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There are over 6.7 billion people that live on 237 independent countries in the world. Each country has a different culture, people, scenery, and government.

There are over 6.7 billion people that live on 237 independent countries in the world. Each country has a different culture, people, scenery, and government. The one commonality that stays the same however is that they all rely on money. Money is what motivates people to work, keeps us alive, and makes us happy. Without money, things start to fall apart. However, how people make their money, how much they make, and what they do with it varies by country and by person.

In the U.S.A. The minimum wage is $7.50(this is the normal pay for the minimum age, easiest job, and lowest experience level) with the average annual pay at $46,000. The average American finishes 10th grade with many high school and graduate college graduates (with a bachelor’s degree). Many full time employees work an average of 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week (Monday through Friday). Many people work in the technology, business, science, or medical fields and work hard at what they do. Many Americans spend their money on their kids and on their daily lives (often spending money on improving their lives). Their money is stored in banks, put on credit cards and buy things that will make their life better and more enjoyable.

In Myanmar however, things are very different. There is no minimum wage in Myanmar and the average person makes less than $2 a day for 10 hours of work. The average child goes to school until he is 8 years old ( that is when you have to start paying monthly to go to a public school) and then helps make money for their family (very few Burmese go to college). They spend their money on the bare necessities of food, water, shelter, and some spend it on their kid’s public schooling and tutoring. Many people work in shops or any other possible job that doesn’t require a 12th grade education or college degree. There are so many people working at shops and restaurants that they stare at you, waiting for you to make a decision to buy or not, ask them a question, or for help. Many of them are not used to seeing white people, or Americans, and often smile when they see you and really want to help you ,(They are even happier when you try to speak Burmese, which is a mix of Chinese and Hindi).Now, just like every other place in the world. There are rich people, and these people are the ones that are business man, own factories, are ambassadors, or have a high place in the government. Tipping is not expected in Myanmar, even when you eat at a restaurant or have manual labor, and a $1 tip makes them very happy (due to the fact that they make a little more than that in a day).

I think that it is important for us to know how different the expectations and standards are as you go from a 1st world country ( the U.S.A) to a 3rd world country (Myanmar) and to know just how lucky you are to live in a 1st world country like the U.S.A… The Burmese people do not expect much if anything at all, and are sincerely surprised and grateful at the small acts of kindness we do for them. 1.345 billion People live on $1 a day or less with 1.02 billion of them going hungry. However, these people don’t complain and are happy with whatever they receive. This shows us that even though money is a necessity, many live happily with very little.

Cameras are not allowed in most stores, for fear someone will copy their ideas and start their own store. Most products are cheaply made and for this reason, are sold cheap. The saying, “you get what you paid for” is so true for most things break easily and need to be replaced often. The people just accept this and don’t complain. There are no American stores here, so you won’t find a McDonalds or Starbucks on every corner. This is a total cash society with no checks or credit cards. Just Image the highest bill being a rare bill equal to $5. When we bought our couches for $630 we had to pay with 630 bills (because the $5 bills are very rare). When we had to pay for airline tickets, which aren’t cheap, my dad paid with several inches thick of bills. We are definitely aware of every dollar we spend!