Volunteer in Honduras
Honduras is a very poor country, unemployment is rife and over 50% of the population live below the poverty line. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch struck this country with devastating effect and the country is still recovering today. You can help in this destination by applying to become a volunteer, search structured, low cost and free volunteer opportunities in Honduras - apply today.
Volunteer Programs in Honduras
Guide to Volunteering in Honduras
A lot of people often overlook Honduras but we highly recommend this country. The food is tasty, the locals friendly and you can mix history, culture and also giving back to actually help people and wildlife in need. This country has been through a lot in the past decades with civil unrest and social issues which have hindered development. Now there is a real surge for change and a positive future and voluntourism helps bring funds and feet on the ground.
On our website you can find local organisations, non-profits and NGO's - time spent travelling and volunteer in Honduras will provide you with a meaningful experience and memories of a lifetime and you will be able to make a big difference.
Honduras is also a very cheap country compared to others on the continent and programs here attract people from all over the world so you will get a really interesting cultural exchange making new friends along the way. You will need to have a positive / flexible attitude and be willing to live abroad in a developing country, view more information on our guide below or search all of our volunteer programs in Central America.
Location of Projects
Volunteering programs are mainly based in La Ceiba, the third largest city of the country that also retains a small town atmosphere. It is located on the north coast of Honduras; really close to some great beaches! If you get the chance to choose a destination we recommend only spend a limited amount of time in the capital Managua, this is not as interesting city culturally compared to other places in the country like the spectacular Bay Islands.
Types of Volunteer Programs in Honduras
Choose from teaching, childcare and orphanage projects, volunteering with children with special needs, or medical and healthcare programs. You'll meet lots of new people when volunteering and you will get lots of free time to travel and see more of this region.
Community Development Projects in Honduras
Some projects are located in La Ceiba which has great beaches and is located in the North of the country where you can help rural communities, teach English, work at an orphanage or work on female empowerment programs. International staff are need all year round to help at community initiatives, education and teaching programs are very popular. La Ceiba has emerged as a popular tourist destination for tourists and English is a prerequisite for all people looking to participate
Volunteer with Animals & Conservation in Honduras
There are marine based volunteer opportunities in the Bay Islands and the surrounding areas where you can help local staff and scientists working to help exotic animals and the environment. There are also land based conservation programs where you can improve infrastructure and get to experiences places off the beaten track away from the crowds. No previous experience is usually need and most have a focus on monitoring, researching and also hands on things like beach patrols, cleaning the ocean, speaking to locals and being a helping hand. Wildlife you might be working to help can include sharks and sea turtles - sometimes there are even research projects with huge whale sharks which migrate to the waters around Honduras at points in the year. You can arrange these placements in advance by contacting organisations on our website, and also local NGO's and also scuba diving resorts in Honduras can arrange experiences.
To apply to volunteer in Honduras you might be required to have a phone or face-to-face interview, this will to see assess if you are suitable for a position. A lot of organisations require you to be aged 18 and over and also in good health, each program is different though and there are summer trips for 16+ year olds. Usually no previous skills are required to apply so if you are an enthusiastic person with an interest in the environment, a desire to help a local community and the determination to improve your Spanish, volunteering in Honduras could be just what you're looking for.
How to Apply
Projects in Honduras can be booked through out website and you can apply today or enquire for more information. You can join programs every month throughout the year, search featured opportunities today or use our refined search to find more organisations. International volunteers arriving is helping to bring in much need money for development.
Volunteer in Honduras for Free
There are some free and low cost opportunities in Honduras, you will need too apply with local NGO's and charities. Sometimes you might still need to make a donation. Organisations which offer free volunteer programs include:
- Cofradias Bilingual School: Free placements including meals and accommodation in return you can teach and help educate local disadvantaged children.
Useful Words & Phrases for Volunteering in Honduras
Learning the local lingo will really help when working with people and also trying to enhance your experience, here are some basics to get you started:
- Hello - Hola
- Goodbye - Adiós
- How are you? - Cómo está
- Yes - Si
- No - No
- I don't understand - No entiendo
- Sorry - Lo Siento
- I don't speak Spanish - No hablo español
- Can you please help me? - Puede ayudarme, por favor?
- Can you please repeat that? - Puede repetir, por favor?
- Can you please speak more slowly? - Puede hablar más despacio, por favor?
Petty crime and theft can be an issue in Honduras, always try to travel with someone and don't drink too much putting yourself in danger. If you are thinking about traveling solo or worried about safety issues then we recommend joining a tour for a safe experience. Always take a copy of important documents like your passport and flight and bank details. You could carry one copy on you and also keep one on your e-mail just incase you have an emergency or get your belongings stolen. We highly recommend to talk talk and talk, both to local people and other travellers.
Help / Advice
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