Guyana is located on the northern coast of South America, between Venezuela and Suriname, and is known as the land of many waters. The climate is tropical as it sits below sea level and lies just 7º N of the Equator. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America and relates a great deal culturally and economically with the Caribbean nations. Due to recent decades of economic decline and high emigration rates, Guyana is now among the most impoverished nations in the Western Hemisphere. The volunteers live together in a house in Georgetown, the capital city. The home is furnished with essentials and is simple yet comfortable. It is located near local bus routes, as volunteers rely on local mini-buses for their primary transportation needs.
Number of Volunteers: 4
Service Site Descriptions
Mercy Wings Vocational Center
Mercy Wings is an innovative vocational-technical training program for adolescents, ages 14-19 who have not benefitted from a traditional school setting. Vocational tracks are offered in construction, child care, catering, and cosmetology. The Adolescent Development Program, which aims to build self-esteem and relationship skills, is a critical part of the center’s programming. Volunteers are needed as teachers in the Adolescent Development Program and in remedial subjects (math, reading, computer literacy). Educational and/or social work background, along with experience working with adolescents is helpful but not required.
Skills: Education, Social Work, Counseling, Computer Skills
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a non-profit health care facility offering 24-hour care. They offer traditional in-patient services as well as outreach programs including a free mobile clinic and free HIV testing and treatment for those living with HIV/AIDS. They also have a full-time nursing school program. Volunteers are needed as nurses (prior work experience desired), social workers, physical and occupational therapists.
Skills: Healthcare, Nursing, Social Work
St. John Bosco Boys’ Orphanage and Bosco Academy
Mercy Resident Care
Skills: Education, Special Education, After School Sports and Activities
Skills: Healthcare, Social Services, Nursing, Activity Planning
REFLECTIONS FROM VOLUNTEERS WHO SERVED IN GUYANA
Part of me wishes that I could narrate my first several weeks…