La Ceiba, located on the Caribbean coast, is the third largest city in Honduras with a population of 80,000. The capital of the region of Atlantida, one of the 18 regions of Honduras, it is easy to get around by foot. A relatively young city with an international atmosphere, La Ceiba got its name from a huge Ceiba tree that was next to the beach and provided shade to the workers at the dock and locals during the afternoon.
La Ceiba is a lot more than a port city with hospitality and charm. It has the potential to develop into the Ecotourism Capital of Central America. The Pico Bonito National Park, Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge, and Cayos Cochinos Marine Reserve are but a few of the many nature attractions available just a short distance from the city. May through June are great times to catch several town fairs and celebrations, including a week long carnival held in La Ceiba during the third week of May.
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Volunteer opportunities in Honduras, combined with intensive Spanish training, are a great way to help others, and learn about yourself and the culture and traditions of Honduras.
The Program includes the Intensive Group Program; 20 hours of Spanish lessons per week within a small group setting of no more than 5 students per class. Note: If there is only one student in a particular level of study, the student will then receive 12 hours per week of Tutor instruction.
Also, you could take the Tutor program, 20 hours of Spanish lessons per week in a one-on-one setting for a full immersion program. The hours of study with the tutor can be designed to student specifications of special vocabulary or special interest.
All students receive a oral and written language proficiency test on the first day of class. The test determines the student's individualized skill level and requirements. The student is then matched with other students of the same level to form a group or paired with a private instructor and a lesson plan is designed to meet the student's goals. The student is also evaluated at various stages of his or her program to ensure that his or her maximum potential is achieved.
All classes are held in the mornings, Monday through Friday, with afternoons free for recreation and, most importantly, time to practice Spanish through immersion in the local culture. The teaching methodology emphasizes conversation, reading, grammar, and the experience of real life Spanish situations. Once a week, classes are held in an "eco" environment such as a beach, waterfall or river.
The volunteer program includes:
*Tutor classes 20 hours per week *Homestay - Single Room with 3 meals daily. *Arrival Transfer from La Ceiba airport. *Placement Testing. *1-2 Organized Activities Weekly* *Access to E-mail *Access to Multimedia Learning Center *Certificate of Completion *Pre-Departure Information *Planning Guide *Medical, Accident and Sickness Coverage ** *Medivac Coverage *Other Travel Coverage (repatriation, baggage, personal effects, accidental death and dismemberment , etc.) *24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world)
* Entrance fees, transportation, etc. may be at additional cost ** See policy for definitions and exclusions
Homestays Lodging with a family is highly recommended. It is by far the best way for the student to completely immerse themselves in the Honduran culture and learn and practice Spanish. All of the homestays are exclusively with Honduran families. While they do not provide laundry service, many families will provide this service for a small amount of money. Inexpensive laundry services are also nearby the school's location (approximately $2 US per load).
Homestay families respect very much the privacy of the student and traditionally are very friendly. Host families adhere to a philosophy of A home away from home. Students may participate fully in most of the activities of the host family if they choose to do so.
Homestays start on the Sunday prior to the first day of class and ends on the Saturday morning after the last day of class.
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Our school has two locations with the main school located in the city of La Ceiba on the northeast Gulf coast of Honduras, and the other on the island of Utila, just off ov the coast. Spanish programs are offered in a group setting or on a one-on-one basis, the latter program being popular with business and medical professionals, engineers and research scientists, seeking accelerated and special vocabulary classes. The school is prepared to handle beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
The teaching staff consists of select "maestros" (master professors) who are graduates of Honduran universities and are certified to teach Spanish as a foreign language. Students may study in La Ceiba or Utila, or both. In addition, the school can help arrange various tours to wildlife reserves, Bay Islands and other points of interest.
Cultural & Social Activities The center in La Ceiba offers afternoon activities that are open to all students. They include: A Welcome Cocktail on the first day of class Painting Classes Folkloric Dancing Classes (at additional cost) Cooking Garifuna Meals (at additional cost) Cooking Garifuna Meals (at additional cost)
Excursions A wide variety of excursions are available at additional cost, including: Visit a working butterfly farm Visit indigenous people's villages Trekking in pristine Cloud Forests to birdwatch and look for animals. Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Rafting the Lower Cangrejal: This is a perfect rafting trip for people interested in getting their adrenaline pumping. Good for beginners and intermediate rafters, with many rapids ranging from class I-IV, depending on the water level. Along the way, you can admire the towering mountains covered in lush, tropical vegetation, marvel at the largest waterfall in Pico Bonita National Park and enjoy the experience of rafting one of the best rivers in Central America.
Rafting the Top and Upper Cangrejal: The top and upper parts of the river are better suited to those with some whitewater rafting experience. The rafting guides will assess each student before taking them on this part of the river. The school recommends that students without experience raft the Lower Cangrejal before adventuring down these parts of the river.
El Pital to Las Mangas (Upper): This half-day excursion is perfect for adrenaline junkies. With class IV rapids, drop-offs and boulders, this stretch of the river demands technical finesse, strong paddling and a thirst for excitement.
Rio Viejo to Las Mangas (Top & Upper): Start at the headwaters of the Rio Cangrejal. Put-in at Rio Viejo, where two other rivers, the Rio Blanco and the Rio Yaruca join together to form the Rio Cangreal. Raft down the river past El Pital to the pull-out at Las Mangas. Along the way, enjoy extreme rapids, swimming (either voluntarily or involuntarily if you get tossed from your raft) and admire the towering mountains covered in lush, tropical vegetation. This entire stretch of river has several class IV rapids, plenty of boulders and drop-offs, and stretches shooting through bare-rock riverbed. It's 4-6 hours on the river and takes the entire day.
The Volunteer Program is for people interested in learning about sustainable solutions to poverty. All volunteers will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects. This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and enriching language program.
HOW TO APPLY Send your registration with your resume and an introduction letter describing yourself, your background in the Spanish language, and the type of internship you are interested in/why you are qualified for that type of position.