The fee for the Teaching Assistant Program primarily covers costs associated with administering the program. It also covers the cost of two lunches at the Blue Lagoon Resort during the orientation program as well as lunch during the pre-departure meeting before leaving Chuuk. In addition, it covers the cost of production of a "Yearbook" that will be mailed to you after the completion of the program. Finally, it covers a small monthly stipend given to your sponsor to assist him with covering expenses associated with taking care of you (You do NOT have to pay your sponsor anything; PCC takes care of that.).
The fee does not cover the cost of travel between your point of origin and Chuuk. Likewise, it does NOT cover the cost of room and board at the Blue lagoon Resort at the beginning and end of your stay on Chuuk. You MUST bring a credit card to pay the room and board costs.
You should NOT bring a large amount of cash to Chuuk. If you need assistance in obtaining cash, the Chuuk Coordinator for the program can help you out with that.
There isn't really too much to spend money on in Chuuk. You might want to buy a few souvenirs and, from time to time, some snack food that you crave and your sponsor might not have on hand. All of these purchases have to be made with cash. So, although you won't need a lot of cash on Chuuk, you will certainly need some.
In case you would like to estimate costs associated with staying at the Blue Lagoon Resort, here are some ball park figures. They should all be a little bit high.
Cost of sharing a double room with another Intern: $75.
Costs of meals:
Following are the program fees:
Academic Year Program: $5,900
Semester Program: $3,950
Summer Program: $2,700