Living and volunteering in Guyana gives you a unique insight into the challenges of teaching in this relatively unknown South American Country.
Although Guyana is a former British colony and the only English speaking country in South America, very few people are familiar with this fascinating and diverse country. Guyana means “land of Many waters” in Amerindian and it justifies its name with over 965 miles of navigable river. The capital, Georgetown is positioned at the mouth of the famous Demerara River at the heart of a tropical coastal strip, which is rich with coconut palms, sugar and banana plantations and has a definite Caribbean atmosphere.
The interior feels like a different country, sparsely populated and made up of virgin rain forest, mountain ranges and dry open savannah. It feels far more South American, than the coast and is populated mainly by native Amerindians, living in traditional rural communities. The interior is a challenging place to travel during your holidays. One of the exciting things about Guyana is that there is little or no tourism, indeed it’s hard to find any up to date guidebooks.
Despite its many natural resources Guyana is very under developed with poor infrastructure and high unemployment. The AIDS rate is the highest in the Caribbean and it periodically suffers from ethnic unrest. The majority of the population in the country are either Indo Guyanese or Afro Guyanese but the interior is predominantly populated by Amerindians. This diversity of ethnicity makes for a rich cultural experience for anybody lucky enough to be spending a year here. It is a beautiful country full of welcoming, friendly people.
Projects available in Guyana