Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA)
Position: Volunteer Teacher (Summer Camp or Full-Year)
Location: Cofradia, Cortez, and Azacualpa, Santa Barbara, Honduras
Cofradia is a small city located 30 minutes northwest of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. San Pedro Sula is the business capital of Honduras with plenty of Western style shopping, movies, restaurants, and nightclubs. There is a growing expat community in San Pedro Sula and a thriving expat community throughout the country.
Honduras is a country rich in culture and history. It is famous for its Copan Ruins and its growing and beautiful eco-tourism. Hondurans are incredibly welcoming and friendly people. BECA has been in the community of Cofradia for close to twenty years. Most residents in Cofradia know BECA and respect and take care of our volunteers. We are truly part of each of our school and local communities.
Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) is recruiting motivated, flexible, and resilient individuals to be volunteer teachers at one of BECA three partnering schools located in rural and semi-rural Honduras. BECA’s mission is to provide quality, affordable bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful cultural exchange. The organization provides this bilingual education to over 650 low-income students each year by sending English-speaking volunteers from across the globe to teach core subjects (English, Math, Science) in three partnering elementary and middle bilingual schools.
Our model is built on partnership between Hondurans committed to quality, progressive education and international volunteers interested in a truly meaningful cultural collaboration. BECA aims to provide its volunteers with a challenging, transformative experience that gives an in-depth understanding of grassroots international development, underserved Central American communities, bilingual teaching strategies, and community capacity building techniques. As a result, BECA teachers develop the skills and responsibilities to be effective teachers, communicators, and leaders
Job description (short):
Volunteer teachers teach classes of 25 students in grades kindergarten through 9th grade. Teachers teach English Language Arts (ELA), science, math, and sometimes, arts, physical education, and other "specials." Teachers also conduct home visits with their students' families and run after-school clubs at their perspective schools.
Job description (long):
The Volunteer Teacher is a team member who plays an integral role in the education of our students. The highlight of this job is the genuine nature of the experience: leading a classroom of 25 students, supporting fellow teachers in the classroom, getting to know your students and their families, and immersing oneself Honduran culture. Please note that applicants need not be certified teachers or fluent Spanish speakers.
- Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
- Facilitate relationships with students, their parents, and community members through home visits
- Plan lessons and teach in English all subject areas with the exception of Social Studies and Spanish
- Collaborate with the Honduran and International teaching team on school projects, events, planning, and curriculum development
- Serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
- Contribute to the collaborative and respectful group living experience
- Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work
Skills & Qualifications:
- A commitment to BECA’s mission and a dedication to social justice
- Fluency in English
- Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
- Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
- Willingness to operate in a low-resource environment under challenging living conditions
Number of vacancies: 36
Age of students: 5 years old through 16 years old
Paid or voluntary: voluntary
Contract length: 1 year (July 2020-June 2021) for full-year volunteers; four weeks for summer camp volunteers (June 2020-July 2020)
Start Date of Jobs: early July 2020
End date: mid-June 2021
Degree required: no degree required, but preferred
Native speaker required: No, but native level of English is required
Other requirements: clean criminal record, love for children/working with children, fun and enthusiastic!
Pay/ salary: BECA provides free housing and a modest food allowance
Acccommodation Provided: yes, volunteers live together in BECA apartments or houses.
Other benefits: modest food stipend, six weeks of teacher training, 15+ days off throughout the year, RT ground transportation to and from the airport, high-speed internet, social bonding trips, assistance with obtaining a temporary residency status, ongoing professional development training and other supports
Application instructions: Apply online at http://www.becaschools.org/get-involved/volunteer-application
Contact person: Monique Turner-Lopez
Contact email: email@example.com
Contact URL: www.becaschools.org
Recruit pairs/couples: yes, couples welcome to apply
Are there any other charges that volunteers are responsible for: Round-trip travel to Honduras, health insurance while in country, and the costs of the background checks