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What are the working hours?

Monday to Friday : 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 13:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

What kind of work do the volunteers do?

Volunteers carry out a variety of tasks. For more details check out the volunteer activities page.

How much money will I need for a week?

Utila is fairly cheap compared to the States and Europe. For more details of spending take a look at the costs page

What is the nightlife like on Utila?

Utila has a large number of bars and restaurants which are open until the early hours of the morning. There is also a small cinema which shows the latest releases.

Roughly how many volunteers are there at once?

Usually there are between 6 and 10 volunteers at the Iguana Station, a maximum amount of 16 people can volunteer at the same time.

What sort of clothes should I bring?

Please take a look at the equipment page for a list of suggested clothes.

Are there any dangerous animals/creatures on the island?

There are no venimous snakes and no lethal spiders on the island.

How long should I volunteer for?

We require that volunteers are here for a minimum of three weeks, but you can volunteer for as long as you like.

What other activities can I do on the island?

Utila is one of the best places for diving in the Caribbean. Station volunteers can do their Open Water Diving course at a reduced price as part of an agreement between the Station and Utila Water Sports. There are also a number of public beaches. You can go horse riding, parasailing and snorkeling and on whale shark safaris.

Where will I stay during my time as a volunteer?

You will stay at the Iguana Station, wich has living accommodation for 16 people in rooms that sleep 2 to 4 people. Your accommodation at the Station is included in your volunteering fee, but the fee does not include any meals.

What facilities are available at the station?

There is a fully equipped kitchen. There are two toilets and two showers (cold water only but it is too hot for a hot shower anyway!). The volunteers can also use the washing machine and the station's bike. If you bring a laptop you can connect to the internet at the station, although there are a number of pretty cheap internet providers in the town.

Do I need any vaccinations for my time in Honduras?

We cannot provide you with medical advice, but you will need some vaccinations for your stay in Utila. We recommend you seek medical advice in your home country in respect of vaccinations.

Do I need to take malaria medication?

We cannot provide you with medical advice, but you may wish to take anti-malarials. We recommend you seek medical advice in your home country in respect of malaria medication.

What is the average age of volunteers?

We have volunteers of all ages, from 18 to 70. The minimum age for a volunteer is 18 years.

Do I need to speak Spanish to work at the station?

You do not need to speak Spanish to work at the station as the staff all speak English. English is widely spoken on Utila. However, it is cheap to learn Spanish on the island, therefore you may wish to take lessons.

Do I need a visa for Honduras?

Depending on your citizenship you will get a VISA on arrival for the period of 90 days or you have to obtain a VISA in advance in your home country (or another hondurian embassy). US citizens get a CA-4 entry permit.

1. Citizenzs of following countries can get a tourist VISA for 90 days on entry:
Canada, most European nations (e.g. Germany, UK), Australia, New Zealand, Japan
Extension of VISA is possible on local immigration authorities (also available in Utila)

2. US citizens may enter the CA-4 area (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua) for up to 90 days as a tourist and can travel and cross land borders within this area. CA-4 means Central America-4 Border Control Agreement. Staying longer needs leaving CA-4 area to Belize or Costa Rica (closest options) for 72 hours. Exceeding the 90 days will result in a fine of 150 USD. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry. You also need to have a return or onward ticket to be admitted to Honduras. Upon arrival, you will be issued a tourist card in the form of a slip of yellow paper stapled into your passport, your passport need a blank page for this.

3. Citizens from following countries need a VISA in advance, you usually register at the hondurian embassy in your home country:
1. Azerbalyan (Azerbaijan)
2. Benin
3. Bhutan
4. Burkina Faso
5. BurundiRepublica de
6. Bolivia (Diplomaticos-exentos)
7. Cabo Verde
8. Camboya
9. Camerun
10. Chad
11. Comoras
12. Costa de Marfil
13. Djibouti
14. Dominica
15. Egipto
16. Filipinas
17. Gabon
18. Gambia
19. Georgia
20. Granada
21. Guinea
22. Guinea Bissau
23. Guinea Ecuat
24. Guyana
25. Jamaica
26. Kazakhstan
27. Kenya
28. Kyrgyzstan
29. Kiribati
30. Lesohto
31. Malawi
32. Maldivas
33. Marruecos
34. Mauricio
35. Mauritania
36. Micronesia (Estados Federales)
37. MoldovaRepublica de (Moldavia)
38. Myanmar
39. Namibia
40. Nauru
45. Niger
46. Palau
47. Papua Nueva Guinea
48. Peru
49. Republica Centroafricana
50. Roanda (Rwanda)
51. Samoa
52. Senegal
53. Serbia y Montenegro (Antiguamente Republica Federativa de Yugoslavia)
54. Seychelles
55. Suriname
56. Swazilandia
57. Tailandia TanzaniaRepublica Unida de
58. Tayikistan
59. Togo
60. Tonga
61. Tunez
62. Turkmenistan
63. Uganda
64. Uzbekistan
65. Zambia
66. Zimbawe
67. Afganistan Estado Islamico
68. Albania
69. AngolaRepublica de
70. Argelia
71. Armenia
72. Asmara Eritrea
73. Bangladeshrepública Popular de
74. Bosnia y HerzegovinaRepublica de
75. Botswana
76. ChinaRepublica Popular
77. Congo
78. CongoRepublica Democratica de
79. CoreaRepublica Popular Democratica de (Corea del Norte)
83. Cuba
84. Eritrea (Estado deAsmara)
85. Etiopia
86. Ghana
87. Haiti
88. India
89. Indonesia
90. Irak Republica de
91. Iran Republica Islamica del
92. Jordania Reino Hachemita de (Diplomaticos-exentos)
93. Laos Republica Democratica Popular de
94. Libano
95. Liberia
96. Libia Popular y Socialista (Jamahirya Arabe Libia )
97. Mali
98. Mongolia
99. Mozambique
100. Nepal
101. Nigeria Republica Federal de
102. Oman
103. PakistanRepublica Islamica de (Diplomaticos-exentos)
104. Sierra LeonaRepublica de
105. SiriaRepublica Arabe de
106. SomaliaRepublica Democratica
107. Sri LankaRepublica Socialista Democratica de
108. SudanRepublica de
109. Timor Oriental
110. Vietnam
111. Yemen
112. Palestina
113. Republica Arabe de Saharaui Democratica

Will somebody meet me at the airport/ferry dock?

We can arrange for someone to meet you when you arrive on Utila. Just let us know which ferry/flight you will be on.

Can I carry out my own research at the station?

We welcome any volunteers who wish to conduct their own research on the island. Please contact the station director to discuss this further.

Can I pay my volunteers fee with Paypal?

Of course you can pay with Paypal as well. Our Email address to receive your volunteers fee is paypal@utila-iguana.de. Since Paypal charges pretty high charges for their service we prefer bank transfer to our german bank account if you reside in Europe (no transfer fee at all).

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