Our organization works in Honduras through a leadership center, where we educate classes of 15-20 young women each year over the course of two years so that they will return to their communities as leaders, reinvest in their local economies, and initiate economic and ethical progress in Honduras.
The campus is situated in the mountains of rural Honduras, with a river running along the north side and a coffee farm on the west and south sides of campus. We have large vegetable gardens, chickens, pigs, goats, and cows as well as a hydroponics eco-system that supports tilapia and water spinach. We do our best to practice sustainable agriculture to lessen food costs and also to teach our students about healthy and sustainable nutrition.
During their two years on campus, our students learn English, leadership, community development, and entrepreneurship -- and have the opportunity to return to their communities and start businesses using micro-finance loans. Some students feel a sense of calling towards entrepreneurship, and others feel more bent towards taking on positions in local government, non-profit leadership, or school leadership. Still others use their time at TLC as a platform to pass University entrance exams and to be the first person in their families to study at a University. Clearly, all of these pathways promote individual change but also transformation on a community -- and someday, we dream, on a national level.
We look for a few teachers each year to support our students in TESL as well as our other courses. Teaching here is a life-transforming experience!
❖ Gain language skills that promote fluency in Spanish (1-2 hours/day)
❖ Gain accredited certification as an ELL Instructor
❖ Gain understanding of Honduran culture & context from Honduran teachers & leaders
❖ Gain skills in community development and sustainable agriculture practices
❖ Optional: Pursue evaluative research and program development in a predetermined area that will promote growth for the organization.
The young women who are selected to attend the center have already navigated significant challenges to complete high school. The center grants students’ full scholarships so that upon graduation they may start their own businesses, become teachers, enroll in higher education, or work with nonprofit organizations focused on development. The young women come determined, motivated, inspired, and grateful. We are highly selective in our fellowship program because our desire is to attract the best and the brightest to our program to influence leadership and capitalize on the potential of each of our students on campus. As part of the fellowship program, you will engage in both teaching and learning.
❖ Teach English language acquisition, Leadership, and/or Community Development classes 2-3 hours per weekday (courses determined during the interview process).
❖ Tutor students approximately 1-2 hours per weekday
❖ Mentor students and encourage them in their personal goals and leadership development
❖ Collaborate with other staff members
❖ Optional: Participate and/or lead ministry activities/events on campus
SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS:
A successful applicant will have a professional career that reflects a commitment to building collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships among colleagues and community members. This career orientation should be complemented by strengths in the following areas:
❖ Adaptable team-player
❖ Innovative planner and developer
❖ Effective classroom instructor
❖ Understanding of English grammar foundations
❖ Work experience in a multicultural setting
❖ Experience mentoring and/or discipling post-high school graduates in a vocational setting
Room and board are provided on campus at the center, the campus where we operate that is situated on a coffee farm in the mountains of Honduras. Staff members live either in a private room with shared bathroom at the large staff house, or they have their own private casita on campus. Meals are all provided in the shared dining hall, and individual staff members have access to a staff kitchen and often individuals choose to have some of their own personal food items in addition to that provided on campus.
❖ A monthly stipend depending on experience.
❖ A monthly health care reimbursement of up to 100 USD.
❖ In-country residency cost fully covered.
❖ Room and board provided.
❖ Nine weeks of vacation throughout the year during quarter breaks, providing opportunities to travel throughout Central America.
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