Honduras

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Partner Organization:  Finca del Nino (Farm of the Child Children’s Home)

Location:  Trujillo, Colon, Honduras

Number of Students:  2 students

Dates:  Determined by site with some flexibility, but mid-May or soon after finals is typical.  This site is a 10 week placement. 

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement:  Strong proficiency in Spanish required. Ability to teach and lead classroom instruction in Spanish is crucial.   
  • Gender Requirement:  None
  • Required Experience:  Work with young children and youth.  Experience teaching or tutoring is very helpful.
  • Major Requirement:  None
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Special Requirements:  Students are expected to participate fully in the community and faith life of the Finca. Students are also expected to adhere to La Finca and ISSLP security protocols.
  • Other:  None

Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment:  (The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester.)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Training
  • Teaching/Working with Children Workshop
  • Self Defense

Site Description:  

See the official Farm of the Child website:  www.farmofthechild.org

To respond to the poverty and the under-development so prevalent in Honduras, the Farm of the Child was founded to provide “family style” homes and basic education to children orphaned or in need of foster care.

The Farm is a Children’s Home in Trujillo, located on the northern coast of Honduras, and cares for 50 children ranging in ages between one and 20 years of age.  The Farm operates and staffs family style homes where the children live with Honduran parents or Tias, a primary and middle school for children living on the Farm and for neighborhood children, and a clinic that serves the surrounding community.  It is run by a Director from Venezuela, three Franciscan Sisters, and 13-15 North American and Nicaraguan long term missionaries who serve as teachers, social workers, nurses, and mentors to the children.

The Farm has a strong faith community and shares a unique charism.  There is a church on the property and spiritual life is a vital component of life on the Farm.

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the tie of student arrival.

The ISSLP students’ main role and responsibility is to enter fully into community life as a positive presence and witness to the love of Christ.  Students provide two extra pairs of helping hands and are expected to maintain, protect, and build the mission of the Finca.  More specifically, students are asked to cover many essential tasks and responsibilities of the long-term missionaries so they are free to take their much needed vacations. 

ISSLP students generally are substitute teachers.  They provide instruction in Spanish and must be prepared to teach anything from kindergarten to 9th grade to special education, during any given week.    At the same time, La Finca’s mission is slowly moving toward relying less on missionaries in the school, and more in the homes.  This signifies that ISSLP students may, according to their ability, have the opportunity to engage other areas of the Farm, such as working with house parents, doing larger projects with the maintenance staff (agriculture, gardening, painting, and many forms of manual labor), and technological and organizational support.  Persons knowledgeable in computer hardware/systems and automotive mechanics would be invaluable.  Students are also responsible for a wide array of other activities, such as supervising the children’s work and study hours, leading girl scouts, coaching soccer, tutoring, spending as much time as possible with the children, and just stepping in and lending a hand wherever help is needed.  It is also likely that the students will spend one week with fellow missionaries working with a U.S. based medical brigade who relies on the Farm for translating.  

ISSLP students also share the responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, helping with daily prayer (morning  prayer and nightly community activities), and attending community meetings with the Farm staff and long term missionaries.  Students are expected to participate fully in the spiritual and communal life of the Farm and are encouraged to share their unique gifts and talents in service of the children and mission of the Farm.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students share rooms in dedicated volunteer housing located on the compound where they live with an intentional community of 16-18 long term volunteers (many of whom are Notre Dame graduates).

So as to give priority to being fully present within the Farm community, students should understand that there is a site policy regarding communication.  No personal cell phones are allowed and calls to home and internet use is limited to weekly trips to town.

For More Information:

Visit the official Farm of the Child website: www.farmofthechild.org

Former ISSLP Participants:

Molly Knapp’18 (ISSLP 2016), mknapp3@nd.edu
Matthew Grothaus’17 (ISSLP 2016), mgrothau@nd.edu
Jackson Lawlor’ 17  (ISSLP 2014),  jlawlor@nd.edu
 

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.