Does Honduras Child Alliance need student workgroups, family & friend workgroups, professional workgroups, and individuals for special projects?
Yes! Honduras Child Alliance provides educational enrichment and healthy living programs in the seaside village of El Porvenir and has operated there since 2009. Our community is welcoming and safe, but it is under-resourced and there is much work that can be done to improve access to education and healthcare, and general quality of life. For that reason, although long-term volunteers (6 weeks to 12 mos) provide staff for the educational programs, shorter term (1-4 weeks) workgroups are always needed for special projects and events.
Where exactly is El Porvenir?
El Porvenir is a friendly beach-town, just a few minutes west of the lively city of La Ceiba. The Caribbean sea is to our north, with pineapple fields, jungle, and mountains immediately to the south.
You will enter Honduras via the international airport in San Pedro Sula (SAP) and then will travel by mini-bus or local flight to La Ceiba. Your HCA ‘liaison’ is happy to provide assistance on how to best arrange group transport from San Pedro Sula to El Porvenir.
What are the VISA requirements?
If you are from the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, or Israel, you will receive a 90-day tourist VISA when you enter Honduras. There is no fee for this visa. The main requirement is that there be at least 6 months remaining on your passport and that you can show proof of onward travel.
What type of projects will we do?
Recent groups have included a team of dentists and hygienists who provide annual oral care to elementary and ‘colegio’ (high school) students, Rotaract-affiliated university students who constructed an outdoor classroom, university groups who built latrine style shower and toilet facilities with local families, visiting artists who developed an art / literacy project for one week, EMTs who have added training for our local firefighters, medical students who facilitated free health screenings and a health fair, and even professional ballet dancers! Groups have also built playground equipment and an incinerator at the elementary schools, an ‘earthbench’ made from all-recycled materials for the fire station, organized a shoe distribution with Soles4Souls, and more.
Check out this video for a recent workgroup project!
The Honduras Child Alliance offers several options for workgroup projects, including:
Such as improvements and additions for the HCA classrooms, building trash incinerators to keep children from breathing smoke, updating playground equipment for local schools, building ‘baños’ with families in need, and more.
Such as murals and mosaics with local young people.
What is the process for deciding on a project?
To ensure that your group is doing a project that is well suited, and that you feel prepared for your trip, HCA looks forward to collaborating and planning in advance with your team! This includes an ongoing liaison (typically HCA director or manager) to answer questions and support the group leader(s), and an all-group video-meeting a few weeks prior to your arrival.
Each project is customizable based on the size, skills, and passions of your group and the current needs of our classrooms and community. In collaboration with our management team, workgroups are encouraged to choose the main project, but also a secondary goal if they so wish. For example, a workgroup could plan to primarily build baños but also curate an art project with local children during their stay.
What does HCA provide?
Is it possible to take Spanish lessons?
If individuals in your group are interested in one-to-one conversational Spanish instruction, sign up for our ‘Study-Buddies’ program! Volunteers sign up for a 50-minute session with a Honduran 'facilitador' from our intern program. Based on the areas you specify as your focus, your Honduran tutor will work with you to practice conversational Spanish. Sessions cost just 125 - 150 HNL (about $5- $7 USD)depending on the package, of which 95 HNL goes directly to your Study Buddy partner, while the balance goes toward scholarships that help our students graduate high school!
Honduras is a beautiful country and there are so many options for recreational outings during your visit!
Rio Zacate Waterfall
This large and pristine waterfall is about 15 minutes from the volunteer houses. We travel thru the pineapple fields and into the mountains just south of El Porvenir.
Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge
About 15 minutes west of El Porvenir in the neighboring town of La Union, the Cuero and Salado rivers form a lagoon as they meet the sea. Guests first board a small train that rides through the pineapple fields for about 20 minutes. They then arrive at a nature preserve and board small boats with electric motors. The Honduran guides will point out monkeys, parrots, crocodiles, an occasional manatee and much more.
Villas Pico Bonito / Rio Cangrejal
Offers an infinity pool and lunch with beautiful views. This is a great place to relax and have a vacation day!
Make it a day-trip or spend the weekend visiting these almost untouched islands off the north coast. Visit Garifuna fishing villages, snorkel in sparkling clear water, and maybe even see a pink boa if you hike in the jungle!
Rafting and Zipline / Rio Cangrejal
(Just east of La Ceiba): If you're looking for an adrenaline activity, this is it!
Villa Helen's / Sambo Creek
Swimming pool, restaurant, and beautiful beach. A great option for a relaxed beach day!
The volunteering community within HCA is equally as fulfilling. Individual volunteers often stay for 3, 6, or 12 months, while many shorter-term workgroups return annually. Our volunteers come from all over the world and from many different backgrounds. A welcoming and inclusive environment is central to our core values at HCA. Please check our VOLUNTEERING page for more info!