Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) Stands With Hondurans as they make their voices heard through nonviolent protest and demonstrate an inspiring faith in the power of democracy to deliver a better future for Honduras
For as long as I can remember, thanksgiving has always been a small, casual affair: me, my parents, my brothers, our dogs, a small turkey or maybe a roast chicken – once we even just ordered Chinese food.
As soon as I set foot in Honduras, I fell in love, and I’m sure that my decision to stay for a second year surprised none of my friends and family from home.
How did you first get involved with BECA?
Picture this: Me, a newly graduated, newly arrived in Honduras, newly trained preschool teacher on my first home visit with a student’s family.
Every year around this time, I think back to my first day as a BECA teacher and then to the amazing experience I shared with my teammates in Honduras. For the next few weeks, it’s nothing but flashbacks of excitement and fun memories, and a sense of warm community that BECA has instilled.
Miss Amelia wears many hats at Amigos de Jesus Bilingual School, including Prepa Teacher, Teacher & Student Support Coordinator/Administrator, and Resource Teacher. Follow her around for a day at school and see what teaching with BECA is like for her.
What motivated you to volunteer for a year in Honduras?
It’s finally here, it's happening! I never imagined myself doing something this hard and challenging. Going back to my student years, I remember how excited I always felt about the first day of school. Firstly because I got to hang out with my classmates whom I consider my brothers and sisters, and secondly because I got to know my new teacher.
My BECA experience began in April of this year, when I was scrolling through a job database provided by my university, simply out of boredom. I stumbled across a listing for the BECA Summer Camp, and immediately emailed the program asking for further details.