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Have you ever wondered what it costs to travel to a developing country? We want to share some of the regular expenses we often encounter on our trips. This page is intended to shed some light on how much it costs for travel, food, accommodations, transportation, supplies, equipment and some of the everyday expenses. We will collect expense information from our trips and post it to this page as part of our financial transparency.

Detailed Expense Reports

Haiti - Feb 2011, exp.report

Travel Costs

Traveling to remote locations first requires airfare to the closest airport. Not being major hubs, travel to a remote location like Madagascar will require multiple air carriers and I don't mean one ticket with cooperating partner airlines. We had to travel on 3 airlines on our trip to Tulear Madagascar and our transfers were up to us. Three ticket, three airline, and no recourse if you are delayed and miss the next flight.
Upon arrival in a foreign airport you next need ground transportation. Taxis are often the most dangerous form of transportation. The driver is unknown to you, likely does not speak your language and he may have friends who would like to carjack, rob or kidnap you. We rely on prearranged drivers when we first arrive in a country. We may rent a vehicle after becoming familiar with the location and the system.

Equipment Transportation

When we arrive our local drivers often have only a car or minivan. If we are arriving with equipment and supplies we need something larger. Truck rental is not as easy as calling the local U-Haul dealer. More likely, our driver knows someone, who knows someone who might know someone who owns a truck. The truck might need repairs before we can use it. We arrange this ahead of time and sometimes carry parts for the truck in addition to the negotiated fee for the rental. We also pay for gas. Which reminds me of a funny story. While in Haiti there was a fule shortage becuase the tanker from venezuela did not reach port on time. The entire country plunged into a gas shortage and we were in the middle of drilling a well which requires fuel. We actually drove from house to house, village to village knocking on doors in the middle of the night looking for anyone willing to sell us gasoline. Thankfully, but terrifingly we found gasoline but it was given to us in jars, plastic buckets and used cans. Prepare for the unexpected.

The Hardware Store

Over the past 5 years things have improved in Haiti as far as hardware stores. In population enters like Port-au-Prince you will find stores similar to Home Depot. The embacies have created an economy there and stores are happy to meet the demand. In remote locations it's more difficult. In Bondeau it is more like going to a small town where there may be small shops on the side of the road selling collections of items: wire, wood, salvaged electrical fittings. In more remote places like Verrettes Haiti you may be lucky to find a local who can point you to the local entrepenuer who sells items from a shipping container on the ide of the road or out of their home. This is a cash only business, no receipts and prices are negotiable but there is no competition for 100 miles. They know it and they know you know it. We try to strike up relationships with vendors we know we will need to call on several times. We pay a fair price, support the local economy and they appreciate our business and may even help us find laborers. We are aware of the impact we have when we arrive in small villages. We don't want to wipe out the supply of ice and coca cola, upsetting the balance in the village for several days.


To estimate the cost for building in Haiti you first need to calculate the amount of materials you need:
Concrete Estimator
Then you need to estimate the number of concrete blacks you will need:
8ft tall x 16ft long x 12 ft wide building = 768 8in. blocks
labor will run you about $10/day per laborer
rebar will run about $10/day for unskilled
Here are some numbers to help estimate the costs:
If you need more on-the-ground advice about construction in Haiti check-out this link:
LinkedIn Haiti Connection

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Travel Costs
  • Airfare: $364 ea., 1/13/2012, Spirit Airlines, FLL to Haiti (PAP),1 checked bag 40lbs
  • Extra baggage: about $60-$100 per bag.
  • Car Rental: Port-au-Prinec $145/day 2015
  • Gasoline: $4.06/gal., 1/18/2012, Port-au-Prince, $8.00/gal during the Haiti fuel shortage 1/19/2012
  • Motorcycle delivery person: $10 per trip, Bondeau, Haiti 2015
  • Use of Aimond's 16ft. truck: $100/day donation towards vehicle maint. plus fuel and parts
  • Airfare: $220 plus luggage, San Pedro Sula, HN, March 2015
  • Airport pickup/dropoff: $200, San Pedro Sula, HN

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  • PVC 20' 3/4" pipe: $5.17, Haiti 2012
  • pump:
  • 1 bag of cement: $7.56, Haiti 1/16/2012
  • Deep cell truck battery: $180, Haiti 2011
  • Ice: $4.00, side of the road Haiti, 2015
  • 10" rough Boards: $1.00/ft, Merigoane Haiti 2015

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  • New Life School, Port-au-Prince, Haiti: $40/night incl. 3 meals, 1/13/2012
  • Verrettes, Haiti, Mission House: $100 donation, 3 nights incl. meals, 1/15/2012
  • Aimond's House, Port-au-Prince Haiti: free, 1/18/2012
  • Guest House, Bondeau Haiti: $100/ night including 3 meals 2015
  • Our Little Roses, Honduras Volunteer Apartment: $35/night bed-and-breaksfast 2016

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  • Labor: 8 hr Haitian manual labor to dig trench, $2/hr. 2015
  • 5 lb block of ice, Haiti: $4.00
  • 12 bottles of soda:
  • Dinner for 3: $32, 3star restaurant Port-au-Prince $45.00
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