With the Caribbean Sea at its doorstep, and mountains with tropical waterfalls and cloud forests just to the South, the community of El Porvenir is a simply stunning place to visit. Yet, amid the exquisite beauty, the palm trees and the pineapples, families live in homes with no indoor plumbing, no electricity, and only a dirt floor to sleep on. There are children who do not go to school because they cannot afford a uniform and who drink Coca Cola for breakfast but are not sure if there will be any dinner. Many inhabitants of this sleepy town are locked firmly in the endless cycle of poverty, with little hope for a brighter future. In conjunction with our wonderful local partner, Love Volunteers is proud to support efforts to address these bitter realities.
Our Porvenir English Program (PEP), which first opened its doors to the community in April 2010, provides completely free English classes for kinder, elementary, teenage and adult students in El Porvenir. The elementary age children, grades 1-6 attend these free classes at 3 walking distance locations in the community. The adult program is held in a designated classroom across the street from the public elementary school in el Centro (the centre of town), and preschool classes are provided at the public kinder. Volunteers can work with all age groups and should plan to work 4.5 days each week.
Volunteers always work in teams and are supported by an in-country Project Manager who assists planning and preparation. 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. Immersion is one of the easiest ways for children to learn a new language, so volunteers are encouraged to teach English in an informal and entertaining manner – often through songs, movement, games and other fun activities.
Volunteers at this meaningful project work within an easy walk of our fully equipped and comfortable Volunteer Houses in the beachside town of El Porvenir, just 20 minutes west of La Ceiba. With fresh food easily available at the local markets, volunteers purchase and prepare their own food and simply use the full kitchen facilities available in both volunteer houses. Alternatively, volunteers are welcome to enjoy the local Honduran culture and cuisine at several seaside restaurants available just a short walk from the volunteer house.
After work volunteers are free to explore the local area, laze on the tropical beaches or simply return to the volunteer house to relax and hang out with the other volunteers. All volunteer houses have filtered drinking water, showers, 'western-style' toilet facilities, comfortable beds and Wi-Fi Internet access, which makes communication easy with friends and family back home or to keep the world updated on the progress of your volunteering placement!
While we accept volunteers for this program at all levels of fluency in Spanish, it is suggested that volunteers have at least a basic level understanding of Spanish prior to arrival. Practicing before you travel and immersing yourself in the community once you arrive is the key to success!
Become a Love Volunteer and join us on this wonderful project in magical El Porvenir!
While it is not a pre-requisite to joining this program, we highly recommend all Teaching and Education volunteers complete the 120 hour TEFL course prior to volunteering.
Want to learn Spanish?
Thanks to our awesome local partner, Love Volunteers is proud to offer volunteers on this project the opportunity to learn Spanish in a truly unique way. The 'Study Buddy' program is a one of a kind system of partnering local participants of our partners free English language classes, with an international volunteer who wishes to learn Spanish. The volunteer helps the local person learn English, and the local person helps the volunteer to learn Spanish, and class time is split 50/50 so both participants get an equal opportunity to learn. Better still, classes are only US$5 each, and 50% of this goes directly to your study buddy. This is a fun and engaging way to learn while directly helping to improve the lives of the local community members!
For a list of fees for this program click here.
Areas of focus:
- El Porvenir, Departamento de Atlántida, Honduras
International volunteer options:International volunteers welcome