Volunteer Teaching in Guyana with WorldTeach - (past program)

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Guyana, a Caribbean nation, is the only English-speaking country in South America, making it the perfect teaching abroad destination for those interested in teaching a variety of subjects. The Ministry of Education works with WorldTeach to sponsor volunteers to teach in Guyana. Volunteer teachers will be able to teach a variety of different subjects, with a special focus on mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology. Once you arrive in Guyana, you will be placed in a public school based on your skills and interests and the school's needs. Volunteers receive a stipend of $225 USD/month to cover living expenses in Guyana.

With our year-long program, you can also become TEFL certified to earn credibility and give you an edge in the ESL teaching job market. While certification usually costs about $1,899, with WorldTeach you can become certified for only $350 while also gaining priceless in-country teaching experience.

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8.83 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 75%
  • 7-8 rating 8.33%
  • 5-6 rating 8.33%
  • 3-4 rating 8.33%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Benefits 8.7
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.6
  • Safety 8.2
  • Instruction 6
  • Support 5
  • Value 7
  • Academic Rigor 7
  • Job Assistance 4
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Erin
6/10
Yes, I recommend this program

World Teach Guyana

This program was life-changing. Teaching abroad has broadened my perspectives. In this program, you had an opportunity to teach science. Living in the rainforest was unique and every day their challenges. Be prepared to hand wash your clothes and live without internet. Favorite memory was traveling to sea turtles on Shell Beach. Travel many hours by boat through windy rivers and rainforest but was worthwhile. I saw Green Sea turtle hatchings and Leatherback lay eggs. The family that lives in Shell Beach were extremely nice as well.

What would you improve about this program?
Have more support. During my year some placements were remote, and some people had trouble traveling away from the site for winter vacation.
Response from WorldTeach

Hi Erin,

Thank you for leaving this review! Those experiences sound amazing and your pictures are lovely. If you're ever interested in hosting the WT Instagram just let me know at publicity@worldteach.org :-).

We're so glad to hear it was a positive experience, and we appreciate the feedback regarding program support. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us!

Best,

Caitlin

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Meena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Fulfilling Experience

As a native Guyanese, this was a unique, but quite rewarding experience for me. The WorldTeach admin officers provided excellent support, and while the conditions in the country were not ideal, knowing that I was making a difference was well worth the minor discomforts. The other teachers in the school are helpful, for the most part, and the students become quickly attached. Some may find several school practices rigorous and perhaps too structured, but approaching the experience with an open mind and not trying to change the system (too much) is a more productive use of a volunteer's time. Life is Guyana is slow. A volunteer should make friends with the locals; listen to their advice if they say to stay away from a certain person or place; become very familiar with the local stores in the villages and the vehicles that go around selling vegetables; and make sure that a seller does not inflate prices. Foreign products are available in Georgetown, but they are quite expensive. A volunteer on a stipend needs to budget carefully. The riches a volunteer may experience in Guyana are not of monetary value, but it is a learning and fulfilling experience that will stay with a volunteer for a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
There should be more communication between the Department of Education and WorldTeach. At times, it seemed as if we, the volunteers, were left to do our own thing or figure out what to do on our own in the schools. There could be sample syllabi from the schools so there is a smooth integration of what the students' are used to and what the volunteer can offer.
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Guyana
4/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Guyana was great but the Worldteach program was not professional.

I enjoyed Guyana very much. I even took addition jobs after my program was over. The people were fun and friendly.

Despite my efforts I'm sure I did not make a lasting impact on the education of my students. The conditions at my site turned me into more of a babysitter then a serious educator. But my understanding is that this is typical of these types of programs.

Worldteach ended their program midway my year. They cited safety concerns but in my opinion it was obviously budgetary reasons. It was very embarrassing to be part of an organization that dropped its responsibilities.

In addition, we received poor training and inaccurate information about our placement sites. I had to rely on a lot of help from the local community when I first arrived to just get the basics for survival. I felt like a foolish tourist not a professional.

I voted "would not recommend" for this program for the above reasons. But I do not regret my time there. If you choose to go, bring extra cash. Also be sure to check your privilege and be extra kind when asking the locals for assistance.

Response from WorldTeach

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this very important review. WorldTeach has been working in Guyana since 2006, when the Ministry of Education first invited us to help address the educational needs that they had self-identified. In 2008, we closed the program due to a local security threat in Guyana, but then we restarted the program the next year after the situation had improved. The safety of our volunteers is the biggest priority, and therefore the security of each host country is constantly being analyzed. It is extremely unfortunate if programs have to end or temporarily close due to the security situation, but it is the deciding factor. We take our responsibilities in each country very seriously, but both the WorldTeach organization and the in-country partner consider the safety of the volunteers to be the most important priority.

Our in-country partners provide the majority of funding for each program, and the Ministry of Education in Guyana is extremely dedicated to having WorldTeach volunteers, therefore they pay over 80% of the cost required for each volunteer, and the volunteer covers the remaining financial commitment (for Guyana, the volunteer fee is $1,690).

I am sorry that you felt that you received poor training, this is unacceptable. WorldTeach highly values the training and support system we have in place upon the immediate arrival of the volunteers. During orientation, volunteers receive teacher training, language immersion and health and safety briefing. Volunteers must be flexible because housing and school placements can often change at the last minute (at the needs of our partner schools). And once in their placement, the volunteer should and will work with their host community in order to learn the ways of their new environment. While this can be challenging, it is often the most rewarding part of the entire WorldTeach experience.

Thank you so much for addressing these very important issues with us.

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Kelly
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Guyana

Guyana's education system is in tough shape. I worked in a community high school, so I was with the students who did not pass their entrance exam into middle/high school. My 6th grade students had very basic or no reading and writing skills and corporal punishment was a daily reality. This was a very challenging work environment.

What would you improve about this program?
More support and training before and during the teaching experience would have been helpful.

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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Definitely Teach Abroad!

The communities and people of Guyana welcomed us immediately. The schools are needy but the students appreciated you being there and trying your best to help them. You will hope you taught your students at least as much as you learned from them! It was an experience that I will forever be grateful that I chose to do!

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Mariah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Land of 6 [Hospitable] People

WorldTeach is a great organization that is supportive on both the teaching and living fronts. They help develop the volunteers teaching ability and experience while also supporting living arrangements. Guyana is a small underdeveloped country that is the unpolished gem of South America and the Caribbean! It is overshadowed by the big tourism countries, leaving it untouched by industrialization. Guyanese, as a whole, may be stand-off-ish at first but are always welcoming! Also, once integrated into the community, they treat you like family. My students found out I love roti and pickled mango (unrippened mango and peper sauce) so they would bring some for me if they had extras at home! The students may be challenging at times, but it was easy anyone would do it! Patience and flexibility are musts when converting between the fast paced American life to the laid back Guyanese culture! Overall...Guyana will take you in and make you fall in love with it and make you never want to leave!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the pre-departure what to pack lists. I brought a bunch of things I never used and when working with a weight limit, it's crucial to pack efficiently. WorldTeach sets you up well for what this experience is!
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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

World Teach Guyana Year

I probably tell too many stories about my experience in Guyana. Years later, the year I spent teaching in this country continues to be one of the most important aspects of my life and the person I have become. I was shaped by the experience I had living and teaching in this country and the obstacles I had to overcome to do so.

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Kiara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A once in a lifetime experience

I taught 7th grade science and 8th grade information technology at a school near the country capital. It was AMAZING! Not only did I get to mold the minds of a countries children, but I was able to learn a lot from them and about myself along the way. The program helps be realize that education is my true calling and now I'm teaching in NYC. I will NEVER forget this experience and my students :)