There are plenty of places to teach outside the U.S, but very few organizations give you the chance to make the impact of a lifetime. This immersing job opportunity provides a $132.50/mo. stipend, housing with utilities, transportation, lunch Monday-Friday, health insurance and visa renewal trips.
This challenging position provides the opportunity to spend a year teaching english to the most at-risk youth in Honduras, with an organization that has been featured on CNN, CNN en Espanol, Larry King Live, and USA Today.
In 2012, we opened the Villa Soleada Bilingual School in northern Honduras with the goal to serve up to 250 children from the surrounding villages and our orphanage. Many of our students come from families that live on just a few dollars a day. Our Children’s Home for abandoned children neighbors the school where our elementary school aged kids also attend classes. We are proud of our rare model where children of very low economic standing are able to have access to a bilingual education, usually only affordable by the middle to upper class. Our mission as an organization is to end extreme poverty and violence in Honduras through education and youth empowerment and VSBS is our primary project to fulfill that mission.
In addition to the $132.50 monthly salary (currency exchange is 22L to $1), SHH covers all volunteer housing with utilities and lunch 5 days a week. Incidental expenses like high speed internet, classroom materials, Volunteer Card health insurance, and visa renewal trips are also covered. Expenses not covered by us include travel to/from Honduras and money for personal travel/amenities.
Housing and Food:
Our volunteers will live in a comfortable staff apartment located in the city center of El Progreso and will be provided with transportation to and from the school in our bus.
Lunch will be served daily at the school during the week.
Teaching experience and advanced Spanish are both desirable volunteer traits. However, we are most interested in individuals who are flexible, able to deal with significant challenge, and willing to learn along with us.
In the past, most of our volunteers have ranged in age from 21-35 and have come from a variety of professional backgrounds from social work to international development. The most important qualities we look for in our volunteers are a genuine commitment to service and the ability to be a team player. We retain the right to dismiss a volunteer if it is in the best interest of the children or the program.
This 12 month commitment begins July 2015, with option to return home to the US for winter break.
Please note that life in Honduras can be unpredictable. Sometimes our teachers are called upon to do things that fall outside the scope of the activities listed here.
- Facilitate relationships with parents and other community members
- Lesson-plan (to be done on a weekly basis and submitted for review)
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
- Serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
- Support your fellow teachers in school and at home
- Serve as an ambassador for our organization by helping to spread the word about our work to your families and friends
- Maintain attendance records for all students in your homeroom
- File a copy of your weekly lesson plans on the agreed upon schedule
- Provide administration with a copy of your weekly class schedule before the week begins
- Ensure classroom is open and ready for students at beginning of school day
- Attend all teacher meetings
- Keep the office informed of any problems (disciplinary or otherwise) you are having with students or concerns you have about students.
- Keep student files updated with the information
- Keep the office informed of extended absences of students
Exam Administration Responsibilities:
- Grade exams
- Collect performance grades from other teachers and prepare Bimester report cards
- Fill out hard-copy of grading spreadsheet
- Fill out electronic version of grading sheet – kept on a computer accessible for all
Other Optional (But Recommended) Responsibilities:
- Organize after-school reading workshops
- Plan field trips
- Plan and organize extracurricular activities for students
- Attend Parents’ Association Meetings (at discretion of Administrator)
- Participate in fundraising efforts to support our program costs
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Experience living or working abroad highly preferred
- Experience teaching, lesson planning or supervising children in an education setting
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to adapt to change and be flexible