VOLUNTEER AT PRONIño
Volunteering at ProNiño can be one of the most rewarding experiences. It is an opportunity not only to get to know the amazing boys that live at the foundation but also to give your time, effort, and funds towards projects that would otherwise not be done. Throughout your time in El Progreso you'll get a chance to learn about the culture of Honduras, eat plenty of plantains, and come to understand the complex backstories that lead each child to ProNiño.
long term volunteers
The long-term volunteer program has been a part of ProNiño USA almost since its inception. Volunteers will live in El Progreso and will work at ProNiño daily over the course of at least a six month period. Usually long-term volunteers have a project or area of expertise to bring to the table, while also serving as part of the support network for the hard-working staff of ProNiño in behavior management and keeping the boys on schedule. Most long-term volunteers find a deep connection with the place, the people, and the culture of ProNiño and Honduras, oftentimes extending their stay beyond their original term. That being said, long-term volunteering is hard work! Long-term volunteers need to be flexible, self-sufficient, and extremely patient individuals. Long-term volunteers are required to follow the volunteer protocol which will include completing important documents and working with our volunteer coordinator prior to approval for service.
volunteer groups and individuals
We get many volunteer groups and individuals throughout the year at ProNiño from high school and college groups to church groups, and we highly value the work that they are able to accomplish in such a short period of time. Volunteer groups and individuals usually plan trips for one to two weeks, and our volunteer coordinator will work with the group leaders or individual to decide on an appropriate project considering the group's size, length of visit, and project materials budget. ProNiño has a protocol that must be followed by all groups and individuals prior to arrival and final approval. For the support and safety of the group we also have a volunteer coordinator on the ground to assist with making arrangements for lodging and transportation. He will also provide orientation and help with the group's schedule, travel, and safety concerns.
We love having volunteer groups at ProNiño—it is the perfect opportunity to introduce people to the organization, get to know the kids on a more personal level, and complete projects on ProNiño's wish list that would otherwise never happen. That being said, the kids get very excited when volunteer groups come to the foundation, and it can be disruptive to their schedules, especially if the visit is unexpected. It is for this reason that we require all volunteer groups to follow the protocol and be approved prior to their arrival. This will include filling out important documents and planning their trip with the volunteer coordinator in advance. We also require that each group member pay a volunteer fee of $200 to help cover costs of hosting the group as well as a donation to help keep ProNiño operational. Please contact us for the protocol.
The following volunteer application is for both groups and long-term volunteers. Please fill out the application and you will be contacted by our volunteer coordinator, Bev Gibson, upon completion.
Please note: All individuals and groups are required to complete an application and be pre-approved if they would like to visit and/or volunteer at ProNiño.