2019-2020 Volunteer Team

Meet our 2019-2020 Volunteer Team!

Santa Monica Bilingual School

Moisés is 18 years old. He was born in San Pedro Sula and raised his entire life in Cofradía, Cortés. He attended San Jerónimo Bilingual School from kindergarten to ninth grade. He did his high school studies in San Pedro Sula at Albert Einstein International School where he studied Science and Humanities and graduated in 2018. He is currently studying at the Central American University of Technology where he studies Mechatronics. Moises is very grateful to BECA. He learned a lot during his time in school and this has helped him to have opportunities and learn a new language. Now he will give classes to the 4th graders at SMBS!

Moisés loves to play soccer, travel and meet new people. He is really happy to have this new experience and is very excited to start the school year with BECA.

Mr. Ricardo was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Through service experiences within his country and abroad he found his passion for community development. A year after he graduated high school, he was awarded the Walton International Scholarship to attended John Brown University in the beautiful state of Arkansas. In 2018 he graduated with a Communication degree. After graduating from JBU, he returned to his country to volunteer with BECA in Cofradia, Cortes. He spent his first year teaching English and Science to the wonderful 3rd and 4th graders at San Jeronimo Bilingual School. He is back for his second run with BECA, and he is excited to teach Math, English, and Science at Santa Monica Bilingual School. During his free time, he enjoys outdoor adventures, as well as a great movie with some sweet and salty popcorn.

Roger was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and grew up in the sector Cofradía in the department of Cortes. Since he was a child he was learning English by himself but year later he received a scholarship to get a diploma in Technical Bilingual Call Center at the university CEUTEC from which he has graduated. Two years after not having a permanent job he decided to volunteer and found an advertisement for BECA. He is now exited to start working, learn while he is teaching, and experience what it is like being a teacher. He is passionate about culture and languages and enjoys helping people. He loves art and being creative on paper.

Bruna was born in the US, but moved to Brazil when she was 1 year old. She graduated with a degree in Social Science - Sociology, Anthropology and Political Science, at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After finishing college she moved to Dublin, Ireland, to learn English, and to travel around Europe. After 3 years in Ireland working in really different areas, as a Salesperson, a Manager, a Content Reviewer for Google, and an NGO campaigner at Oxfam for the refugee campaigns, she decided to completely change her life. Bruna started to work with something that would fulfill her. She found BECA, and is really excited to start this new adventure. While she was in Ireland she travelled a lot. In total she visited more than 20 countries, and discovering new cultures is one of her biggest passions. She also loves to cook recipes from all over the world, especially if she is cooking for her loved ones. Bruna also enjoys meditation, Latin culture, Brazilian funk and samba. Learning new languages is also something that appeals to her, because it's a way to get to know other people better. She now speaks 3 languages, and her goal is to learn even more. She believe that education is the best way to change people’s life, and make a difference in the world. That’s why she feels she is in the right place with BECA.

Katie McClave is a born and bred Midwesterner. A Kansas girl at heart, she attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where she graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish and a minor in Political Science. Since graduating, she has served as a long term volunteer in various capacities, first with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Harlem as Tenant Organizer, and second as an elementary ESL and Art teacher with the Olancho Aid Foundation in Juticalpa, Olancho, Honduras. Each experience brought community, growth, and lots of adventure. Katie is a lover of languages and culture and is excited to continue her journey in Honduras, this time in Cofradia, as the Program Administrator at SMBS. She is looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful country she’s grown to love, and getting to know her new community. Katie cherishes time spent with others and is looking forward to building relationships with students, parents, and fellow volunteers this year. She also loves dancing, McDonald’s French fries, dinosaurs, reading, and traveling wherever life takes her.

In May 2018 Erin graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a BA in International Studies concentrating on Latin America. She has always loved to travel and made her first trip out of the country when she was 13 years old with her family to Honduras. Since then, she has been to many different countries and quickly fell in love with learning about new cultures and languages. Once she discovered BECA, she became captivated by its mission and decided that volunteering with such a wonderful organization is exactly what she needed to do. That being said, she is incredibly excited to start this new journey teaching at Santa Monica Bilingual School and creating meaningful relationships with her students and the other volunteers through cultural exchange. In her spare time, Erin loves to listen to music and dance as well as practice yoga when she can.

