This program immerses children in literacy activities in their native Spanish. We read aloud each day!
The Reader's Club operates in tandem with the Porvenir English Program. It started as we realized that many of the children in our English program had difficulty with comprehension, vocabulary and structure in their native Spanish. Most children in Honduras do not have ready access to books and in many cases, parents are only minimally able to read and write. The ‘story-times’ and ‘bed-time stories’ that most of our volunteers have grown up with are not typically part of childhood in El Porvenir. The Reader's Club immerses children in literacy activities. We read stories, write our own books, put on plays, sing songs and more. Volunteers work in teams for each location and then split into small groups so that children can work at their own ability level. The emphasis is on curiosity and fun!
Our community is next to the Caribbean Sea with plenty to do as soon as you walk outside! Our volunteer houses are all less than a 2 minute walk to the beach and there are several lagoons where rivers meet the sea. The mountains are just to the south, with lovely waterfalls and awesome views if you want to go hiking. The nearby Rio Cangrejal offers rafting and ziplines. There are hot springs about 30 minutes away in Sambo Creek. Sambo Creek also has boats to take you on one day snorkeling tours of Cayos Cochinos. The Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila are a short ferry ride away and they also offer scuba diving and snorkeling plus a lively nightlife! The Mayan Ruins in Copan should not be missed!
Arrive at San Pedro Sula airport and then take a bus or local flight to La Ceiba. (Easy to do and we will give detailed instructions.) We will arrange for our wonderful and trusted taxi driver (Sherman) to be waiting when you arrive at either the La Ceiba airport or bus station. He will charge 200 HNL (about 9 dollars) to bring you to the volunteer house and you may pay him directly. If you wish, the driver will at the local supermarket with you so that you can stock up on supplies.
As described above, volunteers live in our clean and comfortable volunteer houses. All are in the El Centro part of town and close walking distance to each project. Our rooms have two single beds and either ceiling fans or floor fans. A housekeeper comes once each week to maintain the common bathrooms and kitchen. Small markets called "pulperias" are very close and so all groceries can be purchased inexpensively and locally.