El Porvenir it such a wonderful and amazing place to be and all the volunteers I have worked with there would agree! When you can stand in the road and see beautiful mountains to the south and turn to see the Caribbean ocean to the north, it's pretty breath taking. Walking to classes, going to the store, swimming at the beach, watching a soccer game at the local field, you can't walk through town without getting a smile and wave from the adults and a few "hola Teacher" calls from the children! As someone who's lived in a city most of my life, you just can't beat the small town feel of El Porvenir.
The classes that Honduras Child Alliance runs are really fun to work in! I really enjoy being in such a hands on teaching environment where the volunteers really get to take ownership of their classes and be involved in the planning process. The Vacation Activities Program is really really fun! Like being back in summer camp! During November, December, and January we run educational day-camp activities (which are so fun, the kids don't even realize that they are learning!).
During the other times of the year Honduras Child Alliance runs after (or before) school classes for kids which really focus on English and Spanish literacy activities for the kids. My favorite part of the school year classes has been working with Spanish Literacy. It's such a huge area that we can help support the teachers in the community by adding into our program and it really forces the volunteers to get creative!
I've volunteered with Honduras Child Alliance many times and each time it's a completely new and mind blowing experience. I have learned so many things from the program, the kids, and the community that I just can't seem to stay away now! It's done wonders on improving my Spanish, my teaching skills, everything! I would definitely recommend volunteering with this program!