The Beginning of the End

Here we are, writing our final blog post, trying to think of ways to summarize what this amazing experience has included. We can say with confidence that this initiative has been one of a kind, and we are forever grateful for all that it has taught us, the relationships we have built, the people we have met and the connections we have made. Shayna and Grace with their Business/Science class at Sophia Training Centre after the final class  Week 6 […]

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Week 5- The Mosquitos are Alive!!!

Well hello there! Here we are, another week later, still trying to understand where all the time is flying. We had another jam-packed week, filled with non stop lesson planning and teaching. This week, we had the pleasure of starting at yet another new school, The Business School. With 3 new classes, we jumped right into mental health and mental illness, focussing on stigma and the importance of reaching out for support. Following with this trend, on our weekly news […]

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Week 3 – Yippee! Week 4 – Teaching Galore!

Classes are progressing really well, everyone is warming up to us and we can feel great relationships forming! Each class has more insightful questions and discussions. Teaching has been going well in the Letterkenny youth space, and Shannen and Cora have even started teaching at a new youth space in Scheldon. We are hoping to run sustainability inspired workshops in the coming week, where we educate youth on how to be peer educators, empowering them to nurture our positions. Patrick […]

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Week 4- Give Us Some More!

HELLO FRIENDS AND FAMILY! We are back and better than ever. Today marks the one month of us arriving in Guyana. Looking back, it’s amazing to think of all the people we’ve met, the accomplishments we’ve shared and the relationships we’ve built with our students. It’s scary to think we are only 2 weeks away from completing our initiative, but with that said, we are beyond excited for what the upcoming weeks have in store. Words of pride by St. […]

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Week 3- The Half Way Point

How crazy it is to think that we are half way done this journey! The G-Town crew had a busy and exciting week, filled with new schools, new faces and new experiences. This week, we began teaching at multiple Region 4 public schools, adding 15 new classes to our weekly schedule. GRPA Comprehensive Sexuality Education Toolkit launch! On Monday, we went to a play about suicide and depression starring one of the youth members at the GRPA! It was amazing […]

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Week Two – Can Do

Aloha World! After a whirlwind of a week, Berbice crew is still kickin. We have so much to share but here are a few highlights!  The week started out with something more difficult than any algebra problem we had ever encountered: coordinating the teaching schedule with 17 different schools on the docket and overlapping/under-lapping/side-lapping class times.  It was a challenge and a half, but in the end it all came out perfect! We all have the chance to teach at […]

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Week 2 in G-Town

This week has flown by but looking back, it’s exciting to see everyone we met, everything we’ve accomplished and everything we have coming our way in the upcoming weeks! On Monday, Gracie and Becca had their class at the Adult Education Association, whom they taught again on Tuesday. After a week of introductory lessons, it was exciting for us to dive right in to the topics students, schools and organizations felt were most needed! In addition to our classes we […]

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Acclimatization

It’s crazy to think that it’s already been a week here in Georgetown! We said goodbye to the Berbesties (Shannen, Lexi, Patrick, Cora) and our lovely program director Maddy (we miss you guys!!) and found ourselves officially on our own. We have been busy orienting ourselves around this city, keeping our eyes open for any opportunities for future QHO partnerships. Becca + Shayna after their Form 4 intro to health class! This week, we made progress getting into Georgetown public […]

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Move-in, Meetings and Mosquitos

Exciting week for us as we finally arrived in Berbice and settled into our new home in the lovely village of Letter Kenny. It was an adjustment at first but the village was welcoming and we are taking everything in stride. The first afternoon in Letter Kenny (Tuesday!) we finally got to meet the youth that we will be spending most afternoons with. The youth space where we typically hang out with them, and occasionally teach in, was a little […]

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Day 1, Lots of Fun!

At the airport getting ready for our red-eye! HELLO FRIENDS AND FAMILY! Just touched down in G-town and we couldn’t be more excited (or exhausted!!). After a long night of travel, midnight sandwiches and far too little shut-eye, we were greeted at the airport by our amazing program directors, Maddy and Jamie. The humidity and hot weather hit us like a wall, but we are slowly acclimatizing and settling in to our lovely guest house (Georgetown’s home for the next […]

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