Nely was born in San Pedro Sula and raised in Cofradía, Honduras. She is 21 years old. She went to San Jeronimo Bilingual School (SJBS), and graduated from 9th grade there in 2013. She then attended from high school at Centro Cultural Sampedrano (CCS) where she graduated in 2015. Nowadays she is studying to get her degree in Art Education at the Francisco Morazán National Pedagogical University. Nely is excited to be working as a volunteer teach with BECA. She will serve as the Prepa teacher at Santa Monica Bilingual School.

Susan was born in San Pedro Sula. She has lived in Cofradia for 18 years. She studied at San Jeronimo Bilingual School from Prepa to 9th Grade. When She graduated from SJBS she entered to Cofradia's Bilingual School (CBS) for 10th & 11th Grade. Now she is preparing to study at the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Francisco Morazan (the National Pedagogical University). She is so excited to work with First grade this year at SMBS!

San Jeronimo Bilingual School

Jaira Figueroa was born in San Pedro Sula. She went to SJBS from 5th grade until 9th grade and then she graduated from Agape Christian Academy in June 2008. She chose a career in education because she believes that teachers have the ability not only to change the world, but to improve it! She wanted to be part of this noble profession with the hope that one day she will be remembered as a role model and inspiration for the children who will represent the future of the country.

Viviana is an 18-year-old Honduran citizen, born in the city of San Pedro Sula. She studied at San Jerónimo Bilingual School from kindergarten to ninth grade. She then started her high school studies in Science and Humanities at Cofradia´s Bilingual School and finished at the Marcos Efrain Aguirre Lara Multipurpose Institute. She is currently pursuing a Pedagogy career in the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Viviana has learned a lot from BECA, since BECA was a very important part of her schooling. She is grateful and committed to putting all her effort and dedication in collaborating with BECA. BECA did not only form a large part in her life, but in Honduras in general, since she is not the only one, there have been many beneficiaries. Organizations like these are what our country and our world need. To be able to exchange cultures, to know more about other places, to have access to a better education.

Some of the things Viviana enjoys doing in her free time is listening to music, reading, and playing with her siblings. Viviana as an eldest daughter is very responsible, attentive to the family, and dedicated to caring for and protecting her younger siblings. Viviana really enjoys the company of her loved ones. Viviana is very excited by this new experience, she is excited to be able to share and exchange cultures with the other volunteers who make up BECA. Viviana is very eager to discover this new adventure with BECA!

Karen was born in Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University in December 2018. She studied Speech Language Pathology and enjoys working with young adolescent children. She has a passion for education and enjoys being a teacher. She has a strong connection to Latin America with Mexican/Salvadorian parents. Karen has been surrounded by mountains all her life and grew up hiking and exploring. She loves to do a really tough hike with a beautiful mountain top. She is looking forward to do a full year at SJBS and seeing her beautiful students graduate.

Victor was born in San Pedro Sula but has lived his entire life in Cofradia, Honduras. He went to San Jeronimo Bilingual School (SJBS) from 1st Grade up until 9th Grade; he graduated in 2013. He then attended high school at Centro Tecnico Hondureño Aleman (CTHA) where he graduated with a diploma in Electronics in 2016. He is currently studying to be a Systems Engineer at Universidad de San Pedro Sula (USAP). Victor has always had a passion for Math but has never had the chance to put his knowledge into practice. He always thought of giving back to BECA the same way that BECA helped him so once he had the opportunity he didn't think twice. He is really excited to work with 3rd Grade this year at SJBS!

Kristoffer was born in Oslo, Norway and raised in the city of Bodø in northern Norway. He is an outgoing and curious person who is often pondering about how different phenomena came to be. His passion for cultures and societies made him go study Intercultural Communication at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society. After a few enriching travels abroad, he is now very excited to begin his journey in Honduras. Kristoffer has never been to Honduras before and he can’t wait to get acquainted with this beautiful country. He feels absolutely certain that being surrounded by students, teachers and a beautiful community for a year will be an invaluable experience, where he will learn a lot, not only about himself, but also about the fellow humans across the globe. During his time at BECA, Kristoffer hopes to make the best impact he can on his fellow peers and the community. In his free time, Kristoffer enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, listen to music and watching movies.

