Teaching Program Details

BECA is hiring 39 volunteers for a full-year contract beginning July 2018. Spots are competitive with an acceptance rate around 25%. Volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis so APPLY TODAY!

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Available Positions

Volunteer Teacher (July 2018 - June 2019)

The one-year teaching commitment begins in July 2018 and ends in June 2019. 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.

    GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Facilitate relationships with parents and other community members
  • Lesson-plan and teach in English all subject areas with the exception of Español and Estudios Sociales
  • Foster a safe and productive classroom environment for students
  • Serve as a Lunch/Recess monitor
  • Support your fellow teachers in school and at home
  • Serve as an ambassador for BECA by helping to spread the word about our work through your various networks
    ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES
  • Maintain attendance records for all students in your homeroom
  • File a copy of your weekly lesson plans
  • Provide the Administration with a copy of your weekly class schedule
  • Sign Attendance Book upon entering/leaving school each day (required by law)
  • Ensure classroom is ready for students at beginning of each school day
  • Attend all teacher meetings
  • Keep the Administration informed of any problems or concerns (disciplinary or otherwise) you are having with students
  • Keep student files updated with the necessary information
  • Keep the office informed of extended absences of students
    EXAM ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Grade exams
  • Collect performance grades from other teachers and prepare Bimester report cards
  • Fill out electronic and hard-copy versions of grading spreadsheet
    OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Plan and organize extracurricular activities for students
  • Attend Association of Parents Meetings (at discretion of Administrator)
  • Participate in fundraising efforts to support BECA's program costs
    SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
  • A commitment to BECA's mission and a dedication to social justice
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
  • Capacity to manage multiple taks simultaneously
  • Willingness to operate in a low-resource environment under challenging living conditions
  • Bachelor's degree (degree in Education or related field is preferred but not required)

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, returners 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.

Administrators & Program Manager (June 2018 - June 2019)

A School Administrator is an in-country team member who is crucial to the operation of BECA’s partnership model. At each of BECA’s three school sites, one School Administrator is hired to play a key leadership role within the school both on behalf of the volunteer team and on behalf of the Honduran School Director and our Partner. The primary role of the School Admin is to work as a liason between BECA volunteer teachers and the Honduran staff at the school both in logistical matters like calendar and staff meetings and in cultural matters like assisting with event-planning for school holidays and supporting collaboration between a culturally-diverse staff. Additionally, the School Administrator is responsible for overseeing and running the school scholarship (Becado) program, which helps provide access to high quality bilingual education to families from a wide variety of economic backgrounds within the community. For these reasons, the School Administrator must be fluent in both Spanish and English, and feel comfortable speaking publicly, engaging in school board meetings, and having professional conversations with parents, teachers, and other staff in both languages.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Serve as administrative leader and BECA representative at the school
  • Ensure that volunteers perform duties in a goal-oriented, culturally sensitive way, and that they act in a way that is consistent with BECA's mission
  • Maintain regular communication with our volunteer teachers, the Honduran School Director, and our partners to support clear communication channels and growth of the school and its programs
  • Oversee and direct Becado (student-scholarship) Program by organizing the point system and arranging systems for on-going communication and planning with involved parents
  • Work in coordination with the Honduran School Director to implement the school-wide discipline protocol, build teacher schedules, organize duties, coordinate school events,
    and plan monthly Staff Meetings
  • Attend all discipline meetings
  • Handle parent complaints and comments
  • Coordinate with fellow School Administrators to collaborate and share best practices between schools
  • Communicate regularly with the In-Country Director to ensure needed supports are in place and to monitor the condition and quality of our programs
  • Report directly to the In-Country Director and maintain open communication with BECA Staff

The Program Manager (PM) is an in-country team member who leads BECA's volunteer-driven education program. The PM will move between BECA’s three bilingual school locations. She/he will provide on-going instructional support for volunteer teachers within and outside of their classrooms. Additionally, this person is responsible for leading the team of Cofradía-based volunteers in cultural and community engagement. This person has a unique opportunity to facilitate the collaboration between a service-minded group of individuals and the Honduran communities in which they operate.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Oversee the growth and maintenance of BECA School Culture and Climate
  • Ensure that all volunteers perform duties in a goal-oriented, culturally sensitive way, and that they act in a way that is consistent with BECA's mission
  • Provide instructional support for BECA's volunteers both inside and outside of the classroom in the form of teacher observations, lesson design and execution, and classroom management
  • Support the Teacher and Student Support Coordinators to provide meaningful support and mentorship to classroom teachers
  • Support volunteers by covering classes as needed, in coordination with School Administrators
  • Maintain regular communication with our volunteers and their School Administrators in order to support their individual and professional growth
  • Manage the various BECA living spaces and address volunteers' concerns related to housing
  • Oversee on-site finances for the BECA program
  • Organize logistics and content for quarterly Professional Development days with In-Country Director
  • Communicate regularly with the In-Country Director to ensure needed supports are in place and to monitor the condition and quality of our programs
  • Report directly to the In-Country Director and maintain open communication with BECA Staff

    SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
  • A commitment to BECA’s mission and a dedication to social justice
  • No fewer than 2 years experience managing a team of peers, preferably in a professional role
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills (experience living in Latin America is preferred)
  • Ability to manage a large team and solve problems in collaboration with In-Country Director and Program Manager
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Fluency in both written and spoken Spanish and English
  • Willingness to operate in a low-resource environment under challenging living conditions
  • Bachelor’s degree (Education, Nonprofit Management, or related field is preferred)

Summer Camp Counselor (June 28 - July 21, 2018)

We seek approximately 10 Summer Camp Counselors for our 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 and preventing summer learning loss.

    RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Plan, execute, and document daily activities for students in a collaborative environment
  • Make summer camp a fun way for students to maintain/increase their English language ability
  • Work together to plan activities across disciplines including art, reading and writing, and physical activity

    SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
  • A commitment to BECA’s mission and a dedication to social justice
  • Experience working with children
  • Willingness to operate and be creative in a low-resource environment
  • Foundational knowledge of Spanish (not required but helpful)

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 costs (food, accommodation, training, materials, and a high speed internet connection). A reduced contribution may be available for college students with demonstrated need.

For current college students, please note that volunteers 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.