Working in close partnership with our team in the Central American country of Honduras, we are delighted to offer a range of programs for volunteers in the spheres of education, childcare, medicine, nursing or dentistry. These placements provide the chance to spend time in a Caribbean setting where the locals are known for their smiling, laid-back demeanour and great hospitality. The programs are based at La Ceiba, a port town in the Atlántida region of Honduras, located in the north coast of Honduras on the Caribbean Sea.
Here in particular, volunteers really get to immerse themselves in the culture. These are ideal placements for individuals with some background in the caring professions. Anyone with the willingness to throw themselves into directly helping members of the local community can enrol, whether as a replacement for a more conventional holiday, as part of a gap year or sabbatical or to broaden professional experience. When volunteering in Honduras, the participant samples a distinctive culture and gets to know new people who appreciate their presence.
As with most Central American nations, Honduras presents the newcomer with challenges as well as rewards. Political problems and poverty mean that this rapidly changing country is troubled in part. Children from disadvantaged homes, youngsters with learning difficulties, sufferers from HIV and casualties of poverty in general form the groups in need, and helping them is what volunteering is about.
There is also, however, great beauty to be enjoyed. Lying between Guatemala to the west and Nicaragua to the south-east, Honduras has a vast stretch of northern coast on the Caribbean, comprising white sand beaches and an unspoilt coral reef. Of the population of around eight million, 65% live in poverty, and the main sources of income are subsistence farming, the export of agricultural produce, textiles and clothing and electrical parts for the US automobile industry.