Prepare For A Trip
A village or community is approved to start working in, after a thorough and strict research and assessment work done by the Fundacan Advisors, Coordinator and Operations team, in close collaboration with the National Police and the local Municipality. While on the village journey, team members volunteer providing free general Healthcare assistance. Meanwhile the Basic Sanitation and Construction Program participants serve working on the improvement of the local population living conditions.
THINGS YOU MUST KNOW:
The following is information that you need to know as you prepare for the trip. Please read over these carefully and contact your Group Leaders or our Main Office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras if you have any questions.
You must have a valid passport that will not expire within SIX (6) months of your scheduled trip. The airlines will not allow you to fly without this six-month validity standing on your passport.
Ask your personal physician about immunizations since they are the best judges of any special requirements you might have General minimum recommendations are:
All prescription medication for personal use must be in a properly labeled, currently dated prescription bottle. Obviously, we will have A LOT OF MEDICINE with us, but may not have your specific anti-hypertensive, etc. There will be a supply of medication and first aid kit specifically for the International Volunteer Team
Fundacan staff will have mobile phones, and the Brigade Coordinator has a mobile phone available especially for your communication needs with your family in the case there’s an urgency
The climate in Honduras varies from tropical in the lowlands to temperate in the mountains, where during the night it can mostly get cold. The central and southern regions are relatively hotter and less humid than the northern areas. The hottest months in Honduras are March – May, and the rainy (cooler) season normally begins in June and lasts through the end of the year.
While the official language of Central America is Spanish, there are other dialects such as Honduran Sign Language, Garifuna, Bay Islands Creole English, Mískito, Sumu, Pech, Jicaque, Ch’orti’, Lenca (extinct), However Spanish is the predominant language across all the country. While in Honduras, your Group will be provided with translators and all coordinators speak English, they will accompany your team all the time. Therefore, we encourage you to try your best to practice your Spanish all the time while in Honduras and especially with the local villagers! There will be many kids all around who will be excited to talk to you in Spanish!
Helpful Spanish Phrases
Our Lodgment Campus is a very comfortable, secure, isolated rural hotel. Food is provided and the fare is typical Honduran but you will have some international food as well. There is Internet and Wi-Fi access. Do not worry about bed clothing, towels or anything else related to your stay at the hotel. There is cable TV access and some other basic services at the hotel as well.
Food will be provided by the facility personnel at the Lodgment Campus.
Honduras is warm year around, it may be slightly cooler from January to April, but then, may not. You can normally expect daytime temperature to reach 80-85, occasionally to 90. Night-time will cool down to 75 or below after midnight. In the spring, it may get a little cooler at night, sometimes down into the upper 60′s. In the summer, it is the rainy season.
Personal supplies and equipment for the trip
Each Group member is expected to pay their own expenses, including the Fundacan team fee, airfare, and certain team expenses. The total cost per Group member varies from team to team, depending on your place of departure, as well as miscellaneous Group expenses designated by the Volunteer Group Leaders. The program expenses on a Volunteer Trip are only $750.00, $450 go to the volunteer’s brigade logistical operations, and $300 for elaboration, execution, follow-up and sustaining of projects. You have to release the 50%, at least 45 days before the group arrives, the rest has to be paid 15 days before the group arrival, please be aware that in case a volunteer was already on schedule to be part of a brigade trip, yet they have any kind of difficulties to make the trip or just decide to cancel their trip, the first 50% of funds released before the 45 days deadline, cannot be refundable due to prior logistical operations expenses made before the group arrival (Hiring of personnel, visits to community, purchase of supplies and tools required, medications in case it is the Medical and Dental brigade, transportation expenses to and from the community, etc.)