This video was produced by a volunteer to give you a better idea of life on campus. Watch the video, then scroll down for additional information about The Leadership Center!
Leadership Mission International’s goal with TLC is to prepare Hondurans to lead their country out of poverty. We believe that by providing an otherwise financially unattainable college education, our students will be the next generation of Honduran leadership. Honduras is in great need of ethical leaders and it is our mission is to find and train them. Please watch the short video below to get a better idea of TLC and its vision.
Background & Call to Action
Fifty years ago, the Peace Corps began its work in Honduras, taking an important step in alleviating the poor living conditions and endemic poverty suffered by most of the population. The Peace Corps has accomplished great things, yet much remains to be done. Despite half a century of hard work, Honduras continues to be among the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere.
One of the primary reasons for the persistent poverty is an inadequate educational system. It is said that Honduras trails its Central American neighbors in education by 35 to 50 years.
An educated group of ethical leaders is the best and greatest hope for permanently lifting Honduras out of an endless cycle of poverty. While outside aid in many forms can help individual families or serve as a temporary fix, the best long-term solution is to educate capable Hondurans to assume leadership roles.
In response to the aforementioned needs, Leadership Mission International’s partner, Art For Humanity, has used the “grass roots” approach successfully since 2001 assisting countless Honduran families escape poverty. After 10 years of effort, they have concluded that if Honduras is going to move away from being the second poorest country in the western hemisphere, it will require Hondurans leading the way.
The need for Honduran leadership is the genesis of The Leadership Center.
Students are accepted from poor families and attend without cost. Without outside assistance, their chance of a college education is almost non-existent.
The poor, who are the majority of the population, are the future of Honduras. They have lived without hope in the political process so far, but those who attend The Leadership Center will be transformed into well-educated, ethical leaders who can bring about needed changes for their country.
Classes began in February 2011 with faculty being volunteers from the United States along with some Honduran volunteers. Eventually, graduates will assume more of the teaching and management roles. Many Hondurans are currently involved in this mission in formative, supportive and organizational ways.
Students in The Leadership College are making a difference in their country long before they graduate. While studying, they take what they have learned to other Hondurans. Groups are already arranging teaching centers in villages throughout the country where students can share the knowledge they have gained on campus. So, even while they are still students, they will also be teachers, consultants and mentors to their fellow countrymen. This will not only multiply and amplify the mission of Leadership Center, but will also give these students practical leadership experience. Our hope is that Honduran volunteers and charities from all over the country will invite our students to their villages to share ideas, insight and more with the locals involved in business and development projects.
The campus is two hours outside of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras. Because the site is extremely rural and high in the mountains, it has two intrinsic benefits. One, unlike much of Honduras, the area is very safe. Secondly, it has very pleasant weather.
The temperatures range from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night, and from 65 to 85 during the daytime. Volunteers who enjoy a wilderness atmosphere will find the campus a safe and pleasant place, with a scenic river, waterfalls, and mountain slopes on which to hike, bike, think, write, create and of course grow organic coffee.