Outside of the major cities, Hondurans live a very tranquil and community-centered life. Our program is located in the southwestern Paraiso Province where groups volunteer in safe and under-served communities within the mountain regions. Each community has a very distinct culture and way of life including different architectural styles like homes made of local materials. Honduras boasts many proud historical traditions displayed through the way of life within the communities where your group can undoubtedly make the most profound and lasting impact.
Community Partners AND PROJECTS
Honduran people are unique because of their diverse populations and welcoming people. With deep Mayan roots along with various other indigenous cultures, the Honduran people are proud of their roots as well as their traditions.
In many areas, the limited availability of teachers and resources results in lower quality education. Underserved communities struggle to provide adequate resources for schools, including functional classroom equipment, updated educational materials, and even proper sanitation stations. You will experience an adventure-of-a-lifetime that includes volunteer and cultural learning activities designed to enrich your understanding of the country while making a positive impact in the local community and their locals schools.
Accomodations and Food
The home-base is located in a valley approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes northeast of Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. Here, the Squad can enjoy a beautiful view of a landscape full of green pastures, sugar cane fields and distant mountains. The warm weather warrants a swim in the pool that can be utilized during free time.
Common areas are furnished with plenty of chairs and couches. Enjoy the evening breeze on the patio with fellow volunteers or bring out a book for some quiet time. Living areas are communal with plenty of space to keep your belongings.
During your stay, you’ll feast on a blend of healthy Honduran cuisine. Typical meals include plenty of starches like pasta, potatoes, while also having plenty of vegetables to balance out your plate.
Luis Torres is the country director of Squads Abroad in Honduras. He manages a team of 24 permanent local staff made up of health and development professionals, coordinators, translators, cooks and logistic staff that have more than 20 years experience coordinating international volunteer programs. Under Luis’ leadership, our Honduras team has coordinated more than 10,000 international volunteers successfully and is a highly recognized health and development organization in Honduras.
Each weekday afternoon enjoy guided cultural activities such as Spanish lessons through conversational exchanges with students, a leather-making class, a traditional candy-making workshop, a coffee tour and barista experience, and mural painting instruction. Also in the evenings enjoy reflection sessions and guest speakers who will illuminate on Honduran history and local traditions.
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COPAN- The Maya site of Copan is one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization. The site is functioned as the political, civil and religious centre of the Copan Valley. It was also the political centre and cultural focus of a larger territory that covered the southeast portion of the Maya area and its periphery. The citadel now in ruins and imposing public squares reveal the three main stages of development before the city was abandoned in the early 10th century.
For many years the Copán site has been famous for its magnificent Maya Ruins Archaeological declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. This magnificent park known as the most artistic Mayan civilization is perhaps the greatest source of information about this ancient civilization. Copan is considered today as the Paris of the Mayan world in Central America. Take a guided tour of the archaeological site and learn more about this fascinating civilization.