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Organization Location: 
Juticalpa
Honduras
Olancho Aid Foundation

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  • Juticalpa, Honduras
Languages:
English, Spanish
Organization Description
Mission
Our mission is to plant and nurture the seeds of FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE by delivering Catholic-based education and purified water solutions to God’s beloved people in Olancho, Honduras.

The Olancho Aid Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization creating a sustainable future for Honduran families through faith-based education and service. From clean water projects that improve community health to schools that serve children including those with special needs, our team of international volunteers and Hondurans are dedicated to providing hope as we work to transform the future and life of the Olancho community.

Education
The government of Honduras offers education to children through the 9th grade. Unfortunately, many do not finish even primary school as they need to work to support their family, stay at home to care for siblings or can’t attend school as the choice between school and food for the family is all too real. This lack of educational opportunity means that the next generation will not escape a subsistence existence let alone have the ability to build a sustainable future for their community.

Education focused on the dignity of every human person will liberate and bring opportunities for change. Good teachers know that education is not just a profession but is clearly a mission that can shape the world into a place reflecting the Plan of the Creator. The Olancho Aid foundation, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Olancho is committed to providing access to a faith-based education that is made possible through scholarships and volunteers who participate in solidarity projects to serve surrounding communities.

The Olancho Aid Foundation has embraced the exhortation of Pope Francis to the US Congress, “How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes.”


History of Olancho Aid Foundation
In 1991, a priest who traveled to Olancho soon saw the desperate need to develop educational opportunities for the youth and community of Juticalpa. In 1996, Nazareth opened its doors and was the first school in an area the size of Texas to for children with special needs. Today after 20 years of incredible growth, 4 schools, 800+ students, and 140+ Honduran employees make up an organization that continues to provide access to a quality education to the children of Olancho.

Nazareth
The first project began in 1996 when a local parish offered space at the “Apostolic House.” Escuelita Nazareth was born with 8 students, 1 teacher, and 1 director to serve youth living with various disabilities. In 2001, Nazareth moved to its current location after a generous land donation from Andres and America Garcia of Juticalpa along with funding from North American donors, international organizations, and design by local architect, Lillian Gomez Guifarro. The building was constructed to accommodate 45 children. Today, more than 65 students attend Escuelita Nazareth, thanks to generous sponsors.

Santa Clara Schools
In 2000, a group of students at the Catholic University of Juticalpa needed help with childcare to continue their studies. A day care began for pre-K students in a borrowed classroom at the university. Each year, the number of students increased significantly, leading to the building of Centro Escolar Bilingüe Santa Clara in 2003 and Instituto Bilingüe Santa Clara in 2010 to house our bilingual elementary and high schools. These two schools now serve over 600 students.

Instituto Oscar Cardenal Rodriguez
During the same timeframe, after working with ill-prepared incoming university students, Father Donahue wanted to better equip young Hondurans to learn at the university level. Instituto Oscar Cardenal Rodriquez, a monolingual college preparatory school, opened in 2003 to meet this need. It now boasts the highest college entrance exam scores in the community.

Water Purification Initiative
Efforts to provide purified water began in 2014. After years of medical missions treating parasitic diseases, it became apparent that the health of the communities we serve starts with access to clean water. If children are to grow and thrive in school, their parents must have clean water for drinking and cooking. Thus the decision was made to extend our focus to include providing clean water and education to the communities that we serve.

Since 2015, Olancho Aid has installed, maintained the Living Waters of the World system, and educated Hondurans about clean water systems. In 2015, Olancho Aid installed 7 purification systems and will complete an additional 10 in 2016.

We seek volunteers who share our passion and wish to be a part of our mission. If you have a desire to serve, have a love for children, and are motivated by Christian values, we invite you to learn more about volunteering with the Olancho Aid Foundation.

Placements: Volunteers serve in roles within the Foundation as needed, often in education, administration, and child care. Specific assignments will be discussed through the interview process and during orientation once on the ground in Honduras. Example roles include:
Summer Camp Counselor
Adult ESL Instructor
Resource Teacher
Co-Teacher
Science Lab Coordinator
Art/Music Teacher
Librarian
Water Project Auditor
Social Media Intern

Dates of Service: Our volunteers commit to serve four months with potential to extend. Our dates for 2018 are as follows:
Early January - Mid May
Late April - Late August
Mid August - Mid December

Qualifications:
Two years of post-high school work, education, or other experience
Experience working with children
Experience traveling or living in Latin America and/or developing countries
Basic knowledge of Spanish language
Ability to live in basic living conditions
Willingness to participate in community activities
Willingness to live in accordance with Christian values and to attend religious retreats and Catholic mass

Compensation and Benefits
Monthly stipend to cover food and utilities
International travel medical insurance
Housing
Local cell phone and charger
Wireless internet

How to apply: Complete online application at www.olanchoaid.org/ways-to-help/service-abroad/ or contact Stephanie Fore at volunteers@olanchoaid.org with specific questions.
Causes
Childcare / Children, Education, Law / Human Rights
Skills Needed
Obtain or be in pursuit of Associate's or Bachelor's Degree, Native English speaker, Experience working with children, Ability to adjust to basic living conditions, Ability to adapt to a new culture
Accommodation
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 4 months
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$50 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • Homestay
  • Local Transport
  • Airport Pickup and Drop Off
  • Internet

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, Pre-Departure-Orientation, 3-Meals-per-Day, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Volunteer-Hostel
Manager
Stephanie Fore
Location
Olancho Aid Foundation Average Ratings
9/9/17
5
The Olancho Aid Foundation is an amazing organization, and I am so happy that I was able to spend 2 years volunteering with them. They are a tight-knit community, to say the least. I did not feel like a foreigner or an outsider. I felt like a true member of the family, and it was because of their open arms to welcome anyone there to help their cause. I'm passionate about their cause, too. In the Olancho area, there is a real education gap between the students who can afford private schooling and those who cannot. OAF reaches a hand down to those students who have the skills to succeed, but not necessarily to access to a quality education. I've seen first-hand what kind of impact this has on the community. It's incredible to be part of such a mission. This was an...