Chelly's Honduras Page

This site has information about Chelly's Peace Corps experiences in Honduras.


Bienvenidos a Honduras!

March 09, 1999

El Carbon is in the mountains about 150 miles from Tegucigalpa.

If you're using IE4, the music in the background is the Honduran National Anthem.

Chelly and Prithika have been on site at El Carbón for about a month.  She said that Hurricane Mitch damaged most of the infrastructure in the area to some extent.  She and Prithika have been working with the villagers to restore the trail to the famous waterfall, La Cascada, which would allow ecotourism to resume and begin generating badly-needed income for the town.

Their hut was also damaged by the hurricane, so they've been "remudding" the walls, with some timely assistance from their neighbors.   This has been a good season for mice and scorpions, so they're they're now in the market for a cat.

We've posted her first pictures from El Carbón in the Photo Album and also her first letter. I think you'll agree that the El Carbón area has magnificent prospects for eco-tourism (e.g., see the "La Mosquitia" link, below.)

If you'd like to write Chelly, she has a new address, below.

Please consider a donation to the Red Cross International Disaster Fund.

New!  Pictures of Honduras, host family
and trainees.  Use the hyperlinks below:


Read letters from me

Air Mail!

September 25th, 1998

January 11, 1999

Sign My Guestbook

View My Guestbook

Look through
my photo albums

Honduras, including
El Carbón

Host Family

Chelly's Friends from
Georgia & Maine



Write me!

While I'm away, mail will be my lifeline.  I will greatly enjoy any little piece of correspondence you send my way.   So, please, send letters!!

Any mail you send to my parents (the webmasters) will kindly be forwarded to me with the next care package (Hint, hint, Mom and Dad!).

Here's my address in El Carbón:

PCV Chelly Richards
Voluntario del Cuerpo de Paz
El Carbón
San Esteban Olancho
Central America

Great Links!

Just Some Sites I Recommend:

BLACKFLY Ultimate Frisbee Team Homepage

Victoria Williams - My favorite singer/songwriter

Phycological Society of America - The society dedicated to the study of algae (and my former employer).

Richards Family Home Page
My favorite family site!

Ace's Home Page
My favorite dog!

Chesnut Elementary School  My former elementary school that I chose for the Peace Corps World Wise Schools program.

Honduras sites:

Honduras This Week- A weekly online magazine

Lonely Planet Honduras - All the info you could ever want.

Washington Post Honduras Page - AP and WP stories

More Great Links!

El Carbón Sites

El Carbón, at about 15°25'N, 085°32'W, is the largest Pech-speaking Indian village in Honduras.  It's about 150 mi northeast of Tegucigalpa.

La Mosquitia Guidebook - Information about the area and description of Chelly's and Prithika's project (on the eco-tourism site, "El Planeta Platíca")

The Greenwood Furniture Project- Pictures from El Carbón, and information on this program

Outside Magazine's article on Eastern Honduras has an extensive section on El Carbón

Peace Corps Related Sites:

Official Peace Corps Homepage

Peace Corps Crossroads - By far the best source of info about the Peace Corps

Peace Corps Guinea and Stephanie Chasteen's Site- With the help of her mother and boyfriend back home, she has compiled the most thorough list of what to pack.  Before she left, she wrote a lot about the whole application (and waiting) process.  Reading her site helped me very much.  Definitely one to bookmark if you're a prospective volunteer.

Jess' Big Adventure - Jess' parents are keeping this site for him while he's in Zambia.  Over the past year, they've added tons of pictures and quite a few letters from him.  His family has even been to visit him!


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