Serve With Us
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t see a question on the list? Please email the UMVIM Honduras coordinator for more information on the Contact Us page here.
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Do I need a passport?
A valid passport is required for travel to Honduras with more than 6 months before the expiration date. Allow plenty of time for processing your application. A visa is not required for United States citizens. If you have anyone in your group who is not a US citizen, check with the nearest Embassy office or the US State Department.
I need medical care on occasion. Should I be concerned?
Yes. Persons with on-going medical needs are required to discuss their individual situations with their personal doctor and to notify the UMVIM Honduras coordinator of this situation.
Do I need any immunizations or vaccinations?
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all travelers to Honduras have the following:
- Tetanus with diphtheria in the last five years.
- Malaria prophylactic medicine. Please consult your physician for a prescription and dosage pattern. You will take these before you leave, and after you return so it is important to remember to take the full dose.
- Vaccine for Hepatitis A.
- Current polio booster.
Please consult your physician in a timely manner to receive these vaccines. Many travel clinics or health departments recommend additional vaccines for travel to developing countries. Please feel free to get as many vaccines as you need to feel comfortable, but the four listed above are the ones recommended by UMVIM to travel to Honduras.
How many suitcases can I take?
Check with your airline for charges. Usually each traveler is allowed to take one checked bag weighing less than 50 lbs (without an extra charge), one carry-on bag weighing less than 40 lbs. and one personal bag (such as a purse or computer). We do not recommend taking your best luggage. Be sure to label all of your bags, inside and outside. Please be sure to put any “must have” items, such as medicines, an extra pair of glasses, prescriptions, and a change or two of clothes in your carry-on. Lost luggage is common during travel to Honduras.
Are there any suggested items I could take for children or families – donations?
Children enjoy playing with bubbles, jump ropes, reading stories in Spanish, flying kites, and playing games. School supplies, children’s clothing, toothbrushes & toothpaste are always welcome and needed. Please remember to work with the UMVIM Honduras coordinator if you would like to give items to the people. Please do not give directly to anyone, all donations are given through the Mission.
Do I have to be a Methodist to participate?
No, we welcome volunteers of any background that have a heart to serve!
What is the dress code for the mission site?
We require all volunteers to wear long pants or capris (no shorts) and closed toe shoes to the mission site. This is a safety precaution against sunburn, bug bites, and rough terrain. We also recommend hats, gloves, and shirts with sleeves.
Do I need to bring a power adapter?
No. We use the same outlets as the United States of America so a power adapter is not necessary.
Who is the United Methodist Mission in Honduras (UMMH) affiliated with?
The United Methodist Mission in Honduras is an outreach ministry of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). We are also supported by the Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
What does the UMMH expect?
Volunteers must come with a willingness to serve and be flexible to change. Serve alongside others on a team and/or with people from a different culture.
When can I serve?
Our ministry operates all throughout the year. Though summer and spring break are our busiest seasons, we also have fall and winter opportunities! Contact our UMVIM Honduras coordinator on the Contact Us page here for more information.
Do I need to bring tools?
No, we provide tools and materials for you while you are here. However, if you have tools that you would like to bring please feel free to do so.
What language is spoken in Honduras?
Spanish is the primary language. However, English translators will be available as needed.
What kind of project work will we do?
We have opportunities for construction, medical/dental/vision clinics, sewing clinics, and psychological training. We also have education opportunities that include children’s vacation bible school, church leadership training for laity and Pastors, ESL (English as a Second Language), and youth, women and/or men’s bible study. Other mission projects include clean water, sports clinics, and evangelism baskets (so Pastors can go out into community to connect with people).
What does the UMMH provide?
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinking water. Not all meals on the excursion day will be provided since this day is optional.
- Construction materials and tools for work site. However, bringing your own work gloves and hat to prevent too much sun exposure is recommended.
- Local site leaders
- On ground transportation
- Excursion day (optional)
- Pre-trip planning with Team Leader
- Continued year-round project oversight and community support
How much does it cost?
The cost of airfare, per diem (about $75 – $85 per day depending on project location), and optional excursion day with transportation costs. Contact the UMVIM Honduras coordinator on our Contact Us page for more information.
Iglesia Metodista de Honduras
Colonia La Era
Calle de acceso de tierra atras de La Colonia Maya y atras de la gasolinera Uno del anillo periferico
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, CA
General Board of Global Ministries of United Methodist Church
Attn: Honduras Mission
458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308-1836