If our team came to serve, where would we stay?
We currently have two mission houses that are adjacent to each other and next to the Academy. The houses are cinder block construction (which is the type of construction seen in the village), and each sleeps six people with three sets of bunk beds. Both houses have electricity, air conditioning, kitchens with a range and refrigerator, and indoor plumbing.
What are some inconveniences we can expect to experience?
It is good to anticipate a lack of convenience. There is a chance the electricity may go out (though this is rare). A quick trip to the bank in town can turn into an entire day. There is a chance running water in facets and toilets may not always be available. The mission houses have a 250 gallon raised water tank that can provide running water on the off days if conserved. Showers are generally a trickle. But as far as drinking water, there is never a lack.
How much will it cost to stay in El Doradito?
Lodging in the mission houses are $20 per person per night. This covers the electricity and water costs and helps the ministry recoup the cost to purchase, remodel, and put air conditioning in each house.
How much will it cost to eat in El Doriadito?
A wonderful cook named Naivy, who lives in the village, is happy to prepare meals for you at the very reasonable cost of $4 per person per meal. She cooks mostly Honduran meals which are very good. Some teams take care of their own breakfasts and lunches buying items from a grocery store about five miles away from the village. There is also a small market about 50 yards from the mission houses where you can buy soda, ships, candy, etc.
Is it safe to go to Honduras?
There are some places in Honduras that are dangerous. Like any city or country, there are some places that you know to avoid. Those places in Honduras will also be avoided during your time here. As a village that missionaries helped establish, it is respected. It's always good to know the travel advisories set by the U.S. Embassy, which can be found by clicking here.
Are any vaccines required to travel to Honduras?
There is no quick way to answer this question. The Center for Disease Control gives advice for what all travels should have, what most get, and what some get before traveling to Honduras. To see up-to-date information, you can click here.
Are there any other health related things we should know?
It is not uncommon for travelers to get a stomach bug. Bringing medications to address these issues would be recommended. Also, insect repellent with DEET is recommended. Some have recommended wet wipes with the repellent in them. Mosquitoes will be present. Dengue fever has occurred in the village in the past, but daily application and reapplication of the repellent will keep them from biting you. Also the tap water is not suitable for drinking.
What's the weather like?
It's hot and humid year round. It rains more June through November and a little cooler in October through February, but the changes are slight, and it can rain year-round. The average temperature is 81 degrees; the coolest month is typically January and the hottest month is typically May.
What clothes are appropriate considering the culture and the work we will be doing?
What are some valuable lessons previous mission teams have learned that would be helpful for us to know when preparing to do ministry in Honduras, and specifically in El Doradito?