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  • Locations: Nueva Esperanza, Honduras
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Guest House Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Physics Program, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Integrated Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: Engineering Click here for a definition of this term Program Features: Service-Learning
Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Leslie Roberts
Program Description:
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Program Engin Honduras tab 1

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.

Resident Directors

Edgar Casale
Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering Education, College of Engineering


Ohio State Program Contact

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit Engin Honduras tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register for three credit hours of Engineering 5797.11S for spring term 2019. Satisfactory academic progress in ENGR 5797.11S course leading up to the travel over spring break is required in order to travel on the program.

This course may be counted towards the Humanitarian Engineering Minor, and the Global Option in Engineering. Depending on the department, it may also be counted as a technical elective. Please work with your academic advisor.



Application Requirement Engin Honduras tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, and first-year, sophomore, or junior standing. Students must meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation

An academic reference from a recent GTA/professor must be submitted by the deadline in order for the application to be considered complete. 

All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs. 

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline. 


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Engin Honduras tab 4

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,548 program fee. The program fee includes international airfare, transportation in Honduras, accommodations and meals at the orphanage, project supplies, and international supplemental insurance. It does not cover personal expenses, a passport, immunizations, or occasional meals off-site.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $3,548 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 per student (subject to change).

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.



Information Sessions Engin Honduras tab 5

  • Engineering and Knowlton Abroad Expo, Tuesday, October 9, 3 -5:30 p.m. in E100 Scott Lab
  • See Leslie Roberts in Enarson Classroom Building during walk-in advising hours every Wednesday from 1 - 4 p.m. to discuss the program further.


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


This program includes travel to a risk designated country, Honduras, and all participants at the time of acceptance must submit a petition provided by the Office of International Affairs acknowledging they have read the travel warning and recognize the risk involved. All programs administered through the Office of International Affairs that include travel to countries with a risk designation have received prior approval by the International Travel Policy Committee. 

Please review this information about the Zika Virus and other pre-travel health considerations.


This program is really unique because you are given a lot of responsibility and independence in your engineering projects. Even if you initially have no background knowledge, you become experts in a certain topic and research, plan, and actually implement real engineering projects that have real impacts. It gives you real engineering experience in problem solving and technical skills; but it also really improves your communication and team work skills as well. Additionally, you get to experience Honduran culture and get to live at Montana de Luz and truly immerse yourself in a completely different lifestyle. As a group we all became incredibly close and formed true friendships that continue at Ohio State today.
     — Spring Break, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 11/01/2018
11/08/2018 03/08/2019 03/17/2019
NOTE: Program dates include travel to and from the U.S.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.