Spanish tuition $2,065 (4 weeks), $3,155 (16 weeks)
Included: Food (not on Sundays), accommodation, in-country transport, 5 day trips, in-country support and $100 donation to go to the charity of your choice
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Online application and face-to-face interview.

Hamilton School
www.hamiltonschool.com
This bi-lingual school based in Tegucigalpa requires volunteers to teach children aged 6 to 17.
Placement duration: 12 months with a possibility of extensions
Requirements: High school diploma and native English speaker
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food and accommodation Monday to Friday
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Written email application.

Hector Emilio Medina Bilingual School
www.hemschool.org
Based in Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras, this bi-lingual school needs volunteers to teach children aged 6 to 17 in all subjects. The school caters to native students rather than children of North American expatriates.
Placement duration: 10 months
Requirements: Must have completed secondary education and be a native English speaker
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights and transport to the school
Included: Accommodation
Age restrictions: None
Open to: US, Canadian, Australian, European, and New Zealand citizens
Application: Resume and phone interview.

i-to-i
www.i-to-i.com
i-to-i sends volunteers to teach English in schools in many locations in Honduras.
Placement duration: 4-12 weeks
Requirements: TEFL qualification (included in project fee)
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,665 (4 weeks), $245 per additional week
Included: Food, accommodation, TEFL course, airport pick-up, orientation and in-country support
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Phone interview. .

Iglesia Episcopal Honderañia
This school requires volunteers to teach all subjects in English to children aged 6-17, based in San Pedro Sula.
Placement duration: 10 months to 2 years plus
Requirements: Spanish is not required but recommended
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Accommodation
Age restrictions: Over 21
Open to: U.S., Canadian, European and Australian citizens
Application: Resume, written application and phone interview
Write to: 23 Avenida “C” y 21 Calle, Colonia Trejo, San Pedro Sula, Cotes, Honduras
Phone: +504 2556 6155

Jose Tulio Gomez Bilingual School 
This school needs volunteers to teach English to 3-11 year olds in San Marcos, Ocotepeque.
Placement duration: Minimum six months
Requirements: No teaching experience necessary although graduates are preferred
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food, accommodation and living expenses
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, phone interview and letter of reference
Write to: Calle Principal, Barrio Central, San Marcos, Ocotopeque, Honduras
Telephone: +504 2663 4069

New Horizon School
This school requires volunteers to teach children aged 6 to 17 all subjects in English, based in San Pedro Sula.
Placement duration: 3 months to 2 years
Requirements: Degree in Education and one year’s teaching experience
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Accommodation, transport and in-country support
Age restrictions: 22-35
Open to: US and Canadian citizens
Application: Resume, phone interview, letter of reference, health records and face-to-face interview where possible
Write to: Bvld. Mackey, frente a Posted de Honduras, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Phone: +504 2551 6311

Olancho Aid Foundation
www.olanchoaid.org
This foundation has a number of schools in the Olancho region, and is looking for volunteers to teach primary and secondary education, as well as Special Needs education. The foundation is part of the Catholic Church but welcomes volunteers of other religious affiliations.
Placement duration: 10 months
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, ability to communicate well in Spanish and some previous teaching experience is useful but not mandatory
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Accommodation, food, personal expenses and airport pick-up and drop-off
Age restrictions: 20-50
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, 3 letters of reference and standard medical report.

Our Little Roses Ministries
www.ourlittleroses.org
This school needs volunteers to teach abused and abandoned girls all subjects in English. The school is based in San Pedro Sula.
Placement duration: Flexible
Requirements: College graduate
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food, accommodation, medical care, internet use and laundry facilities
Age restrictions: Over 21
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, face-to-face interview and letter of reference.

World Camp
www.worldcampforkids.org
This project requires volunteers to teach children aged 10-16 in school camps near Tela on the Caribbean coast. Teaching includes curriculum-based subjects, as well as teamwork games, HIV/AIDS education, nutrition and environmental topics.
Placement duration: 4, 5 or 10 weeks
Requirements: Volunteers must be in good physical condition, some teaching experience is useful but not mandatory
Cost: Fees subject to change: $2,400 (4 weeks), $2,500 (5 weeks), $3,100 (10 weeks)
Included: Food, accommodation, in-country transportation and in-country support
Age restrictions: 19-25
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Written online application.

World Gospel Outreach
www.wgoreach.org
With a number of schools in Tegucigalpa, this missionary group is looking for volunteers to teach children aged 3 to 17. Volunteers teach all subjects in English and must have an interest in following a spiritually-based curriculum.
Placement duration: Minimum 1 year, 2 years preferred
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, education major and some Spanish are useful but not mandatory
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Accommodation
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Written application, telephone interview, letter of reference and in-person interview where possible.

