February 10, 2003 - US Embassy in Guyana: PEACE CORPS/GUYANA BRIEFING PAPER

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By Admin1 (admin) on Monday, February 10, 2003 - 12:48 pm: Edit Post




PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Historical Perspective

Peace Corps first received a formal invitation from Guyana in 1966, the year of its independence. At that time, the Guyanese Government, led by Prime Minister Forbes Burnham, requested Volunteers to serve in education and infrastructure projects. From 1966 until 1971 more then 160 Volunteers served in Guyana with Peace Corps. Education Volunteers broadened the school curricula to include technical and vocational subjects, including home economics, crafts, and manual arts. Peace Corps/Guyana provided skilled technicians, architects, and engineers to assist in developing and carrying out plans of Guyana's Ministry of Works and Hydraulics. Peace Corps discontinued the Guyana program in 1971 after the Government of Guyana requested all overseas voluntary agencies to leave.

After an absence of nearly a quarter-century, the Guyanese Government led by President Cheddi Jagan approached Peace Corps in 1993 about the prospects for Peace Corps' re-entry into Guyana. In March of 1995 Peace Corps officially re-opened a joint Peace Corps Office for Suriname and Guyana. The first Volunteers arrived in 1995. The Volunteers arrive in groups twice a year to work in Community Health and Youth Development projects.

Peace Corps activities in Guyana assist in the efforts to provide Youth Development and Community Health Education outreach to targeted populations in collaboration with the relevant Ministries and non-governmental organizations. The goal for the projects is to increase the effectiveness of existing efforts by facilitating community involvement, training of service providers and introducing new methodologies.

The Guyanese Ministry of Health (MOH) is attempting to strengthen the decentralized primary health care program under serious economic and human resource constraints. Volunteers in the Community Health Education project, in conjunction with the MOH, are assisting communities in identifying leaders, facilitating community health assessments, project design and implementation. In addition, Volunteers are training health center staff and community leaders, and assisting in the development of innovative health education outreach to schools, community groups, and youth.

Guyana has in place a few youth programs; however, youth-driven and positive youth development strategies are not generally implemented. As a consequence, many of the high risk youth in Guyana face a situation of dependence and lack of control over their situation. There is a great need to build a vision of what young people need, and what they can achieve, to allow the youth themselves to develop the skills needed to contribute positively to their communities. Volunteers in the Youth Development project are working with youth organizations to assist them in strengthening their youth serving capacities through the training of youth service providers and the development of organizational structures. In addition, the Volunteers arelinking institutions with communities and implementing youth leadership and positive youth development training activities.
Country Director Gary Thompson
APCD Youth/Health Terrence Simmons
APCD Training Claudius Prince
APCD Administration Ila Jurisson
Medical Officer Jean Vyfhuis
Support Staff Eight (8)

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By Lee C. Smith (adsl-66-121-89-82.dsl.sktn01.pacbell.net - on Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - 6:04 pm: Edit Post

My daughter Kristi Smith is in Georgetown,Guyana serving in the Peace Corps. I would like to have a phone number at the main office in Georgetown so that I can speek with someone about my daughter's safety there (kitty???). You can either call me on my cell phone # (209-988-8832) or you can email me at both lee.smith@smithchevrolet.net and lee-carlene.smith@smithchevrolet.net
Thank you for your time........Lee C. Smith

By Tara Fuad (cache-rtc-aa04.proxy.aol.com - on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - 5:26 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for Samantha Davis who joined the Peace Corps in Guyana last summer (2004). I have not heard from her since she left and would very much like to hear how she is doing. Samantha, if you see this, please contact us, we would LOVE to hear from you. We miss you,
Tara, Steve, Jeremy, Simon and Gabi.

By Mel Jones (dynamic_dialup_client.dialup.gol.net.gy - on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 3:23 pm: Edit Post

To Whom It May Concern

I am seeking employment with the US Peace Corps in Guyana and I would like to know if there is any vacancy available at this time. Could someone please inform me and then I would see if I have the necessary skills required for the said vacancy.

Thank you

By Esan nelson (cache-wizard.guyana.net.gy - on Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 9:31 pm: Edit Post

I am seeking employment with the US Peace Corps in Guyana and i would like to know if there is any vacancy.

By Kamal Persaud (mdm-92.s2k.gy - on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 8:57 pm: Edit Post

I would to learn more about the vacancy for Programme & training Assistant, Please.
Thank You

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