Filmmaking Amidst the Mayans

The Honduran public education system is comprised of underfunded, overcrowded schools. With only 25% of Hondurans continuing their education beyond 6th grade, many of the nation’s students are being left behind. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has partnered with the Mayatan Foundation in an effort to provide high-quality arts education to Honduras’ next generation.

Country Information

Program Overview

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS places experienced filmmakers and arts educators in the city of Copan Ruinas, Honduras. Participants teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology directly to rural Honduran students and also help train local staff develop. FWB Fellows are provided airfare, housing, and food for 1 year. 

Participating filmmakers teach middle and high school at the Mayatan Bilingual School and are instrumental in promoting a progressive approach to holistic learning. Additionally, participants work closely with local educators by integrating technology into other teachers’ traditional curriculum. Participating filmmakers also conduct after-school filmmaking activities and teach workshops throughout the community. 

Volunteers in the Honduras program must:

  • Be a native or native-level English speaker
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Have at least 2 years of film-related and/or teaching experience
  • Be highly flexible, mature, and have a genuine interest in teaching

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS has a rolling admissions process for all of our programs. However, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to strengthen your chances of acceptance into your chosen program. All application materials including your personal statement, resume, references, transcripts and interviews must be submitted by the application deadline.

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Host Organization

Mayatan is a K-12 private, bilingual school located in Copan Ruinas, Honduras, staffed jointly by Honduran and American teachers. Mayatan high school graduates receive both American and Honduran high school diplomas, come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and nearly half receive financial aid of some sort. 

Travel & Housing

FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and the its partners cover the cost of flights and housing for one full year. Participants will be provided with round-trip airfare to their destination city. Accommodation is selected carefully by the school to be sure each is suitable. Most teachers will share a house with one or more other volunteers and all FWB participants will be provided their own private bedroom. Houses are clean and secure and located within walking distance of the school.

Living & Teaching in Honduras

FWB participants teach at the Mayatan Bilingual School campus and also conduct local community and youth development projects.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Program Dates: August 2017 – July 2018
  • Priority Application Deadline: April 15th, 2017
  • Final Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017
  • Additional Timetables

Health & Safety

Our number one priority is the health and safety of participating filmmakers. In-country orientation includes discussion of health and safety issues and practical information to enable participants to stay safe and well. Throughout the year, your host community will serve as a support system for you as you navigate a new country. Although most of the countries where FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS works do not have medical facilities comparable to those in the United States, we avoid placing volunteers at sites that do not have access to adequate medical care. All volunteers are required to secure independent travel insurance.

Financial Details

The Honduras Program is fully funded. FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS and its partner organizations cover the total cost of flights, housing, food, and travel equipment.  However, participants are required to submit a fully-refundable $1000 deposit that will be returned to them upon completion of their 1 year contract.

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