Projects in Guyana
We work with the Ministry of Education to increase literacy at the primary school level. Each year, approximately 36 Volunteers work in primary schools and with regional education leadership to improve literacy instruction, assist teachers in developing learning resources, tutor primary-school students, and organize extracurricular activities that reinforce literacy interventions.
In September 2016, we will welcome our first group of Environment Volunteers who will be placed in remote Amerindian communities to work with youth to build environmental awareness and leadership skills, and to promote community-based natural resource management.
We work closely with the Ministry of Public Health and local and international partners to implement community health initiatives focused on maternal, infant and child health, and life skills for healthy behaviors. Approximately 34 Volunteers work annually with health centers, NGOs and schools in hinterland and coastal areas to promote preventive practices that contribute to increased positive health outcomes.
Let Girls Learn
In Guyana, 88.4% of girls give birth between the ages of 15 to 19, interrupting education and employment opportunities. There are 97 Peace Corps Volunteers in Guyana working with communities to increase literacy, build life skills, and help boys and girls make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health through the Let Girls Learn initiative.
Each year we host 2 successful empowerment camps, Camp BRO (Boys Redefining Ourselves) and Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) and look forward to developing additional activities as an official Let Girls Learn post.