Cofradia Bilingual School

Basic Information

Phone Number: +1 978-609-3589 (Director of English Education, Phoebe Howe)
Director: Gabino Diaz

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Additional Information

Subject/Position: volunteer@cofradiaschool.com
School: Cofradía’s Bilingual School
School Type: Volunteer-Driven Private School
Program Dates: Cofradia’s Bilingual School accepts volunteers for a minimum of one (1) quarter of the school year. This year, our 2020-21 volunteering opportunities are: Quarter 1: The first part of the school year will run approx. August 17 - October 23. This will include a teacher training and orientation, Kinder Camp, five weeks of teaching lessons, one vacation week, and two final weeks of review and exams. Quarter 2: The second part of the semester will run approx. October 23 - January 15. This will include a short teacher training for new volunteers, eight weeks of teaching lessons, two vacation weeks, and two final weeks of review and exams. Quarter 3: The third quarter of the school year will run approx. January 15 - March 19. This will include a short teacher training for new volunteers, seven weeks of teaching lessons, and two final weeks of review and exams. Quarter 4: The final part of the school year will run approx. March 19 - June 4. This will include a short teacher training for new volunteers, three weeks of teaching lessons, one vacation week, five more weeks of teaching lessons, and two final weeks of review and exams.
Minimum Education: Cofradía’s Bilingual School is located in Cofradía, Cortes, Honduras. We are a 1-hour drive from the international airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Living in Cofradía is not perfect. The community is underserved, but neighborly love is strong. Cofradía is one of the driest places in northern Honduras, but it is also located right beside the lungs of San Pedro – Cusuco National Park. Cofradía is a community that is growing fast, but has very little resources. That’s where the bilingual school comes in. English language opens doors to opportunities that our students need in order to achieve the success they deserve. Because of our passionate, creative volunteer presence for the past 23 years, our school is graduating fully fluent English language speakers. Our graduates have big dreams, and volunteers give them the tools to chase those dreams. Our mission is to help our students get wherever they want to go, and to help students grow into the best versions of themselves. CBS believes that learning the English language and meeting volunteers from all over the world is the way to do it.
Degree Level: Volunteers might feel more comfortable teaching with us after obtaining a TEFL certification, or after studying Education, Spanish, English, Latin American Studies or a similar subject in the humanities. However, there is no degree required to teach at CBS.
Job Types: Cofradía’s Bilingual School offers volunteers the opportunity to teach English at a small bilingual school in northern Honduras. CBS provides teacher training upon arrival, food (at the school and a food budget for the volunteer house), a bed in a shared bedroom in our volunteer house (2 volunteers / room) and transport to and from the airport upon arrival. If you volunteer for 1 semester or more, CBS will pay for your visa run (every three months, you must leave the CA-4 region for 72 hours in order to renew your visa). Volunteers will teach a class of 20-30 young language learners, and are in charge of teaching several subjects: English (all grades) Social Studies (Grades 1-9) and Natural Sciences (Grades 1-8). It’s a massive responsibility, but the kids capture your heart and make you laugh all day. We live as a team of volunteers, so in addition to curriculum textbooks and materials, we have each other as teaching resources. The volunteer coordinator also lives with the teachers, because she is one (Preschool). CBS is also in the process of building a brand-new community garden on a quarter acre of land near the river in Cofradía. It is a huge undertaking, but it will feed a lot of families who need it right now, especially after Covid-19. The goal would be to eventually have educational programs running at the garden, for members of the community and for students. Building an environmental and agricultural learning garden is a dream of mine, and things are finally coming together this year! Cofradía’s Bilingual School accepts volunteers who are adaptable, proactive problem solvers. Things go wrong all the time in Cofradía, which is just part of living in an underserved community in a developing country. It is our job to assess these challenges and come up with creative ways to dodge and surmount these obstacles, providing our students with the best education we can along the way. This is not a tropical vacation, but it is an experience that is as rewarding as it is tough. The relationships built by volunteers keep them coming back to visit forever.
Languages: Cofradía’s Bilingual School offers volunteers the opportunity to teach English at a small bilingual school in northern Honduras. CBS provides teacher training upon arrival, food (at the school and a food budget for the volunteer house), a bed in a shared bedroom in our volunteer house (2 volunteers / room) and transport to and from the airport upon arrival. If you volunteer for 1 semester or more, CBS will pay for your visa run (every three months, you must leave the CA-4 region for 72 hours in order to renew your visa). Volunteers will teach a class of 20-30 young language learners, and are in charge of teaching several subjects: English (all grades) Social Studies (Grades 1-9) and Natural Sciences (Grades 1-8). It’s a massive responsibility, but the kids capture your heart and make you laugh all day. We live as a team of volunteers, so in addition to curriculum textbooks and materials, we have each other as teaching resources. The volunteer coordinator also lives with the teachers, because she is one (Preschool). CBS is also in the process of building a brand-new community garden on a quarter acre of land near the river in Cofradía. It is a huge undertaking, but it will feed a lot of families who need it right now, especially after Covid-19. The goal would be to eventually have educational programs running at the garden, for members of the community and for students. Building an environmental and agricultural learning garden is a dream of mine, and things are finally coming together this year! Cofradía’s Bilingual School accepts volunteers who are adaptable, proactive problem solvers. Things go wrong all the time in Cofradía, which is just part of living in an underserved community in a developing country. It is our job to assess these challenges and come up with creative ways to dodge and surmount these obstacles, providing our students with the best education we can along the way. This is not a tropical vacation, but it is an experience that is as rewarding as it is tough. The relationships built by volunteers keep them coming back to visit forever.
Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching: English
Cost: Cofradía’s Bilingual School offers volunteers the opportunity to teach English at a small bilingual school in northern Honduras. CBS provides teacher training upon arrival, food (at the school and a food budget for the volunteer house), a bed in a shared bedroom in our volunteer house (2 volunteers / room) and transport to and from the airport upon arrival. If you volunteer for 1 semester or more, CBS will pay for your visa run (every three months, you must leave the CA-4 region for 72 hours in order to renew your visa). Volunteers will teach a class of 20-30 young language learners, and are in charge of teaching several subjects: English (all grades) Social Studies (Grades 1-9) and Natural Sciences (Grades 1-8). It’s a massive responsibility, but the kids capture your heart and make you laugh all day. We live as a team of volunteers, so in addition to curriculum textbooks and materials, we have each other as teaching resources. The volunteer coordinator also lives with the teachers, because she is one (Preschool). CBS is also in the process of building a brand-new community garden on a quarter acre of land near the river in Cofradía. It is a huge undertaking, but it will feed a lot of families who need it right now, especially after Covid-19. The goal would be to eventually have educational programs running at the garden, for members of the community and for students. Building an environmental and agricultural learning garden is a dream of mine, and things are finally coming together this year! Cofradía’s Bilingual School accepts volunteers who are adaptable, proactive problem solvers. Things go wrong all the time in Cofradía, which is just part of living in an underserved community in a developing country. It is our job to assess these challenges and come up with creative ways to dodge and surmount these obstacles, providing our students with the best education we can along the way. This is not a tropical vacation, but it is an experience that is as rewarding as it is tough. The relationships built by volunteers keep them coming back to visit forever.
Salary/Benefits: Six-bedroom volunteer house, with two (2) bathrooms. Can accommodate 12 volunteers, sometimes 14 if we are feeling friendly. Volunteers are provided two cooked meals a day at the school, and the volunteer house has a weekly budget to buy food for the house. Volunteers usually cook family style dinners, but occasionally will go out or order delivery. We also use house money for cleaning supplies, coffee and other teacher necessities.
Program Fees: None
Experience Required:

