Applications Open to Teach in Honduras

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Volunteers will work for the program BiIlingual Education for Central America (BECA), 2016-17

 

I am an alumni of an incredible program called Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA), and they’re hiring for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year. BECA was featured in a recent VICE documentary highlighting the positive methods it is using to help solve some of the region’s endemic problems- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vINx0ajcVw

Their mission is to promote cultural exchange and affordable bilingual education. Their volunteer driven bilingual school model creates an environment in which Honduran students learn from dedicated volunteer teachers, and those volunteers learn from the community in which they are immersed – a true grassroots approach to development.

I was drawn to this program for a number of reasons.  BECA provides its volunteers with all associated living costs throughout the year making it economically viable. One of the BECA program’s highlights is the 5 week Summer Institute training program it runs to train new volunteers in the art of teaching while also offering multiple professional development opportunities and custom curriculum materials for use throughout the year. .

BECA takes pride in providing bilingual education of the highest-quality, and at the heart of its mission is a desire to foster long-term community investment. Our partnership model ensures that those who lead and direct BECA schools are Hondurans native to the communities in which we engage, and our alternative contribution tuition-model allows families from a variety of economic backgrounds to participate in our schools.

Currently, we collaborate with three different communities spread through two different regions of Honduras: Macuelizo, Santa Barbara; Vida Nueva, Cortes; and Cofradia, Cortes. Each school takes on a unique identity representative of its adjoining community, and partners work closely with BECA teachers and staff to provide cultural training that promotes united community engagement and cultural exchange.

For more information, please feel free to contact me directly, or check out our website – becaschools.org 

Apply now!

BECA is hiring 34 volunteers for a full-year contract beginning July 2016. Spots are competitive, hovering around a 25% acceptance rate, and volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis.

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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