Want to help build a church? – Brazil Trip February 2016

  • building2 amazonDepart Montana on 19 February
  • Arrive in Manaus 20 February
  • Work in Boa Vista 22 – 27 February
  • Leave Brazil 28 February
  • Arrive back in Montana 29 February

 

 The church is in a small town called Boa Vista, in a region referred to as “Alto Manaquiri”. The nearest real town is 40 minutes away, called Manaquiri. Manaus is about 4 hours down the Rio Solimoes from Manaquiri, by fast passenger boat.

 

Construction still needed:

Concrete sub-floor                    Doors                      Windows

Electrical work                             Bathrooms

building

In the photos I can see a lot of wood planks on the ground. These are for the walls. They will be nailed up. There may be some brick work, but a lot of bricks are not waiting there.

 

 

 

 

Tools On Site:

1 electric saw             1 big electric screwdriver             1 big square

1 small drill                                    Various screwdrivers                       Shovel, hoes

 

Tools NOT On Site:

Hammers                      Tape measures                                    Hand saws           Anything else

 

Other Information:

We can sleep in the Methodist Church in Manaus when there. On mats on the floor, for free.

Or we can get rooms in a nice hotel when in Manaus. About $65 per night x 3 nights total (the 5 of us coming from Helena have opted for the hotel.)

 

During the work week we will stay in a hotel in the town of Manaquiri

50 reais per person per night (US$14.00 x 6 = $81)

Air-conditioning; Real beds; Television (Portuguese)

Breakfast and Supper will be in Manaquiri

It’s 30 – 40 minutes by boat to the work site (this will be enjoyable)

Transport boat rental is 500 reais/day ($135/day x 6 days = $810). Boat holds 12 people

 

Lunch and afternoon snack will be in Boa Vista

Cook’s pay and food for the week = 5,000 reais = $1,351

Tools can be safely stored at Mr. Neca’s house (The community leader.)

Breakfast and Supper in Manaquiri ( ?? $20 per person per day ??)

 

Building Supplies: Estimated to be 13,000 reais.

1 dollar = 3.7 reais currently                         13,000 reais = US $3,513

 

Team Expenses (in US dollars):

Building Materials                                               3,513

Daily Boat, Manaquiri to Boa Vista             810

Cook and Food, etc in Boa Vista

1,351

Total = $5,674

[Fund raising has already reached about $1,500 for Team Expenses. So make this Total = $4,174.]

If the team is 10 people = $420 per person

If the team is 7 people = $600 per person

PLEASE NOTE: The exchange rate of reais per dollar can change at any time, for better or for worse. So these numbers are not exact.

 

Individual Expenses (In approximate US Dollars):

Manaus Hotel                                                         200 (total for 3 nights)

Manaquiri Hotel                                                    81 (total for six nights)

Meals in Manaquiri                                             85 (total for six days)

Meals in Manaus                                                  100 (total for 3 days)

Tourism

100

Total =   $566

 

Adding it All Up:

Team costs, assuming 7 people     600

Individual costs         566

Total = $1,166

Plus 10% because you’d be crazy not to plan for it = $120 + $1,166 = $1,286

 

Plus

Brazil Visa if you need one, costs about $200

Plus

 Your airfare (We have paid $952 – $1350 each coming from Helena).

 

NOTES
I have applied for $2,000 from our church which will be used to further reduce team expenses. If we get all of it, the total cost will go down by $285 for each mission team member.

 

Point of Contact
Don Skillman;   406-461-8061;                   Donskillman24@gmail.com