Asociación Colaboración y Esfuerzo – ACOES is a Christian-faith based non-profit and non-governmental organisation that works with the neediest population of the marginal zone of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, and the rural areas of different departamentos (districts) of Honduras, encouraging solidarity and favouring the integral development of people especially through educational projects. ACOES carries out humanitarian aid projects for children and the general population of Honduras, prone to creating and developing life conditions that favour peace, justice, rights, solidarity and the integral development of people in disadvantaged sectors.
ACOES encourages that the people participating in its projects develop a personal drive to advance in their educational level, and it also contributes to the health improvement of the targeted population. ACOES was founded by a Spanish priest, Patricio Larrosa, and currently the organisation has headquarters in Spain which carry out fundraising activities to sustain the projects in Honduras. Among the different projects that ACOES carries out, there’s the “Casas Populorum Progressio” (Latin for “Progress of the Towns”), homes, like a type of boarding school, for youth mainly of indigenous communities who have the restlessness and will to study and work for the neediest population, and who for various socioeconomic situations don’t have access to education.
The volunteer would mainly be based in the Casa Populorum Progressio in Marcala, La Paz. The volunteer gets involved with all kinds of household duties, such as cooking, cleaning, maintenance, etc. The volunteer can get involved in the different plantations they have at the homes in order to produce food for own consumption or for kindergartens supported by ACOES. Depending on the level of Spanish knowledge of the volunteer and the school schedule of the youth, the volunteer can help organise study and tutoring periods, such as teaching English or Geography. The volunteer can also organise extracurricular activities, such as workshops on music, theatre, etc. The volunteer can help the ACOES projects called “Maestro en Casa” (“Teacher at Home”, a type of teaching to take school to people’s homes since they don’t have a school nearby), in different kindergartens and working with the elderly population.
N.B.: In the homes, the youth and staff pray every day during established schedules. The volunteer does not need to be a Catholic or Christian believer to participate in these prayers, and can also decide not to participate.
Volunteer requirements / Skills
18+ years old.
Female or male.
A fair knowledge of Spanish.
No particular studies are needed to be a volunteer, experience teaching is appreciated.
He/she must be willing to live in a community atmosphere in the countryside, be able to help with school homework, be collaborative and a team player; he/she does not need to be Catholic or Christian in order to be a volunteer but does need to be respectful to Christian-based beliefs and rituals.