A Gap Year In: Guyana
with project trust
Aug 1999 - Aug 2000
|Before coming to Guyana I wasnt quite sure what to expect
although I thought it would be much more barren and not so lush and green.
There are so many coconut trees everywhere !
|The most prominent thing we noticed as we drove from the
airport was the smell of rum as we drove past the distilleries on the way from
have found Guyana to be a very friendly place as most people will acknowledge
you as you pass saying : "good morning", "good afternoon" or "good
|Our local area is very noisy. At night there is loud music
playing, dogs barking and people shouting. In daytime there is still music
playing, people shouting and all of the different animals making all their
noises. It really could be where Old Macdonald got his inspiration !
|One of the most impressive qualities of Guyana is how diverse
it is, not only in the landscape. In the outskirts of Georgetown there are
extremely expensive houses right next to wooden shacks.
is the heat here that is most prominent. From the moment the sun comes up it is
boiling hot. When it rains it is simply wet and hot !
|People may think we have an easy job with communication in an
English speaking country, but the local population speak so quickly and with
such a strong dialogue that it is very difficult to comprehend what is being
said. I am struggling to pronounce some of the students names and the
children laugh when I take the register !
|One of the strangest and most ingenious inventions here is
having drinks from plastic bags. You buy a plastic bag full of ice and the
drink is poured into it. It is then drunk through a straw, but you have to make
sure you hold the bag at the top or the result is a sticky mess.
|Absolutely the best thing about Guyana is being able to buy
fresh pineapple from a stall at the side of the road. If you ask, the top and
skin are cut off and the fruit cut up for you.