The Honduran public education system is limited by underfunded, overcrowded schools. The World Bank reports average student to teacher ratios of 33:1, but actual rates are frequently much higher.
Only 25% of Hondurans have education beyond 6th grade, which is the last year of compulsory education. Moreover, in recent years, public school teachers have been on strike for more than half the school year.
My Little Red House Bilingual School Education Model
At My Little Red House, school days are broken into 6 hours and we provide small classes of 2-10 students offering focused assistance by teachers. We offer a model of high-quality education in English and Spanish. It is a locally-founded bilingual school in a small town. Honduran NGOs are frequently founded by outsiders, which may affect their feasibility. The school has no religious affiliation.
We provide scholarships to students, thereby making a life-changing education accessible to students from all social backgrounds. My Little Red House Bilingual School commits to funding scholarships even if students do not have a sponsor. However, the school actively seeks sponsors to fulfill its obligations. Sponsors are usually individuals or groups from North America and Europe who discover the school after visiting or volunteering in Ocotepeque, Honduras and wish to contribute to its success.Read more aboutSponsor a Student Scholarship.
Our unique volunteer program helps us to attract native English-speaking volunteers who deliver high-level English skills. Our long-term volunteer teachers commit to a minimum of six-months to one year which helps to avoid the "revolving door" effect that some schools experience. However, the school does offer short-term volunteer opportunities to schools, universities, individuals, or other organized groups. Short-term volunteers help fulfill supplemental but important needs that arise from time to time. Read more aboutVolunteer Teaching at My Little Red House Bilingual School.
The school also attracts Honduran staff members who offer high quality Spanish Education. The local community strongly supports the school by sending increasing numbers of students here, thus helping to continue our long-term success.