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
Director's Reflections from the field
Come with me as I travel around the country; meeting the Volunteers where they serve, helping Guyanese realize their development aspirations.
I spent an amazing week connecting briefly with the lives and work of some incredible, trailblazing volunteers based in Region 9 (one of the most remote in the country). One such firecracker is Gabrielle, a Community Education Volunteer swiftly coming to the middle of her service in Guyana. Her energy and passion emit from every pore the moment you meet her - starting with an infectious smile; leading to one of the best hugs I've ever had. Then there's the excitement and joy when she introduces you to her Headmistress, counterpart, and colleagues; tells you about her work supporting the capacity building of teachers at her school; not to mention the passion and pride behind the creation of the school's first reading library due in large part to her unwavering commitment and tireless effort.
Thank you Gabrielle for sharing a little slice of your life and service with me.