Workgroups

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.

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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.

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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.

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How do workgroups impact the community?

The most important aspect of your work is that it actually fulfills an otherwise unmet need in developing HCA classrooms, providing healthcare, improving facilities at public schools, or for a family in need. At Honduras Child Alliance, workgroups always have natural opportunities to connect with the local children and adults, even outside of volunteering. Group meals are regularly hosted in the homes of our neighbors, and sometimes our volunteers are housed in the guest house/hotel owned by a local family. This helps to support the local economy, as well as give volunteers a more connected experience. As your group becomes part of the community, even for just a week, you will find that in addition to your tangible project, you will also build genuine connections to the people who live in this hard-working and vibrant town.

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:

Construction Projects

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.

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Art Projects

Such as murals and mosaics with local young people.

Dental and Medical Groups

Provide examinations and care that would otherwise not be available.

Professional Development 

For local teachers and EMTs

...and much more!

Please let us know more about your interests and skills!

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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?

Accommodations for up to 15 people

Accommodations will be single/double beds with shared bathrooms.

    HCA is committed to providing a clean, comfortable, and secure living arrangement for your volunteers and will help prep participants in advance for what to expect
    Housing includes showers and flush toilets, wifi, and purified water

On-site “Point-Person"

    To specifically handle preparations, for housing, materials and supplies, supervision at the work-site, and any other needs of the group.
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Three meals a day!

Housing includes a small kitchen area with breakfast foods stocked for self-prep. Each day, lunch & dinner will be provided at local restaurants or at the homes of Honduran community members.

    We are able to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets with notice. Please also let us know about any allergies.

Transportation Assistance

    HCA will help arrange your in-country arrival transport to El Porvenir and is happy to set up transportation for tourism activities.

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. Each session costs just 125 HNL (about $5.00 USD), of which 75 HNL goes directly to your Study Buddy partner, while the other 50 HNL goes toward scholarships that help our students graduate high school!

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What about when we're not working?

Honduras is a beautiful country and there are so many options for recreational outings during your visit!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Cayos Cochinos

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!

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Rafting and Zipline / Rio Cangrejal

(Just east of La Ceiba): If you're looking for an adrenaline activity, this is it!

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Villa Helen's / Sambo Creek

Swimming pool, restaurant, and beautiful beach. A great option for a relaxed beach day!

Interested in staying longer?

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!


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