Community Volunteer Work in Honduras

As with teaching in Honduras there are many volunteering opportunities either via larger organizations or independent groups within the country. Needs within Honduras for volunteers are often to work with orphans and street children, building houses, community buildings, and environmental projects.

AFS Intercultural Programmes UK
www.afs.org
This organization places volunteers in communities across Honduras to undertake community service, concentrating on peace and justice. Actual roles depend on different needs at the time, but may include helping street children or developing training programs with human rights workers.
Placement duration: 6 months
Requirements: No experience required
Cost: Fees subject to change: $6,470
Included: Food, accommodation, international travel, language instruction, medical insurance, in-country support and emergency evacuation
Age restrictions: Over 18
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Resume, written application, letters of reference, medical examination and face-to-face interview.

Amigos de las Americas
www.amigoslink.org
Amigos de las Americas Works with disadvantaged communities across Honduras. Volunteer roles include making school improvements, building stoves in homes, building libraries, forming youth associations, running educational workshops and teaching environmental health.
Placement duration: 6 weeks
Requirements: Some knowledge of Spanish
Cost: Fees subject to change: $3,850
Included: Return flights from US to Honduras, food, accommodation, medical insurance and 24-hour emergency support
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: Over 16
Application: Online written application.

Casa Alianza
www.casa-alianza.org
This orphanage needs volunteers to help look after homeless and at-risk children.
Placement duration: Negotiable
Requirements: Good command of Spanish
Cost: No fee but volunteers must cover all expenses
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Written application.

Centro Internacional de Idiomas y Cultura
www.hondurasspanish.com
This organization needs volunteers to look after orphans as well as teach them English and computer skills. This volunteer placement is combined with a one-to-one Spanish immersion course and is based in La Ceiba on the Caribbean coast.
Placement duration: 1 week to 6 months
Requirements: No experience required
Cost: Fees subject to change: $250 per week
Included: Food, accommodation, airport pick-up and 20-hours Spanish tuition per week
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: None
Application: Resume, written application and phone interview.

Emmanuel Orphanage
www.orphanageemmanuel.com
This Christian orphanage based in Guaimaca requires volunteers to help care for the 450 underprivileged children living there.
Placement duration: Minimum 1 month
Requirements: Good command of Spanish
Cost: Fees subject to change: $15 per week
Included: Food, accommodation and bus tickets
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: Over 18
Application: Written application and letter of reference.

Familias Saludables (Healthy Families)
www.roatanchildrensfund.com
Familias Saludables needs volunteers to teach AIDS awareness, assist in testing clinics and care for AIDS orphans in Roatan. There are also opportunities for volunteers to teach at the local bilingual school to earn some money.
Placement duration: 6 weeks to 2 years
Requirements: Command of Spanish useful but not stipulated
Cost: No fee but volunteers must cover all expenses
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: 18-80
Application: Resume.

Global Crossroad
www.globalcrossroad.com
Volunteer opportunities across Honduras include working on HIV projects, special education projects for deaf and mute people, elderly homecare and eco-tourism.
Placement duration: 1 – 12 weeks
Requirements: No experience needed
Cost: Fees subject to change: $899 (1 week), $2,204 (12 weeks)
Included: Food, accommodation, insurance, airport pick-up and in-country emergency support
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Written or online application..

Global Volunteer Network
www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/honduras/
This organization sends volunteers to rural communities in Honduras to assist in building work, soccer coaching, health centres, orphanages and teaching in schools.
Placement duration: 2 – 12 weeks
Requirements: Basic level of Spanish and in good state of health
Cost: Fees subject to change: $582 (2 weeks), $1,650 (12 weeks)
Included: Food, accommodation and orientation
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: 18-60
Application: Written application and informal phone interview..

Guacamaya Spanish School
www.guacamaya.com
Volunteer opportunities are available in day care centres, reforestation projects, drinking water projects in indigenous communities, local coffee plantations and health programs. Volunteering takes place alongside a Spanish immersion course, and is based in Copan Ruinas near the Guatemalan border.
Placement duration: 1 week to 1 year
Requirements: No experience required
Cost: Fees subject to change: $200 per week
Included: Food, accommodation, 20-hours Spanish tuition per week, 1 excursion per week and 1 hour internet use per week
Open to: US, Canadian, Australian and European citizens
Application: Email application.

i-to-i
www.i-to-i.com
i-to-i sends volunteers to undertake different types of community work across Honduras, including working with deaf children and orphans, building homes and schools for underprivileged families and the traditional Lenca people (a project run with Save the Children) and coaching soccer to children.
Placement duration: 4-12 weeks
Requirements: TEFL qualification required for some projects
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,295 (4 weeks), $245 per additional week
Included: Food, accommodation, TEFL course where relevant, airport pick-up, orientation and in-country support
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Phone interview.

