Peace Corps Organizes Workshop for Essequibo Students

The United States Peace Corps over the last two days hosted 20 Essequibo students in Georgetown for a workshop on “Career Building through Information Technology.”
Ten of the students were from Cotton Field Secondary School and ten from Wakenaam Secondary.
The workshop was conducted at the Young Women’s Christian Association

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Peace Corps Volunteers Honored for Work with Local Group

United States Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. David Robinson, has lauded the work of the rural-based Nirvana Humanitarian Society (NHS) located at Kastev, Met-en-Meerzorg, West Coast Demerara.
He stressed that the thrust of the organisation in helping to educate the less fortunate in the field of Information Technology (IT) is most

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Building Friendships One Person at a Time

Ask nearly all Peace Corps Volunteers to describe their experience, and they’ll undoubtedly share stories about the local people they met in their host country. Stories of extraordinary marriage proposals, parades of curious children at their heels, or bus rides without personal space can make for hours of entertaining conversations.

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Looking South

A pontoon ferry putters on demand across the Takutu river not far from the small border towns of Lethem in Guyana and Bomfim in Brazil. It is the only surface link between two countries that have traditionally ignored each other. Guyana, though geographically part of South America, has colonial and

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Andrew Brandou’s Jonestown paintings

Andrew Brandou has a new show of paintings opening tomorrow night (4/14/07) at the Corey Helford gallery in Culver City, CA. The exhibition, titled “As A Man Thinketh, So He Is,” is based on the history of Jonestown, the commune in Guyana where more than 900 members of the People’s

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Peace Corps Volunteer Missing

The Philippine police and military are searching for a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer missing for nearly a week in a mountainous northern area, officials said Saturday.
Julia Campbell, 40, was last seen on April 8 in the town of Banaue in Ifugao province, where she had planned to hike alone,

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RPCV Non-Competitive Eligibility

Return Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), upon successful completion of their service, are told that they have “non-competitive eligibility” for federal jobs. Yet when they apply for these federal jobs, this eligibility is often not recognized. So what is this non-competitive eligibility, and how do RPCVs take advantage of it?
The

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Doctors Without Borders

An RPCV from Guyana, now working with MSF (Medical Sans Frontiers) – Doctors Without Borders, sent me this link, describing a typical day on the job.
9:00 AM: Amina, 15 years old, is waiting patiently among hundreds of people. She proceeds for a few meters but she is stopped by

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Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act

On March 1st the Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act (S.732) was introduced into Senate. This legislation contains many of the things that RPCVs and current PCVs in Guyana fought for. I know that in our Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) meetings many of these issues were brought up, some successfully like

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Welcome to FROG!

Welcome to Friends & RPCVs of Guyana’s Blog! I’m excited that we now have this blog up and running on our way to having a full blown website, a big thanks to Scott for all this. As was already mentioned we are on our way to becoming an officially registered

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