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      Honduras Overview

This one offers it all, worthwhile environmental work, (almost) guaranteed sun, island location, azure sea and white sand beaches in a little visited corner of the Caribbean.

Volunteer help with:

  • Monitor and care for the iguanas at the sanctuary
  • Visit natural iguana habitats, trekking in the mangrove swamps to monitor population levels and environmental changes
  • Fundraise and develop local awareness of how to protect the iguanas
  • Help organise visits from local school children and tourists

Away from your volunteer work, this small island also offers cafes and bars to relax in and recreational sports such as deep sea fishing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving are popular pastimes and can be easily organised.

Everyone is welcome here and our voluntary work abroad does not require any experience just a willingness to have a go and get involved. Spaces are limited on this ever popular project so early booking is essential to reserve your bed in paradise!

Placement at a Glance

Age
20yrs+ on arrival
Volunteer options
Conservation and general site assistance
Support
Pre-departure helpdesk, in-country coordinating team and 24hr emergency support
Project location
Island location
Accommodation
Volunteer accommodation. Meals: Self catering /eat cheaply in town
Working hours
Variable, usually 5 or 6 days a week
Language
English spoken by on site staff and volunteers
Getting to project
Usual route is flight to San Pedro followed by bus to La Ceiba and ferry to island.
Minimum stay
4 weeks
Project operates
All year round
When to apply
As soon as possible. This project is usually full 6 months in advance. Call us to check for availability if travelling sooner
Costs
£55 to new bookings weeks 1 -2 extra weeks £55

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Country: Honduras

Book your placement with £125. Then pay £55 per week to volunteer on a tropical Caribbean island.

 

Make a difference and volunteer in Honduras 2015 - 2016

 

Honduras Placement Details

Here's everything you need to know about our Honduras project, what to take and how to get there.

About the Project

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Volunteers cleaning up the beach.

Health, safety and support in Honduras

Is Honduras a safe country to visit?

The project is on one of the smaller Bay Islands which is friendly, laid back and away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. In fact islanders think of themselves as Caribbean first, Honduran second.

Will I be safe on the project?

All volunteers live on site, with the live-in staff always around to show you what to do, to get settled in and for advice should you need it. See the Accommodation tab above for more and photos.

What health precautions are there?

Make sure you get all the relevant jabs and boosters you need. Malaria tablets are sadly required and it's easy to forget that you will need to take them before, during and after travel to be covered. The sun is incredibly strong, and as you may be spending quite a lot of time in holiday clothes on beaches or on the water in your freetime, take a strong sunscreen and try to avoid the summer midday sun.

We consider this project ideal if you...

Want a great volunteering experience combined with almost guaranteed sunshine in a paradise location Have an interest in the environment, conservation and learning. Are looking for a longer stay of 3 weeks or more. 

Getting there

Do I need a visa?

A visa is not required for British passport holders staying less than 90 days. Your passport will simply be stamped on arrival. Other nationalities should contact their nearest Honduran Embassy/Consulate for advice.

How will I get there?

9 in 10 volunteers fly to San Pedro Sula on the mainland, stay overnight in a pre-booked hostel then in the morning make their way to La Ceiba on the coast (2 hours form San Pedro, approx £3) followed by a ferry (twice daily departures, approx £20. There are plenty of backpackers hostels in La Ceiba if you want to spend an extra day there or miss the ferry! Occasionally volunteers will arrange a flight between San Pedro De Sula and the island. The current carrier used is Aerososa. Expect to pay in the region of £150 - £200 return. The local staff can organise pick ups from the landing strip on the island, but it is just as easy to jump in one of the waiting taxis, most people understand English and everyone knows the project so you can't get lost. Some volunteers with trolley cases have even walked the 20 minutes to the project.

 

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A one day old iguana.

Money

How should I organise my money?

There is an ATM on the island but you don't want to get caught out if it runs out of money, so make sure you have at least £200 or so in cash. It will be an annoyance to have to take the ferry off the island simply to change money. Travellers cheques are no longer accepted on the island. If you lose your card and need more cash, money can be sent from home using a wire transfer service like Western Union. La Ceiba on the mainland has lots of Western Union agents.

How much spending money do I need?

You should allow between £40 and £60 per week for all meals and evening drinks at the many seafront bars in the main street. Although there are few expensive temptations to drain your money, it is possible to hire boats, sea kayak and take a diving course on the neighbouring island of Roatan. So if you are a sports or water lover it is a good idea to take an extra £100 for a special activity.

