Guyana

 

Drive on the Good Side of the Road

Posted by Nolan Sutker in Guyana, News & Highlights

Reflections on Guyana: The Land of Many Waters by Nolan F. Sutker, Director of Communications You see in Guyana, away from the capital of Georgetown, you don’t drive on the right or the left, but you have to drive on the good side of the road. The cars dodge and weave to avoid pot holes that are only deepened by the rainy season. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America, a previous colony of both the Dutch and the British; it has a heavy diaspora from Africa and East India.  On the precipice of their 50th anniversary as a nation, Guyana is beginning to define itself with the progressive Working People’s Alliance holding a majority of the government positions including…

Finding the Pull Factor: A Guyana volunteer inspires a love for knowledge in her community

Posted by WorldTeach in Guyana

“Education needs to work by pull not push” This quote is from a TedTalk by Charles Leadbeater, British author and innovation consultant who speaks on the importance of innovation in different fields. In this particular TedTalk, Leadbeater covers educational innovation in slums and the need for a new method of drawing children to schools in third world environments. A point he emphasized was the need to create an incentive, a motivation of some type in order to give children a reason to want to come to school and learn. In third world countries, it can be so easy for students to abandon traditional education in exchange for a way to make money quickly in order to make ends meet. The…

Giving Back to Get: Reflections from a WorldTeach Guyana Volunteer

Posted by WorldTeach in Guyana

“Guyanese people have taught me to genuinely care for a wide range of people, from stranger to close friend, from student to family. Everyone takes care of everyone in Guyana. Self preservation isn’t a term that can be used to describe someone who lives in Bartica, or Guyana as a whole.” For many, teaching and living abroad starts a process of personal growth where one discovers more about themselves and the world around them. They gain a greater understanding of different cultures, as well as a sense of social responsibility derived from living in such close knit communities for the duration of their stay.  Previously, we mentioned Mariah’s experience in Guyana and her quest to create a library for the children of…

An “Everlasting Impression” in Guyana

Posted by WorldTeach in Guyana

What is the real impact of a WorldTeach volunteer? It differs in each classroom, school, community, and country. Each volunteer defines him or herself differently, and shapes their year of service exactly how they want it to be. They may arrive to the country not knowing what that experience will look like, or what connections will be made, but with the help of their new communities, they dig their own path. Mariah Parker, who is currently teaching in Guyana, realized she wanted to leave a impact on her new community that would exist after her departure. Read excerpts below from her blog as she tracks the progress of an unexpected project that will definitely add to her legacy in Guyana. How…

Celebrating Mashramani in Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

Guyana WorldTeach volunteer Mariah Parker recently celebrated Mashramani to celebrate the formation of the Republic of Guyana. Read on to learn about the fun festivities associated with this unique holiday in Guyana…   I don’t even know where to begin with the Mash weekend! It was Mashramani, which is the celebration of the formation of the Republic of Guyana. Fun Fact: it took about 4 years for the Guyanese to set up the republic after the British left. BUT Mash is a major celebration and holiday here! For a month now, we have been decorating and having competitions in preparation for the lovely day, February 23! We were lucky because this year it fell on a Sunday causing the entire…

Feed the Manatees with WorldTeach Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

Thinking of becoming a volunteer teacher? Read Guyana Field Director Alicia’s passionate list of her eleven favorite things about the country (so far), and start considering Guyana!   Three months ago when I accepted the position of Field Director for the WorldTeach Guyana program, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for. Well, after just about a week here I am thrilled I decided to come. While I am no country expert (yet), I have compiled a list of reasons why YOU should consider Guyana for your volunteer adventure. It is not the first country that comes to mind when people consider volunteering, but I am starting to believe it should be.   This tiny and minimally populated…

What Makes A Successful WorldTeach Volunteer?

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

To answer the question “What Makes A Successful WorldTeach Volunteer,” we turn to John Stanlake. John is currently a Field Director in Guyana, has volunteered in the WorldTeach Rwanda program, and has worked closely with us in Bangladesh. Reflecting on his time spent in all corners of the globe, John shares an honest and thoughtful perspective on the path to a successful international service experience. If you’re expecting a nice and neat list of Top [put a number here] Traits, you’ll definitely be in for a surprise!     I slumped down on my bed, placed my head in my hands, took a deep breath, and this is how I remained for the next few minutes. Paralysed by feelings of…

Guyana: Round Two!

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

WorldTeach volunteer Erin Dunnington has fallen in love with the country & people of Guyana. She enjoyed her year of teaching abroad so much that she has decided to return for a second year. Check out Erin’s plans for the upcoming year and see how you can help out!     On August 12th, 2012 I begin my second year abroad teaching Biology in Guyana through WorldTeach. The Guyanese education system is currently struggling. Due to inadequate funding, the schools are often in a state of disrepair and the classrooms are short on basic supplies like textbooks, desks, and chairs. Many of the science classes, especially Biology, must operate without the basic laboratory equipment necessary to facilitate student learning. Lack…

The Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer in Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

WorldTeach volunteer Erin Dunnington just spent a year volunteering in Guyana. In her blog she lists her personal top ten things about Port Kaituma, the town she has called home during her time of service. Erin’s number one thing about her Guyana placement is her students; forging bonds with students is the greatest perk of being a WorldTeach volunteer. Read the rest of Erin’s top ten things about Port Kaituma below!   Port Kaituma, Guyana Top Ten: 10. Walking down the street and knowing every other person by name (miners excluded). 9. Music from the ball field that rattles my windows and shakes my bed until 4am on school nights. Party, party, party. 8. Cute children everywhere I turn and…

Final Days in Guyana

Posted by Heather Tang in Guyana

WorldTeach volunteer Samuel Lindauer’s time is coming to a close in Guyana. In his most recent blog post, Samuel shows us how close he has grown to the Guyanese people and community. See how Samuel is spending his last days in Guyana!   We’re in to end of year exams now — this is the beginning of the end for real now. I’ve been writing the new schemes for the fall term, probably to be used by the new volunteers that will be here in a few months. I came in to school on the last Friday of class and was overwhelmed by the several students in tears. I gave Elain a hug and held her hand — she was…