Meet: QHO Guyana 2016

The Guyana initiative will be underway in only a few short days, and we could not be more excited. As we all make preparations in our respective hometowns the reality is beginning to set in: we’re actually doing this. With that being said, we could not have made it here without the support from you, our amazing friends and family! Thank you a thousand times over. Our amazing Program Directors, Jamie and Maddy, will be on their way to Guyana […]

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final farewell

Greetings Earthlings, We cannot believe this day has actually arrived…. The final blog post! Even though it was the beginning of the end, our last week was arguably our busiest. We spent the last week wrapping up with teaching, proctoring exams and lots of time painting and hanging out with the kids at Ruimveldt. On Monday morning us girls headed over to the centre to get the majority of the mural painted before we got the kids to add their […]

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Goodbye from Berbice 2015

What a wild week it has been to cap off the Berbice 2015 initiative! The Berbice crew said their final goodbyes to the Letter Kenny community yesterday morning before heading to Georgetown to prepare for their flights out of Guyana. Throughout the past week the Berbice PE’s bid farewell to students, teachers, and all the wonderful people they have had the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with. As the Berbice PE’s finished up teaching in schools, they were busy […]

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Let the Good a Times Roll

Hello Everyone! It’s us again! Wowow we can’t believe we’ve just entered our last week here in Guyana, we’re having a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that this week is full of lasts. On Tuesday, we did our first radio segment. It went so well and we had a great time interacting with callers and discussing healthy relationships and abuse. We were such a big hit that the host Frederick invited us to come in again on […]

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This is (Almost) the End

Wow! Our sixth week has come and gone in a flash. Our final week has come all too quickly and we were not expecting just how many goodbyes we would have to say during week six. Ben teaching the side effects of drugs and alcohol. Our goodbyes began in the classroom throughout the week. Many students are in exams during our final week here so week six marked our final lessons with a lot of classes. While our time in […]

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Running through G-town with my QHOs

Goooood Afternooon!! Coming to you live from Georgetown, it’s QHO! This week went pretty much according to our routine, with a few exciting and eye opening things thrown into the mix. At the beginning of the week we were finishing up teaching lessons on healthy relationships, peer pressure and abuse at Chase Academy, AEA, Reyaz Business Institute and the Red Cross, with our lessons later in the week focusing on depression, suicide and coping at the Sophia Training Centre, AEA […]

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Week Five and Still Alive

Hello once again everybody! It is your favourite Berbice Peer Educators writing to you from Rima’s Guest House in Georgetown. What a week it has been and things are starting to move much quicker. There are only two weeks left for us in Guyana, which is a sad realization. However, we are continuing to learn every day and every day presents new opportunities for us to grow the Berbice initiative. A beautiful morning from our balcony in Letter Kenny. Erin […]

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Week Four in Berbice

Hi everyone! Today marks the first day of our fifth week in Guyana. Having an established teaching schedule has made the weeks pass with seemingly increasing speed. We already have only three weeks remaining! Monday marked the end of our lessons at Vryman’s Erven Training Centre. Throughout our lessons here, we did extensive work on mental health covering topics such as peer pressure, healthy relationships, abuse, self esteem, depression, and suicide. It was sad to say our first goodbye, however […]

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We’ve just passed the half way point!

This week started out like any other- we had a busy Monday and had to reschedule all of our classes that were the following day, because Tuesday was a national holiday, it was Independence Day and the new president was introduced at the presidential inauguration. The entire city shut down for this holiday, so we spent the morning watching the flag raising ceremony on television, and then headed to the national stadium for the afternoons events of cultural performances and […]

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Getting Into the Swing of Things

Hello again from Berbice! After a break from teaching due to school closures, we are happy to report we have completed our first full week of teaching! Jamie and Ben began the week on Monday with a lesson at Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School while Erin and Vinyas started their week at Berbice Islamic on Tuesday. We have now begun our curricula in almost every school we have planned to teach. After meeting with the Headmasters, teachers, and other members of […]

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