None

Programs Open To: Any native or near-native English speaker who is open-minded, passionate and committed helping children.
Travel Arrangements:

Any native or near-native English speaker who is open-minded, passionate and committed helping children.

Application Process:

Any native or near-native English speaker who is open-minded, passionate and committed helping children.

Teaching Level: Teachers will teach a class from Kinder through Grade 11
Hours: Teachers will teach a class from Kinder through Grade 11
TEFL/TOSEL Certification Program:

Volunteers will have a teacher training with the volunteer coordinator before beginning to volunteer at the school. This is NOT an official TEFL certification program.

Visa Requirements:

Volunteers will receive a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival. This visa needs to be renewed before the 90 days is over. This is done by exiting the CA4 region for three days (usually to Belize or Costa Rica) and then re-entering. Volunteers are given time off school for visa runs, and are provided funds that cover most (if not all) of the travel and accommodation expenses.

Program Highlights:

Volunteers will be able to teach their own class (from Kinder - Grade 11) for up to a full academic year, forming a close relationship with their students, their students' families and the community. They will help organize school events and functions. They will live and work with volunteers from around the world with similar interests and passions. This is also the perfect opportunity for people looking to learn or improve their Spanish language abilities, see a bit of Central America and experience Honduran culture.

Program Information:

Volunteers will typically arrive in late-August and have a week of orientation. The school year commences on the 31st of August. The school year is divided into 4 terms, at the end of which is review and exam week. There are public holidays and travel opportunities in October, December and March/April. Volunteers are responsible for lesson planning, and delivering their lesson. They will teach Natural Science, Social Studies and English, all in the English language.