**Here is a meal that costs $10.95 in the United States. For an American making a median income of $25.00 per hour, this meal would take 0.44 hours (about 27 minutes) to earn. For someone from the Dominican Republic with a median hourly income of about $1.05, this would take over ten and a half hours to earn!**

To help us understand how that would affect their budget, multiply the number of hours that the Dominican has to work by the median wage for an American: 10.43 hours x $25.00 = $260.71. To have a proportional impact on an American's budget, this meal would cost $260.71!

To help us understand how that would affect their budget, multiply the number of hours that the Dominican has to work by the median wage for an American: 10.43 hours x $25.00 = $260.71. To have a proportional impact on an American's budget, this meal would cost $260.71!

**Here is your task!**

**1. Find any item you use (food, clothing, automobile, etc) and write down the price in dollars.**

**2. Make a poster or a chart that answers the following questions:**

**a) What is the price in American dollars?**

**b) How long would it take for an American to earn it who makes $25.00 per hour? (Price divided by 25)**

**c) How long would it take someone from the Dominican Republic to earn it? (Price divided by $1.05)**

**d) Multiply the answer from part (c) by $25.00. That is the equivalent cost for an American who earns proportionally what a Dominican earns.**

**3.**

*Take a picture of yourself with the item and your poster.*Make sure that the poster can be easily read from your picture.**4.**

**Email me that picture and I will display it on your results page!**

Analyzing your Data!

**Once you have posted your data, go through the many pictures to get an idea of how expensive life can be in other countries. Go to the forums and share what story the numbers tell about life in Dominican Republic.**