FAQs About Travel

What about airline service?

The nearest airport is in the city of Tegucigalpa. Several U.S. airlines provide service there as well as Taca, the airline of El Salvador. Tickets normally range between $350 and $800 with Christmas and Easter seasons being the highest priced times to fly.

If you would like volunteer with us in Honduras then spend time near the Caribbean or Mayan ruins, you may want to fly into San Pedro Sula. Prices are often lower at San Pedro Sula but it is a five-hour drive to the campus  as opposed to the two-hour drive from Tegucigalpa. In this case you would need to arrange transportation from San Pedro, which is fairly inexpensive and easy to do.

No matter if you fly into Tegucigalpa or San Pedro, we will provide you with directions to get to the college using public transportation.

 

What about a Visa?

As you enter Honduras, you automatically receive a visa. The length of time the visa is valid depends on the purpose of the visit. For business travelers, it is 30 days. For tourists, it is 90 days. As you near the expiration of your visa, a 30-day extension is available. Once the visa expires, one needs to leave Honduras for 72 hours. Upon returning, you are issued a new visa. We expect our long-term volunteers will enjoy the opportunity to visit other nearby countries as bus travel and hotels are low cost and destinations like El Salvador and Nicaragua are only a few hours away. Guatemala is an 8-hour bus trip. From Tegucigalpa, buses go directly to these destinations for about $5 to $25.

 

Are rental cars available?

If you want to spend time driving around Honduras, rental cars are available at the airport. The best rates are available by making reservations online in advance. Because of the poor road conditions, we recommend you rent either a SUV or truck.

 

Is public transportation available?

Honduras has an excellent bus system. Buses go to almost every location in Honduras and the rates are very low. There are two classes of bus service. One is the local yellow school bus that you will see everywhere in Honduras, often with cargo and chickens on top. The other is the executive or direct bus service. These direct buses are the quickest way to go from major town to major town. They are normally clean, safe, comfortable, quick and low priced.

 

Is visiting Honduras dangerous?

Like most of Latin America, Honduras has abundant crime. The U.S. State Department rates Honduras as a dangerous place to visit. However because of the extreme remoteness of the campus, our area is very safe. Unlike much of Honduras, the area around the campus is very peaceful. The college is located within a large national forest and one of the responsibilities of the Honduran military is to guard the forest. There is only one small dirt road leading in and out of the entire vast region. Both the military and the national police often have checkpoints on that road as well as daily patrols into the mountains to prevent illegal harvesting of the forest. The forest is one of the largest income sources to the government so they guard it carefully. With the military patrolling the area, it is not a place where criminals want to come, nor is there anything to attract criminal interests.

In our opinion, petty street crime and thievery is much more prevalent in Honduras than in the U.S., but violent crime is similar in Honduras to that of many urban areas of the U.S.  The victims of violent crime in Honduras are similar to those in the U.S. with drug involvement accounting for most of the violent crimes. Stay away from drugs and drug related people and you will avoid the largest source of violence. Secondly, it is best to stay away from heavy drinking and places where the drinking is heavy.

What about liability?

Art For Humanity requires all volunteers to sign a Liability Waiver Form prior to volunteering in Honduras. Download it and then print, sign and mail to Art For Humanity, 635 S. 25th St. Arlington, Va. 22202-2529 at least two weeks before departure to Honduras.

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