Safety In Honduras
The U.S. State Dept. lists Honduras as a very dangerous place with lots of murders. That can’t be denied but we think there is more to the story. While it is true that violence is on the rise in Honduras, this is not the case for the ordinary Honduran, and especially not for Americans and Europeans in Honduras. The vast majority of violence is either within the drug community or domestic violence within families. In other words, Americans and Europeans spending time in Honduras are rarely subject to violence. This is especially true for those who make intelligent decisions. While the level of violence is unacceptable and certainly a cause for caution, it rarely involves those visiting or volunteering in Honduras. In fact young women bus all over Hondurans without experiencing violence. Along these lines, the U.S. Embassy in Honduras said in a public message to Americans living or volunteering in Honduras….””There are few incidents reported involving US citizens, and absolutely none regarding North Americans who travel to Honduras to provide humanitarian aid.” This is consistent with our knowledge and experience.
The vast majority of people who are victims of violence in Honduras fall into one of these categories.
- Those involved with drugs or drug related people.
- Those in romantic relationships with a married person.
- Those who make poor decisions with respect to social activities in bars or clubs.
Bottom line: If one stays away from those involved in drugs, romantic relationships with married people and doesn’t try to be “Mr. Macho” in a bar, one is not likely to encounter any sort of violence. In other words, visitors who behave in Honduras as they should at home, are doing the best thing to insure their safety.
Art for Humanity has been in Honduras for 11 years, and we have not experienced any sort of violence. Our volunteers, many of whom are young females, backpack alone allover Honduras and have never had even a small problem with violence. The campus where our volunteers serve is the most peaceful place one can imagine and probably as safe as the U.S. towns from which our volunteers come.
However, inspire of all that is said above, given all the warnings to the public, we highly recommend that volunteers stay on or near campus as much as possible.
Theft is a totally different issue. While it is highly unlikely you will be robed on or near campus (no volunteer ever has) it is very likely you will be robed when traveling around Honduras. Thievery is an everyday occurrence in cities and it often happens at gun point. Avoid looking “like money” and you will greatly avoid the possibility. While none of our volunteers have been victims of street theft while backpacking around honduras, it can easily happen.
This is a brief video of John & Marchal and their experience regarding safety in the area surrounding the campus.
If you have any questions about the violence in Honduras or would like to speak with any of our current or past volunteers, contact Glen Evans or Joseph Rahm.
In various places on this web site, you will find photos and stories of our volunteers who have backpacked around Honduras. Here is the most recent one of Ashley.
Although La Ceiba is a popular tourist location for young volunteers, it is the most dangerous city in Honduras. La Ceiba doesn’t make it in the statistical reports of dangerous cities because the population is too small but it is the most dangerous place to visit because it is the drug trafficking center of Honduras. We do not recommend volunteers to go there or San Pedro Sula nor Tegucigalpa. Those are three places to avoid if possible…..at least don’t go to bars and night clubs in those areas. If you visit those places, we recommend you do your visiting in the day and go to bed early to avoid being on the streets at night.