Helping Honduras Kids
Six Months to Fall in Love
Submitted by Kyla McClure - Georgetown University | March 30, 2016
After I graduated from high school I decided to take a gap year and volunteer with Helping Honduras Kids, working as an English teacher and activities coordinator for the children they work with. It was one of the most rewarding and eye opening experiences of my life.
I spent my days traveling to the Jungle School, assisting the teachers with classes, preparing and delivering my own lesson plans, and then packing up and heading to the children's home to continue work as a homework assistant or fun activities coordinator. Needless to say, it was exhausting, but I would not have had it any other way. Working with the kids in the different programs leaves an imprint on your heart that is difficult to shake, which is why 5 years later I still help to support this incredible organization any way I can.
Volunteering is not always easy. You will get out of the experience what you put in. HHK is a small organization in which everyone there works way too hard in order to keep up with the daily tasks of caring for 25+ kids and running a 200+ student school. As a volunteer, it is often up to you to see how you can help best, make sure you have a plan for the day, and then sometimes drop all your plans and lend a hand with whatever the director may need at the moment.
The need in Honduras is great. Many of the kids come from abusive families, have emotional development problems, and are seeking love. Working with them changes your heart. For anyone who is willing to put the time in, invest in the kids, and lend a hand to the hardworking people trying to improve children's lives, volunteering with Helping Honduras Kids is for you.
I dug up my blog from my time volunteering, for anyone interested in what my day to day was like. The organization has grown up since then, but many of the core actives and ideas stay the same. Please feel free to browse! http://kylainhonduras.blogspot.com
Great experience to change the world
Submitted by clintjernigan - Gulf Breeze, FL United States | March 30, 2016
I have led over 250 youth and college students from the States to Honduras with Helping Honduras Kids since 2007 and am constantly impressed with the work they are doing for so many along the central north coast of Honduras. They are so well-connected with the community and families in the area and have such huge hearts for providing a brighter future for them. They are doing so much with so little. Our students have served at the Hogar de Amor children's home, the Jungle School, with Grandma's Kids in El Porvenir, and visited several Campositas (villages). There are so many projects to help with from mixing concrete and painting to teaching classes and helping out around the children's home. There is something for everyone looking for a volunteer opportunity. Even if you cannot speak Spanish, you will be able to get around and offer something to the kids. Also, they can arrange lodging, transportation and other travel needs if you would like. Get ready to absolutely fall in love with Honduras and the staff and children of HHK.
Hope and opportunity through education
Submitted by Jim Storbeck - Auburn, AL United States | March 30, 2016
HHK operates an awesome school just outside of La Ceiba, grades Kindergarten through 8 (soon to be 9th grade). You can work as a teachers assistant and really get to know many of the kids. While these kids come from difficult circumstances and poverty, the school is a beacon of light. It's located in a beautiful jungle setting along a river and is accessible by riding the school bus from the Hogar (children's home) which is located in town. When you're not working there are fun things to explore such as zip lining, the beach, and the market. La Ceiba is geared to tourists so there are plenty of places to eat and explore.