What is the cost of a bottle school

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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

AMOUNT OF LABOR (paid and unpaid)
  • • 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

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