Every year, BECA assembles a team of committed volunteers who want to dedicate themselves to the difficult but rewarding work that we do in Honduras. We seek enthusiastic, curious, diverse, and thoughtful volunteers. For every application, we consider the applicant's volunteer service, international engagement, teaching experience, and academic record. BECA volunteer positions are competitive, and the work we do is challenging. If you feel you are up to it, we want to hear from you! Please note that applicants need not be certified teachers or fluent Spanish speakers.
INTERESTED IN JOINING US?
BECA aims to provide you with a challenging, transformative experience that gives an in-depth understanding of grassroots international development, underserved Central American communities, bilingual teaching strategies, and community capacity building techniques. As a result, you will develop the skills and responsibilities to be an effective teacher, communicator, and leader. Afterwards, BECA teachers go on to become Fulbright scholars, microfinance specialists, US Foreign Service Officers, charter school teachers, World Bank employees, non-profit executives, law and public policy students.
WHY CHOOSE BECA?
6 WEEK INTENSIVE TEACHER TRAINING
A high quality education begins with high quality teachers. As a BECA volunteer, you will begin your volunteer year with an intense and comprehensive 6-week summer training that will prepare you for the duties and challenges you will face once the school year starts.
Summer training is run by BECA alumni who are veteran teachers and teacher trainers. This is the important first step in the BECA experience. After completion of the 6-week training program you be equipped with the tools necessary to succeed in a BECA classroom. The training covers the following topics:
- foundations in educational theory
- training on different methods of language acquisition
- multiculturalism and cultural sensitivities
- classroom management
- unit planning, lesson planning, and backward design
- social and emotional development of the child
- scaffolding and differentiation
- Reading A to Z (literacy assessment training)
The training is very interactive and structured based on how you would teach in your own classroom. The trainers act as teachers and model the lessons for the trainees who are their students. They use “teacher talk” and give examples of classroom management techniques throughout. The training is not a lecture. It is very hands-on, very participatory.
LIVING EXPENSES COVERED
In recognition of your service, BECA will provide you with room, board, and coverage of incidental costs. We encourage you to think of these basic amenities not as compensation, but rather as our means of facilitating your ability to make this commitment to your own learning.
Each school takes on a unique identity representative of its adjoining community, and partners work closely with BECA teachers and staff to provide cultural training that promotes united community engagement and cultural exchange. BECA volunteers are given the tools not only to teach, but also to learn from the communities where they live, make lifelong friendships, and leave a lasting impact.
Apart from our signature training program, we ensure the ongoing professional growth of our volunteers through quarterly professional development days. We want your year with BECA to be a professional leap forward!
BECA’s tailored custom curriculums ensure that volunteers are well prepared and equipped to provide the BECA students with a high quality, culturally relevant education.
We want you to be the “best you” during your year with BECA and beyond. Upon completion of service, we offer career development assistance and access to BECA’s extensive, and growing, network of successful alumni. It’s who you know!