Honduras Spanish School

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1. In Brief

Enjoy learning one of the world's most useful languages whilst integrating yourself into the daily rhythm of Honduras. In one of the country's leading educational centres you will experience the true culture and community life of this enchanting country. Add a touch of spice to your project by using your spare time to explore the spellbinding landscapes and natural wonders of this fascinating country. Enjoy adventure sports like scuba diving, horseback riding, trekking and make friends in your new home.

Read the Honduras Spanish School Project of the Week article on GapYearBlog

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the true culture & community life of Honduras
  • Explore Honduras in all its glory and learn to speak Spanish like a local
  • Make lifelong friends and return with incredible memories

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location La Ceiba, Honduras
Activities Spanish classes
Explore the Cortes region
Transport Airport pick-up on arrival
Aiport drop off on departure
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country 3 meals a day
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Airport drop-off
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support  
24-hour international HQ back-up

 


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

If you speak Spanish you can communicate with 500 million people in the world! Whether you want to improve your career prospects, make travel easier, or want access to the countless masterpieces that have been written in Spanish, then Frontier's Spanish language immersion programme is right for you.

Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers. At the end of the 19th Century, 60 million people were Spanish speakers. Today, nearly 500 million people across the world speak Spanish. Indeed, Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, and is an official language of the UN and its organisations.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You'll wake up to a morning bird chorus and a delicious Latin American style breakfast and then head down to the school to begin your language tuition. Taught by an experienced teacher you will get an excellent introduction to this elegant language, picking up on colloquialisms whilst mastering your pronunciation. In class exercises, reading, writing, and grammar will all be covered, ensuring that you grasp the fundamentals before moving on to more complex constructions and subjects as your confidence builds.


Why not spend your free time exploring unquestionably one of the most diverse parks in Honduras, Pico Bonito. Pico Bonito covers an extension of land that goes from sea level to as high as 7,500ft, and in effect boasts the largest change of altitude in Honduras. Named after the mountain that lies just south of La Ceiba, Pico Bonito has become a landmark for La Ceiba. A variety of tropical birds, including the keel-billed toucan are easily seen along the trail. With luck, white-faced monkeys might also be encountered. Please be aware park entrance fees are not included within the cost of this project so please bring along additional funds to cover such activities.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

There are two options for arriving into Honduras, either to fly into San Pedro Sula or direct to La Ceiba. If you fly into La Ceiba you will be collected from the airport by a friendly local staff member, who will then escort you to your home in La Ceiba, a port town on the north coast of Honduras, where you will live for the duration of your stay.  If you are arriving into San Pedro Sula you will then make your way to La Ceiba via bus, detailed instructions for which will be provided prior to your departure.  If you choose the San Pedro Sula option please aim to arrive no later than 2pm in order to make the last bus. During your placement you will be no more than 10 blocks walking distance from your home to the school every morning and afternoon, giving you the chance to soak up the sun and explore the local environment. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying with a friendly Honduran host family, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in the culture and language of Honduras as you will be living just like a local! You will have a private room and bathroom facilities will be available. Your host family will be welcoming and friendly and will try to make you feel like a member of the family.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day. These meals will be typical Honduran dishes consisting of beans, rice, tortillas, meat, cheese and eggs. Food can also be obtained at local supermarkets. Sample some of the country's local food such as meaty tortillas, fried beans, and papaya.
 

4. The reviews

Habla Espanol?  | 4 Aug 2012
Habla espanol? No, sorry. That’s what I USED to say, BEFORE my project in Honduras wit...

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Learning from the kids  | 25 Aug 2010
I enjoyed my time with the kids especially. They really made me learn and speak Spanish quickly :...

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Classes on the beach  | 16 Jun 2010
I learned a lot of grammar with a good mix of theory and practice. Very good explanations of the ...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Honduras offers a host of adventure and cultural experiences for you to enjoy in your spare time. Possible extra activities include kayaking, white water rafting, hiking, horse riding, snorkelling, trekking and scuba diving. It is also possible to add a teaching project to your language experience. Travel to the Lagoon of Cocoa to see monkeys and bird species.

QUALIFICATIONS

You'll study at a top language academy located in the exciting port city of La Ceiba. There, you'll be immersed in a rigorous programme taught by language professionals with more than ten years of experience. Whatever your level of Spanish – whether you're a complete novice or are already near fluent – we have something to offer you.

You'll receive a certificate upon graduation from your academy, confirming your participation in the course – a fantastic addition to any CV which will help make it shine out in a competitive marketplace. 

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

1 week US$645

2 weeks US$1,295

Extra week US$595

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly.  Please aim to arrive on the Monday.

This project is not available during following dates:

April 13th and 14th 

May 1st

September 15

December 24th, 25th and 31st

January 1st

DURATION

1 week or longer

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • 40 hours language tuition

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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