A Poem for Volunteers
Don’t ask what my favorite part is.
What a text book question.
One that shows you were never listening.
Although now that you ask I think of an answer.
Not for you. For me.
My favorite part.
Hitching in the back of a pickup.
Wind through the hair, watching the mountains,
Hills and ocean roll by.
Figuring out something that works.
If only for one minute.
Escaping on the weekend.
Not freaking out when you get lice.
Because you are learning what is important.
The hug that gave you the lice.
Singing their favorite song.
Watching the smiles
Knowing in that moment all is forgotten.
Getting to be the one who understands this
While you stay at home
And ask me what my favorite part is.
By Alison Ward
The in-Honduras volunteers are the cornerstone of our work. We seek volunteers with a red-hot motivation, relevant talents and some background to help make a difference in the lives of impoverished Honduran children. Some ability to speak Spanish is a plus but not a requirement. Flexibility, collaboration and problem solving skills are a must!
We welcome volunteers of any race, religion or country of origin. We prefer volunteers of 20 years and older and are especially interested in long-term volunteers. Although the minimum volunteer period is typically 6 weeks, we can sometimes welcome volunteers for shorter periods so do not hesitate to apply.
Honduras Children is a small NGO based in the United States. With four “hands on” board members and a crew of dedicated volunteers from all over the world, we operate a Kinder / Daycare in the small, north-coast town of El Porvenir. We regularly host university groups and youth-groups and have ongoing teams from Duke University and Virginia Tech.
We are all volunteers! Our volunteers pay their own traveling or incidental expenses and typically live in our volunteer house or at inexpensive guest-houses. Volunteers enter Honduras on a tourist visa that should be renewed every 90 days. We can typically be flexible in accommodating your preferred starting date. Approval to work in the country is not required since this is a non-salaried position.
Most Honduras Children volunteer projects are in the beach community of El Porvenir on the Honduras north coast. The jungle rivers of the Pico Bonito National Forest and the sun and sand of the Caribbean Sea are just minutes from where our volunteers live and work. The villages that house our projects are rural and poor but the small city of La Ceiba is only 20 minutes away. La Ceiba is a lively place and has internet cafes, ATM machines, a mall and excellent medical care. It also has a modern airport, a bus station and more taxis than anyone can count!
Honduras Children is small, but with the energy of devoted volunteers, together we are enriching lives and providing opportunities for children who would otherwise have none. We welcome you to volunteer with us!!
• Volunteer at the El Porvenir Kinder
Just a few blocks from the Caribbean Sea, you can help run our Kinder/ Daycare to support the children of El Porvenir, Honduras. The Honduras Children Kinder is a small concrete building that is used for the Kinder program and as a common area for meals. It has a full bathroom and there is a play area outside. Each morning, while older children attend the local public school our volunteer crew works with the younger ones at the Kinder. The children need to learn basics like the alphabet and numbers. They need to learn appropriate school behavior, raising one’s hand, sitting in a circle, etc. We also work on hygiene, tooth brushing and hand washing. The Kinder is an ongoing project and a tremendous opportunity to help.
Children attending the Kinder receive a daily breakfast or snack. This is typically corn flakes, milk and some fresh fruit. This is often the only complete meal these children will have that day.Volunteers assist in prep and serving.
The children at the Kinder: Our Kinder volunteers also help identify the physical, educational, emotional and health needs of family groups at risk. HondurasChildren volunteers and sponsors are helping children prepare for and stay in school. They’re improving living quarters, providing clothing, school supplies and uniforms and helping to supplement the children’s diet. This support helps fragile family units stay intact, thus avoiding the heartbreak of sending children to institutions.
The name of our town is El Porvenir. It translates as, “the future”. ‘Volunteer in Porvenir’ . . . and with your help, these children will certainly have a brighter future!
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Housing for Volunteers
Inexpensive, clean and safe housing is available for our volunteers for $30.00 USD per week. Since we are working on the north coast, all of our houses are very close to the beach. Volunteers will typically share a room with 1 other volunteers of the same gender. Our volunteer houses have comfortable twin beds, full bathrooms with showers and full kitchens. Volunteers purchase and prepare their own food. More details will be provided when you are interviewed for a placement.
How to apply to Volunteer
• Click here to to fill out an application. There is no application fee but there is a $195.00 USD conformation fee after you have been approved.
• Upon receiving your application, we will contact you to provide more information about the project, housing and the El Porvenir area where we work.
• If it seems like a ‘good fit’ for you, we will arrange an interview by either telephone or Skype. We want to learn more about you but this is also a great time for you to ask questions and to get to know us too! We will talk about the project, housing, expenses to consider, travel arrangements, etc.
• After that, you can start investigating travel arrangements on your end while one of our volunteers will work on checking your references.
• Please note that you are not accepted into the program until we have completed your references. This usually takes about a week.
• We will stay in contact as you plan for your trip and we will introduce you to current and former volunteers via email and facebook to help give you an idea of what to expect!
• For more information, please contact us at Charlie @honduraschildren.org
• We look forward to welcoming you to El Porvenir, Honduras!
“Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love…”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King,
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