Trenton and I recently went on a trip to Honduras. We flew into Tegucigalpa then took a bus to San Marcos, where we were based out of for the week. We were traveling with Trenton’s grandparents, David and Lavon, who used to do non for profit work in a local mission. The mission, where we stayed at, runs a network of private schools, food kitchens, and community groups, which are sponsored by Americans.
Our first day was spent exploring the town and visiting a local community group. The following day, we visited the private school the missions funds. The school has over a thousand children (consisting of students who are sponsored by Americans), and every week they perform a show for the Americans that visit. Below are some pictures of the pre schoolers in their traditional Honduran clothes.
Trenton’s grandmother helped design the uniforms that the students wear.
We were able to visit the newest building in the school- the kindergarten building! The teachers did a phenomenal job with their instruction. The students were engaged, attentive, and well- behaved. (This school was nicer than the public school I worked at in Florida!)
The rest of the week was spent visiting local community groups. We would visit three groups per day, and they were often hours away. At each place we would pass out bags of food to the members of the group. Some of the groups had food kitchens, started by the mission, and we would serve the children food.
One of the days, we crossed the border over to Nicaragua, and visited another school and a few community groups. The children in both of these countries were very poor, and the kitchens often didn’t have enough plates and utensils. The children often ate with their fingers, and used a tortilla to help scoop the food. The food kitchens (sponsored by Americans) provide food for the children each day, and often times this is the only meal they will receive all day because they come from very poor families.
On our last day, we rode in the back of a flatbed truck to a beautiful town nestled among the mountains.
It was a long ride in this truck, weaving our way through the mountain side.
The view was incredible- though my but hurt like crazy! There was over 40 of us in the back of the truck all squished in!
On our way back from visiting the town, we stopped at houses along the way to give out bags of food, candy, and toys. (I wasn’t a huge fan of the general idea of this because it goes against some of the things I was taught at BCF, but I joined in anyways and it was the best afternoon of the entire trip!)
I asked for a photo and the kids lined up all cute for the picture. I tried all week to get a photo like this and I finally got one!! Maybe it’s cause I gave them toys?! haha.
We met a lot of incredible people on this trip, including Alexis and Zane! We had such a fun group of people to travel with all week. I wish the trip could have been longer. Every night, we would play Mafia and Drug Dealer for hours- it was so fun! And Trenton (ofcourse) had to be the narrator each time- so the stories he came up with were pretty brutal, haha! But everyone had a blast. (I’m pretty sure a chunk of the group is missing in this pic but oh well!)
I am so impressed to see all the work my grandparent in laws did during their time in Honduras. They served for 29 years in this beautiful country! I am so grateful they brought me and Trenton along to get a taste of their life in Honduras. I have so much respect and love for this couple. They are an amazing example for me and Trenton- they gave up the comfort of a classic American retirement to spend their days helping others, fixing things, teaching English, and ultimately giving both their time and resources to help at this mission.
If you are interested in learning more about this mission, or want to know how you can be a part of the incredible work going on here in Honduras, visit here.
Have you ever been to a developing country? What did you find most difficult? What surprised you most? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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