Interested in volunteering? Muy, muy bien! On this page you’ll find information on the types volunteer trips available as well as answers to some frequently asked questions. All trips are currently focused on Proniño, a home for former street children between the ages of 8-20.
Little brings a smile to the children’s faces more than seeing a team pile out of a vehicle. (Well, piling out with bags of candy might make the smiles brighter.) Groups of five or more individuals can plan a trip at any time during the year. Or an individual can join one of our pre-planned trips.
Upcoming trips (individuals welcome!):
September 15-22, 2018
No upcoming trips? Wanna plan one? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $650.
Want to become a short-term Volunteer? Fill out the Short Term Volunteer Form.
What you’ll get for $650:
- All meals
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Safe drinking water
- All supplies for the project
- Bilingual team leader
- Transportation while in country
Whether it’s a few weeks or a few months, we’d love for you to roll up your sleeves and dive into service. We’re looking for volunteers who are independent and full of initiative.
Current volunteer opportunities are:
Playroom Pioneer – There is a playroom with games that are rarely used since no one is currently in charge of this area. This volunteer would work with small groups of kids for a few hours each day giving them some individualized attention and teaching them to stomp their opponents in Battleship.
Jewelry Room Genius – This volunteer would teach small groups of kids how to make different types of jewelry. This jewelry will then be sold in Honduras or the States for fundraising purposes or given as thank you’s to donors and sponsors.
Want to become a long-term volunteer? Fill out the Long Term Volunteer Form.
So, you’ve probably heard that Honduras is dangerous…or something?
You don’t have to spend too much time on Google before you find splashing headlines about the dangers of Honduras. While we can’t guarantee anyone’s safety in any country, we do want to address this issue.
- Much of the crime and violence in Honduras is related to gang activity and drug trafficking. We plan on staying as far away from these things as possible.
- Our leaders know the areas in which we serve well. They are familiar with the roads and the culture and know which areas to avoid.
- The children’s homes where we work are safe and we spend the majority of our transit time on main roads in safe vehicles.
- Hondurans hate the crime in their country as well and know that we are there to help. We’ve experienced nothing but kindness and support from Honduran strangers and friends alike.
- According to our protocol, volunteers won’t spend any time in clubs or bars, which greatly decreases risk.
- Some food for thought from True Religion by Palmer Chinchen
“There are some things I cannot promise when your son goes to Africa [or Honduras]. I cannot promise he won’t get malaria, yellow fever, or bilharzia. I can’t promise there will be no political riots or coup d’états. I cannot promise he won’t be . . . at a police checkpoint or be harassed by soldiers. But I can promise this – I can promise your son’s life will never be the same. I can promise he will be dissatisfied with an ordinary life. I can promise he will see God in a new way. I can promise he will live differently.”
Where will you stay?
We have the strongest relationship with Casa Blanca Hotel and most likely will stay here. Their rooms are comfortable and the greenery and paths between rooms and buildings provides a calm, relaxing atmosphere after a hard day’s work.
What will the week look like?
As you read this, keep in mind that a phrase often heard is “The plans have changed!”
Day 1: We ask that you attempt to schedule your flight to arrive in the morning or early afternoon. After clearing security and (hopefully) retrieving all of your luggage, you’ll be greeted by your team leader who will take you to the hotel to drop off your bags before heading to Proniño. The afternoon will be spent getting to know the kids and getting the lay of the land before jumping in to the work project in the following days.
Day 2: Start your project. Projects range from painting to bracelet making to mixing cement with a shovel. Once you are registered for a trip and we’re closer to the start date, we’ll have a better idea of exactly what you’ll be doing. Also, don’t be surprised if the supplies have yet to arrive and you get another day to spend with the kids. Always come armed with playing cards, maybe a puzzle or two and of course, your camera.
Days 3-4: Paint, paint, paint! Or mix, mix, mix!
Day 5: Travel to San Pedro to do a little souvenir shopping and visit a government run or other children’s home. We want you to gain an understanding of the places and conditions that other kids are living in, and you can’t leave the country without a hammock.
Day 6: Wrap up any work left for the project. Have a goodbye celebration with the kids!
Day 7: Adios, but please come back again!
The biggest dangers are dengue and chikungunya. (yes, chikungunya is a real thing.) Both of these are mosquito borne illnesses with no vaccine. The best protection we know is lots of repellent! Please discuss with your doctor any additional precautions.
Have extra space in your luggage or are willing to bring a second checked piece for $40? Here are some items that the home needs on an ongoing basis:
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
BoxersShoes (mainly boys sizes 3-10)