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The iguanas at the project need food prepared every day.

Food

Are meals provided?

Honduras is a self-catering project. Local shops are within walking distance. Usually volunteers pull together to get evening meals cooked in the communal kitchen, so no need to worry if you are new to cooking. Some volunteers also eat out in cafés nearby.

Getting around

How will I get around in my freetime?

Walking is the main form of transport on the island as it is tiny you can walk everywhere. Ferry boats connect the islands. Scroll down for more info.

Spanish

Do you need Spanish to volunteer?

No Spanish is needed at this project, all the staff speak English and with so many English speaking tourists to the islands, most local people in the cafes and shops understand basic English. A basic holiday phrase book in your pocket should be sufficient when you arrive for the journey from San Pedro to the island. If would like to improve or learn Spanish, then the bi-lingual staff will be more than happy to chat in Spanish if you would like to. Occasionally Spanish-speaking volunteers stay too offering more opportunities to practice.

Health

What happens if I get ill during my stay?

There is a public health clinic and 3 private clinics in Honduras and should you need the use of one, the co-ordinators will help you with your transfer there. It should take only about 10 minutes to get to the clinic from the accommodation. You should ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover medical bills.

Honduras Project costs

What are the costs after I have registered and booked my space?

After you have booked your space and registered with us, the project costs are £55 per week. This includes accommodation at the project and support from the local team. Travel insurance needs to be purchased before travel and short stay policies for medical bills will be in the region of £30 - £50. A visa is not needed if you have a British/European passport and are staying less than 90 days. To get from San Pedro de Sula airport to the island budget in total around £50, but this would cover an overnight stay at the Metrohotel near the airport, bus the next day to La Ceiba and the afternoon ferry to Utila. You should allow about £10 a day for eating out or cooking at the project in the communal kitchen. We recommend taking extra though as the seafront cafe/bar culture is quite strong and costs are higher on the islands than mainland Honduras. For anyone interested in diving and water kayaking take another £200 - £300 for some active days out on Utila or neighbouring Roatan.

How and when do I need to pay for my project?

We will send an invoice by email when you have your flights to San Pedro or your dates.

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Collecting crabs for the iguanas.

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Fresh fish for a volunteer BBQ in the garden at the project.

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Eggs almost ready!

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Iguanas like to hibernate when it rains so bring some games or books to read. Here volunteers make the most of a rain shower.

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Measuring an iguana for the first time.

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Recording the numbers of baby hatchlings born.

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The cays off the south coast of the island.

Free time

Will I have any free time?

Everyone is given enough time off to explore and relax, not to worry. When you’ve enjoyed the stunning beaches on the island, take a trip to the neighbouring island of Roatan, a beautiful white sand beach, with cool calming waters. This island has a peaceful laid back feel and many volunteers go here to relax, explore and involve themselves with different activities from spectacular diving opportunities amongst the numerous coral reefs to taking part in diving courses.

Travel with other volunteers

Will there be other volunteers?

We can Buddy you up with another volunteer so you can travel together, just let us know at the time of booking. Even if you do travel alone, and 8 in 10 do, you will never be alone as volunteers work alongside the English speaking staff who are there at all times for advice and assistance should you need it. In addition, add yourself to the Travel Buddy List and leave a post on our main Facebook page for others to contact you.

What happens if I book with a friend?

Simply let us know at the time of booking that you are travelling with a friend. Rooms are 2 - 4 sharing, if we know in advance we can request you are placed in the same room. All volunteers work together in a group at the project, where everyone lives, so you will not be volunteering on your own at any time.

What to take

Do I need to take anything special?

Once you have applied and registered with Original Volunteers, you will receive an Information Pack via email that will have further details on the project in Honduras; in this email there will be a list of items to take. A mosquito net is a good idea, strong walking shoes (preferably waterproof) for habitat checking in the island's mangroves and plenty of the usual holiday clothes. It is also a good idea to bring a smart casual outfit or two for the evening or special days at the project.

On rainy summer days the iguanas can tend to hibernate and they stop eating, leaving little to do other than occasional monitoring so do bring a book you've always wanted to get round to reading and some personal entertainment until the sun comes out again.

 

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Breakfast time of flowers and leaves.

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Collecting new eggs.

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An adult iguana at the project.

