Education and Nutrition Support El Porvenir
Honduras has reopened to international arrivals. See the 'Additional Info.' section for procedures in place during the pandemic.
This amazing project was created in 2010 with the goal of improving the wellbeing and access to education for impoverished children in the seaside town of El Porvenir. In addition to exposing students to English, volunteers work alongside local interns to provide a broad educational base and essential life skills to the children.
Volunteers work primarily with students aged 5 - 11 years but can also assist with classes specifically for teenagers and dedicated evening sessions for adults. The program runs year round and welcomes volunteers who are able to attend for 6 weeks or longer - some volunteers have loved it so much they've stayed for a year! Classes are held Monday through Friday and volunteers typically work for 4 ½ days a week with plenty of free time to relax on the beach and explore the local area.
As is common in many of the world's poorer communities, an ability to speak English and use a computer unlocks a new world of possibilities for children and opens up professional pathways that help to break the cycle of poverty in indigent communities.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide access to education and life skills to poor communities in Honduras.
- Improve educational and professional prospects for El Porvenir’s most impoverished residents, and help them to break the poverty cycle
- Provide international and local role models to empower and motivate students and adults
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both residents and international volunteers alike.
How You Can Help
Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project. International volunteers tend to be great English language teachers and wonderful role models to children and adults alike.
As well as imparting English language knowledge, volunteers share essential life skills such as computer literacy and healthy life habits. Those volunteers who are skilled in Spanish can also help the children with their homework and art projects are always welcome.
Many of the children attending the free classes do not have access to adequate food. As well as providing a healthy snack to younger children, the program incorporates nutrition education and welcome volunteers with experience in this area to work alongside local interns.
It is recommended that volunteers have at least a basic understanding of Spanish prior to arrival and this will quickly develop over the placement period. Volunteers work in teams with local and international interns.
Whilst the project follows a weekly theme and curriculum there is lots of room for creativity in how volunteers choose to work within their groups. Practical application is one of the easiest ways for children to learn, so volunteers are encouraged to teach subjects in an informal and entertaining manner – often through songs, movement, games and other fun activities.
Volunteers on this project provide much needed assistance on this ambitious and successful program and will contribute in a number of ways including:
- Teach English and computer literacy to students of different ages - from young children to adults
- Encourage and educate healthy eating and exercise habits
- Assist local volunteers and interns with classes and projects
- Network with local residents and local project staff
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of childhood development, languages and education, though volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist in the classroom. Whist not mandatory, completing a TEFL course prior to joining this project would prove to be beneficial. Having a basic understanding of Spanish will help you to communicate effectively with staff and students. While Spanish is a plus, volunteers are accepted at all levels of fluency and Spanish instruction is available locally. Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Police check
Honduras is a beautiful country with amazing people and a rich culture. With the Caribbean Sea at its doorstep and mountains with tropical waterfalls and cloud forests just to the South, the community of El Porvenir, Atlantida, is a simply stunning place to visit. In their free time, volunteers are free to explore the local area, laze on the white sandy beaches or relax with other volunteers. It's like volunteering in paradise!
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 6 weeks to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
Volunteers fly into San Pedro Sula and catch a connecting local flight or bus to La Ceiba. Volunteers will be picked up at the La Ceiba domestic airport or from the local bus depot. Note that volunteers should try to arrive in-country mid-day so that they can easily travel to La Ceiba by early evening.
After being collected by the local team's driver, volunteers will be brought directly to the volunteer house to meet the Project Manager and settle into the accommodations. The following morning an orientation is held and the itinerary presented. This includes a walking tour of El Porvenir and covers details of the social and health issues and educational needs of the community. Your project manager will also address safety and health issues, organizational rules and “do’s and don’ts” of living and working comfortably in Honduras. This is a great opportunity to get to know your hosts, meet your fellow volunteers and ask any last questions you may have.
- Program Arrival Day: SATURDAY
- Program Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival/Departure Airport: Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport, San Pedro Sula, Honduras (code: SAP)
- Pick up provided from La Ceiba Domestic Airport (code: LCE) or local bus depot.
Accommodation & Meals
Participants on our programs in Honduras are accommodated in one of two comfortable and secure Volunteer Houses in the seaside town of El Porvenir, just 20 minutes west of La Ceiba.
The Volunteer Houses provide a home-away-from-home with full kitchen facilities, western-style bathrooms with hot showers, drinking water provided, comfortable rooms and communal areas for relaxing with other volunteers. Wifi is available for a small fee so keeping in touch with friends and family is easy. Both houses are conveniently located in the 'El Centro' area, within easy walking distance of the beach, local markets and the placement locations.
The Volunteer Houses in El Porvenir are well set up for self-catering with volunteers purchasing ingredients from nearby local markets to prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen or eating out at inexpensive local restaurants on the beachfront. What better way to enjoy authentic Honduran dishes in a great setting!
Conversational Spanish tutoring is available in the evenings. Just chat to the local team to arrange this.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.
Changes due to COVID-19
Honduras has opened its borders to international travellers effective August 17. All passengers entering Honduras are subject to the following requirements.
- Passengers must provide negative COVID-19 test results prior to travel. Travelers must hand-carry the negative test results for a PCR or rapid test taken less than 72 hours before entry into Honduras. Passengers must show the test results at check-in.
- All arrivals must then go into quarantine and complete another COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival. All quarantine arrangements will be made by our local team.
- All travelers must complete the immigration precheck form at https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn. Travelers must answer all immigration, customs, and health screening questions to receive a confirmation email. Travelers must print and carry this email with them.
Restrictions in place on the program:
- Volunteer numbers will be limited to ensure that the accommodation and placements can be run with adequate precautions
- A minimum age of 21 is preferred to ensure that volunteers are sufficiently mature to adhere to the requirements.
- Medical insurance is compulsory.