MANUAL DE APLICACIÓN

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OVERVIEW

The volunteer program Jóvenes Liderando Cambios (JLC) opens its doors to citizens worldwide in an exchange of cultural experience of six months or a year and help out in projects that create real impact on Lenca minority communities. It is intended that this program will be highly participatory to the volunteer in other words, the volunteer will be assisting directly in projects being developed in the beneficiary communities and their work will have a direct, short-term impact on communities.



TIME SCHEDULE

The program has cycles of 6 months or a 1 year, where aside from having the opportunity to work 100% with indigenous communities, the volunteer will have the opportunity to learn Spanish and exchange multidisciplinary knowledge with other volunteers. Please take note that the volunteer program will be developed in the city of La Esperanza which is one of the safest cities in the country. Volunteers will work on weekdays and will have Saturdays and Sundays free except for days on which the activities arising from projects require work on weekends.



HOUSING

Volunteers will live in a house in the city of La Esperanza, Intibucá where they coexist with other volunteers, thus having the unique opportunity to share a home with other young people from other cultures getting a richer volunteering experience cycle. Each volunteer will have individual work plans according to the project of their choice, this work plan will be developed with the volunteer and the project coordinator. During the whole cycle volunteers will receive Spanish classes so they can learn the language and better absorb the experience and work in the communities. As part of the program volunteers will have the opportunity to live in the community for a period of one week, where they will be staying with a family in the community and they can share and live with the Lenca culture as well as learn more from these people and be more effective in the work of the projects in the communities.



COSTS

The voluntary will contribute a donation of $ 6,500USD per cycle of 6 months and $ 7.500USD for a period of 1 year. These amounts cover, housing for the entire period of time, food, a monthly allowance for miscellaneous expenses, medical coverage, Spanish classes during the whole cycle and participation in all activities of the organization. This donation does not cover airfare.

It must be duly noted that this donation makes it possible for project continuity and so that volunteers have all the necessary implements to make your volunteer experience something useful. The organization ensures that food and lodging are to the satisfaction of the volunteer, as long as they keep in mind the limitations and the reality of Honduras and it would be very difficult for the organization to meet all requirements that volunteers have in their country of origin. There will be a facilitator for this purpose and he/she will serve to ensure that the volunteer experience is very positive.

We would like to make sure and clarify that the volunteer is not paying for a service but is making a donation to the program, which enables same activities in projects to develop sustainably and to 100% of their potential. The organization is a non-profit organization so all donations are to conduct projects that are the means to support the communities.



SPANISH CLASSES

As part of the program JLC will provide Spanish classes during the cycle that will be taught by Spanish teachers. This is done so that the volunteer has the opportunity to learn another language and participate more proactively in the projects due to the fact that the language spoken in the communities is Spanish.



FOOD

The volunteer will be given a meal three times a day. A menu meeting is made at the beginning of the cycle to have a permanent pattern of special requirements that certain volunteers may need. Volunteers will have the opportunity to try the traditional Honduran cuisine and may enjoy all the dishes offered in Honduran culture and tradition. It is noteworthy that similarly a menu to satisfy all volunteers is made.



MONTHLY ALLOWANCE

The volunteer receives the amount of 1,000 lempiras per month, equivalent to approximately US $ 50, this is for personal expenses.



MEDICAL CARE

The volunteers are covered by health care 24/7 during their cycle, this without prejudice that the volunteer has to come with a valid health insurance from their home country. The doctor who will be in charge of the health of the volunteers will be available to them for any emergency that may occur during the cycle. The volunteer will NOT have to pay for the medical care provided or for the medicine that they would be needed.



WORKING IN THE PROJECTS

All projects are developed in communities, field work represents 80% of the work that volunteers will perform during their cycle. All projects are carried out in the communities of Belen and Manazapa. There are other activities of the organization that volunteers can participate if required, such as medical and dental brigades that are made as part of the outreach of the organization in the Honduran territory.

It is important that the volunteer brings all the tools that they think they might need to perform the work in a more effective way, for example, personal computer, books or anything that might add to his work on the duration of the cycle. Although the organization has a regional office in La Esperanza, volunteers can work at home, where they will be provided with internet service and have space to prepare their activities.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  1. Curriculum

    It must be updated and show the experience and achievements of the applicant to the volunteer program.


  2. Health records certificate

    We need the applicant to show he/she is healthy to join the volunteer program, the health certificate has to be updated and no longer than 6 months old.


  3. Criminal records

    It is intended that the cycle of volunteering is positive in all aspects, therefore a criminal record sheet is requested from the applicant, this is done for immigration purposes ensuring Honduras that all people involved in this program are not criminals or they pose a risk to society.


  4. Current passport photo

    A photograph of the applicant's valid passport is required from the volunteer in order to manage migration procedures and ensure the capacity of the trip. There are countries in the world which need a visa to enter the country, this information will help us learn and move forward with the proceedings in each case.


  5. Two recomendation letters

    We request two recommendation letters from professors, mentors, colleagues which credit the applicant to participate in a program of this type, these letters have to carry the contact data in order to reach the people who recommend the volunteer. Close relatives recommendations are not valid and will not be taken into account.


  6. Video link

    As part of the application process we require the applicant to create a video and then upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, in the video the applicant has the opportunity to express their interest in the program and why they would like to volunteer in Honduras working with indigenous minority communities. In the online application, you have to provide the link to your video so it can be seen by the staff of the organization. The video should not last more than 5 minutes and the following points are suggested:


    1. Personal presentation.
    2. Interest in the JLC international volunteer program.
    3. Motivation to volunteer in Honduras.
    4. Previous experience that could collaborate to the projects in the communities.
  7. Present current health insurance contract

    We need valid proof that the volunteer has current up to date health insurance in their country of origin which has international coverage, this without prejudice to the fact that the volunteer is fully covered by the health program of the organization and has health coverage from the start of the cycle until the end of this volunteer program.




ACCEPTANCE TO THE PROGRAM

Upon receipt of the application you will be contacted in case of being approved or denied no later than 30 January 2016.