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In the mangroves monitoring the iguana population. Bring high wellies if at all possible.

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Local Honduras children visit.

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Kayaks are often used to get around the mangroves.

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Volunteers give a swimming lesson to local children.

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Volunteers watch the sun go down from the water tower.

Free Time in Honduras

All volunteers have plenty of free time between activities to explore. Most free time activities are water based on the islands so if you are a water baby, there is plenty to whet your appetite.

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Beach life

Free or hire water taxi to explore Cays

Beach life is perfect for lounging and forgetting about
the rest of the world. The cays (smaller deserted islands) are mostly privately owned but Water Cay can
be reached by water taxi (30 mins) and offers the definitive deserted tropical island only metres across.
Water Cay also hosts a 2 day music and dancing fiesta
during the 1st week of August.

Left: OV volunteers on one of the island's many beaches.

Walks around the island

Free, take a drink and sunhat!

Walking is popular and on such a small island you can
get to know the whole place inside out within a few
weeks. For your first amble, head for Pumpkin Hill
for a view of the whole island below. Take good
shoes, sun hat and drink.
Speak to the staff who often escort volunteers up.

 

 

Right: OV volunteers on Pumpkin Hill. A great viewpoint of the whole island. 

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Original Volunteers Honduras freetime

Main street Utila town

Drink and bar snack allow £10

The island is small and all the party action takes place
on the main street. All the restaurants and bars are
owned by local people.

 

 

Left: OV volunteers enjoying a cold beer on main street, a hundred yards from the volunteer accommodation.

Volunteer in Honduras

What happens after you have booked?

  • As soon as you have booked with the once-only £125 registration fee (this covers one or more projects within a year), you will receive a welcome email confirming your booking and explaining in more detail how to get organised for you trip.
  • We will Buddy you up with another volunteer going to the Honduras volunteer programme arriving around the same time so you should have a good chance to travel together if you wish to
  • You will also receive a Welcome Pack with some useful information which will include project specific advice on what to take, how to prepare and travel health recommendations

Below is an example timeline for a volunteer travelling in September 2015.

  • At anytime : get flights to San Pedro De Sula. There is no airport pick up for volunteers arriving in San Pedro for this project. More information on how to get to your project is provided in the Welcome Pack.
  • Add yourself to the Buddy List to meet other volunteers, travel together or simply find a familiar face when you arrive.
  • Join the volunteer community on Facebook to see recent pictures from projects and other interesting stories and updates
  • At any time: contact your travel nurse or travel clinic to make appointments for jabs and boosters (for more information on what is typically recommended please refer to the NHS website fitfortravel). Anti- malarials are usually advised throughout mainland Honduras and the Bay Islands.
  • When you know your flights/dates that you will be in Honduras : Arrange suitable travel insurance. Ensure you are covered for medical bills and repatriation. None of the work would be considered a health risk so regular travel insurance for medical bills is all that is needed. The most common health annoyances requiring medical attention are those not caused by volunteering; sunburn or upset stomach.
  • No visa is requiredbefore travel for Honduras for UK passport holders for short visits. If in doubt contact the Honduras embassy and enquire if you need a visa for visiting as a tourist. This is the easiest way to enter the country. If you require a tourist visa before travel - contact us if you require letters of introduction which we can prepare for you.
  • As soon as you have flights to San Pedro de Sula: email us your your flight to confirm your place and your dates on the project – your flight confirms your space on this popular project.
  • At anytime : pay for your project - we will send you an invoice by email to pay online – don't worry we will send you a reminder if you forget!
  • We will organise your pick up and transfer from the airport automatically when we receive your flights

Honduras at a glance

Honduras is a republic in Central America. Honduras was previously known as Spanish Honduras. By the west, Honduras is bordered by Guatemala and from the southwest by El Salvador. Honduras has a multi-ethnic prehistory. An important part of the history was Mayan, and its main population was in the city Copan, which is near the Guatemala border in western Honduras. During World War 2, Honduras joined the Allied Nations on 8 December 1941, after the attack on Pearl Harbour. The islands are known as the Bay Islands and the islanders view themselves as fairly independent of the mainland, in fact there is more of a Caribbean flavour to the islands and some islanders do not even consider themselves as Honduran.