Luis Simas is a solution-oriented Project Manager passionate about international development and education. Luis graduated from the Fluminense Federal University in 2015 with a B.A. in Social Sciences. After graduation, he moved to Ireland with the intention of improving his English and come back to his beloved Rio de Janeiro after a semester. However, Luis fell in love with the international and vibrant Dublin and spent almost 4 years there, where he gained valuable work experience, but most of all, a life-changing experience. During his time in Dublin, Luis earned himself a Masters in Project Management at the UCD Smurfit Business School, worked as Project Coordinator in a variety of IT and Merger & Acquisition projects, travelled to more than 20 countries, went vegan and made lifelong friends. Born and raised in Brazil, Luis is familiar with the struggles most families face in Latin America. But also knows, by his own journey, the positive impact of high-quality affordable education. He is driven by his passion and desire to change the word by concrete actions. google-site-verification: googlea3d066d684b15139.html

Matthew graduated from the University of Tampa with a B.S. in Public Health, Health Education and Wellness in May of 2019. He has always had a passion for working with kids through his jobs at summer camps, Mathnasium, and tutoring. He is very excited to be teaching with BECA next year and hopes to learn just as much, if not more, from the community/ country itself. He has traveled to Honduras several times before inspiring his passion for education, health, community empowerment and social justice. His first experience with BECA was Summer Camp 2018 which solidified his desire to return the following year for a whole academic year. Matt cannot wait to dive into the school year and not only teach academic lessons, but also those of compassion, integrity and respect.

Amigos de Jesus

Olivia is originally from Needham, Massachusetts, a small town outside of Boston. This Spring, she graduated from Barnard College in New York City where she studied Anthropology and Biology. Throughout her life, Olivia has felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel and to experience new places, cultures, and languages. She is passionate about developing meaningful connections with others, exchanging knowledge and culture, and asking questions about how our world can work better for all people.

Olivia loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, listening to all kinds of music, and hiking. She is so excited and grateful to be a part of the BECA and Amigos de Jesus communities this year as a teacher at the Amigos de Jesus Bilingual School!

Sinead is half Kenyan and half Irish. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with a Masters in civil engineering. While a student there, she did two volunteer trips to an orphanage in Moldova, helping to take care of boys with mental and physical disabilities. After graduating, she went to Japan where she taught English to high school students for 3.5 years. There she developed her passion for education and love for Japan.

Sinead loves to travel, meet new people and learn about new cultures. She is adventurous and likes to try new things. She enjoys skiing, hiking and yoga. She is excited about this new challenge and looking forward to forming relationships with her students and the local community.

Megan Devin was raised on a tobacco farm in a small town in Southside, Virginia. She recently graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in ESL education and a minor in Spanish. Ever since she was a small child, she has dreamed of becoming a teacher. Through traveling abroad and within the United States, she became passionate about ESL education, Spanish, and social justice. These passions, coupled with her experiences in her student teaching semester, led her to want to teach in Central America. One night in a coffee shop she stumbled across BECA’s website, fell in love with their mission, and promptly submitted her application. Megan truly believes that the key to changing the future is education and that every child is entitled to and deserving of a quality education that meets their needs and desires. Some of Megan’s favorite things include: hiking, reading, coffee, ice cream, and museums. She is so very excited for this next chapter of her life and cannot wait to begin working with BECA!

Mirian is a 23 years old Honduran citizen. She studied Business Leadership at a non-profit organization called The Leadership Center (TLC) in Honduras and through TLC, she found BECA. She was a BECA volunteer during the 2016 - 2017 school year, and now she has returned to BECA because she loves the mission. Mirian tells people from her hometown of Azacualpa, Santa Barbara that this is the type of system we need implement in every single school in Honduras so that bilingual education is accessible for every kid! Mirian is very passionate about high quality education because of the lack of access to education and even more limited access to high quality of education. BECA is playing a very significant role in our country. My hope is that other schools see BECA as a model and implement BECA's mission and vision. I think that having access to high quality of education in Honduras is a powerful and an advanced tool and that we have hope to change so many things in this country starting. BECA is awesome!