The Vacation Activities Program (VAP) provides educational enrichment, group skills, and creative arts during school break.
The Honduran school year runs from February thru early November and so Vacation Activities Program (VAP) operates during November, December and January while the kids are on school break. This program began in 2007 and started operating in El Porvenir in 2010.
Recent years have left students in the public schools far behind grade level due to frequent strikes and limited resources and so, staffed by international volunteers, VAP operates along the lines of a “summer camp” experience but also provides daily academic enrichment through games and projects designed to reinforce math, reading, writing and English skills.
The volunteers also introduce computers and science activities and provide creative opportunities through art, drama, and music. Sports are popular too and although fútbol rules in Honduras, the children do enjoy the opportunity to try new games!
The Vacation Activities Program operates morning and afternoon sessions in 3 locations and reaches about 150-200 children.
The HCA Project Manager coordinates planning and preparation with the in-country volunteers. The VAP volunteers are a collaborative group with all participants welcome to have input into the content of the program. Please visit our volunteering page for more info on how to get involved with VAP.