At the time of writing (May 2013), the average cost of building a two-classroom bottle school in Guatemala is between $12-15,000.
There are many different factors which can have a great effect on the final cost of a bottle school project. You should be aware of this when planning the budget for your project, and allow sufficient contingency funds (a minimum of 10%, preferably 20%) to cover unforeseen expenditure due to circumstances beyond your control. Below are some of the factors which will affect the final cost of a bottle school.
COST OF MATERIALS
- • How remote the community is
- • How far from the capital city
- • How far from the nearest big city
- • Fuel prices
- • Exchange rate
- • Construction conditions (eg. hard ground)
- • Experience and efficiency of workers
- • Complexity of the project
- • Good management and motivation
COST OF LABOR
- • Local labor market conditions
- • Cost of living due to rising prices of corn, gas, or other essential items, etc.
AMOUNT OF MANAGEMENT REQUIRED
- • Community leader requires more support (for example because of limited experience in construction)
- • Issues organizing the community
- • If construction conditions vary significantly from previous projects
- • Remote location