Teach English in Honduras (housing, benefits + stipend provided)

Published

08/10/2018

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

7A Avenida Oeste
El Progreso
Departamento de Yoro

Honduras

Description

There are plenty of places to teach outside the U.S, but very few organizations give you the chance to make the impact of a lifetime. This immersing job opportunity provides a monthly stipend, housing with utilities, transportation, lunch Monday-Friday, health insurance, and visa renewal trips.

This challenging position provides the opportunity to spend a year teaching english to the most at-risk youth in Honduras, with an organization that has been featured on CNN, CNN en Espanol, Larry King Live, and USA Today.


In 2012, we opened the Villa Soleada Bilingual School in northern Honduras with the goal to serve up to 250 children from the surrounding villages and our Children's Home. Many of our students come from families that live on just a few dollars a day. Our Children's Home neighbors our Bilingual School where classes Pre-K through 7 are currently being offered. We are proud of our rare model where children of very low economic standing are able to have access to a bilingual education, usually only affordable by the middle to upper class. Our mission as an organization is to end extreme poverty and violence in Honduras through education and youth empowerment and VSBS is our primary project to fulfill that mission.


Covered Expenses:

In addition to the $164.47 monthly salary (currency exchange is 23L to $1), SHH covers all volunteer housing with utilities and lunch is offered at the school for 40L. Incidental expenses like high speed internet, classroom materials, Volunteer Card health insurance, and visa renewal trips are also covered. Expenses not covered by us include travel to/from Honduras and money for personal travel/amenities.


Housing and Food:

Our volunteers will live in a comfortable staff apartment located in the city center of El Progreso and will be provided with transportation to and from the school in our bus. Wifi is always available in the apartment, in our El Progreso office, and in the school.


Requirements:

Teaching experience and advanced Spanish are both desirable volunteer traits. However, we are most interested in individuals who are flexible, able to deal with significant challenge, and willing to learn along with us.

In the past, most of our volunteers have ranged in age from 21-35 and have come from a variety of professional backgrounds from social work to international development. The most important qualities we look for in our volunteers are a genuine commitment to service and the ability to be a team player. We retain the right to dismiss a volunteer if it is in the best interest of the children or the program.


Timeline:

Teachers will fly to Honduras to begin training in July 2018, School starts in late August. Volunteers have a winter break where many return to the US for the Holidays. The contract ends July 8th 2019.


General Responsibilities:

Please note that life in Honduras can be unpredictable. Sometimes our teachers are called upon to do things that fall outside the scope of the activities listed here.

  1. Facilitate relationships with parents and other community members
  2. Lesson-plan (to be done on a weekly basis and submitted for review)
  3. Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
  4. Serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
  5. Support your fellow teachers in school and at home
  6. Serve as an ambassador for our organization by helping to spread the word about our work to your families and friends
  7. Grade exams
  8. Collect performance grades from other teachers and prepare Bimester report cards
  9. Fill out hard-copy of grading spreadsheet
  10. Fill out the electronic version of grading sheet – kept on a computer accessible for all


Administrative Duties:

  1. Maintain attendance records for all students in your homeroom
  2. File a copy of your weekly lesson plans on the agreed upon schedule
  3. Provide administration with a copy of your weekly class schedule before the week begins
  4. Ensure classroom is open and ready for students at beginning of school day
  5. Attend all teacher meetings
  6. Keep the office informed of any problems (disciplinary or otherwise) you are having with students and any concerns you have about students
  7. Keep student files updated
  8. Keep the office informed of extended absences of students



Other Optional (But Recommended) Responsibilities:

  1. Organize after-school reading workshops
  2. Plan field trips
  3. Plan and organize extracurricular activities for students
  4. Attend Parents’ Association Meetings (at discretion of Administrator)
  5. Participate in fundraising efforts to support our program costs


Please note that teaching in Honduras can be unpredictable. Sometimes our teachers are called upon to do things that fall outside the scope of the activities listed.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Experience living or working abroad highly preferred
  • Experience teaching, lesson planning, or supervising children in an education setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to adapt to change and be flexible


Keywords: volunteer teaching abroad, student volunteer abroad, volunteer programs abroad

Benefits

  • Stipend Provided
  • Training Provided
  • Housing Available

How To Apply

The Application Process:

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to VSBS@shhkids.org. The subject line of the email should read: Application to teach in Honduras (Idealist).

Once you complete the online application, a representative will be contacting you to set up an online interview.

Please note that applicants need not be certified teachers nor fluent Spanish speakers, but should be native English speakers.


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