Tela is a coastal town close to three national parks. It is a tourist destination for local Hondurans now, but it began as the Headquarters of the Tela Railroad Company. Outside of busy holiday seasons when the centre of town is bustling with activities and life, Tela is a sleepy town and is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Honduras. The area also has some superb opportunities for cycling and you may be left two bikes from the previous volunteers for your own use.
Blanca Jeannette Kawas Bilingual School was founded in 1995 by a local mother, Graciela Bueso de Velasquez, who wanted to be sure children had the opportunity to learn English. She encouraged other parents in the community to participate and, for the past 17 years, she and her children have been directors of the school. There are about 200 students in the school and the school year runs from August to June. It is a fee-paying school, but not-for-profit and runs several scholarships for children from the area. The school is dedicated to providing a diverse population of students with the best bilingual education possible which allows its students to become active and informed citizens. Many Honduran parents strive for their children to gain a bilingual education in order to increase the personal development of the students and job opportunities that may be available to them in the future.
You will be teaching a variety of English classes at primary level, particularly English, such as spelling, grammar, reading and phonics. You may also teach some basic Maths and Science. You are very likely to have your own class. Its is a busy timetable, and you will have a great deal of responsibility in term of planning lessons and setting exams. You will be encouraged to set up extracurricular activities, such as art, music, drama and sport as afterschool programmes and the school is very interested in developing a junior choir, environmental group and debating society.
Spanish-speaking Honduras is the second largest and second poorest country in Central America and a fascinating part of the world in which to spend a year. It has a beautiful and varied landscape with a range of environments to explore during your holidays: rugged mountains and highland valleys, vast tracts of tropical rain forest and palm-lined Caribbean beaches with the second largest barrier reef in the world off the shore of the Bay Islands.
The Western Highway makes trips to other Central American countries such as Belize, El Salvador and Guatemala very easy and volunteers often travel to Nicaragua during longer holidays. The Bay Islands, situated a couple of hours from the mainland by boat, are some of the most stunning islands in the world as well as offering some of the cheapest diving courses. Lots of volunteers return home certified scuba divers. There are many differences in population, language, climate, scenery and lifestyle between the islands of Honduras and the mainland, which are very interesting to observe.
You will have an exciting opportunity to explore, learn about and work in a fascinating country while reaching a high level of spoken Spanish if you invest your time and energies into the challenge!