Welcome, Fall 2019 Volunteers This fall at Olancho Aid, we are joined by two new long-term volunteers, in addition to returning volunteers Daniel Da Costa, Stephanie Fore, and Karen Wiley. Please join us in welcoming Fernando Gonzalez and Mai Tran; keep reading to learn more about them! Fernando Gonzalez, Educational Consultant Hi, my name is Fernando. I've been working at a school in Spain for a long time, and I've come to … [Read more...]
Welcome, Summer Camp Volunteers!
Welcome, Summer Camp Volunteers! In addition to returning volunteers Dani, Caroline, and Stephanie, five more volunteers join us this month to run a two-week English day camp for Santa Clara students and other bilingual students in the area. Read on to learn more about them! Lynn Cina Hi, my name is Lynn Cina and I am very happy to have this opportunity to work at the Santa Clara summer camp. I have visited Honduras about eight times with a mission team … [Read more...]
We’re looking for volunteers!
We’re looking for volunteers! In additional to the traditional volunteer program, this year Olancho Aid is seeking experienced volunteers who are experts in their field to serve as mentors and administrators at the Foundation. Our most pressing needs are for an early education specialist, a human resource specialist, and a mission team assistant. The early education specialist will provide support to preschool and kindergarten teachers by providing feedback and … [Read more...]
Reasons to Volunteer with Olancho Aid!
Reasons to Volunteer with Olancho Aid! Check out our list of reasons YOU should consider volunteering with the Olancho Aid Foundation as told by former and current volunteers. Reason #6: You’ll be immersed in a new culture! “My favorite part of being in Juticalpa is learning all I can about Honduran culture. I love to learn Honduran slang and observe different mannerisms. It is fascinating to realize how different a culture can be from your own, but also how similar.” … [Read more...]
Independence Day in Honduras
Independence Day in Honduras by Karen Wiley, Fall 2018 Volunteer Honduras' National Day is always celebrated on September 15th. It commemorates the independence of the Central American provinces from Spanish rule in 1821. Although September 15th is the actual date, the celebrations continue all month long. Either there is the preparation for a celebration or the celebration itself, so that there always seems to be something happening related to this important event. All of this is … [Read more...]
Jim’s first week
My first week! by Jim Walker, Fall 2018 Volunteer Buenos Dias from Honduras! Our flight from Miami was uneventful, except for the two-hour delay leaving. No worries upon arrival as we had been prepared well. We were greeted by the smiling faces of Jose and Stephanie just outside the baggage claim area. We had a short walk to are awaiting school bus. Seems the short van didn’t want to cooperate that morning so rather than risk trouble, they brought the bus. It made for a much more … [Read more...]
Welcome, Fall 2018 Volunteers!
Welcome, Fall 2018 Volunteers! This school year we are excited to welcome five new volunteers, as well as to welcome back returning volunteers Stephanie and Dani! Read on to learn about the newest additions to the Olancho Aid family. Rachael Cina Hello, my name is Rachael and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up in New Hampshire, and attended college at Lesley University where I studied Global Studies and Women's Studies. I just graduated from Boston College with my … [Read more...]
Olancho Aid Spotlight: Mary Roy
Olancho Aid Spotlight: Mary Roy When did you join Olancho Aid? I was already going to and in love with Honduras before the inception of Olancho Aid as my first trip was in 1993. My first introduction to Olancho was when it began, and I was one of the original board members. I was on the board for seven years. So as the foundation of the Foundation was being built and fine-tuned I was part of it. I had already been going to Honduras for at least eight years. In fact for the first six to eight … [Read more...]
Welcome, Summer 2018 Volunteers!
Welcome, Summer 2018 Volunteers! This summer, Olancho Aid welcomes three new volunteers to our program. Gina, Stephanie, and Savannah all join us following short-term mission trips with Holy Family Parish in Tennessee. They will be serving in different capacities in the Foundation both on the ground in Honduras and virtually in the United States, and we are so excited to have them on our team! Gina Schmid, Long-Term Volunteer Gina Schmid is from Brentwood, TN. She is … [Read more...]
Olancho Aid Spotlight: Emily Hoefs
Olancho Aid Spotlight: Emily Hoefs Age: 22 Hometown: Greeley, Colorado University: University of Northern Colorado When did you join Olancho Aid? I joined Olancho Aid in January. How did you first hear about Olancho Aid? I first heard about Olancho Aid last summer. I was interning at Catholic Relief Services at their global headquarters in Baltimore, MD. I loved the work I was doing, but I had a stronger desire to work more closely with the people I was serving. So a fellow … [Read more...]
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