Students

Student & Teaching Related Information


 

Requirements For Acceptance

To be accepted into the Leadership College students normally:

1.   Live in a rural area. Because of transportation, rural students are normally excluded from college.

2.  Come from a poor family. The cost of college normally excludes the poor.

3.  Have graduated near the top of their high school class. We want to invest in highly capable students.

4.  Need to be single without children and willing to remain so until graduation.

5. Interested in being in business.

6.  To be accepted, a student needs to be recommended by a reliable person who knows them well.

Students without a real interest in studying and learning, will soon be bored so be sure to only recommend students who actually enjoy study and learning. Preferred recommendations are from Peace Corps volunteers or those involved with charities active in Honduras.  If you would like to recommend a student for the Leadership College in Honduras, please review and submit a  Recommendation Form .

 

Coursework

To prepare the students for business leadership, the curriculum includes classes in economics, world history, marketing, business law, science, math, geography, accounting, psychology, political science, human resource management, leadership, computer skills, public speaking, statistics and business management.

In addition to these courses, the college wants to offer 30 to 50 short-term lecture series on topics important to the development of future leaders such as developing emotional maturity and negotiating skills as well as broader issues involving third world development. Many of these short-term seminars are well suited to volunteer teachers able to come for only a few days. If you have expertise in such areas or know of others who do, please contact us.

Because graduates from Honduran high schools are normally on a level similar to a typical 6th or 7th grade student in the U.S., we need junior high and high school teachers in the first year or two of study for remedial work.

 

Teaching Style

Education in Honduras is normally based on rote memorization.  Because of this, students are weak on analytical thinking and problem solving. To facilitate the development of those skills, tutors and discussion leaders are utilized.  An example lesson scenario is dividing the class into two segments: roughly 30 minutes of teaching followed by facilitated small group discussions.

The goal of small groups is to promote understanding of the material presented and to analyze the ideas presented and applicability of the lesson. Regardless of the subject, each lecture typically ends with asking a question similar to “How does this lesson apply to your life?”

Volunteer teachers and tutors are encouraged to spend time mentoring students after class and to use the opportunity of informal times in the dining room, dormitory, hiking, biking and working on the farm.

Brief Video of some students.