The Honduras Service-Learning project is an academic program founded by the College of Engineering. Engineers for Community Service (ECOS) began working with Montaña de Luz in 2005 to assist the orphanage with technology advances and electrical improvements. Students take a course during spring semester to prepare them for and enhance their time abroad. The course focuses on cultural awareness, problem solving and international service-learning. These three main ideas will be integrated into the course in a variety of ways including guest lecturers, independent student research, team activities and participation in the study abroad experience in Honduras.
By participating in this program, students will:
1. Identify and analyze the impact of sustainable technology on a developing country
2. Devise practical and sustainable solutions that will be applied during their time in Honduras
3. Be challenged to think, live and work in a new way and explore their attitudes and values as global citizens
We achieve these goals through a variety of course work completed prior to travel, including working
The Honduran Service-Learning program is designed to be an intensive, hands-on study abroad opportunity. Students will have the opportunity to live and learn from children living with HIV/AIDS in Honduras while simultaneously applying their coursework to help the orphanage.
Watch a student's video production
of the program.
Honduras is situated between Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua in Central America. Montaña de Luz is located in southern Honduras approximately one hour from the capital Tegucigalpa. It is situated on a hill close to the communities of Nuevo Paraiso and Nuevo Esperanzo, the latter constructed after Hurricane Mitch ravaged much of Honduras.
Honduras was originally inhabited by indigenous tribes of great linguistic and cultural diversity including the Mayan civilization. The languages reveal ancestral ties to tribes form Mexico, Colombia, and the southwest United States. One can see the rich history of the Mayan culture through archaeological sites and structures throughout the country.
Everyone participating in the Honduras Service Learning project will reside at Montaña de Luz in dormitory rooms. Most rooms sleep four people and have ceiling fans and showers available. Students will eat group meals prepared by Honduran staff at the orphanage.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering Education, College of Engineering
Education Abroad Coordinator