How much wil i earn ?
To know how much you will earn, you should find out how much your package is worth. Your cash salary is promised to be at least $330 per week on average, over a period of 1 month which translates to about R20 000 per month. Accommodation, utilities and transport usually paid for in full by the employer, could add another $175 per week to your package, which translates to an extra R8 000 per month. This means that you could be earning R26 000 per month, plus of course your flight tickets which are worth at least R15 000 to R20 000. As with any other job, there are standard deductions such as taxes. Tax rates could vary depending in which place or state you are but is normally around $35 per week. The more you earn of course, the higher the taxes. Your cash salary of around R20 000 is based on the current dollar/rand exchange rate. Your cost of living should be around $80 per week.
You will most likely share a small bunkhouse type accommodation with barely enough space for two people - with a maximum space of about 2m x 2m. This is usually a long trailer with partitions in between and two bunk beds on top of one another. Remember, home can be wherever you lay your hat and with a little bit of imagination this could become your private ‘mancave’ and home away from home during your stay in America. You willl share accomodation with a fellow South African or your partner (there are usually 2 people per bunkhouse).
The bathroom facility is a shower usually shared between 6-8 people. But don’t worry - not all at the same time! You are responsible for cleaning your own shower and room facilities. ”Porta-potties" are available for your other needs, although at many fairgrounds there are nicer ablution facilities that you are permitted to use instead of the Porta-potties or in America-speak, Porta-johns. Unfortunately, you have to leave your domestic servant behind in SA on this trip and keep your own room and shower clean!
Please bear in mind...
Even though your room has limited space, your bunkhouse, water and lights are free or cost you very little, so you can save (or spend) the money you would normally spend on renting a flat or room which you would have to do with any other regular job. Please appreciate these wonderful perks that are an invisible but very helpful addition to your weekly wage – it is more than most other people get with their job in America or even here in South Africa.