A Broader View Volunteers Corphttp://www.abroaderview.org/volunteers/hon...
236 Glen Place Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 19027 United States
Honduras: La Ceiba
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks, 9-12 weeks, 3-6 months (includes high school academic semester abroad)
Typical Duration of Program
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Unfortunately, the public health care system in Honduras is one of the worst in Latin America. In La Ceiba and the surrounding towns there are very few good hospitals and even most middle class families are unable to afford them.
Therefore, able healthcare volunteers are needed to assist in local hospitals which are often poorly-equipped. Nursing and medical students and professionals will EMT, Nursing, Dental and medical students and professionals will support local doctors and nurses in their work. Work task vary in different capacities from observing to providing assistance in surgery, based on your skills and experience. Also depending on your skill level, you may help care for patients, check blood pressure, distribute food, and work in the pharmacy or with a gynaecologist. *Medical, nurse and dental volunteers must submit a copy of their credentials or nursing certificate, or university/medical school letter verifying enrollment.
Volunteering Abroad in La Ceiba Honduras: Our projects are located in La Ceiba, a picturesque town located on the northern coast of the Caribbean Sea. La Ceiba is well known as the gateway of Honduras. The city maintains a small town welcoming feel where the locals are generous and easy going. The area around the city is mountainous and lush with vegetation. La Ceiba is a young, lively town that beats to the rhythm of its Latin, Caribbean and Afro-Antillean culture.
La Ceiba offers a lot of charm and hospitality, as it still slow on the major tourist developments. With its close proximity to Pico Bonito Natural Park, marine reserves and wildlife refuge, it has the potential to develop into a major ecotourism spot in Central America. La Ceiba has many restaurants, small shops, swaying palms and colonial architecture dotting its main streets. La Ceiba is famous for its Carnival week, which takes place during the Month of May to celebrate the patron saint, San Isidro. This is without doubt the largest and most important celebration held regularly in Central America.
The wonderful climate and the hospitable people make La Ceiba a wonderful place to live and volunteer. Our programs provide you the chance to discover the wonders of Central America, while doing meaningful and rewarding community service work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in a coastal Caribbean town, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference.
We offer the following programs in La Ceiba:
* Program Length: 1 to 24 weeks
* Program Date: Flexible Start and End Date
* Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8 hour per day
* Accommodations: Home stay
* Meals: Yes, 3 meals a day
* Requirements: 18 years or older, an open mind to new adventures.
* To be successful volunteering with a local NGO you need to be able to motivate yourself. Regardless of the country and program, to get the most out of your time abroad you need to quickly get to know the placement.
Find out where you can be of the most help and jump right in. Sometimes you might be the only person working on your particular project. You will have to decide what to do and how to do it. While our ABV Directors and local staff are a great resource for getting ideas and talking about your plans, you shouldn't be surprised when they leave the big decisions up to you. Successful ABV Volunteers all have one thing in common: they take advantage of this freedom to design really excellent projects or manage existing ones and are capable of working hard without a great deal of supervision.
- Proactive: Jump in and maintain a positive attitude.
- Patient: Life in your host country moves slower than one might be used to. Relax and enjoy the slow pace. Remember, not everything is as organized and predictable as life in the US or UK.
- Flexible: Plans change, roads get flooded, and electricity goes out. Realize that not everything goes as planned, but good intention is always there.
- Considerate: Respect those around you and be a reliable worker at the program site. Tell your host family if you will be late. Advise the Project Coordinator if you are sick and can not work.
- Respectful: Remember that the local people you are working with, side by side, do so with little or no salary. They do this work because they believe in it. There are times when you may not agree with or understand the organizations decisions or direction. Although your suggestions are always welcome, your faith, respect and consideration for their long term work and commitment is appreciated.
- Friendly: In order to truly help someone you must get to know them. Do not be afraid to make friends with the local people. Smile, wave and see how fast you are welcomed into the community.
- Tolerant: The food, the culture, the smells and the sounds will be unfamiliar to you at first. We recommend that you dive in and experience life head-on. You will be surprised at how quickly you will adapt.
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- Pre-departure Orientation Guide. Includes detailed travel, safety and cultural information and many tips that will make your trip planning easier.
- Detailed Fundraising Guide that will help you raise the funds needed to travel, as well as provide donations to the project. Ask us about a Widget
- Accommodations: Home stay, shared volunteer residence, guesthouses. Safe, clean, comfortable local housing, inspected by our local coordinators.
- Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Special meals at request.
- Airport meet and greet by our ABV project coordinator (At any time, any day!)
- First night hotel accommodation *some programs
- Guidance and support of a local project coordinator, 24/7 in case of emergency
- Orientation/city briefing on arrival by our ABV project coordinator.
- Placement in a quality project, allowing you to maximize your time and efforts in a good cause.
- Transportation to project site with our ABV project coordinator. Includes introduction to local staff and community members with whom you will be working with.
- Volunteer Program: Half day (4 hours only) Spanish refresher Lesson. Part of volunteer orientation on arrival. (*Some countries)
- Departure transfer by our ABV project coordinator.
- A Feedback page on our ABV website with pictures of your trip.
- The Presidents Volunteer Service Award lapel pin (Bronze, Silver or Gold)
- Personalized Presidents Volunteer Service Award certificate of achievement.
- Letter of completion from A Broader View Volunteers Corp -- By request, A Letter of Recommendation provided by the local organization detailing the activities developed by the volunteer during his or her stay.
- Language and Immersion Programs: include 20 hours a week of Spanish Lessons. Refer to the specific country/city page for more details and cost (this is not included in the general volunteer program). Make sure we offer this program in that country.
18 to 65
American, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi and Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups
My Favorite Memory was working with the babies at the hospital, they always put a smile on my face. I was surprised that I was able to do as much as I did because of the language barrier The most...More
MY FAVORITE MEMORY: The host-family experience was amazing. They made sure to include us in making dinner, experiencing the culture of native Hondurans, learning the history of La Ceiba, and feelin...More
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