Volunteering in Honduras

Honduras placement details Volunteer in Honduras. Here’s everything you need to know about our Honduras project, what to take and how to get there.
If you have any questions on any aspect of the Honduras island project or would like to check available dates please contact us at the earliest opportunity as this project fills fast.

About the project

Health, safety and support in Honduras

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.

About the project

What will I be doing? Volunteers help with the preparation of food for the iguanas which live on site, including maintenance of the enclosures and the project station itself. Volunteers are also needed to monitor the local iguana habitat which can require walks and canoe trips into the dense coastal mangrove forests. Beach cleanups are also carried out to help keep the habitat an animal-friendly place to set up home! Local school children also make regular trips to the sanctuary to learn about the threat to the local iguana population and what they can do to help spread environmental education. If you are here in June you can help with the preparation for a display for the island’s carnival parade or in July the parade itself, perhaps you have some ideas of your own!

Volunteers help between Monday and Saturday 8am and midday and 2pm and 5pm with a rest break in between. On Sundays volunteers work on a rota to attend to tourist visitors at the centre. 

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 from the mainland to the island 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. 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.

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.

Honduras 3 Diving schools

Book a group dive lesson, more fun in a group!


Diving schools

Price £50 - £100

There are many dive schools in Utila. Check that the equipment looks new, suits are long legged and provide shoes, expect to pay £50 – £100.


Discover lesser known beaches by water taxi.


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.


360 Degree island views from Pumpkin Hill.


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 ramble, 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.


OV volunteers enjoying a cold beer on main street.

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 areowned by local people.

Honduras 3 Botannical Gardens

Don’t miss out on the Botannical Gardens when visiting Roatan Island.


Blue Harbour Botanical Gardens

About £7

When you are visiting Roatan allow two hours to visit and take a taxi, there’s no need usually to book a tour. Ask the staff to call you a taxi for your return back. The setting is so special that it’s also a wedding venue! Entrance 10 US Dollars, about £7.


Yoga classes in an unbeatable setting.


Yoga classes

Price £2

Want to try some yoga for the first time on a beautiful verandah? This is the place to have a go! It’s also a great way to make friends with locals and other travellers. £2 per class.


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.


Are meals provided? Honduras is a self-catering project. Local shops are within walking distance. 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.


Collecting Crabs for the Iguanas


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


Eggs almost ready!


Iguanas like to hibernate when it rains. Here volunteers make the most of a rain shower

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.

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 approximately £65 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.


Volunteers give a swimming lesson to local children


Volunteers watch the sun go down from the water tower


Measuring an Iguana for the first time


Recording the numbers of baby hatchlings born

Free time

Will I have any free time? Everyone is given enough time off to explore and relax, not to worry.

The cays off the south coast of the island.

A one day old Iguana.


Breakfast time of flowers and leaves


Collecting new eggs

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.


An adult Iguana at the project


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


Local Honduras children visit


Kayaks are often used to get around the mangroves

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.

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. 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.



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.

Below is an example timeline for a volunteer travelling in July 2018.

  • At anytime : After registering with us and you have received your welcome email and next steps guide, 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 required before 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.


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.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions big or small on any aspect of the Honduras island project or would like to check available dates please contact us at the earliest opportunity as this project fills fast with volunteers applying from around the world.

Alternatively complete an easy enquiry form with your contact details and we’ll be in touch shortly!

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 3 weeks summer, 2 weeks between October and March.
Project operates All year round
When to apply As soon as possible. This project is usually full 3 months in advance. Complete a Reserve Now form and we'll be in touch straightaway to confirm available weeks.
Costs £55 per week for accommodation and support team & £125 (Registration to join OV which provides a year of volunteering without registering again)

Accommodation info

  • Shop 10 minutes Shop 10 minutes
  • Bars 10 minutes Bars 10 minutes
  • Chemist 10 minutes Chemist 10 minutes
  • Bus 5 minutes Bus 5 minutes
  • Taxis 5 minutes Taxis 5 minutes
  • Cash machine 10 minutes Cash machine 10 minutes
  • Bank 10 minutes Bank 10 minutes
  • Pay phone 10 minutes Pay phone 10 minutes
  • Internet access Internet access
  • Laundry on-site + small fee Laundry on-site + small fee

Basics, what to take?

  • Sheets and Mosquito net
  • Toiletries

More info


Volunteers stay together in shared accommodation, with 2 to 4 in a room. The accommodation is rustic (click on More to see photos) 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.

Meet the project team

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The Iguana project has full time knowledgeable staff looking after both the iguanas and their volunteers! Pictured above, one of the team taking volunteers on a trek through the mangrove swamps – a favoured habitat for the iguanas, and one under threat. The local team 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.

If they’re free, ask them to show you the route to Pumpkin Hill which provides views of the whole island.

The benefits of your local in-country team

What is a volunteer coordinator? Every project has a volunteer coordinator. This is the person responsible for organising your volunteering and looking after your welfare needs during your stay and they are all English speaking. What experience do volunteer coordinators have?

All our coordinators are local people with knowledge and experience gained over many years of supporting volunteers. They have a deep knowledge of their local community, providing an invaluable source of information.

