United States Dollar and Mexico City

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How long will you be in Amopan? Check your knapsack. Why will you be there so long? (4 points)

I will be in Amopan for one full annual cycle, the time hopefully will be enough to get an understanding of this culture and its inhabitants.

What is your total budget? (2 points)

My total budget it $11,270.

Budget:

Supplies and Equipment:
Tape recorder………………………………………………………………$250 150 blank audio tapes………………………………………………….$150 Camera…………………………………………………………………………$370 Film and developing ($12/roll, 1oo rolls)……………………..…$1200 Polaroid camera…………………………………………………………. $140 Film for polaroid camera ($8/roll, 40 rolls)……………………$320 Video camera …………………………………………………………….$975 Video tapes ($4 ea., 50 tapes)………………………………….…..$200 Laptop computer and diskettes…………………………………$2900 Extra batteries……………………………………………………………$80 Misc. (notebooks, pens, pencils)………………………………..$100

Transporation:
Airline tickets (round trip) to Mexico City…………………….$375 Bus tickets (round trip) to Amopan……………………………..$80

In field Expenses:
Local Transportation………………………………………………………$250 Lodging expenses (25 per week)……………………………………$1300 Food (40 per week)……………………………………………………….$2080 Misc. (e.g. medical, gifts for local exchange)…………………$500

Total: $ 11,270

How long did it take to get your proposal approved? Why do you think it took so long? (5 points)
It took six months of waiting for my proposal to be approved. I believe it took this long because of all the other people who also sent in recommendations for grants. There were quite a few of these proposals sent in and only twenty lucky ones got through, thankfully I was one of them! What is the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Mexican pesos (remember that the whole thing is virtual; today's exchange rate is likely different). (2 points; 3 points extra credit if you look up and report the current rate in the financial pages of your newspaper or on the Internet).

The exchange rate from dollars to pesos is: $1 is equal to $10.00...
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