How to Volunteer
There are a variety of ways you can volunteer at Amigos de Jesús. They include:
Long Term Opportunities
Amigos de Jesús volunteers work and live alongside our Honduran staff and children. They contribute to the transformation of each of our children with their energy, creativity, commitment, teamwork and unconditional love for our children.
Amigos de Jesús volunteers don’t come for a job, they come because they are called to love our children. Each volunteer does this in a unique way while embodying the Amigos de Jesús Family Values:
1. Imitate the attitude and behavior of Jesus Christ
2. Aspire toward self-sustainability
3. Be disciples of the children
4. Find hope
Who you are:
Humble; loves unconditionally; enjoys children; can laugh at yourself; collaborative team player; forgives easily and doesn’t hold a grudge; flexible and open; follows through on commitments; can handle challenging living conditions; suspends judgment and assumptions; learns from others.
What you bring:
Commitment to faith-based service in an intentional community; openness to participation in the Catholic spirituality of the community and home; Spanish fluency or willingness to attend in-country Spanish language school to become fluent (4-8 weeks prior to start of service); ability to serve a 13-month commitment (not including language school) beginning in either February or July; College degree or equivalent work experience; At least 21 years of age; Positive mental and physical health; fundraise to cover costs if possible.
How we will care for you:
Orientation; retreats; room and board in a community house; stipend; health insurance; on-site support and supervision; job training; 3 weeks vacation; 2 evenings per week set aside for community time; re-entry retreat after service.
What you will do:
Volunteers all have a primary job(s) in the areas of child care, education or administration. Placements in the school are currently the most common. Job placement is a mutual discernment process based on volunteers’ skills and interests and needs of the Amigos de Jesús family. Volunteers spend much of their out of work time including evenings and weekends with the children.
How to join our family:
Start the conversation by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org to receive more information.
A complete application includes a cover letter, resume, application and three (3) professional and/or spiritual references. Upon acceptance into the program, volunteers are expected to complete a criminal background check and medical examination.
For mid-July start: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 1 or until all spots are filled. We still have spots and are currently accepting applications for long term volunteers beginning in July of 2017.
For early-February start: Priority deadline for complete applications is July 15. Secondary deadline September 1. Applications then accepted on a rolling basis until November 15 or until all spots are filled.
Short Term Opportunities
Individuals interested in serving at Amigos de Jesús who are not able to make a long-term commitment have several options to serve our children.
Amigos de Jesús is offering our friends the opportunity to travel to Honduras and serve our children. Each trip is limited to 8-10 volunteers. Short-term volunteers stay on the grounds of Amigos de Jesús. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Each participant purchases his or her own airline ticket and pays a $250 fee for room, board, and transportation to and from the airport in Honduras. Please email email@example.com to receive an application
All short-term volunteers must be open to serving where needed, to living in simple conditions (cold water showers, washing clothes by hand, nutritious but basic meals with the children), to serving in a faith-based (Catholic) environment including regular reflections and prayer periods, and to serving as role models for our children.
2017 Short Term Volunteer Trips
2017-2018 Winter Volunteer Trip
Focus: Offer support to our children and their caregivers by facilitating a mini-camp and completing general projects in the home during the children's school break. Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve and 3 Kings Day with our family!
Requirements: 18 years of age, application and acceptance
Cost: The cost to participate is $250. Volunteers are responsible for purchasing their own plane tickets as well as completing an online background check ($19). Optional health insurance may also be purchased by volunteers.
Time commitment: 1.5 weeks to 3.5 weeks (depending upon arrival and departure dates chosen)
Options for dates of arrival: Wednesday, December 27, 2017; Saturday, January 6, 2018; Saturday, January 13, 2018
Options for dates of departure: Saturday, January 6, 2018; Saturday, January 13, 2018; Saturday, January 20, 2018
Application: Please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application and to inquire further about arrival and departure dates.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Summer volunteers run an English immersion summer camp with our children in grades K-4. The focus is on English skills, water safety, recreation and summer fun. The 2017 summer volunteer term of service is from June 21-August 12, 2017. The summer camp commitment is a total of seven and a half weeks, which includes a short orientation/training on site. If you are unable to commit to the full seven and a half weeks, you can apply to serve for a shorter session: Session One: June 21-July 22, Session Two: July 22-August 12. Preference will be given to those applicants who can serve the full seven and a half week commitment.
Who can participate? Summer camp volunteers must be at least 18 years of age with a minimum 1 year of post-high school college, work or other experience. Camp volunteers should be mature, love children, and be willing to work in a challenging environment with limited supervision and few modern conveniences. Camp counselors may be college students or recent graduates, teachers, or anyone who is willing and available to serve in the summer. We will accept 8-16 summer camp volunteers.
How do I apply? Interested applicants can email email@example.com to request an application and for more information regarding the program and safety. After a completed application is received, the applicant will be contacted for an interview. If accepted, the volunteer will submit a medical form, criminal background check and waiver prior to departure.
What expenses am I responsible for? Summer camp volunteers pay a $500 fee to help cover the expenses of room, board and transportation. This amount can be made as a donation, or we can assist accepted volunteers with fundraising to cover the amount. Volunteers are also responsible for a round-trip flight to and from San Pedro Sula (SAP) and any personal expenses. Volunteers must also have health insurance. Each individual volunteer takes responsibility for choices about travel insurance, vaccinations and other medications.
What should I expect from the experience? Volunteers’ main responsibilities are serving as counselors and teachers for camp from 7:00AM-12PM, Monday-Friday. Afternoons may be spent lesson planning, tutoring individual or small groups of children, teaching swimming to preschoolers and playing. Most weekends are spent participating in activities and playing with the children. There are evening reflections several times a week. Meals are eaten with the children in either the dining hall or the children’s homes. Volunteers are challenged to work hard grow in faith through service to our Amigos de Jesús family.
Summer 2017 Dates: June 21-August 12; Priority will be given to volunteers who can serve the whole service period, but applications for those can serve half the commitment will be considered. To apply for half of the commitment, please indicate availability for Session One, June 21-July 22, or Session Two, July 22-August 12.
Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Other short-term volunteer opportunities may be available on a case-by-case basis.