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SUMMER CAMP2020-03-23T02:35:12+00:00

Project Description

Spend Your Summer Making an Impact

We seek 8 Summer Camp Counselors for our annual Summer Camp, a summer bridge program for 2nd – 5th grade students from San Jeronimo Bilingual School and Santa Monica Bilingual School. The camp allows students to remain immersed in the English language during their summer vacation to prevent summer learning loss, and to ease the transition back into school in August. We accomplish this by providing the students three weeks of fun games, activities, and English lessons.

  • June 25 – July 18, 2020

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Join a Team Full of Support

To aid with your transition to Honduras, all Summer Camp Counselors will connect via email and two onboarding video calls prior to coming to Honduras to discuss the following:

  • packing/arriving in country

  • the summer camp theme

  • lesson planning topics for reading & writing, arts & crafts, and physical education

Once you arrive, here’s what you have to look forward to:

  • We kick off with a 4 day orientation in country at the beginning of service

  • Summer Camp runs 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday

  • In the afternoons, the team is busy completing a service project, participating in a reflection series, going on home visits, or participating in team bonding activities

  • Over the weekend, we take team trips to various parts of Honduras, such as: La Ceiba, Cayos Cochinos, Copan Ruinas, las cascadas de Cusuco, or Lago de Yojoa

  • During the week we take team trips into San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras

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As a full time teacher during the year, this break was exactly what I needed! The community was so welcoming and it was really neat to be able to go on home visits and get totally immersed in the culture! The weekend excursions were great for relaxing, team building, and seeing more parts of Honduras. I am so grateful for the team that I got to work with, the students that I got to teach, and the love that I felt from the community.
Liza Beardsley, BECA Summer Camp Counselor 2019

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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 summer camp counselor, you have the opportunity to defend the rights of Hondurans and provide students an education that can truly change their lives.

  • We look for a team of 8 counselors
  • You serve from the end of June to late July – three weeks of this is summer camp, with 4 days at the beginning of orientation and training
  • All summer camp applicants must submit the following:
    • Resume
    • Online application w/ short written responses
    • Two references
  • If your application is selected to move forward, you will be invited to a 2-part interview process

We seek approximately 8 Summer Camp Counselors for Summer Camp 2020 (approximately June 25- July 19, 2020) for children in grades 2-5. 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 and preventing summer learning loss.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan, execute, and document daily activities for students in a collaborative environment
  • Make summer camp a fun way for students to maintain/increase their English language ability
  • Work together to plan activities across disciplines including art, reading and writing, and physical activity

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS

  • A commitment to BECA’s mission and a dedication to social justice
  • Fluency in English
  • Experience working with children (preferred)
  • Willingness to operate and be creative in a low-resource environment
  • Foundational knowledge of Spanish (not required but helpful)

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 costs (food, accommodation, training, materials, and a high-speed internet connection). A reduced contribution may be available for college students with demonstrated need.

For current college students, please note that volunteers 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.

Each year we have a handful of volunteers who come back to serve with us again! We value your dedication and service, which is why we offer the following benefits:

  • Returning summer camp counselors have the benefit of a discounted participation fee
  • There is the opportunity to participate in the interview team – allowing alumni to have a hand in developing the next team of counselors
  • Summer camp counselors are highly likely of being offered a full year teaching position with BECA because they have the knowledge, experience, and skill set required to do it – as exemplified by their SC service
  • A network of alumni to connect with across the globe!
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • Change lives
  • Housing expenses  and modest food stipend ( about $90USD per month) is given to 1st-year international volunteers
  • Build lifelong connections

This was a first time abroad volunteer experience for me, and it truly was a life changer for so many reasons. The community engagement was wonderful, and in only 4 weeks I fell in love with Honduras. I’m still so grateful I had this opportunity to volunteer with such a passionate, genuine organization.

Amy Maples, BECA Summer Camp Counselor '17 and '19

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The Investment

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 costs (food, accommodation, training, materials, and an internet connection). A reduced contribution may be available for college students with demonstrated need.

For current college students, please note that volunteers 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.

Here are some helpful fundraising resources!

Summer Camp Donation

$1000
  • Accommodation
  • In-country transportation for volunteers
  • Education + Training
  • Food Stipend
  • Lunch is provided every weekday at school
  • Off set cost of weekend trips throughout Honduras
  • All Teaching Materials
  • Internet Connection
  • Summer Camp T-Shirts
  • Student transportation to/from camp
  • All materials for service project

Spend Your Summer Making an Impact in Central America

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