Volunteer

Volunteering at HIBS can be personally rewarding as well educational and life expanding. 

HIBS is a great place to volunteer…alone or with a group or as a family. 

HIBS is located in the small peaceful scenic village of Quimistan. Volunteers stay at a clean hotel with restaurant, wifi, TV, AC, phone signal as well as hot and cold water. Most of those things are lacking in much of Honduras. So, while the accommodations are basic by U.S. standards, they are rather nice by Honduran standards. 

The most often asked question is…”What would I do as a volunteer?”  My normal response is “What do you enjoy doing? or What is your passion?”  People often think there is no way to do what they love while volunteering. So, for example, one person said, “I love cooking. How would I use that interest at HIBS?”  I said they could teach nutritional cooking classes to staff and parents. For example, teaching folks to not peel potatoes because the skins have lots of nutrition and by not throwing them away, they can save on groceries. Now they see how they can use their love of cooking while volunteering at HIBS. 

It is the same with whatever your passion…..art, music, gardening, handyman repairs, building, painting, carpentry, sewing, fitness, poetry, hiking,  sports, etc . There is a way to use almost any interest you have a passion for. 

But, the main thing you could do at HIBS is speak English. HIBS is a bilingual school without any native English speakers. So, native English speakers are what is most needed. You would have time to help both students and staff practice their English. If you can find fun ways to practice English, that is an extra benefit. Hondurans love music. So, if you can use music for learning English, you will be a big hit.

One of the good things about teaching at HIBS even if only for a day or two, your lessons will live on in the students and staff. What the teachers learn from you will be taught by them to thousands of student over their life time. Your time of volunteering at HIBS will provide benefits for a lifetime. 

A few of the logistical details.

You would fly into San Pedro Sula airport. The airport code is SAP. 

Glen will pick you up at the airport.

The drive from the airport to Quimistan is about one and a half hours.

The school is closed for vacation December and January as well as Holy Week. Most other times are suitable for hosting volunteers.

Evening meal time is often with the staff as a way for volunteers to give staff more opportunity to practice English. That means visiting various eating places for dinner each evening. Breakfast is normally at the hotel and lunch is normally at school.

Meals and rooms normally run about $300 for a week. Flights are normally $500 to $800 round trip.  Volunteers cover those costs and make their own flight arrangements. 

While all group sizes can be accompanied, normally the optimum size group is 2 to 8 people. If you are thinking of a larger or smaller size group, we can discuss the details. 

The Mayan Ruins are about 2 hours away. Spending the night in a hotel near the ruins is a way to add diversity to the schedule. It is also an amazingly interesting site and the nearby town is picturesque.  Because of the mountain location, the climate is moderate. In addition to the Mayan Ruins, other side trips could be made.  One option is to have Field Trips with the older students of HIBS. There are many options for field trips as a way to expand both the students’ and your understanding of this interesting country. 

While this info is not exhaustive, hopefully it is enough to give you a feel for what it would be like to volunteer at HIBS. Your questions are always welcomed at my personal email or Here

If you have a group interested in coming, Glen is glad to meet with your group to answer questions and share more info.