Sailing through a canopy of rainforest trees near the beautiful Caribbean Sea, Honduras awaits volunteers for a multitude of projects – from education to healthcare. Christopher Columbus, on his final trip to the Americas, landed in Honduras making it part of Spain’s vast empire in the New World. Honduras’ steamy climate is home to innumerable plant and animal species. Cloud forests (which rise up to nearly 10,000 feet), mangrove swamps, natural reserves, islands and the world’s second largest coral reef just give you a taste of the bountiful natural landscapes here. Friendly people and charming colonial cities greet United Planet volunteers amidst Mayan ruins and tropical jungles.
United Planet is the US and Canadian partner of the International Cultural Youth Exchange, or ICYE. As a volunteer in Honduras, you will be hosted by ICYE Honduras, ICYE’s Honduran partner organization. For thirty years, ICYE Honduras has been sending Hondurans abroad to volunteer and welcoming volunteers to the area for community projects of all kinds.
Volunteers have the opportunity to assist youth and children in rural schools. In addition to assisting teachers in the classroom and teaching English, this project also allows the volunteer to create an after- school program based on the volunteer’s skills (such as sports, music, art, etc).
Volunteers can work in day care centers, organize sports recreation programs for children, or teach English. Volunteering in Honduras gives you the opportunity to play a crucial role in the lives of children who do not have the resources or receive attention they deserve. Volunteers work with these children to encourage them to build confidence for their futures.
Volunteers have the opportunity to provide children with education and recreation as well as the attention and love they deserve. Volunteers help people living with mental and physical disabilities feel useful in the society, as well as help them to reveal their natural talents.
Volunteers work in a privately funded ward of a large public hospital in Tegucigalpa that helps children who are fighting cancer. This experience provides an opportunity to spend time talking to and playing with the children who spend all of their time in the hospital. The parents of the children also appreciate the conversation, smiles, and support that the volunteers provide.
Visit the Blue Harbor Tropical Arboretum in Roatan which is the only Botanical Observatory in the Caribbean. There is an extensive collection of tropical flowers and trees from around the World. Take the opportunity to learn more about Honduras’ natural history.
Travel to Pico Bonito National Park in La Ceiba. There are several different types of habitats to explore, ranging from the coastal shores to altitudes of 2435 meters above sea level. This is the second largest National park in Honduras While there, you can go on a hike and see some of mammals inhabiting the park or climb up to the top of a look out tower and see the various species of birds that are living in the trees.
This staircase is an archaeological site that contains the longest Mayan text that has been found thus far. Try and decipher the glyphs for yourself as you ascend the staircase. In addition to the staircase, there are other ruins of this ancient Mayan civilization for you to explore.
Visit the capital city of Honduras and see some of its major historical landmarks. The Basilica de Suyapa is the most important church in Tegucigalpa, construction of the basilica started in 1954. Since then, visitors have loved to come and see the beautiful stained glass windows inside the Basilica. This is just one of the many historic landmarks in Tegucigalpa.
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
|Start Date||6 month fee||1 year fee||Early Bird Deposit Deadline||Regular Deposit Deadline|
|August 2016||$8,995||$12,295||Monday, March 21, 2016||Monday, May 23, 2016|
|January 2017||$8,995||$12,295||Friday, August 12, 2016||Friday, September 16, 2016|
We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.