El Arca de Honduras (HON-44)

Type: Community, Disabled, Disadvantaged, Education, Elderly, Family, Health, Youth - Country: Honduras

Brief description and main aims

El Arca de Honduras is a member of L’Arche International Federation, which is dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programmes, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1964 and today it’s an international organisation operating 149 communities (homes) in 37 countries on all five continents.

Comunidad El Arca de Honduras has two communities (homes) in the country. One is located in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, which has between 20-30 beneficiaries and another in southern Honduras, in Choluteca, which has between 20-25 beneficiaries, all young adults and elders, aged 30-70. 

Its main aim is to offer people, with an intellectual disability, a family-styled living environment that encourages them to create a home, to develop their skills and talents, to build friendships, and quite simply, to make the most of life.

Main Activities

The beneficiaries of Comunidad El Arca de Honduras live together in homes sharing life with one another and building community as responsible adults. They participate in different workshops, learning how to create different kitchen materials such as tablecloths and mittens, decorations for households such as candles, cleaning materials such as mops, and different types of garments.

Through the workshops, members are encouraged to grow autonomously, develop competencies and decision-making skills. The workshops seek to create a safe and trustworthy environment where the members discover their skills, many times hidden or not acknowledged by society. Each person, no matter her/his talents or limitations, has a unique value and has a universal dignity, hence, the same rights: life, home, education, job, etc.

Volunteer tasks

The volunteer can support in the following ways:

  • Occupational Workshops, helping the trainers to teach the beneficiaries to make kitchen materials, decorations for households, cleaning materials, and different types of garments.
  • Therapeutic Workshops, helping the therapists to organise and facilitate educational and board games, recreational activities such as promenades, massage lessons, painting.
  • Helping in everyday life, such as preparing meals and the hosts with special needs during the meal by cutting the meat, helping them to drink water and to eat, etc.
  • Developing social relationships, having important contacts with the hosts, spending with them most of the time talking and listening to their special needs (for example: helping them to walk through the home, playing cards, reading newspaper, telling stories, writing, and so on).

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should:
  • be at least 18 years old
  • be mature
  • be interested and motivated to work with people with disabilities
  • be a hard-worker, respectful, communicative, sociable, and patient
Having a basic level of Spanish and good English skills is preferable. 
Having some knowledge regarding special education, physical and occupation therapy and taking care of elderly individuals, is an asset.


The volunteer will be placed in Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán or Choluteca, Choluteca.


The project is available to start in August and February every year for 6-12 months.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a host family or within the project.

More Information

The project is available to start in August and February every year for 6-12 months.
Project available for Erasmus+ Volunteering Activities depending on approved Erasmus+ projects; PIC number 918336346.
Social media:
  • International Website: www.larche.org
  • Website: www.elarcacholuteca.com
  • Blog: http://elarcadetegucigalpa.blogspot.ca/
  • Facebook Page: @elarcadehonduras
  • Facebook Page: El Arca, Choluteca
  • Instagram: @arcadehonduras

You can request more information of this Project contacting ICYE Honduras: incoming@icye.hn

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