05 January 2006
Life on $10 a day
So, the math has been done, and the results aren't pretty. We've discovered just how poor volunteers actually are! During training we were allotted a whopping $1/day, and now that we're on our own and covering all our costs, it's been increased to $10/day (300 pesos) - and that's for city living! To put that in perspective... 71 pesos goes to my family for food; a ride to town or home is 50p; one hour at the internet center is 20p; a 5 min phone call is 50p; a bag of chips is 15p; and a Coke (bottled of course!) is 14p. Of course, if I go to the capital, the transportation alone is more than half of my daily allowance! Lucky for me, I don't drink (beer is 40-60 pesos a pop), and I know how to be cheap!