Connection

/kəˈnek.ʃən/: a bond formed between people that feel heard, seen, known and valued.

El Hogar welcomes visiting groups during the Honduran school year (February to October) to connect with our staff, students and each other for a transformational experience that promotes service to one another, intercultural exchange and experiential learning.

Visiting groups will spend five days at El Hogar engaged in meaningful activities that will create an understanding between communities and provide opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth.

No one trip to Honduras or one project at El Hogar can solve the very complex issues that our organization is working to address. However, we do believe that connecting with the world of El Hogar can help you to gain a better understanding of the situation in Honduras and Central America and enable you to partner with us, our staff and students and the people of Honduras to be part of an ongoing conversation about solutions. 

True connection happens when we reach out to people who are different from us and engage with them as we challenge and encourage each other. An El Hogar Connects trip is just one step towards true connection and a long-term relationship with El Hogar.

Watch: An El Hogar Connects team leader shares why you should visit El Hogar and see us in “3D”


What to Expect

  • Experience what daily life is like for the staff and students in our program.
  • Learn about the values of El Hogar, the history and culture of Honduras and the complexities of poverty.
  • Recognize the professional qualifications of El Hogar’s Honduran staff, and partner with them to promote their work and their programming goals.
  • Expand your understanding of how actions in North America affect Honduras and Central America
  • Experience heightened personal and spiritual growth and cross-cultural learning.
  • Enjoy the beauty of Honduras
  • Become an advocate for El Hogar, for social justice and for solutions to poverty in Honduras and Central America;

Tips for Travel

  • Teams come to learn, not to change or fix things.
  • Things might not go as expected.  Ask questions and listen carefully to the response of how and why things happen differently.
  • Be gracious and have an open mind and an open heart.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Room, board and local transportation fee: $470 USD per person*
  • Team Donation: $2,500 USD per group*
  • Roundtrip airfare can range from $700-$1,200 depending on dates of travel and departure city.
  • Discretionary funds (about $50-100) is recommended per person

*These items should be paid either online (preferable) or by cheque to our Woburn office prior to the trip

  • The ideal size of a team is 10-12 people
  • The maximum size is 14 people
  • Any teams less than 10 people or more than 14 people are encouraged to contact the Manager of Communications and International Relations, Erika Skafel, at eskafel@elhogar.org

The minimum age to participate in an El Hogar Connects trip is 15 years.

Contact the Manager of Communications and International Relations, Erika Skafel, at eskafel@elhogar.org with any questions, or submit an application, found at the bottom of this webpage.

As of December 2021, the international airport moved from Tegucigalpa to Comayagua, and all teams will arrive at Palmerola International Airport (XPL).  Comayagua is located about 50 minutes from the Technical Institute where teams will be staying.  All teams should arrive on the same flight, or flights that arrive at the same time in order to facilitate efficient transportation from the airport.  In extenuating circumstances if teams need to explore traveling on different flights, this must be discussed with the manager of Communications and International Relations (eskafel@elhogar.org) before booking travel.

El Hogar welcomes teams from February through October. A calendar of available dates is available here.

Teams will be provided with three meals a day that consist of traditional Honduran food.  This includes beans, rice, eggs, chicken, corn tortillas and seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Some of the produce and dairy products are produced at our farm in Talanga.  Occasionally there may be an opportunity to eat a meal off campus, and teams are also welcome to bring snacks to keep in the visitor house.  Purified drinking water will be provided.

It is ideal if someone on your team speaks at least conversational Spanish.  Although it is not necessary for everyone to speak Spanish, team members are encouraged to learn some basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary to help with communication and to enhance your experience.

You will be met at the airport by El Hogar staff who will orient you, and will drive you to El Hogar.

The temperatures are generally the highest during the end of the dry season (January – April), and a bit cooler during the rainy season (May – October), but the average daily high sits between about 77 – 90o F (25-32o C) most of the year.  While the temperature may be hot, the humidity is relatively low due to the high elevation of Tegucigalpa and surrounding areas.

  • The project fee of $2,500 is due two months ahead of your trip.
  • Payments can be made online or mailed to our office in Woburn, MA.

There is some risk associated with travel to a developing country, but El Hogar makes the safety of visitors their utmost priority.  Please review the El Hogar Connects Handbook for guidelines for your safety and security.  It is essential that all team members follow these guidelines to ensure their safety, that of the team and of the organization.

Team preparation is essential for an impactful and valuable experience in Honduras.  We recommend that you book your trip with at least six months lead time to give your team an adequate time to prepare.  Preparation materials will be provided to the team leader once you have booked your trip.

United States and Canadian Citizens do not require a visa to travel to Honduras, however they require a valid passport with an expiration of at least six months after the date your trip begins.  If you are travelling from another country, please check current travel requirements.

There are no immunization requirements for travel to Honduras from Canada or the United States, however if you are travelling from another country, please check current travel requirements.  You should check with your family doctor and/or a travel clinic for recommended immunizations. You are also encouraged to purchase travel insurance.


Helpful Information

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2024 Dates

Trip Application

Submitting this application is the first step in planning an incredible journey that many find to be transformative.

  • General Information

  • Team Leader Information

  • Team Information

    Because Immersion teams consume resources in Honduras, a full team is better for El Hogar. If you have less than 10 people on your team at the time applications are due, El Hogar may add members to your team or combine your team with another small team. Please also keep in mind that introducing new people to El Hogar is critical to the sustainability of our programs.
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  • The following criteria are used when considering applications: motivations, size of the group and number of travellers who are new to El Hogar. If you are a returning team, additional criteria may include your previous trip experience in Honduras and your active involvement with and support for El Hogar since your return from that trip.


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