Inter-cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE)
www.icye.org
As a non-profit youth-exchange organization, there are community service schemes across Honduras that require volunteers. Roles include volunteering with street children by educating them on the streets, volunteering with mentally disabled people and running workshops for them, organizing health talks about sexual education and volunteering in shelters in vulnerable communities.
Placement duration: 6 or 12 months
Requirements: No experience required
Cost: Fees subject to change: $6,500 (6 months), $7,680 (12 months)
Included: Food, accommodation, International travel, language instruction, medical and third-party insurance, in-country support, visa costs and basic living costs
Age restrictions: 18-30
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: In-person interview.

Jardins du Monde
www.jardinsdumonde.org
Jardins du Monde work with isolated communities in Choluteca, Southern Honduras, to grow medicinal plants to reduce death by preventable disease. Volunteers are needed to analyze health problems and access to medical help in the area and help to implement further programs and gardens with local communities.
Placement duration: Minimum 3 months
Requirements: Fluent in Spanish and knowledge about development issues
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: None
Application: Resume, written application, face-to-face interview.

La Parroquia Las Mercedes
This organization has two community projects in Honduras, so volunteers can either care for malnourished children in a ‘nutrition center’ or look after children aged 0 to 3 in an orphanage. Both projects are based in El Progreso, near San Pedro Sula. This is a Catholic organization but volunteers of other religious affiliations are welcome.
Placement duration: Minimum stay 1 month, but volunteers can stay as long as they like
Requirements: Ability to communicate well in Spanish
Cost: Fees subject to change: $55 per week
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: Over 21
Application: Resume, 3 letters of reference and personal statement outlining reasons of applying and relevant experience.

OL International Foundation
www.solif.org
SOLIF supports education needs in the Bay Islands. Volunteers are needed to help establish a community center in Roatan, conduct sports clinics for children and hold bilingual education seminars for the Police Department and teachers of the island.
Placement duration: 1 week to 2 years
Requirements: Good level of Spanish and/or English
Cost: No fee but volunteers must cover all costs
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: None
Application: Written application and phone interview. .

Sustainable Harvest International
www.sustainableharvest.org
Sustainable Harvest works with rural farming families in Santa Barbara. Volunteers are needed to teach local farming families about sustainable agriculture practices, to implement solar energy systems, build organic growing areas, natural erosion barriers, irrigation systems and set up a bio diesel workshop.
Placement duration: 2 weeks
Requirements: No experience required
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,000
Included: Food, accommodation, in-country transportation and support
Open to: US citizens
Age restrictions: None
Application: Written application..

Un Mundo 
www.unmundo.org
Un Mundo facilitates grassroots projects in rural communities and volunteer opportunities involve working on projects to improve access to healthcare, education, and livable wages. Exact roles vary depending on requirements at the time, but may include health care workers and on-site facilitators.
Placement duration: Minimum 1 year
Requirements: Fluent in Spanish and good communicator. Healthcare roles require proof of qualification in the medical field
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights and in-country transportation
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Written application and phone interview..

United Planet
www.unitedplanet.org
This organization sends volunteers to locations across Honduras to work in environmental education, women’s issues, to work with the elderly or with children with cancer.
Placement duration: 6 – 12 months
Requirements: High school diploma and some projects require knowledge of Spanish
Cost: Fees subject to change: $4,695 (6 months), $7,195 (12 months)
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: US and Canadian citizens
Application: Written application and face-to-face interview..

Volunteers for Peace
www.vfp.org
Volunteers for peace focus on overcoming violence and environmental decay via community service programs. Volunteer options in Honduras include setting up environmental and teaching projects in disadvantaged areas.
Placement duration: 2-4 weeks
Requirements: No experience needed
Cost: Fees subject to change: $250 (2 weeks), $500 (4 weeks)
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: US and Canadian citizens
Age restrictions: Over 18
Application: Written application…

Medical Volunteering in Honduras

Honduran hospitals and medical centers are constantly looking for trained health professionals to assist in their understaffed and under-resourced locations. Most require fully qualified and licensed professionals, whether surgeons, nurses, dentists, social workers or lab technicians. There are also some opportunities for untrained people looking for experience in the medical field. It is worth remembering that Honduran professionals are trained to a different standard than that of the Western world, so the experience that Westerners can bring really can turn around the effectiveness of health systems and the skill-set of Honduran workers.

Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)
www.cmmb.org
The CMMB places volunteers who are licensed healthcare professionals in hospitals in Honduras. There are opportunities for physicians, surgeons, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, therapists, lab technicians, x-ray technicians and medical social workers. There are no opportunities for students.
Placement duration: Minimum 12 months
Requirements: Volunteers must be qualified in their medical field and be able to communicate well in English and Spanish
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food, accommodation, in-country transportation and medical insurance
Open to: US and Canadian citizens
Age restrictions: 21-75
Application: Resume, written application, letters of reference, phone interview, health records, in-person interview where feasible. .

i-to-i
www.i-to-i.com
i-to-i sends volunteers to assist in a small hospital in La Esperanza. Roles might include volunteering in the pharmacy, pre-natal care unit or emergency room. This is an ideal opportunity for medical students to gain experience or for trained professionals.
Placement duration: 4-24 weeks
Requirements: No experience needed but resume must be approved
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,595 (4 weeks), $245 per additional week
Included: Food, accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation and in-country support
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Phone interview.

Conservation Volunteering

There are a number of National Parks across Honduras that have previously suffered from extensive deforestation and misuse. In the last few years, Honduras has started to take the environment seriously and is subsequently running a number of programs to preserve natural resources. Volunteers from abroad are urgently needed as these small organizations often do not have the financial resources to pay full-time staff. The Bay Islands are another region in urgent need of conservation work. The islands attract the largest number of tourists in Honduras and the coral reef systems have been damaged as a result.

Bay Islands Conservation Association
This association needs volunteers for a reef-checking programme in Utila. Roles include mapping fish communities at dive sites, assessing reef health and threats and providing training to local counterparts.
Placement duration: 2-4 weeks
Requirements: PADI Open Water Dive Training Certification, PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Training Certification and command of English and/or Spanish
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,788 (4 weeks)
Included: Food, accommodation, orientation and in-country support
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: Over 23
Application: Resume
Write to: Barrio Jerusalem, Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras
Phone: +504 2425 3260

EcoLogic
www.ecologic.org
EcoLogic needs volunteers to help with projects to manage natural resources in the Pico Bonito National Park and assist in women’s vegetable gardens. There are also projects based in the Jeanette Kawas National Park, teaching sustainable agroforestry to local communities.
Placement duration: Negotiable
Requirements: No experience necessary
Cost: No fee but volunteers must pay for flights
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: None
Application: Written application.

i-to-i
www.i-to-i.com
i-to-i sends volunteers to assist in conservation in projects across the country, ranging from iguana preservation in the Bay Islands to manatee conservation on the Caribbean coast.
Placement duration: 4-12 weeks
Requirements: No experience needed
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,730 (4 weeks), $245 per additional week
Included: Food, accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation and in-country support
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Phone interview.

Sustainable Horizon
www.sustainablehorizon.com
Volunteers are placed in the Bay Islands to work on eco-tourism development, mangrove forest research and conservation and reef restoration. Spanish lessons are offered alongside the volunteering project.
Placement duration: 2-6 weeks
Requirements: No experience required but some Spanish is useful
Cost: Fees subject to change: $1,190 (2 weeks), $1,630 (6weeks)
Included: Food and accommodation
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Age restrictions: 18-35
Application: Written application

Media Volunteering

Volunteering in the media in Honduras is particularly suitable for budding journalists who are looking to gain experience or for trained professionals wishing to experience a new culture. Volunteers have opportunities to see a side of a country they would never normally experience and help to implement equitable changes to Honduran systems by reporting on them to a national and international audience.

i-to-i
www.i-to-i.com
i-to-i needs volunteers to work in an English language newspaper in Tegucigalpa. Roles include writing, researching and photographing articles.
Placement duration: 6-24 weeks
Requirements: No experience needed but resume must be approved
Cost: Fees subject to change: $2,085 (6 weeks), $245 per additional week
Included: Food, accommodation, airport pick-up, orientation and in-country support
Age restrictions: None
Open to: Citizens worldwide
Application: Phone interview.

Practical Tips

  • If food is not included in your volunteering package, you can expect to spend up to $50 a week on food.
  • Remember to budget for the $40 exit fee payable at the airport when leave country.
  • Only the main roads and boulevards in Honduras have names. For anywhere else, the locals refer to by describing the location, e.g. “the red house 100 meters down the road from the white church.”
  • Always haggle for taxi fares. Most trips in the towns and cities should not cost more than 50 lempiras. Also make it clear that the price you agree is the total price and not per person, and taxi drivers have been known to change the agreement when you arrive at your destination.
  • There are a lot of fast food chains in Honduras. Typical food is much cheaper and tastier. Look out for signs for “Pulperias“—these are small cafes or even a hole in the wall where they cook a typical dish each day, served with tortillas. You can get a meal for between 20 and 40 lempiras.

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Volunteer in Honduras Article published with the permission of the author Sasha Arms who is a freelance writer and editor. Specializing in travel, food and global issues, she has travelled extensively, as well as volunteered and worked for charities and NGOs across the globe. Sasha has contributed to a number of notable publications, including the Lonely Planet Bluelist. Read more about Sasha Arms.




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