Children's Vacation Activities Program (VAP), Work with kids and live at the beach!

Video and Photos

Bring Eduardo (local fire fighter) cupcakes on his birthday
See?? Isn't it beautiful?
Doing an English vocab relay race!
Welcome to the beach!
Welcome to the beach!
Registering kids for Vacation Activities Program
Registering kids for Vacation Activities Program
Profesor 'Loco'!
Profesor 'Loco'!
Washing hands before snack
Washing hands before snack
Vacation Activities Program at the PEP-2 location
Vacation Activities Program at the PEP-2 location

About

Inexpensive and inspiring! HCA seeks volunteers who are energetic and collaborative, with a red-hot motivation and some relevant talents to help make a difference in the lives of Honduran children during their school break (November through January). Recent years have left students in the public schools far behind grade level due to frequent strikes and limited resources and so, staffed by international volunteers and local Honduran interns, 'VAP' operates along the lines of a “summer camp” experience but also provides daily academic enrichment through games and projects designed to reinforce math, reading, writing and English skills. The children are also introduced to computers and science activities and participate in creating opportunities through art, drama, and music. Sports are popular too and although fútbol rules in Honduras, the children do enjoy the opportunity to try new games!

Highlights
  • All classrooms walking distance from volunteer housing
  • Progressive, creative, inclusive environment
  • Well organized and well structured in-country support team
  • Beautiful tropical environment with beach and mountains!
  • Safe and welcoming community!

Impact

The most valuable aspect of your work is that it actually fulfills an otherwise unmet need. Honduras Child Alliance educational volunteers provide small group instruction and attention to help children gain the essential skills (English, computers, etc.) that allow them to access opportunities with Honduras. Healthcare volunteers provide needed care at local clinics and hospitals.

Volunteering makes a difference to the people you work with, but it also makes a difference to YOU. HCA volunteers always have natural opportunities to connect with the local children and adults, even outside of volunteering. While our housing includes full kitchens so that volunteers can prepare their own meals, we often arrange group dinners in the homes of our community friends or at local restaurants. Volunteer housing is integrated within the community where we work. This helps to support the local economy, as well as give volunteers a more connected experience within the country. As you become part of the community, you will find that in addition to your tangible project, you will also build genuine connections to the people who live in this hard-working and vibrant town.

Nutrition Internship-seeking 'Healthy Snacks' Coordinator!

Hungry kids need healthy snacks!
Are you interested in addressing hunger in a sustainable way?
Do you love to cook and to organize people to help?
Work with a licensed nutritionist to address food insecurity in El Porvenir.

Questions & Answers

Reviews

98%
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 9.8
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Value 9.8
  • Safety 10
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Emma
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

I first volunteered with HCA in 2016 and came back two years later to develop a program. I directly felt welcomed there, by the volunteers and the community. Teaching English to kids and adults is really inspiring because you can see the impacts on them. So there are different types of classes: kindergarten in the early morning, then during the day, there is the kids’ class (from 6 to 12 years old), and at the end of the day, adult class. All of them are really different and it can suit to everyone with different levels of Spanish. Moreover, it is a good opportunity to learn Spanish with the community, and English with volunteers. HCA allows volunteers to develop projects such as mine: develop the “baños program” and helps you to connect with the community. I would definitely go back to build baños and teach English if I can.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I first went to Honduras for 2 months, and I felt it was not enough. When I came back, I decided to stay 6 months. This is the time I would recommend to stay to get to know the kids, the community, and to meet people from all around the world.
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Yamit
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

VAP is SO much fun!!!

Vacation Activities Program, or VAP, was one of the best parts of my time at HCA. Every week, we taught a different subject, such as geography, science, and animals! During Geography week, we explored different parts of the world through food, music, art, and language. Not only were the kids able to make/label their own maps, but they could even count to ten in Mandarin! All of the kids and volunteers learned a ton and had an amazing time!

El Porvenir is an amazing town! It's fairly quiet, but very friendly and welcoming. I don't think I ever walked to class without seeing people that I knew and I always felt incredibly safe, even at night. I loved that we got the opportunity to see more and more of El Porvenir every day on our walks to class because it is such an amazing place!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be engaged, build strong relationships with the students, and have FUN in classes!
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Carly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Heart is Still in El Porvenir!

I started volunteering in Honduras in February of 2011 and continue to go back for a few weeks each year! Needless to say, I love it!

It’s ironic that as volunteers, we arrive in Honduras ready to teach the energetic, sweet children of El Porvenir, and we leave having learned so much from them!

Some volunteer organizations charge a lot of money for their trips, but Honduras Child Alliance was one of the most reasonably priced organizations that I found during my search.

Another amazing aspect of this volunteer experience is the opportunity to connect and become friends with the other volunteers who come from different countries all over the world. Many of us still keep in touch and one of my best friends to this day is somebody I volunteered with back in 2011.

That’s me in the video, and it pretty much says it all! I feel lucky to have been a part of this entire experience and hope that you also get the chance!

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Liz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Amazing Place To Be

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!

What would you improve about this program?
One thing that could be improved in this program would be more structured Spanish instruction for volunteers who don't speak Spanish when they come. I know it's something that they are working on!
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Gwendolyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Educational empowerment program for the children on Honduras

Honduras Child Alliance is powered by incredible volunteers from all over the world, who come to work together in El Porvenir, Honduras. The cost to live in their volunteer house is $4-$6 USD per day, depending on how long you are staying. They have a project manager who lives in one of the houses and a general manager who lives in one of the others. There is a lot of support for the volunteers from the organization and from the community. We work in small teams and with groups of 10-20 children at a time.The community is very poor but is also quite beautiful. The beach is right outside our front door and there is a beautiful waterfall about 10 minutes away. All donated funds go toward the operations of the programs. This is a small organization and well run.

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About Honduras Child Alliance

The Honduras Child Alliance helps children gain access to opportunities by developing essential skills and coordinating community-based programs to support educational enrichment and healthy living. The Porvenir Enrichment Program (PEP+) includes...