I’ve finally arrived in Guyana! After two delayed flights and over 24 hours of travelling we finally arrived in Georgetown at about 3 am on the 16th. We had a few days relaxing and acclimatising to the heat and then two days at the Ministry of Education in ‘workshops’ getting to know the education structure of Guyana (its very similar to the UK) and the targets that we have to meet as teachers. It was really weird writing ‘Teacher’ as our occupation on our visa forms going through immigration… Other than the workshops we have just been getting to know Georgetown. Visited the sea wall and beach area (looked more like mudflats but nice sunsets), went to the zoo (really depressing because the animals were so cramped together), bought fruit at the market (such good fruit, guineps are the best!) and bought all the food and cleaning stuff we need to take to our projects (a lot).
We also went to the British High Commissioner’s house last week for a pool party. It was brilliant and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it but there was something slightly surreal about swimming in the high commissioners pool and drinking his 15 year old El Dorado. The following day we visited a black water creek just outside Georgetown which was amazing but again was strange because the water was the colour of cola! I think I was the only one out of all 26 of us not to get sun burnt or a tan so I’m still as pale as ever! (Factor 50 baby suncream really does work…) We have a tour of Banks DIH brewery on Monday and then heading out to our project on Tuesday morning. Me, my partner and the Bartica boys are being picked up and taken to our projects by the Ministry of Education so we don’t need to worry about carrying all of our boxes and bags!
I really like Georgetown but I cant wait to get to my project in Goshen and stop living out of a rucksack! All 26 of us are staying in the PT flat (and some in the flat next door) so its very cramped and only one bathroom(ish) between us all. Georgetown is amazing really, we’re staying in Campbellville, its an incredible mix of people and cultures and music everywhere. I hadn’t really thought about what Georgetown would be like but its not what I expected. The poverty and standard of living is pretty bad and its very obvious as you walk and drive around town but all the people we’ve met so far have been really nice.
I already love this country.