ICYE in the World
|Name:||Comunidad El Arca Honduras - Tegucigalpa|
|Types:||Youth, Elderly, Disabled, Community, Children, Art/Culture|
|Brief description and main aims|
The “Comunidad El Arca Honduras” belongs to L'Arche International, a federation of more than 135 member communities, established as independent entities in 36 countries. The communities encompass 5,000 people with and without an intellectual disability, who share their lives in homes, workshops, and day programmes.
Comunidad El Arca Honduras' main objective is to offer people with an intellectual disability a family-styled living environment that encourages them to create a home, to develop their talents, to build friendships, and quite simply, to make the most of life! Its main aims are:
Some of the activities that Comunidad El Arca Honduras develops are:
The volunteer could participate in any of the activities carried out at the community:
|Volunteer requirements / Skills|
- Age: Older than 21 years old.
- Gender: Generally indifferent. At the moment, women are required more.
- Languages: Spanish.
- Studies: Have some knowledge about special education, physical and occupational
therapy and taking care of elderly citizens.
- Abilities and Attitudes: Has to be a mature person, capable to work with disabled persons,
give and receive affection, be hard-working, respectful, communicative, sociable, and
responsible, respect our culture, and to have a lot of patience
- Religion: Indifferent (respect to the beliefs of the persons in the organization is asked).
City: Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, got its tongue-twisting name from the ancient indigenous dialect “Nahuatl” that means “silver mountain”. In effect, Tegucigalpa came to be during colonial times a mining center. “Tegus”, as its inhabitants affectionately call it, is a mixture of an old colonial city that has turned into the modern capital of Honduras.
Its population is approximately 1,200,000 inhabitants.
Tegucigalpa is a city with a very pleasant climate, nestled in a valley of about 3,000 ft. Its highest peek, the mountain “El Picacho”, is located at an elevation of 930 m above sea level.
Getting around Tegucigalpa can be a confusing experience. Despite the colonial history of the city, it does not have the typical Spanish layout of square streets around the city. This is mostly that terrain around the city did not allow this. Nonetheless, Tegucigalpa is well connected to all parts of Honduras. Buses leave daily to all cities.
After the capital had been switched back and forth between Comayagua and Tegucigalpa, Tegucigalpa became the permanent capital in 1880. In 1938 it was joined with its twin city Comayagüela to one governmental district, “Municipio del Distrito Central: M.D.C.”. Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela appear from far as one big city, but the “Grande” or “Choluteca” River divides the city, and as one comes closer one can tell the difference. While Tegucigalpa is the political and cultural centre of Honduras, Comayagüela is more commerce orientated; here one can find everything for good prices at the different markets.
In Tegucigalpa, one can find many marginal areas in which unfortunately extreme poverty exists, mainly due to migration from rural areas which causes a high unemployment rate. One of the biggest problems of the city is street children.
To see a detailed location of Tegucigalpa go to:
Minimum (weeks): 4
Maximum (weeks): 16
|Hosting Situation (Board & Lodging)|
Living within the social project or at a host family.
Number of volunteers: 1(homes); 1 (workshops).
The project is CLOSED in December and in January.
Bring clothes for hot weather, a hat, sun glasses, repellent for insects and personal medications.
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