Roatan is paradise, with a pristine beach and some of the best snorkeling in the world. It’s also a remote part of Honduras where only 25% of the children go to school. Of these, most drop out before sixth grade. Public schools were taught in English until 1984 then changed to Spanish, the national language. This makes it tough to get a job in tourism. Without education, Islanders are left walking the beaches calling, “hair braiding? Massage?” Or the kids are selling bracelets all day.


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