Guyana is located on the northern coast of South America, between Venezuela and Suriname, and is known as the land of many waters. Known for its cultural and biodiversity, Guyana is a Caribbean nation and the only English-speaking country in South America. Following decades of economic decline and high emigration rates, Guyana is now one of the fastest-growing economies in the world due to oil exportation. This has caused a growing wealth gap and rapid infrastructure changes impacting the people and environment of Guyana. Mercy Volunteers build relationships with locals and enjoy being immersed in the culture through celebrations, advocacy opportunities, and everyday life. 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 minibus routes, open-air markets, and the national park.
Number of Volunteers: 4
Service Site Descriptions
Mercy Resident Care
Mercy Wings Vocational Center
Mercy Wings is an innovative 6 month vocational-technical training program for adolescents, ages 14-19 who have not benefited from a traditional school setting. Vocational tracks are offered in oil and gas, care for the elderly, electrical installation, 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. A volunteer is needed as a teacher in the Adolescent Development Program and in remedial subjects (math and reading). Educational and/or social work background, along with experience working with adolescents is helpful but not required.
St. John Bosco Boys’ Orphanage and Bosco Academy
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
Established in 1943, Mercy Hospital is a non-profit healthcare facility offering 24-hour care. They offer traditional primary care and in-patient services as well as a nursing school and programming for those living with HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Positions are available for volunteers as nurses, social workers, medical assistants, and lab technicians. Prior experience is desired.
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