You have questions about the trip?
We have answers.
Why Choose Us?
A Reason to Volunteer for Every Work Day You’ll Miss
1 – Your week in Honduras will help build something that will enrich the lives of children for years. If you have ever asked yourself how you could make a meaningful and lasting difference in someone else’s life – this is a good place to start.
2 – Expand your mind by immersing yourself in a completely unfamiliar culture. Throughout the week, you will challenge your upbringing, your preconceived notions, and the world around you.
3 – Each One Thousand Schools trip will include young professionals from around the country. If you can think of a better way to expand your professional network in ONE WEEK than volunteering internationally… we’re all ears!
4 – Through hands-on work and thought-provoking group reflections, you will gain appreciation for your own lifestyle. Studies have shown that people who regularly express gratitude are happier overall and are likely to live longer.
5 – You’re a professional… grinding day in and day out. We get it! But what happens when every other break hits? You go to Europe, go see friends, or enjoy a few extra bebidas! If you don’t take a week now to sacrifice your own time and energy… When will you!?
How Much Does It Cost?
Note: This is the early bird price if you register 30 days prior to your trip. $750 if you register less than 30 days prior to your trip. Volunteers must pay a $150 deposit to register. You will create a personal fundraising page where you can pay off the trip in installments or friends and family can donate to help cover the cost. Fundaround charges an optional $32 ticketing service charge added at checkout.
- All lodging
- All meals
- All in-country transportation
- Airport pickup
- Airport drop-off
- Pre-trip staff support
- 24/7 Purified drinking water
- 24/7 Bilingual staff support
- All construction supplies
- All construction tools
- Construction training
- On-site translators
- Private security
- Cooking class
- Cultural activities
- Trip to beach on the last day
- An experienced trip leader
Round trip tickets to Honduras cost between $300 to $700. The earlier you buy the cheaper it will be. The airport you will be flying into is the Ramon Villeda International Airport in San Pedro Sula (SAP).
We recommend our volunteers to purchase travel insurance from International Volunteer Card if they do not already have travel insurance. The cost of short-term medical insurance is usually $20 to $40.
What About Safety & Security?
Your safety is our #1 priority.
The Following Safety Accomodations Will Be Provided
- 24/7 Team leader
- Approved work sites only
- Internet and international phone access
- Approved lodging accommodations
- Medical clinics within a 10-minute drive
- 24/7 Group volunteering – you’ll never be alone
- Chartered vehicles only and trained drivers
- Security briefing upon arrival
- 24/7 Private security
- 24/7 Access to purified drinking water
Where Will I Stay?
The Villa Hostel
Our volunteers will be staying in the Villa Hostel, a small, gated facility in the quiet village of Villa Soleada. The Villa Hostel has 32 beds, 10 bathrooms, 12 showers, Wi-Fi Internet, purified water, board games, snack bar, private security, a 24/7 staff member, and a large common room where volunteers eat and hang out together.
Where Is It Located?
The Villa Hostel is located in the village of Villa Soleada. Villa Soleada is 50 minutes away from the beautiful Caribbean beaches of Tela, and 40 minutes away from the airport. Hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, restaurants, and supermarkets are located less than 15 minutes away in downtown El Progreso.
What Will I Eat?
Villa Soleada staff members prepare delicious, local cuisine like Honduran enchiladas, fresh guacamole with lime, homemade chicken fajitas, and numerous vegetarian dishes. We can accommodate all diets including those who are vegan, gluten free or have religious restrictions.
What Will The Week Look Like?
Work hard building a school during the day, enjoy soccer or downtime in the afternoons, and enjoy the company of new friends into the night
Day 1: Arrival In Honduras
Our friendly staff members will be waiting for you at the airport and drive you to El Progreso. You will spend the evening at the hostel with your fellow volunteers and relax. Dinner and orientation will be in the evening.
Day 2: Project Visits
Visit our various projects in El Progreso to meet the families and children. For lunch, learn to make a typical Honduran meal with a local family. Depending on the weather, we may play a fun game of soccer in the afternoon against a local team. There will be a group reflection activity in the evening.
Day 3-6: At The Worksite
After breakfast in the hostel at 8am, work from 9am to 5pm at your worksite. You will work side by side with fellow volunteers, professional craftsmen and family members from the community. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to practice your Spanish & spend time with the kids. Lunch is served at the worksite. There is usually an optional soccer game in late afternoon. After dinner in the hostel, your trip leaders will guide you through group reflection activities and cultural events.
Day 7: Trip To Caribbean Beaches Of Tela
Relax on the Caribbean beaches of Tela, just 50 minutes away from El Progreso. Some of the families and children will accompany us on the trip. There will be a goodbye party in the evening.
Day 8: Airport
Time to go home. Our staff members will be taking multiple trips to the airport to drop you off.
Post Registration Information
Now that you’ve registered, you have until exactly two weeks before your trip to pay your remaining balance. Your remaining balance is payable online by logging into your fundaround account. Once logged in, you can go under “myFundables” and locate your trip.
