Interested in volunteering? Muy, muy bien! On this page you’ll find information on the types of volunteer trips available as well as answers to some frequently asked questions.
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!):
April 12-18, 2020
Cost varies based on type of trip.
Want to become a short-term Volunteer? Fill out the Short Term Volunteer Form.
Wish you could come, but these dates just don’t work? Become a team leader, recruit four more people and let’s do it! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you’ll get for your trip cost:
- All meals
- Transportation to and from the airport
- Safe drinking water
- All supplies for the project
- Bilingual team leader
- Transportation while in country
What you WON’T get for the trip cost:
- Health Insurance – We recommend going through GeoBlue or contacting your insurance company to see if international insurance is included.
- Snacks and souvenirs
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.
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. All guests must pass through a guarded entrance before entering the property.
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, zika and chikungunya. (yes, chikungunya is a real thing.) All 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 between $40-$55 (depending on the airline)? Here are some items that the home needs on an ongoing basis:
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Shoes (mainly boys sizes 3-10)