We seek 8-10 Camp Counselors for our eighth annual Summer Camp for children in grades 1-5. The camp is structured to provide our students with opportunities to remain immersed in the English language over the summer through fun games and activities - making the transition back to classes in August less difficult than it would be if they had no exposure to English during the summer.
Summer Camp Counselors must be current college students or relatively recent college graduates. Counselors live in BECA's volunteer housing in Cofradia and are responsible for planning, executing and documenting daily activities for students in a collaborative environment. The goal is to make summer camp a fun way for students to maintain/increase their English language ability. To this end, Counselors work together to plan activities across disciplines including art, reading and writing, and physical activity. Since the camp only runs in the morning, counselors are expected to provide one-on-one tutoring to students during the afternoons on Monday through Thursday. Friday afternoons are left free to allow for weekend travel.
Ideal candidates have a strong record of working with children, are exceedingly responsible and creative, and are willing to navigate multiple obstacles to success. Candidates are not required to speak Spanish, but it is recommended that you have some foundation in the language to truly experience the community dynamic.
The commitment is four weeks (July 2-July 25; dates subject to change by a week). The first week includes orientation activities, opportunities to get to know students and families, and significant time for planning camp activities. Camp runs Monday to Friday during the final 4 weeks.
Our relationship with the community in Cofradia is very well-developed. Therefore, this is an excellent program for people who want to truly experience life in a pueblo. It will not be a resort experience (although there will be weekend opportunities to visit the beach, a cloud forest, and/or Mayan ruins), but we assure you that due to our local partners' commitment to the program, it will be the most genuine hospitality on earth! If you really want to make a difference in the lives of Honduras' children and in your own life, we encourage you to contact us without delay!
Because the Summer Camp is a supplemental program, BECA recoups the program's expenses through donations paid by Summer Camp Counselors who wish to participate. In exchange for this experience, we ask that you contribute or fundraise $1,000 for the BECA program to help defray included costs (food, accommodation, training, materials, and a high speed internet connection). A reduced contribution may be available for college students with demonstrated need.
College students, please note that students in the past have successfully applied for on-campus grant monies to cover this expense and travel. We encourage you to explore what opportunities your college offers to subsidize summer experiences. Please contact us if you have any questions; we will try to help you in any way possible.