Serve a Local Community, Make a Global Impact
Deciding to volunteer abroad is no easy feat. Whether you’re feeling pressure from society or your family to get a job, looking for a break from the Western world, or just looking for a new place to call home, picking the right program is tough. We provide those with a desire to impact social change with the training and support to volunteer teach Honduran youth, connect to a local community, and make a global impact.
Why Should You Volunteer with BECA?
One year of service (more is always welcome)
Learn & practice Spanish
Become a member of the Honduras community
Strengthen your resume
Gain international work experience
You have a team to help support you
Grow personally and professionally
No teaching experience required––we train you!
Travel throughout Honduras and Central America
Immerse in another culture
Make a true impact
We Equip You with the Opportunity, Training, and Support You Need to Teach in Honduras
Like you, we also want to make an impact in the world. With over 10 years of educating in Central America, BECA has placed over 250 individuals just like you in our partner schools as volunteer teachers. Our volunteers all come from different backgrounds. Sure, some are educators… but others are recent college grads, marketing professionals, lawyers, or even retired. Regardless of employment history, we all share the desire to make an impact in a place that truly needs it.
Apply to volunteer teach with us and join our community of volunteers devoted to equipping students with a high-quality bilingual education.
BECA has impacted my life beyond what I can put into words. Physically being in Cofradia, working alongside the most motivated, hard-working Hondurans is such a huge honor. I learn so much about myself and my strengths on a daily basis all redited to our community.
Teaching with BECA is a wonderful experience. You have the chance to immerse yourself in another culture and serve students that need a quality bilingual education. As a student that graduated from a BECA school myself, I’ve learned the importance of helping others.
What Makes BECA So Different?
Every day, hundreds of families are separated as individuals begin the migration north for a better life. BECA believes that creating economic opportunities for individuals in their home country is the best and safest solution to fight poverty.
Over the last 18 years, we’ve worked alongside our Honduran partners to provide high-quality bilingual education to the next generation of Hondurans. Our students learn the skills they need to find dignified, well-paying work in Honduras. For many of our graduates and their families, this has allowed them to avoid the necessity of the perilous journey north.
As a volunteer teacher, you have the opportunity to defend the rights of Hondurans and provide students an education that can truly change their lives.
ABOUT BECA: BECA exists to provide quality, affordable bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful cultural exchange. BECA’s model is more than an international teaching program; we distinguish ourselves by the breadth and depth of our community engagement, our dedication to fostering long-term relationships with our communities, and our commitment to ensuring that our BECA teachers are trained and supported to unleash the amazing potential of their students and to learn from them and their families. In the 2016-17 school year, one of our long-time dreams came true – we hired a BECA graduate as a teacher! Now, half of our teaching team at each school is made up of BECA graduates, and the other half is international volunteers.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: BECA invites ~12 international volunteers to join our volunteer teaching team each year, supporting both elementary and middle school students at 2 local schools, San Jeronimo Bilingual School and Santa Monica Bilingual School. At a high level, each volunteer teacher is responsible for: leading an English curriculum for students in grades PreK-9 in ELA, Science, Math, Art, PE and Computers (all classes are capped at 25 students, and most teachers take on one full curriculum for a grade level) supporting fellow teachers in the classroom, getting to know your students and their families, and immersing oneself in Honduran culture. Don’t worry – we’ll be there to support you with every step along the way!
Prior to arrival, international volunteers will have 2-3 virtual onboarding calls to prepare for their time in-country.Our international team arrives in-country in June 2023, and are placed in a homestay with a local family upon arriving in Honduras before moving into BECA housing. The initial weeks in-country are spent embarking on a summer-long training program that teaches you: the BECA curriculum, classroom management, and so much more. Once the school year begins, BECA teachers receive ongoing professional development and training throughout the academic year.
- Facilitate relationships with students’ parents and other community members
- Plan lessons and teach in English (all subjects with the exception of Social Studies and Spanish)
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
- Periodically serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
- Collaborate with the teaching team (Honduran and International) on school projects, events, planning, and curriculum development
- Contribute to the collaborative and respectful group living experience
- Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work to your families and friends
- Participate in professional development events, such as local education-based conferences, and BECA-lead efforts
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
- A Bachelor’s degree by June 2023 (all majors welcome to apply!)
- Candidate with an Associate’s degree may be considered, and are encouraged to apply
- A commitment to BECA’s mission and a dedication to social justice
- Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
- Capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
- Willingness to operate in a low-resource environment under challenging living conditions
Bonus points if you…
- Have experience with AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other international (or domestic!) teaching programs
BENEFITS: All BECA volunteer teachers receive…
- A monthly food stipend
- Up to $500 USD flight reimbursement for travel to/from Honduras from the Americas
- Up to $750 USD flight reimbursement for travel to/from Honduras from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia
- Local transportation to/from the airport
- Housing (within a shared living accommodation)
- High-speed internet, and all utilities, provided by BECA
- Assistance in obtaining temporary residency status, or support with obtaining a temporary VISA, depending on volunteer need/local regulations
- Intensive summer training, and ongoing training and professional development throughout the academic year
- Immersion in a Spanish speaking community, with opportunities for Spanish-language acquisition
APPLY: If interested in applying, please complete our volunteer application here: http://becaschools.org/get-involved/volunteer-application. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled, so candidates are encouraged to apply early.
If you are interested in referring a potential candidate, please email their name and contact information to: [email protected]
My two years with BECA have been a whirlwind of growth and of new experiences. From teaching middle school, to hanging out with the volunteers, to planning team bonding trips, to traveling around Honduras, to all the little moments in between, each day has brought new and exciting challenges and experiences. Every day with BECA is a new adventure. I have loved every second with my students, even the challenging moments––they constantly blow me away with their intelligence and insightfulness. It is my biggest joy and privilege to be a part of this community and it will always have a very large piece of my heart. Honduras is an incredibly beautiful country and I will always treasure my years spent volunteering here.