Nutrition internship / Healthy Snacks Ambassador | Honduras Child Alliance

Healthy Snacks Ambassador (Internship)

Would you like to live beach-front by the Caribbean Sea while working with volunteers from all over the world to benefit children in need? Honduras Child Alliance seeks a 6-12 month “Healthy Snacks Ambassador” (intern) to help coordinate all aspects of our Healthy Snack program. Applications are  accepted on a rolling basis as this is an ongoing position at HCA.  A 6 month (preferably longer) commitment is requested.

A large percentage of the children who attend our free classes are arriving hungry. Food insecurity is a big problem in our community and the goal of the Healthy Snacks program is to provide a protein filled snack to each child who attends our free classes. We started by serving the kids near the pineapple fields but are now working overtime to try to meet the needs of the students in all six of our daily groups and in all three locations.

A professional nutritionist provides appropriate recipes. Two local women prepare some of the snacks and our volunteers prepare the rest. The snacks are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. For many of our kids, this may be the most nourishing meal of the day. A secondary goal of the Healthy Snack Program is to make a program that is sustainable. To do so, we have incorporated as many local ingredients as possible into our recipes.

The Healthy Snacks Ambassador works directly with the project manager and the dietician/nutritionist to maintain and assess the impact of the program.

The Healthy Snacks Ambassador will be responsible for the following:

 Orchestrating the securing of ingredients for snack recipes on a weekly basis.

 Monitoring and maintaining par levels of ingredients.

 Organizing the snack preparation schedule.

 Train volunteers and community members in the preparation of recipes.

 Conduct likability and acceptability surveys with the kids when new recipes are introduced.

 Collect all data in an excel spreadsheet.

 Lead healthy a nutrition-related lesson and activity once weekly for the PEP+ classes.

This role seeks an individual who possesses the following qualities:

 High comfort level with cooking and following recipes.

 High comfort level in coaching others in the cooking process.

 Has a good understanding of human nutrition and the basic components of food.

 Ability to read and understand food labels.

 Preferably bilingual in English and Spanish.

 Flexibility, sense of humor, strong problem solver.

Ideally, the candidate has completed or is in the process of pursuing a degree in culinary arts, nutrition/dietetics, restaurant and resort management or hospitality OR has worked as cooking instructor or chef. You will work as part of the management team and will coordinate with the on-site project manager, executive director, and nutritionist /dietician.

HOW TO APPLY: Contact us at volunteer@honduraschildalliance.org Note that we are looking for a 6+ month commitment (ideally 12 mos). Starting and ending dates are flexible.