Frequently Asked Questions

What does the acronym “ACTS” stand for?

ACTS stands for Americans Caring Teaching Sharing. Americans here means all Americans, not just north Americans.  The organization generally is simply referred to as “ACTS” or ACTS Honduras.

Where is ACTS located?

ACTS has a post office address in Norwich, Vermont, but there is no office. In general, people who have been and are now involved with ACTS live in the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire, but we very are pleased to have volunteers from farther afield as well.

Does ACTS have staff?

ACTS has no staff.  We rely on volunteers who offer their energy and expertise in making or leading trips to Honduras, and in attending to organizational matters.

What facilities does ACTS have in Honduras?

ACTS has a small compound in the village of El Rosario. There is a community medical and dental clinic, a bunkhouse for visiting volunteers, a small kitchen and a latrine.

What is the ACTS annual budget?

With no permanent staff or office space, virtually 100% of our donations go directly to work in Honduras. ACTS’ annual budget ranges significantly depending upon our success in fund-raising and on the nature of the projects underway. In any given year, we have a list of projects that need doing with costs totaling about $50,000. This does not include the value of the countless hours of volunteer service.

What does ACTS do with its money?

ACTS spends money on programs and projects in Honduras. Expenditures include medicines and medical supplies, salaries for a Honduran nurse and a Honduran librarian, building materials, training materials, scholarship funds, seed funds for the micro-loan program, and in some cases support to partner organizations with specific projects. Volunteers who go on trips pay their own way, including the cost of transportation and food. (ACTS may offer partial support of expenses to trip leaders.) ACTS spends a very small percentage of its budget on things like postage for the annual appeal and other outreach activities.

How is ACTS affected by Honduras’ high crime rate?

ACTS has been working in the El Rosario since 1986 and has built strong, positive and trusting relationships with people in the area. We are mindful, however, of dangers in the country. We generally travel together and we follow a strict safety and security plan that addresses things like transportation and communications while we are in-country. The safety of our volunteers is of paramount importance. We have never had a violent encounter involving a volunteer.

Who goes with ACTS to Honduras?

Volunteers with special interest in and/or expertise in the kinds of projects that ACTS is engaged in go to Honduras. ACTS welcomes volunteers with a wide variety of skills to share. In general, there are 5 or 6 trips per year. Most ACTS volunteers maintain a long-lasting relationship with ACTS and the people of El Rosario, so they are likely to go to the area multiple times, helping to develop consistency in project work. Most ACTS volunteers live in New England.

Does ACTS seek more volunteers?

ACTS is always interested in hearing from people who want to volunteer with us. We are interested in medical and dental personnel, and people who can offer expertise on any of our projects – from libraries to animal husbandry. It is very helpful but not essential if volunteers who travel to Honduras with us speak Spanish. We also welcome volunteers who can help with fund-raising, grant-writing, website maintenance and similar activities. We are especially interested in people who can stay involved over the long haul. If you feel you have something specific to offer, please contact us at info@actshonduras.org