Climate

The climate in Honduras is tropical, with cooler temperatures in the mountain areas. The average high temperature is 32 Celsius and the lowest is 20 Celsius. The islands tend to be warm to hot all year round. The storm season runs between July and October but there can be many days or even weeks of brilliant sunshine and high temperatures between them.  

Accommodation in Honduras

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Accommodation Volunteers stay together in shared accommodation, with 2 to 4 in a room. The accommodation is rustic but the island surroundings should make up for any lack of creature comforts.

There is a kitchen on-site and communal dining area, which is the hub of volunteer life.

Support: An on-site team of project staff are always on hand.

 Not supported in the rooms so don't forget:

  • Sheet and mozzie net
  • Toiletries

Above: Your volunteer accommodation on site
at the project.

Main volunteer house: Facilities near by within walking distance

  • Shop
    10 minutes

  • Bars
    10 minutes

  • Chemist
    10 minutes

  • Bus
    5 minutes

  • Taxis
    5 minutes

  • Cash machine
    10 minutes

  • Bank
    10 minutes

  • Phone Booth
    10 minutes

  • Internet
    ?

  • Laundry
    provided with your stay small fee

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Many of our returning Honduras volunteers send us photos of their positive experiences in Americas. Click on the images below to get an idea of what to expect volunteering at this project.

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Meet The Team

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The Team - Honduras

The Iguana project has full time staff looking after both the iguanas and the volunteers! They will assist you with anything you need during your stay and point you in the right direction for your free time activities from diving on Utila and Roatan and to the bars on main street.

Frequently asked questions - Honduras

Country: Honduras

Book your placement with £125. Then pay £55 per week to volunteer on a tropical Caribbean island.

 

Honduras Specific Questions

Is experience needed?
Volunteers do not require any experience for this project.

Where will I be staying?
Volunteers live together at the project in shared rooms sleeping 2- 4.

Are visas required for Honduras?
Visas are not required for UK/European passport holders on short visits.

Transfer from San Pedro airport to the island?
Airport picks ups are not available from San Pedro. Most flights from Europe arrive in San Pedro late morning or lunchtime, this gives you plenty of time to head straight to the bus station and get a bus to the coast at La Ceiba. If you miss the ferry to the island (current timetable departs La Ceiba at 9am and approx. 4pm depending on weather conditions, approx. £15, office at Utila Municipal Dock), there are plenty of quality backpackers hostels and hotels in La Ceiba to stay the night which is also a far more relaxed place to hang out than San Pedro where everyone flies in. Take a closer look on the map on the Overview page and zoom in to locate a route from San Pedro airport.

What are the start dates?
There are no start dates, volunteers can arrive on any day of the week but if you will be delayed or decide to hand out in La Ceiba for a few extra days before taking the ferry then please contact the project staff to let them know.

Can I stay with my friend?
Everyone is placed together at the project.

I am worried about travelling on my own - can I buddy up with someone?
We can help you find someone to travel together - use our Buddy List or pop us a message on the main Facebook Group and we'll add you to our weekly round up of travel buddies.

Will I need any jabs?
Malaria tablets are essential even though you will be staying in an island away from the mainland. We advise to consult your trained travel health nurse a few weeks before travel for up to date advice and any booster shots you might need (Taken from the nhs website fitfortravel 21/08/13). There is nothing that will take more than a week or so's preparation health wise before you go.

Do I need to bring anything to volunteer?
Unlike other community based projects, few resources are needed to help you to be a successful volunteer just bring yourself! A list of suggestions is provided in the Welcome Pack. 

Should I bring anything for me?
Plenty of holiday clothes and beachwear. Insect repellent. Walking shoes/strong trainers are a good idea for some of the island habitat walks.

How can I keep in touch with home?
Signal is not bad so bring an unlocked phone from home and buy a sim card on arrival. Calls from home are free.

Contact us for specific questions

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. We pride ourselves in the vast knowledge of our projects and are always willing to share. Give us a call for a quick chat on 01603 280702 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get the answers you need!

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Booking your Place

There are two ways of booking your place at our project in Honduras

Phone - Call us on 01603 280702 to reserve your place on the project.

Online - Apply online with a Debit or Credit Card using PayPal following the instructions below.

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Planning Your Trip

Once you've booked your volunteering experience in Honduras you'll want plan the trip, and Original Volunteers has lots of helpful advice for first-time travellers.

To find someone to travel with on your trip, browse through our Travel Buddy List.

To learn more about raising money for your travels, check out our Fundraising advice.