Diwali in Guyana

Ah yes, the Festival of Lights, one of the many holidays celebrated in Guyana. It has been said that Guyana celebrates the most holidays out of any country in the world; Looks like I chose the best Peace Corps country to travel to. Diwali, a popular Hindu holiday, is a big event here in Guyana!…

Call Me Miss Quick

Time is flying by here in Guyana. They say the days are long but the weeks are short and I am learning that that is very true. Some days seem to drag on but then all of a sudden its October and I feel like September happened in a blink of an eye! I’ve been…

A Beautiful Morning for a Puja

A Puja is a prayer ritual performed by Hindus. It can be done to worship one or more deities, to honor a guest, or to spiritually celebrate an event. The word Puja (pronounced poo-ja) is Sanskrit, derived from ancient India, meaning reverence, honor, homage, adoration, and worship. There are different forms of Pujas and they…

I solemnly swear..

It’s been a crazy couple of days! Tuesday we woke up early and left our host families in Region 2 to begin the trip to the Capital! We took two buses to Supenaam where we picked up two speed boats and crossed the Essequibo river, which took about 30 minutes. It was very exciting as…

Next Stop, PCV!

My final days in Region 2. We have now been in Guyana for nine whole weeks! Time is literally flying! When I think back to boarding the flight in New York, it feels like that was so long ago but the weeks have been going fast here. As they say in Guyana, “The days are…

Model School

Day one of model school I hopped into a car and headed towards a school I had never been to before. I anxiously waited to pull up and see where I would be teaching for the next two weeks. I was excited but also very nervous! I had never taught before, let alone to a…

Pre Service Training

We have hit the halfway mark for pre service training. Everyday is a new adventure and a continues struggle to stop sweating! I have learned a ton and starting Monday we will be teaching at “model school”. For the next two weeks we will be going to a local secondary school and teaching a group…

Liz to Leonora

Wow it’s been a crazy couple of weeks! This past Friday we were finally told where our permanent sites will be, starting mid-August! I guess they use to wait till week 5 or 6 but past groups complained about the wait so the staff decided to tell us at the end of week 3! I…

A Hindu Wedding

I went to my first Hindu wedding! Guyana is amazing in the fact that there are 6 predominant ethnic groups and one of the largest is Indian. And being the adopted children of some local host families we were invited to a family friends hindu wedding! It was a multiple day event so we ended…

Wa happenin nuh?

We finally made it to Guyana! Our group made the long journey and arrived at our first training location on 6/12 at Mainstay resort. I think total travel time was like 14hrs since departing JFK. There is 38 of us; split up into health, education, and environmental sector. We spent this past week getting to…