Olancho Aid Foundation
Goal of Program:The Olancho Aid Foundation, Inc. is a faith-based organization that empowers Honduran youth to transform themselves, their communities, and their country through education. We are a team of Honduran nationals and foreign volunteers dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing an environment that stimulates intellectual and spiritual growth.
Type of Placement:Volunteers: Placements: Volunteers serve in roles within the Foundation as needed, often in education, administration, and child care. Specific assignments will be discussed through the interview process and during orientation once on the ground in Honduras. Example roles include: Summer Camp Counselor, Adult ESL Instructor, Resource Teacher, Co-Teacher, Science Lab Coordinator, Art/Music Teacher, Librarian, Water Project Auditor, Social Media Intern, etc. Mission teams: We welcome mission teams to serve in various projects within the Olancho area.
Service Area:Juticalpa is a mid-sized city located in the department of Olancho in central Honduras. It is roughly a 3-hour drive from the capital, Tegucigalpa. Largely an agricultural area, Juticalpa suffers from underdevelopment and poverty.
Service Length:Volunteers: Dates of Service: Our volunteers commit to serve approximately five months with potential to extend. Upcoming terms of service are January 2 - June 3, 2019 and August 4 - December 15, 2019. Mission Team: 7-10 days
Requirements:Volunteers: Two years of post-high school work, education, or other experience; Experience working with children; Experience traveling or living in Latin America and/or developing countries; Basic knowledge of Spanish language; Ability to live in basic living conditions; Willingness to participate in community activities; Willingness to live in accordance with Christian values and to attend religious retreats and Catholic mass Mission Teams must have a team leader to work with our Mission Team Coordinator in preparation of their trip. Groups can customize their experience to participate in various capacities, including medical missions, construction projects, and/or social service initiatives.
Financial Arrangement:Volunteers: Monthly stipend to cover food and utilities; International travel medical insurance; Housing; Local cell phone and charger; Wireless internet Mission Groups are responsible for covering their own expenses. The cost can vary based on the number of people in the group and the type of work they decide to complete. Please contact Oscar Fuentes ([email protected]) for more information
Living Arrangements:Volunteers are provided housing in the Volunteer House, which is located a brief walk to the central square and is surrounded by several fruterias and supermercados. The home has 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a living room, and a large outdoor space. Each volunteer will be given his or her own room with a shared bathroom. The house is fully furnished and contains necessary kitchen appliances and utensils. A water cooler for drinking water is provided. Other amenities include wireless internet, indoor plumbing, and electricity. Volunteers will be responsible for paying all water and electricity bills. Mission Teams stay in a separate home intended for larger groups. This home has seven rooms, each with 4-6 bunk beds. Bathrooms are communal. The home also contains a kitchen area to accommodate food preparation for large groups. Amenities include wireless internet, electricity, and indoor plumbing.
Program Size:We welcome 2-8 new volunteers every four months and 10-12 mission groups each year.
Training:Volunteers are required to attend orientation before beginning service, in which they will learn about Foundation policies, cultural differences, safety precautions, school procedures, and curriculum requirements. Volunteers will be strongly supported throughout the academic year as various situations and challenges arise.
Application Deadline:Volunteer and Mission Team applications are accepted throughout the year without a deadline. To apply, please visit https://olanchoaid.org/ways-to-help/service-abroad/