El Hogar welcomes service teams. The service team experience is like
none other. It is an opportunity to be part of a small, focused
group of people who share an interest in learning and in serving
others. It is an opportunity to see a part of the world that
is vastly different from our own. It is an opportunity to get
a sense of how the vast majority of humankind lives. It is an
opportunity to have your mind, your eyes and your heart opened.
It is an opportunity to give back a small bit of the blessings
we have been given. It is an opportunity to live with, and to
get to know, young children whose lives are being transformed
and to experience an inkling of their sorrows and their joys.
is an opportunity to grow spiritually and to see the hand of
God at work in the world. A service team comes to do work, yes.
But more importantly, a service team comes to be present to these
children and teachers, to learn from them, and to build a relationship
with them and with the work El Hogar is doing. For this reason,
service teams spend significant time participating in activities
that are not all work.
El Hogar Service
The El Hogar Service Team Handbook is available below. This new version has important information to prepare service team members going to El Hogar. Our fees are:
- Room, board and local transportation fee: $200 per person per week
- Project fee: at least $2000
here to download the
El Hogar Service Team Handbook - Version 9
Additional Service Team Information:
A Service Team Application Form (for all teams traveling in 2013)
“Service Team Preparation – Suggestions” a PowerPoint document
Some of the most frequently asked questions concerning service teams
our FAQs below:
Q - How much does it cost to go to be part of an El Hogar Service Team?
A - The cost of traveling to El Hogar breaks down as follows:
- Room, board and local transportation fee: $200 a week per person *
Expenses at least $2000 per service team as a whole *
- Airfare to Tegucigalpa, Honduras
On site Expenses Approximately $50 per person
Airport exit tax: approximately $35.00 per person
Discretionary funds not more than $100
* (These three items should be mailed to our Winchester office
prior to the trip. All other expenses are the responsiblity of
each service team member.)
Q -How large can a service team be?
A - The ideal size for a team is 12 people, but absolutely
no more than 15 total.
Q - Is there a minimum age required for service team
A - The minimum age is 15.
Q - How long do we stay in Honduras?
A - Service teams stay for one week. Service teams staying at El Hogar
need to arrive and depart on a Saturday. Service teams staying
at the Farm need to arrive and depart on a Friday.
Q - Do we all have to travel together?
A - The whole team should plan to arrive in Tegucigalpa around the same time,
be transported as a complete team to El Hogar.
Q - How do we schedule a week at El Hogar?
Contact Margo Mingay at El Hogar Ministries at 416-696-7682 or email@example.com.
Q - What time of year do service teams go to El Hogar?
Service teams can visit El Hogar from February through October.
Q - Where do service teams stay during their visit?
El Hogar provides service teams housing in a volunteer houses
located on either the elementary campus or farm campus. Volunteer houses have
bedrooms, bathrooms a kitchen and living room. The accomodations are basic,
Q - Do we have to speak Spanish?
Someone on your team needs to speak at least conversational Spanish. It is
not necessary for everyone to speak Spanish, but service teams are encouraged
to prepare by learning some basic Spanish phrases. For service teams staying at our Agricultural School and Farm, it is necessary to have at least one very strong Spanish speaker.
Q - What kind of work does a service team do?
Q - How do we get from the airport to El Hogar?
You will be met at the airport by the service team host, Raul Castro. He will
help you change money, and will drive you in a van or
bus to El Hogar.
A - Service teams
come to El Hogar to offer service to the project. This can come
many forms. Primarily, teams are involved with projects requiring
manual labor, such as painting or doing construction. No training
is necessary for these projects. Some teams offer other specialized
services such as dental and health care, or teacher training.
All teams are highly encouraged to interact with the children
of El Hogar as much as possible. When teams are not working, they
spend time playing with the children– soccer, basketball,
marbles, cards, drawing, reading and just talking. Service teams
also spend time visiting some of the neighborhoods and homes
that our children come from. Teams sometimes visit areas in or
near Tegucigalpa, the capital city where El Hogar is located.
Q - Do we need to bring tools for our project?
No. Tools will be provided. It is advised to bring work gloves, work boots,
safety glasses and potentially ear plugs. Bring work clothes that you don't
mind getting dirty!
Q - What is the weather like?
The weather is generally around 70 during the day and 50 at night. It’s
a bit hotter during the summer months and a bit cooler during the winter. It
is rarely extremely hot and humid in Tegucigalpa because it is situated in
Q - Can we bring gifts for the children?
Yes, but with some caveats:
We ask service teams to not give things directly to the children, but instead
to bring them to the Director. Because the children live in community, like
a family, it
is essential for the staff to treat them with fairness and equality. They take
great care to not set up situations where some children feel left out or unfairly
deprived of something. El Hogar is trying to teach them that their needs will
be taken care of. Unequal or unfair distribution of gifts interferes with this
lesson. Likewise, sometimes children are being disciplined for something, and
they should not be receiving treats.
Q - I (or my church) sponsor a child. Can I bring them a gift?
If a sponsor or other service team member wants to bring something special for
a child, please make it something that is shareable. El Hogar does not give
the children personal belongings. Yet, they have everything they need. The
children particularly like to receive letters and photos from their sponsors.
Having you visit
them is the best gift you can bring.
Q - Can we bring supplies that El Hogar needs?
Many service teams like to bring supplies for El Hogar with them, such as clothing
and school supplies. This is very welcome and appreciated. To learn what
items are currently needed at El Hogar, please contact Margo Mingay, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q - When do I have to send my funds
to El Hogar Ministries?
Please send them 4-6 weeks prior to your trip. At the same time, send the Arrival
and Roster Form via email to Margo Mingay at email@example.com. .
Q - Is it safe?
There is some risk associated with travel to a developing country, but El Hogar
takes many precautions to keep service teams safe. The primary source of danger
is from crimes of theft or personal injury. The government is stable. Detailed
guidelines for safety can be found in the Service Team Handbook. It is important
for everyone to follow these guidelines to ensure the safety of the whole team.
Q - How far in advance should we sign up for a service team?
A - Our service team program has become very popular over the past
few years and time slots fill up quickly. If there is a certain
time you are
in going we advise contacting El Hogar as early
as possible. Contact us by phone at 416-696-7682 or email us
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