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!
All selected volunteer teachers are assigned to an elementary classroom, a middle school classroom, or a resource teacher role. BECA interviewers will explain the differences between the three positions in detail, but here are the general responsibilities:
Every year, BECA assembles a team of committed volunteers who want to dedicate themselves to the difficult but rewarding work that we do in Honduras. We seek enthusiastic, curious, diverse, and thoughtful volunteers.
For every application, we consider the applicant's volunteer service, international engagement, teaching experience, and academic record. BECA volunteer positions are competitive, and the work we do is challenging.
If you feel you are up to it, we want to hear from you! Please note that applicants need not be certified teachers or fluent Spanish speakers.
Bilingual Education for Central America (“BECA”) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2002. An idea born in the homes of several Honduran families has grown into a community-led bilingual school model run in partnership with low-income communities in Honduras.
BECA’s mission is to provide quality, affordable bilingual education to the educationally disenfranchised while fostering meaningful cultural exchange. Providing educational access for at-risk youth and the most financially disadvantaged members of a community is a defining characteristic of our program; it is no mistake that “beca” means “scholarship” in Spanish.