9 in 10 coordinators at our destinations have between 5 – 7 years experience and 7 in 10 of our coordinators have supported more than a thousand volunteers each (current as of August 2013). If they don’t know where to buy Parmesan cheese when the shops are shut, no one will! Who are volunteer coordinators? At some destinations the volunteer coordinator will also be the manager/director of the project you are volunteering if you are based in one location. Examples of manager/coordinator projects will be Kenya-Mombasa/Peru/Cambodia/South Africa/Argentina/Uganda/India. Some destinations require an independent volunteer coordinator because there are many projects volunteers go to. Independent coordinators will organise a variety of placements at many different projects in the local community throughout your visit. He/she will liaise with all the projects/schools/hospitals on your behalf to organise schedules for your volunteer group. Examples of volunteer programmes are: Morocco/Ghana/Tanzania/Kenya-Masai/Malawi/Mexico-Merida/Ecuador. Thailand and Nepal offer a mix of both. Is there only one volunteer coordinator? Coordinators have other staff supporting them, from drivers to housekeepers, and cooks and assistant coordinators. Support team size varies between project type and time of year. The typical size of any support team will be 5 – 7. There may also be a long stay volunteer helping out The Uganda school project had at last count 15 local staff supporting volunteers which ranged from security to water carriers! What do coordinators do? Airport pick up Your in-country coordinator will organise your pick up and make sure you get to the volunteer house as smoothly as possible. If your coordinator does not meet volunteers from the airport, their trusted regular driver will be sent to meet you. Liaise with local projects If you are on a mixed volunteer programme (Morocco/Ghana/Tanzania/Kenya-Masai/Malawi/Mexico-Merida/Ecuador) your coordinator will be regularly liaising with the projects you will be going to today, this week and next, organising suitable times and communicating schedules to the volunteer group. Help organise specific placements Coordinators will also ensure that volunteers with special preferences eg. medical/building can get involved as fully as possible in their preferred area of work. Show you around and help you to locate things Need a Sim card? Want to buy some paintbrushes for an art session tomorrow? Speak to your coordinator – they will advise on where, how to get there and prices. Provide an orientation on arrival Your coordinator or their local team will provide an orientation on arrival of what’s where and how to get started. This may take the form of a more formal meeting for all new arrivals by your coordinator or through informal advice for new arrivals from staff, long stay volunteers, handouts, information on the noticeboard as per needs dictate. This will usually include any important cultural awareness if this may affect your stay. For example bare tummies should be covered in Ghana for example otherwise the children won’t stop giggling! Help you when things go wrong We are often asked what happens when things go wrong. Your local team are the experts on getting you the help you need immediately. They have seen it all before (in a nice way) and are well experienced in looking after hundreds of volunteers each year with all the usual niggles from sunburn to upset tummies. Whether you need a doctor in the night for sickness or you want to try out a new project or move bedroom or volunteer house. If you have remembered to print off your project contact details and leave them with family (these are sent before travel to all volunteers) – your family can also contact the coordinator directly. Or they can call us and we can put them in touch. But if you need further assistance or advice we are here to help you. Contact us straightaway and we might be able to make the niggly issues go away. For any country related crises which may occur which would require volunteers to return home, your coordinator and their team will ensure everyone is safely escorted to the airport or Embassy as per the advice provided by each volunteer’s government together with any additional support that may be required. Help you when you feel unwell Coordinators are the first port of call if you think you may need medical assistance. They will organise an escort to the local clinic/hospital and make sure you are well treated. They can also contact home and will be happy to speak to parents to explain how you are. If you are volunteering alone, they may also stay with you in the hospital or request that a member of their staff and a volunteer keep you company as it can be quite daunting to be in a foreign hospital, even if it is only an infected mosquito bite! Most health problems are minor and with a day or two’s bed rest either at the volunteer house or the local hospital and plenty of water, most volunteers are back to their normal selves again. While on the subject of hospitals – make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover local medical bills and repatriation. In developing countries and where medical care is mostly private, it is not uncommon to be admitted into a private room for something which would be treated as an out-patient back home. Without insurance, hospital fees can be as much as £200 per day. For doctors appointments when you only need a prescription, your coordinator will help you to locate the nearest doctor/clinic. For these it is often easier to pay on the spot and not claim on the insurance. Expect to pay approx. £5 – £15 per consultation and £5 – £20 for basic medication. Organise excursions Your coordinator knows all the best trips and best prices which volunteers over the years have participated on and recommended. If the options are not posted on a notice board ask your coordinator what is available and how to book. Typical prices across all destinations as a very rough guide: £30 – £40 for a day’s activity, £200 – £400 for a trek/budget safari for 3 – 5 days. Most volunteers go together in a group for more fun and get discounts. Additional trip discounts for volunteers are available in Ghana and Tanzania. Return transfer back to the airport Your coordinator can organise the return trip back to the airport for you, simply ask a few days before your flight. This is not automatically organised as many volunteers will have made friends and may leave the project a day or two earlier to sightsee before flying home, want to go shopping right up to the last minute or forget that the transfer was booked and have already jumped in a taxi!

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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 21/08/15). 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 [email protected] to get the answers you need!

Latest reviews

Average Review Rating: from 2 reviews.

Ray Bryne – Review

Why did you want to volunteer? As part of my travels it fitted in nicely. Do you feel you made a difference, how? Yes absolutely, the project needs a lot of extra help to raise awareness. What did you do for fun? Sea kayaking and diving course. When was your most enjoyable experience, do you have an interes...

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Mable Fraser – Review

Why did you want to volunteer? I wanted to volunteer for a long time, lots of my friends had done gap years before Uni and told me about their experiences. Do you feel you made a difference, how? Yes we looked after the iguanas and I was lucky during my visit to be able to release some back into the wild which wa...

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