Reading list


Triumph & Hope: Golden Years with the Peace Corps in Honduras

by Barbara E Joe

Triumph & Hope is a documentary of one woman’s experience in joining the Peace Corps in her sixties. Barbara Joe spent three years in Honduras living and working in two towns: El Triunfo (The Triumph) and La Esperanza (The Hope).

I really enjoyed this book. The author describes in detail her Honduran experience, depicting the culture, the people, and the poverty she encountered, as well as her efforts to make a difference to those in need. Her experiences were very inspiring and just go to show that you’re never too old to live life to the fullest.

Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America

by Catherine Ryan Howard

Backpacked is a light-hearted, fun memoir that describes a 9-week backpacking trip through Central America the author takes with her best friend. Catherine Howard is much more of a 5-star girl than a hostel girl, so her reactions to the various predicaments she finds herself in are very amusing.

If any of you are planning on visiting me, this could be a good start to get a feel for what it might be like! Although, it’s initially not overly positive about Honduras.

The first reference to Honduras was:

“We hadn’t heard too many good things about Honduras and so we only planned to travel through there.”

And the second reference was:

“Back in the planning stages of our trip, we’d decided against spending any real time in Honduras. Going by stories we’d heard other travellers tell, it was a violent, corrupt and dirty place that held no real attraction of the common backpacker.”


Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

by Sonia Nazario

In this astonishing true story, award-winning journalist Sonia Nazario recounts the unforgettable odyssey of a Honduran boy who braves unimaginable hardship and peril to reach his mother in the United States.

Enrique’s Journey is absolutely compelling reading. The author has done a brilliant job in researching Enrique’s story, giving him a voice and putting a human face to the complex issue of illegal immigration. It’s an amazing tale, both disturbing and beautifully moving.

Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey

by Malana Ashlie

Gringos in Paradise chronicles the author’s move from the U.S. to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. Malana shares the ups and down of learning a new culture and building a new life in Central America with her husband.

This was an easy read, and despite being a little slow in places, quite interesting. The author has an obvious affection for her new country so it’s an uplifting tale.


Hiding in Honduras: Stories and photos from our Peace Corps adventure

This is the blog of a PCV couple (David and Kristi) who lived and worked in Honduras from February 2010 to January 2012. This was the first ‘Honduras’ blog I stumbled across, and I read it from start to finish in a couple of hours. Lots of great material here about what might also be in store for me.

These guys were part of the group that was withdrawn from Honduras early, so it was interesting to read their reaction.

Blogging Honduras

Kaiti, a 16-year-old junior in high school from the USA, blogs about studying abroad for a semester in Honduras on an AFS exchange. (Jan – Jul 2012)

As it’s an exchange student’s blog it obviously focuses a lot on school, but there are some interesting posts about daily life in Honduras too. It also includes a description of  ‘disappearing tortillas’ that made me laugh out loud:

“Tortillas are also eaten with pretty much every meal, and I’m never really sure what to do with them. If I’m eating beans or something I use them as eating utensils, but if it’s spaghetti or fried chicken or rice, I just get confused. I try to observe what other people or doing, but the piles of tortillas just seem to mystically disappear when my back is turned, so I still don’t really know what Hondurans are doing with them. They’re good, though, so I’m not complaining.”

Hallando Honduras: Misadventures in a Banana Republic

This is another PCV couple blog (Nolan and Nicki). They were in Honduras for the same time period as David and Kristi.

I haven’t read the entire blog yet, but theirs also includes lots of detailed information about what living and volunteering in Honduras is like.

Kirsten’s Exchange to Honduras

Kirsten, a 16-year-old Ultimate Frisbee playing, viola playing, Minnesotan math nerd (her words, not mine!) blogged about her AFS student exchange to Honduras. (Aug 2010 – Jan 2011.)

While once again it’s an exchange student’s experience, it does give some insights into life with a Honduran family and cultural differences.

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