Greetings from the Co-operative Republic of Guyana the "land of many waters," (kindly, not to be confused with the African nation of Ghana or our neighboring South American cousin, French Guiana).
Since 1961, the mission of Peace
Corps remains singular and unchanged: to
promote friendship and world peace, one person at a time. We have been playing
our part towards this mission since 1966 with (to date) close to 900 Volunteers
serving in the areas health, education and environment; living and working alongside
the Guyanese people; sharing their aspirations; challenges and celebrating
From indigenous villages in the
grasslands and rainforests of the Rupununi, to bustling coastal towns and villages;
from the meandering black-waters of the Essequibo and the Pomeroon, to its vibrant
capitol of Georgetown, Volunteers serve in all 10 regions of the country to
support the advancement of a better future for all through sustainable initiatives
requested and supported by the Government of Guyana.
Through living with host families,
working with local counterparts, and based heavily on their own curiosity, commitment,
humility and humor; Volunteers become integrated into communities; gaining
tremendous understanding and insight that deepens the irreplaceable cultural
exchange which lies at the heart of Peace Corps.
Peace Corps Guyana continues to
achieve success due to the intertwined and supportive roles and
responsibilities taken on by the community (made up of counterparts, host
families, Volunteers and staff) we build and foster every day. Our hosts (the
Guyanese people) lead and Peace Corps follows; providing reinforcement, expertise,
creativity and the willingness to share of ourselves and our experience.
Have no doubt, serving in Guyana
will pull and stretch your mind, body and spirit in ways you might not have
expected. But, never fear, the country will give back as much if not more than
you could ever imagine. Your service in Guyana will be an experience that you
will appreciate and value for the rest of your life.
Kury W. Cobham
Peace Corps Guyana