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Q&A: How much extra spending money should I bring?

How much money you might spend outside of volunteering/HOY activities

Q: How much extra spending money should I bring to use outside of my scheduled HOY activities/volunteering?

A: Each volunteer comes with a different budget. You can't compare yourself with other participants. It’s up to you how much you want to spend or not spend. You are not required to make any donations to your volunteer placement or to buy materials, although you may very well be inspired to once you start volunteering. It would certainly help, however, to learn this new currency quickly.


Study and become familiar with the Mexican bills and coins so that you’re ready with your money when you need it. Cuernavaca and the surrounding area have plenty of activities, places to shop and restaurants and bars to eat/drink your money away. The information below is a quick summary, based on real Casa HOY volunteers' experiences, of possible ways you can make your extra spending money disappear. Plan accordingly.

Local bus, one way: $5.50, < $0.50 USD
Bus from airport, one way: $158, < $13 USD
Bus to Mexico City, one way: $85, < $7 USD
Local taxi: $35, < $3 USD


A small bottle of water: $6, $0.50 USD
Lunch at Iguana Greens: $40, < $3.50 USD
A coffee at a nice café: $22, $1.75 USD
A beer at a bar: $15, $2.25 USD
A bag of chips or a chocolate covered banana: $7, $0.60 USD

Volunteer Placement
Stickers for rewards: $20, $ 1.75 USD
A pack of pencils: $15, < $2 USD
Copies: $0.30/sheet, $0.02 USD
Volunteer cell phone: $30/week, $2.50 USD

Weekend fun, out of town: $700-1000, $60-80 USD
The movies: $55, < $4.50

Posted by UnMejorHOY 20:50 Archived in Mexico Tagged mexico volunteering international cultural volunteer voluntourism cuernavaca participatory intercambio alternative_travel participatory_travel english_teaching

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