Mayatan teachers receive a monthly living stipend, free apartment housing in town, and health insurance.
Salary and Money
The stipend for teachers is L7,000 (about $350/month), paid at the end of each month from August through May. Note that August and June are short months and that you will be paid partial salary for each of these months. When combined with the free housing, this is enough to live quite reasonably in Copán, and most volunteers have enough for food, utilities, entertainment, and occasional travel.
Teachers will need to bring money to get by until the first payday, which will be on August 30th, and probably some to cover part of September since the August 30th pay will not be a full month. It is probably best to have at least $500 in cash or travelers checks for getting settled. (This is in addition to your airfare to Honduras when you start school, your travel out of the CA-4 during Christmas to renew your visa, and your flight back home at the end of the year.)
There are two ATM machines in Copán so you can easily access your account, although most American banks charge fees for this. For the most part Copan is a cash society. You can use a credit card, but the exchange rate is high. Most merchants accept U.S. currency, but it is best to use Lempiras.
Note: Candidates from outside of the Americas should check airfare prices before applying, as the price of round trip flights to Honduras from Europe and Asia can be very expensive.
Mayatan will secure and pay for teacher housing for the entire academic year. Houses and apartments are selected carefully by the school to be sure each is suitable. Most teachers will share an apartment with one or more other volunteers, and couples volunteering together will be housed together. All housing includes full bathrooms, a bed with linens, basic furnishings, and a kitchen with a stove-top, pots and pans, basic utensils, and a refrigerator.
All accommodations are within a 25-minute (uphill) walk of school and only 5-10 minutes from each other. Teachers may use one of the several school buses or mini-vans that transport students to school, all of which pass within a few blocks from teachers' houses. If a teacher has any medical condition that prevents him from walking, accommodations can be made.
Each teacher will be asked to fill out a housing preference form as part of the hiring process and the school will attempt to meet the needs of the teacher.
Teachers are responsible for electricity, water, internet, and any phone bills. Electric bills are usually less than $10.00 per month and water is around $5.00.
Teaching volunteers receive free health insurance ($50 annual deductible), which covers accidents, illnesses and emergencies. There is a bilingual doctor in town, a public clinic, and several small private clinics in addition to a basic emergency center about 5 miles from town. In case of hospitalization or bigger emergencies, there are excellent hospitals in San Pedro Sula, 3 hours away by ambulance. The policy does not cover evacuation to your home country, so the school recommends you take out this coverage if you feel it is necessary.
You will get a copy of the health insurance plan during orientation with all the details of coverage. Your health insurance is only in effect while you are working at Mayatan.