Clothing, equipment & resource list

Guyana

Climate

Guyana’s climate is tropical with almost uniformly high temperatures, high humidity and much rainfall. Temperatures in Georgetown are quite constant, with an average of 24° C and the heaviest rainfall falling between April and September.

Guidance

Please remember that communities and colleagues judge you on your appearance; you should dress smartly and conventionally in order to be regarded as mature and professional.

White clothes get easily and permanently stained and should be avoided. Brightly coloured and patterned clothes look nicer in hot climates. Strong, hard wearing material is recommended, as hand washing is hard on clothes. Synthetic materials are not suitable for hot climates.

If mosquito nets and/or anti-malarials are required, you will be given guidance on Training.

The following is a guide only. More advice will be given on Training when we can give you project and location specific information.

 

Clothing

Suggested ClothingAmountRemarks
Smart Trousers3Light materials, linen, cotton., smart for teaching. ( males)
Casual trousers2Male and female – take 1 or 2 pairs of trousers for evenings and weekends. Jogging bottoms/tracksuit bottoms or harem style trousers – light materials.
Jeans1-2Leisure only. Jeans are hot but everyone wears them and are good for horse riding!
Skirts/dresses4-5For teaching in. Must be below the knee and no low cut chests on dresses. Avoid black – chalk marks appear everywhere!
Shirts, blouses/polo shirts (short or long sleeved)2-5Light material, respectable for teaching.
Shorts3Leisure only- ( not too revealing)
T-Shirts4Will be worn at evenings, weekends and when travelling.
Sweaters/jumpers/hoodies/cardigan1At least one warm fleece or hoody will be useful as it can get quite cool in the evenings.
Pants10They wear out with hand washing so take plenty. Dark colours where possible. Cotton is best.
Bras5They wear out with hand washing so take plenty. Dark colours where possible. Cotton is best. Consider taking a Sports Bra.
Socks8+Mainly cotton. Again, they wear out quickly.
Nightwear1-2Make sure to pack a warm pair for the colder nights.
Swimsuit & towel1A lightweight travel towel is great to have when away from your project. One bigger towel to keep at your project is useful. Swimwear –in many projects you can swim regularly but girls often wear shorts and T-shirts over their swimsuits.
Respectable Shoes1 pairFor work. Girls, pumps are better – some schools don’t allow open toe shoes or sandals when teaching.
Sandals1 pairVolunteers will usually buy Birkenstock or similar as they are long lasting and great for travelling.
Trainers/light weight walking shoes1 pairUseful for walking trips and sports activities.
Baseball cap/hat1To protect you from the sun- can be bought in Guyana.

Equipment

Suggested EquipmentRemarks
Large rucksack(Between 65 – 75 litres). This is much more appropriate than a suitcase.
Small rucksackFor day trips/general use.
Money beltThis should fit under your clothes.
Sleeping bag and/or linerNo more than a 3 season is necessary. This is useful for some projects and for travelling.
ToiletriesBasic toiletries are available but bring enough to start. Good brands are expensive with your living allowance. Some sanitary products will be available overseas but maybe expensive. More information and alternatives will be discussed on Training.
Shirts, short-sleeved/blouses/polo shirtsGreat for teaching.
Sewing kitSmall, basic one might be useful.
CameraIt is advisable to pack more than one memory card.
TorchHeadtorches or wind-up torches can be useful.
Battery chargerThis is better for the environment than buying batteries and will be cheaper for you.
Plug adaptorDo your research on which type you’ll need.
Passport photos/passport copyIn case of emergency. Make copies of any other important documents and keep one copy at home.
First Aid Kit/MedicationSmall, basic kit. Do not buy medication until it has been discussed on Training.
Smart phone/chargerNot essential but useful if you have one – take it with you. Information about Sim Cards and communication will be given on Training.
Teaching AidsMore information about this will be given on Training.
Room decorationsBlu tac, posters and postcards of where you come from are really useful as are photos of family and home – you can also use these for lessons.
EntertainmentLaptops/hard drive (if you have one already) may also be useful as a teaching aid. Travel games, books etc to keep you entertained.

Important Note

Long haul flights usually allow a substantial luggage allowance but we strongly advise that you do not pack more than 20 kg of luggage. Volunteers who choose to pack more than this usually find it a challenge to travel from the airport to their projects (usually by public transport).

Resource List

You are required to research the country you are going to before attending Training. Some of the resources below might be helpful.

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