Join BECA for a conversation that moves past walls and beyond borders. In today's world of deepening inequity, so many Central American families are being torn apart by the need to risk a dangerous journey north to provide for their families or keep them safe - a journey that offers no guarantees for safe arrival.
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.
After months and months of talking about this trip, it was finally here. It was really happening, and I couldn’t have been more excited. Teaching middle school in the states is great and all, but I’ll be the first to admit that I was craving the affection from the little ones in my new class.
Recently, while reading the biography of Michele Obama, a particular quote stood out to me.
"All the habitants of the earth carry an invisible history, and just for that they deserve tolerance."
After a weekend of visiting the AMIGOS DE JESUS school, I could understand why.
In July 2017, I left my small Maryland town and boarded a plane for San Pedro Sula, Honduras. For the next year, I would be living forty minutes out of the city and teaching middle school English to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at the San Jeronimo Bilingual School in Cofradía, Cortés.
"...Ms. Davis, a veteran principal in the district, said the school values things that no money could buy.
'It doesn’t take money to build relationships,' she said. 'It doesn’t take money for you to teach students how to love.'"
Why did you return to BECA and Amigos de Jesus for a 2nd year?
“The most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere” is what comes across most people’s minds when hearing Honduras, even mine the first time I went. However, after spending so much time in Honduras, I see a country of hope. I see a country of hardworking, motivated individuals.
In this moment, BECA seeks an Executive Director who can lead our efforts toward amplifying BECA’s role in creating viable solutions in the region by developing and implementing a strategy to ensure the long-term strength of our programming.
How did you find out about BECA? What did your friends and family think when you told them you were moving to Honduras?