The Roatan Expedition
How We Can Help
Last year we learned that shipping goods to Honduras is difficult to navigate. The cost of shipping often exceeded the value of the supplies we were sending. Especially when you factor in the cost of first getting the goods to the dock in Florida. Ships go out from Florida to Roatan twice a month and it is challenging to time the arrival of our goods with our arrival on the island. Too early and we pay storage fees at the dock. Too late and our goods will arrive after our departure. We managed last year, but we decided that in 2015 we would try to ship less and buy on the island instead. We will still be bringing in some (donated) supplies, but we will most likely carry them with us as extra baggage on the plane.
Our hope is to collect funds to enable us to purchase or do the following in 2015:
- Purchase 1-2 CD4 machines - used to monitor AIDS patients. (AlereHIV.com)
- Bring and purchase basic school supplies - for 4 schools
- Complete one small school renovation/building project (leaning toward insulating and dry-walling the 5th/6th grade classroom at the Turcois school.)
- Clothing/food supplies to support the formula program at the Familias Saludables clinic.
- Establish a 501(c)(3) for American music teacher, Miss Deborah, who runs the Steel Pan Alley music school for children in Roatan.
Hosting a Drive
If we leverage the generosity of our families, we can gather a lot of resources! We suggest that you publish your list, clear out the lobby and allow enough time. Call the papers. Call the news. We plan on purchasing many supplies in advance and having them on hand in our lobby for easy purchase and donation by our families. At Cal Elite, we are not personally donating to the supplies but are saving our contribution for the shipping. We will need to ship our supplies to Roatan.
What is Needed
- Basic first aid supplies (alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment, band aids, calamine lotion, cotton balls)
- Band instruments
- Bar soap
- Plastic/non-rusting bookshelves (with backs and sides)
- Children’s Books in English and Spanish
- Children’s chewable vitamins (not gummies)
- Clothing (underwear, t-shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses, bathing suits – new/used)
- Coloring Books
- Composition notebooks
- Desks for teachers (small non-rusting)
- Electric Fans
- Laminating machines and laminating paper
- Lined binder paper
- Markers – washable
- Paper (construction, lined and copy paper)
- Pencil sharpeners with deposits
- Shoes (black, K-6 girls and boys)
- Socks (white, K–6 girls and boys)
- Spanish English Dictionaries
- Tables and chairs for an entire classroom (long tables and properly sized chairs)
- Teaching supplies (educational posters, certificates, stickers)
- Dental Floss
- White boards (very large)
- White board markers
June 14th – June 21st (check out on the 21st)
Juan Manual Galvez International, Roatan
Xbalanque (xbalanque.com) and The Beach House
The Xbalanque (X) is our home base. It is pricey. This is where we stayed last year. There are a few spots left.
The Beach House (beachhouseroatan.com) and Cocolobos (cocolobo.com) The Beach House and Cocolobos are in the West End - 5 mins from the X by water taxi. The Beach House is on a small sandy beach, Cocolobos is just around the bend - it is waterfront and in the trees above a more rocky shore. Both are simple, clean and comfortable. You can also research private residences for rent near the Xbalanque.
The Xbalanque provides airport transportation for its guests. It is about 20-25 minutes to the West End from the airport and the fare should be about $20. Confirm before you get in. We will need rental cars amongst our group. We can share empty seats but we do need to be able to get to the schools and places we are going. Driving in Roatan is easy - same side of the road as the US, little two lane roads and just a handful of traffic lights on the whole island. Avis and Thrifty operate out of the airport. Food: The Xbalanque has its own restaurant and bar - and all rooms have kitchens (that can save $!) Most of the Beach House rooms have a kitchen or partial kitchen. I suggest you get groceries at Eldons in Coxen Hole as you head into West End from the airport.
We have every intention of having a lot of fun while we are in Roatan. Roatan has beautiful water and offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. There are amazing white sandy beaches. The food is great, the music is lively and the people are warm and friendly. We can go fishing and play volleyball. We can rent scooters or horses and we’ll definitely set up a sunset cruise. Best of all, we will be sharing this adventure with amazing friends.
Traveling Central America
- Passport yes - visa no.
- There is malaria on the other side of the island. We won’t be going there. The malaria in Roatan is not the deadly kind found in Africa. We’ve never taken malaria meds (and neither do the million cruise ship tourists) but do your own research.
- Bring bug spray. This is a third world country and there is not a lot of professional mosquito abatement going on.
- Bring sunscreen. Roatan lies between the Equaotr and the Tropic of Cancer.
- Money - The currency in Honduras is Lempiras. But US dollars are readily accepted. 1.00 USD = 21.000 Lempira.