Purchase a flight to Honduras on the EXACT DATES of your trip (Incoming Feb 16th; Outgoing Feb 23rd). If you come early or leave late, you are responsible for your own safety, transportation and accommodations. We recommend arriving before 3:00pm if possible on the first day of the trip in order to relax for your action-packed week. Check out the section below for more information on our airport pickup policy.
Make sure your passport does not expire for at least 6 more months. If it does, you will need to renew it in order to enter Honduras. If you are a US citizen, you do not need a visa.
Make at least 3 copies of your passport. Give one to your emergency contact, and carry one with you at all times while in Honduras.
Please visit the CDC’s Page on Traveling to Honduras and learn about the vaccinations and precautions you can take to stay healthy during your trip. We do not require proof of vaccinations. Your choice to vaccinate or take precautionary medications will be up to you and your family. However, you will be on a work site so we do recommend you are up to date on your tetanus shot!
One Thousand Schools not liable for any health issues during or after your trip. At this time the CDC states that Malaria is not present in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa. (You will be about 1 hr from San Pedro Sula) Keep in mind Malaria medications tend to have very serious side effects and are not usually recommended for a very short, 8 day trip. All medications are taken at your own risk.
Visit your doctor and get the recommended immunizations.
Get traveler’s insurance if your insurance doesn’t cover you while on your trip. We highly recommend the Volunteer Card for travel insurance. This card provides emergency medical insurance, baggage delay emergency evacuation and more.
Enter information about your upcoming trip in the Department of State website so that they can contact you in the case of an emergency. The address of where you will be staying is:
38 KM, Road to Tela
El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras
Call your credit card company and inform them that you’ll be leaving the country.
Give your parents/relatives/emergency contacts our direct phone number in case they need to reach us: 011-504-9637-3088 and (631) 505-3744. If you get our answering machine, always leave a message as our staff will receive an alert if you do.
Use our packing list below for items to bring!
- PASSPORT and photocopies! Triple check to make sure you have it, and that it is valid for AT LEAST 6 months after the date you are to return to the US
- We encourage bringing crisp, new cash in small bills and only to use an ATM card in an emergency. ATMs are notorious for information theft
- 6 days worth of work clothes to get dirty in!
- Old sneakers and/or work boots
- Bathing suit
- Flip flops for showers and walking
- Sweatshirt/light jacket for cool nights
- Semi-dressy outfit for a night out in town
- Shorts/lightweight pants
- T-shirts/tank tops – exposure to the sun is actually the biggest problem so consider light materials that cover you up
- Socks and underwear
- Soccer cleats if you would like to play
- Sunblock (you may need two bottles of sunscreen and remember that the sun is stronger here so the more spf the better)
- Bug spray (Deep Woods DEET)
- Work gloves
- Backpack or something to carry items daily
- Needed medication
- Toiletries (Shampoos, soaps, lotions, razors, deodorants, toothbrush, toothpaste, contacts, glasses, etc)
- Water bottle/Nalgene
- After-burn aloe
- Snacks that you might want to bring
- Rain gear
- Hand sanitizer
- Wet wipes
- Small lock for lockers
Airport Pickup Policy
Book your own flight with a travel agent or through popular websites such as Kayak, StudentUniverse, Orbitz, Travelocity, Expedia and CheapFlights. Make sure your final destination in Honduras is San Pedro Sula (airport code SAP). To maximize your time in Honduras, try arriving early on the first day and leaving later for your departure flight. You should arrive on the first day of the trip date and leave on the last day of the trip date. Due to the complicated logistics of hosting volunteers outside of our trip dates we are unable to host anyone before or after the trip. If you decide to book your flights arriving before or after the trip dates you are 100% responsible for your own safety, accommodations and transportation.
After you purchase your ticket, give us your flight information: You will be sent an email to fill this out.
This is to ensure the safety of volunteers and guarantee One Thousand Schools staff will pick volunteers up from the airport.
If for some reason a change occurs DURING your trip (i.e., you miss a connection), please call us at 011-504-9637-3088 and email us at trips@SHHkids.org to inform us of these changes.
After you arrive, you will go through immigration, baggage claim and customs. This process is sometimes lengthy but the airport is tiny and easy to navigate. When you leave customs with all of your bags, One Thousand Schools staff members will be waiting for you with a big sign. Once everyone on your bus shift arrives, you will go to the hotel to relax. If some of your bags do not arrive, your airline company will give you a slip. Our staff members can pick up your lost baggage later in the week.
If you cancel after putting down your deposit (more than a month before the trip) we are unable to refund the $150 but it can be transferred to a future trip. Putting down your deposit on an earlier trip doesn’t qualify you for the discounted rate without the registration.
Unfortunately if you cancel less than 1 month before your trip you will not be able to use your deposit for a future trip. Once you put down your deposit we expect that you are coming on the trip and therefore we dedicate resources towards preparing for your arrival. We will have to use that deposit to recoup the expenses made in preparing your spot. If you register for another trip then you will have to put down another deposit.