Read our executive director's perspective after his latest trip to Honduras to check out each BECA school, meet with the parents, and fit in a baleada or two.
What was the moment when you decided to stay for a second year with BECA?
How did you first get involved with BECA?
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.
Summer Camp and volunteering with BECA provided me with more memories and experiences than I could have ever imagined. I took a lot away from my time in Honduras and I learned a lot about myself in just 3 and a 1/2 weeks. Here's a glimpse of what I gained from my Honduran adventure with BECA:
How did you get involved with BECA?
My junior year in college I decided that I would spend the summer working for an NGO that did work in education or community development. Through some peers I learned about a search engine called “idealist” and after a few hours of searching I came across BECA. The rest is history
Every year the teachers at all three BECa schools have an event called Libros y Familia. That literally translates to “Books and Family.” We provide a day for the students of all grades and their families to come, read, and do literacy activities together. This is a way to promote literacy and bilingualism in the household.
How did you find out about BECA?
I looked at the calendar a few weeks ago and realized that exactly 15 years ago, the work of birthing BECA began in earnest. I arrived in Cofradia on September 1, 2001. By September 2nd, I was working alongside community members as we began laying bloques on the cement slab that was the only sign of a soon-to-be school.
I am now into my fourth week as a teacher, which is crazy, because I feel like I have not even touched the actual curriculum yet.