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As the Kiva Fellows Program is an unpaid, volunteer position - no stipend or housing is provided - Kiva expects its fellows to fundraise for the entire journey. I'm still waiting to hear the final details of my Fellowship in Burkina Faso in order to research exact costs in that area, but before are my estimates.
I'm really hoping to find some availability using airmiles for my airfare to my posting (no airmiles seats where available for the SF flight), but for the rest of my expenses, your generosity would be much appreciated! Here's my draft budget for the trip:
$1000 airfare to San Francisco for training week
$2500 airfare to host country, plus taxes and fees
$150 Visa estimate
$150 malaria pills
$1,845 food (123 days x $15/day)
$500 local transportation (buses, taxis, etc)
$450 mobile phone and internet
$250 misc supplies (mosquito nets, sleeping bag lining, etc.)
These are my minimum cost estimates but I'm hoping to be able to cover anything else that comes up. For the flights, I'm going to try to get airmiles donations if possible via milepoint.
If you are in a position to contribute to my work as a Kiva Fellow, I would be grateful for your consideration and support.
Other Ways You Can Help
Share my campaign
I would be so grateful if you shared my campaign with your friends, family, colleagues, community groups, rich uncles, or anyone else who enjoys supporting a great cause! My fundraising efforts can reach an infinately broader audience with a click of your button - made even simpler by the Indiegogo share tools for Twitter, Google+, Facebook and email links.
Introduce me to locals
If you know anyone in the area where I'm posted, I'd love to be put in touch!
Join Kiva for free!
This doesn't directly support my Fellowship but it supports the Kiva cause and micro-entrepreneurs globally - which is good enough for me! A generous donor has placed money with Kiva in order to individuals new to Kiva to try it out for free, using $25 of his donated funds. To sign up and give Kiva a try at no cost to you, click here: http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/diana1770
Thank you all so much for your support, I can't tell you how much it means to me! x