WWOOF

If you are planning to do some WWOOFing with us at The Organic Learning Center, these are things you may want to bring with you.

  • A light colored brimmed hat for the sun.
  • Long sleeve shirt for hot sun or cool nights. Long sleeves also protect from scratchy plant leaves. 
  • Instead of cotton, I almost always wears synthetics because they dry soo much quicker. The cotton I have, I want to be thin.
  • Boots with good traction for the hills. 
  • Except in the field, I (Glen) always wear tennis or Crocs.
  • Flip flops for the shower and for hanging out around campus. 
  • A rechargeable flashlight is always handy….and save your phone battery. 
  • Wide mouth water bottle easy to refill. 
  • If you are a very large size, you won’t be able to buy shoes in Honduras so bring extra.
  • Other than visitors, almost no one uses insect repellent but if you want something special, better bring it. 
  • Because the fields are very wet every morning from the night dew or rain, it is best to wear waterproof boots while working in the fields. Those boots are available here if your size is not larger than 9. Larger than 9 it’s better if you bring them. It is not muddy but the grass is very wet.
  • If you want special things, bring it. For example, if you want basic sun screen or insect repellent, it is easy to buy in town but anything special, probably not. Generic medications are readily available but not brand names. 

Things you may want to know before coming

ATM machines in Honduras ONLY use ATM cards….not credit cards. Because the airport has several different ATM machines, that is where I most often use because if one machine doesn’t like my card, another one will.

Washing clothes and bed linens is done by hand. Most students wash their clothes each day or two but some do it weekly. We provide the soap and a clothes washing station. If you prefer not to wash clothes, students are glad to earn some extra money washing for you. Everyone cleans their own room, porch space, dishes, etc. We live as typical Honduran families do where everyone, even children, have things to do and care for. 

Sleeping situation varies because of WWOOFers coming and going but will generally sleep two or three to a room in single beds.  We try to have a double bed available for couples in their own room. Sometimes wwoofers will share a room with students. As stated on the WWOOF site, we sleep dormitory style.

The electricity in Honduras is the same as in the United States…same plug, same voltage, etc.

Security has not been an issue with personal items in the room but as for myself, when I am traveling and sharing space with others, I carry a small luggage lock to put on the zipper of my backpack. You will be able to lock your room door when you leave. 

TOLC vs CAO

FYI, don’t be surprised that in Honduras you will never hear anyone speak about The Organic Learning Center (TOLC). Instead you will hear them talking about CAO. CAO is the Spanish version of TOLC. Centro Aprendizaje Orgánico. CAO in Spanish is pronounced as “cow” in English. Bottom line, when you hear people talking about “cow” they’re not talking about an animal.

We have wifi that works fairly well on phones but is slower on laptops but a coffee shop in town has great coffee and free wifi that is much faster. 3o minute walk away.

Important to know before coming

Everyone one in Honduras uses WhatsApp.  Not email. Not texts. Not calls. Only WhatsApp  So, if you want to communicate in Honduras, download and activate WhatsApp. 

We have no insurance. If you want insurance coverage, you need to obtain it for yourself. Medical, accident, travel, evacuation, etc. insurances are all your personal responsibility. WWOOF organization offers some but we are not familiar with it.

All volunteers are asked to download our liability waiver and return it to us prior to arriving.

If flying into the San Pedro Sula airport, it is important to select a flight arriving during daylight hours because the roads are not suitable for driving at night.

When you first arrive, you will want to be able to communicate. Therefore, you will probably want to have an international calling plan with your provider for the first day. After that, you can get a local SIM card. 

Thing you may want to see before coming.

 The Agreement each of our students sign to be accepted. It will give you insight into campus life. 

A list of often used words you may want to learn in Spanish. 

Some of our teaching materials.

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Preparing Honduran Immigration Forms

The easiest best option when filling out forms for Honduran Immigration, etc. is to list Tourism as your reason for visiting Honduras. 
 
Address: Organic Center, Quimistan, Santa Barbara, Honduras.
 
For entering Honduras, you have to bring your original covid vaccination card. They will not accept a copy. If you aren’t vaccinated, you can bring a negative PCR Covid test that is within 72 hours of your arrival.
 
Once you arrive at the airport in Honduras, the time to clear through immigration and customs varies but typically between 20 minutes and 45 minutes. Don’t be surprised that they are going to scan your luggage just like they did when you checked in to your airport back home. They want to be sure you’re not bringing weapons etc. into the country. Occasionally they will want to open your bag and look and see what you have but it’s rarely if ever an issue. For example, occasionally a camera can look like a pistol and they will want to check it out.
 

Reminders

  • We highly recommend you not buy a ticket that lands at night.
  • Have you sent us your Liability Waiver?
  • If you want insurance, have you purchased it?

More info about The Organic Learning Center is here

Jacob is WWOOFing with us.

 

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