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The Costs Of Coming to Minot

Minot is not the most accessible place in this country. There is an airport but you’re looking at $600+ for a round trip and it will involve multiple legs unless you’re coming from Seattle, Denver or Minneapolis. Greyhound buses run to Bismarck (costs obviously vary by departure point, but again you are looking at multiple stops) which then transfer to a local service to Minot which costs $25. Once here your costs will be minimal. Meals are not provided on Mondays as it is our day off but there are a couple of cheap options in Berthold itself and more in Minot. Beyond personal expenses for snacks or drinks outside of the provided meals there is not much else to spend your money on. Remember that if you stay more than 30 days you will have to organize a three night break away from the project and fund this yourself. There is camping available, which might actually be a more realistic option than a hotel as many are full to capacity with evacuees.

All in all, considering the cost of other volunteer programs, Project Minot remains an affordable choice. Don’t forget that you can fund raise towards the cost of your trip. People who don’t have the time to come themselves are often happy to contribute to enable someone else to be able to help others. Start saving your pennies and lets get some more boots on the ground in North Dakota.

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About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.

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