I am currently training with the organization that has sent me to Guyana, CUSO-VSO (the North American branch of the organization that sent me but the branch in Guyana is simply known as VSO). VSO stands for Volunteer Service Overseas. VSO has been active in Guyana for a long time and has many long term connections here. They are the ones who cover my living expenses and have found me a place to live (I move in early next week). Everything I need is provided and I even get a little stipend to cover some incidental costs. They have done an excellent job of taking care of me and have some top quality staff who are doing really great work.
I’m mostly excited because today we talked a lot about the different types of work that they do in Guyana and I started to get a better feel for what I will be doing. Now I just want to start doing it! I’m so used to dropping into places for only two weeks at a time and having to hit the ground running. Taking it slow is not my usual style but it will definitely be beneficial in the end.
So in the mean time, as I have mentioned before, I’m getting to know the city. I spend a couple of hours just walking everyday and saying hello to people here and there. I just finished walking through the last area of the city that I am encouraged to stay in. Much to my enjoyment, this corner of the city is where the Botanical Gardens are, so I wandered through there and ended up petting a manatee. YES, a manatee! They just hang out in a couple of big ponds and are quite friendly. Next time I go I will take a look at all of the interesting birds.
I am looking forward to starting some work and feeling a little less like a tourist but I am happy that at the very least I am getting a pretty good idea of the layout of the city.
All in good time… but I am getting excited!