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Volunteer Teaching Program

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. 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.

Charla de Padres

A "school for and by parents" that provides bi-weekly classes on topics such as nutrition, personal health and hygiene, family budgeting, and supporting a child’s education.

Charla de Padres was created in the same spirit of cultural exchange and community empowerment that BECA was founded upon. Parents meet twice each month to learn from guest speakers, BECA teachers, and from one another, about a variety of subjects. This sharing of knowledge allows for parents and teachers alike to walk away with newfound skills and a deeper understanding about the world they live in.

While Charla schedules are coordinated by BECA volunteers, presenters come from every walk of life and in this manner, the student one week becomes a teacher the next.

Libros y Familias

Originally introduced by author Dr. Alma Flor Ada, the idea behind Libros y Familias is that successful home-school-community partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse families are possible if we recognize the enormous "funds of knowledge" families bring, and promote a meaningful dialogue between home and school based on mutual respect and trust.

Basic Goals of the Program

  • To increase the amount of time parents spend reading and talking to their children at home
  • To produce and publish books authored and illustrated by parents and children
  • To promote cultural activities that foster cultural pride and self-esteem

During Libros Y Familias workshops parents read, discuss, and compose personal responses to selected books in Spanish that reflect culturally relevant themes such as friendship, religion, working families, etc. Children meet with facilitators who direct craft activities based on the theme of the book used for the adults. At the end of the workshop, each family takes home a copy of the book that was discussed. For some of our families, the books they receive at these workshops are the only books in their home.

Parents' personal responses to the selected book are transcribed and read with the children, who are then asked to illustrate their parents' writings. The parent and children's combined work constitutes a book. The books are distributed to each family at the beginning of the next workshop.

BBP Scholarship

The BECA Bachillerato Program Scholarship, created by BECA alumnae Hilary Hammell and Bridget Kelly, is awarded each year to an outstanding graduating student of SJBS. The scholarship provides the student with the means to earn a diploma from a bilingual high school - an extremely valuable commodity in Honduras.

The BBP is an extension of BECA's overall model of increasing access to education for all members of the community. The BBP takes into account not only financial need but also academic achievement and motivation. We hope to inspire all of our students to strive for academic excellence.

Why is the BBP important?

Bilingual Hondurans are virtually guaranteed jobs that pay twice as much as their non-English speaking counterparts, if not more. With this scholarship, students who may not have the financial means to continue their education are able to obtain a degree (equivalent to a college degree in the United States) to become eligible for professional, career track jobs.

Our Commitment to No Handouts

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must have an 85 average or above in their core subjects of Math, Science, English, Global Studies, Spanish, Civics, and Social Studies. They must also complete an application process that includes essays, a parent application, and teacher recommendations. A financial needs assessment is performed during a home visit by a BECA representative and the recipient is selected by an impartial committee of experts chosen by BECA.