A thriving, bustling community less than an hour from the nation’s busy capital, Rancho Santa Fe is the second oldest of the NPH homes, opening in 1985. Over 450 hundred boys and girls make their home in this vast wooded oasis in the hills—a metropolis in comparison to the surrounding quiet pueblos—while an additional 100 youths study and live in the capital, Tegucigalpa.
Our volunteer program at NPH Honduras is a well-developed program, which offers a variety of experiences and personal growth. As a volunteer at NPH Honduras, you will be part of our family and also get the opportunity to know a new environment, one that is quite different than the one in your country.
We can currently host 19 volunteers at a time to serve with us. New volunteer groups begin twice per year, in January and July, for a minimum commitment of 13 months. All volunteers must be at least 21 years old and be conversationally fluent with Spanish. We can recommend in-country Spanish schools to help you improve your Spanish before beginning your service.
Currently we do accept married couples that would like to volunteer together and we also have housing for volunteer families.
Our home is located 36 km northeast of the capital, Tegucigalpa, on 200 hectares of pine forest. It is important to realize that NPH Honduras (also known as, “the Ranch”) is in a somewhat remote location. However, there are opportunities to travel to the capital (about an hour away) or to the nearby, smaller village or to other areas in the country if you desire on your free weekends.
Our home is one of the biggest in the NPH family. Currently, we have around 550 children from 4 months old to university aged students. We have also have about 180 local staff members working daily on the Ranch to care for our children, teach them in our on-site school, prepare their meals, manage the administrative tasks and much more.
With the exception of two positions, which are based in Tegucigalpa, all volunteers live on site. There is one volunteer house, in which the volunteers share a bedroom and bathroom with another volunteer. There is also a common kitchen and a shared open living space where volunteers spend a lot of time after work, in the evenings, during community night or generally during free time.
Outside of the specific job position, all volunteers also dedicate at least two hours per night and every other weekend to working directly with a section of children. Our volunteers are dedicated, self-motivated people whose priority is at all times the well being of our children. The purpose of the volunteer program is to provide support to the existing staff at our home. We look to volunteers to cooperate as equals and as partners. We also expect our volunteers to participate in the home’s activities, events and holidays.
At NPH Honduras we look for volunteers who have a true desire to join our family. Being a volunteer on the Ranch means far more than fulfilling the responsibilities of a job; it means becoming a parent figure, a mentor and a friend, being part of a tight knit community. The sense of community within the volunteer group, and on the Ranch as a whole, is very important to us and a successful volunteer must participate in and contribute to that goal. Successful volunteers are very flexible and enthusiastic about taking on extra responsibility and spending extra time with the children. Our volunteers come to Honduras with the primary objective to be part of our family and to serve the children.