BECA covers room, board, residency, professional development, training as well as coverage of incidental costs. We encourage you to think of these basic amenities not as compensation, but rather as our means of facilitating your ability to make this commitment to your own learning.
BECA aims to provide you with a challenging, transformative experience that gives an in-depth understanding of grassroots international development, underserved Central American communities, bilingual teaching strategies, and community capacity building techniques. As a result, you will develop the skills and responsibilities to be an effective teacher, communicator, and leader. Afterwards, BECA teachers go on to become Fulbright scholars, microfinance specialists, US Foreign Service Officers, charter school teachers, World Bank employees, non-profit executives, law and public policy students.
As a BECA volunteer, you will begin your volunteer year with an intense and comprehensive 6-week summer training that will prepare you for the duties and challenges you will face once the school year starts.
The training institute, run by veteran teachers and teacher trainers, is the important first step in the BECA experience. After completion of the free 6-week training program you be equipped with the tools necessary to succeed in a BECA classroom.
Apart from our signature training program, we ensure the ongoing professional growth of our volunteers through quarterly professional development days. We want your year with BECA to be a professional leap forward!
We want you to be the “best you” during your year with BECA and beyond. Upon completion of service, we offer career development assistance and access to BECA’s extensive, and growing, network of successful alumni. It’s who you know!