Teaching Program Details

BECA currently operates in three partner schools:

BECA is hiring 34 volunteers for a full-year contract beginning July 2017. Spots are competitive, hovering around a 25% acceptance rate, and volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis APPLY NOW!

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Volunteer Teacher (July 2017 - June 2018)

The one-year teaching commitment begins in July 2017 and ends in June 2018. Teachers have a holiday break from approximately Dec. 20 until Jan. 6.

All selected volunteer teachers are assigned to an elementary classroom, a middle school classroom, or a resource teacher role. BECA interviewers will explain the differences between the three positions in detail, but for now we have listed the general responsibilities required of all teachers.

  • Facilitate relationships with parents and other community members.
  • Lesson-plan (to be done in a timely manner and submitted for review).
  • Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students.
  • Serve as a Lunch/Recreo monitor at least once a week.
  • Support your fellow teachers in school and at home.
  • Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work to your families and friends.
  • Ask for help when you need it!
  • Maintain attendance records for all students in your homeroom.
  • File a copy of your weekly lesson plans on the agreed upon schedule.
  • Provide administration with a copy of your weekly class schedule before the week begins.
  • Sign 'Libro de asistencia' upon entering and leaving school each day (required by law).
  • Ensure classroom is open and ready for students at beginning and end of school day.
  • Attend all teacher meetings.
  • Keep the office informed of any problems (disciplinary or otherwise) you are having with students or concerns you have about students.
  • Keep student files updated with the information outlined in Student Files section.
  • Keep the office informed of extended absences of students.
  • Grade exams
  • Collect performance grades from other teachers and prepare Bimester report cards
  • Fill out hard-copy of grading spreadsheet.
  • Fill out electronic version of grading sheet - kept on a computer accessible for all.
  • Fill out "Libreta de Calificaciones"
    Other responsibilities individual volunteers can choose to take part in:
  • Organize Libros Y Familias workshops
  • Plan group's trip to Discovery School Conference
  • Plan and organize extracurricular activities for students
  • Attend Parents' Asociacion Meetings (at discretion of Administrator)
  • Participate in fundraising efforts to support BECA's program costs
  • Innovate!

While BECA asks for a one year commitment from our volunteer teachers, we actively encourage teachers to consider returning following their initial year with us. BECA recognizes that there are huge benefits to teachers returning for a second year. Returning teachers are much more effective in the classroom thanks to their previous year's experience. Just as importantly for a community school model like ours, they serve as a bridge between new teachers and the community, helping new team members adapt to their roles much more quickly than they otherwise would. Second-year teachers are offered a monthly stipend, which is designed to cover all out-of-pocket expenses that a volunteer might incur during their time with BECA.

Summer Camp Experience (Approx. July, 2017)

We seek 8-10 Camp Counselors for our eighth annual Summer Camp for children in grades 1-5. The camp is structured to provide our students with opportunities to remain immersed in the English language over the summer through fun games and activities - making the transition back to classes in August less difficult than it would be if they had no exposure to English during the summer.

Summer Camp Counselors must be current college students or relatively recent college graduates. Counselors live in BECA's volunteer housing in Cofradia and are responsible for planning, executing and documenting daily activities for students in a collaborative environment. The goal is to make summer camp a fun way for students to maintain/increase their English language ability. To this end, Counselors work together to plan activities across disciplines including art, reading and writing, and physical activity. Since the camp only runs in the morning, counselors are expected to provide one-on-one tutoring to students during the afternoons on Monday through Thursday. Friday afternoons are left free to allow for weekend travel.

Ideal candidates have a strong record of working with children, are exceedingly responsible and creative, and are willing to navigate multiple obstacles to success. Candidates are not required to speak Spanish, but it is recommended that you have some foundation in the language to truly experience the community dynamic.

The commitment is four weeks (July 2-July 25; dates subject to change by a week). The first week includes orientation activities, opportunities to get to know students and families, and significant time for planning camp activities. Camp runs Monday to Friday during the final 4 weeks.

Our relationship with the community in Cofradia is very well-developed. Therefore, this is an excellent program for people who want to truly experience life in a pueblo. It will not be a resort experience (although there will be weekend opportunities to visit the beach, a cloud forest, and/or Mayan ruins), but we assure you that due to our local partners' commitment to the program, it will be the most genuine hospitality on earth! If you really want to make a difference in the lives of Honduras' children and in your own life, we encourage you to contact us without delay!

Because the Summer Camp is a supplemental program, BECA recoups the program's expenses through donations paid by Summer Camp Counselors who wish to participate. In exchange for this experience, we ask that you contribute or fundraise $1,000 for the BECA program to help defray included costs (food, accommodation, training, materials, and a high speed internet connection). A reduced contribution may be available for college students with demonstrated need.

College students, please note that students in the past have successfully applied for on-campus grant monies to cover this expense and travel. We encourage you to explore what opportunities your college offers to subsidize summer experiences. Please contact us if you have any questions; we will try to help you in any way possible.