Goodbye Georgetown, Hello Rupununi

12 Mar

Okay, so I didn’t post as much as I thought I would upon my arrival into Guyana. Whoops.
I’m going to summarize some points to get you all caught up on my life. Fair warning, this is going to be a long post with no pictures because my internet is slow slow slow.


  1. I got distracted by orientation, prepping for the move, and meeting loads of people hence why there was no post before I moved to my village of Shulinab.
  2. Mash happened. Mashramani (a national celebration not unlike Caribana for us Torontonians) was on Feb 23, 2012 and a bunch of us partied as is, naturally, required. This means I was in no condition to blog during the days leading up to Mash and the ones following it.

Georgetown to Wowetta

  1. Three of us got shipped off…by shipped off I mean we got packed into a pickup truck for a very bumpy ride (the roads are terribly pot-holed) into the Interior of Guyana. All our belongings and two scooters were jammed tight on the truck bed. We left Georgetown at night and made it into Wowetta in the morning where we spent a day and a night.
  2. I got to visit the Aranaputta Peanut Factory which is an enterprise led by some brilliant women. They provide peanut butter and cassava bread as part of a school snack program to the surrounding villages. The peanut butter is delicious and au naturel. The purpose of my visit was to gain a bit of knowledge on how the business was run and what successes and challenges occurred. I got a chance to take a look at their books (sales, expenses, etc) to better understand how accounting for businesses operates in the Interior.
  3. Kids have never made me laugh harder. Miss Zita from the Wowetta Nursery School asked if Samson (another volunteer placed in Aishalton) and I would like to interact with the kids for the day while we waited to go to Lethem. We obliged and were rewarded with songs (the kids love to sing!) and very entertaining games of football, cat & rat (cat & mouse to us), and a walking race. Yes, a walking race – watching kids hold themselves back from running is pretty hilarious. We also had them spell words for us.

    Me: Do you know how to spell ‘tree’?
    Kids: YES! T-H-R-E-E. “TREE!”
    Miss Zita laughs. I am a bit stunned.
    Miss Zita then tells me that I have to point to a tree if I want them to actually spell the kind of tree that grows from the ground.
    So you see, the kids weren’t wrong; I just wasn’t specific enough. One, two, tree.

Wowetta to Lethem

  1. Lethem – It’s a small town. Nothing really special about it, except that it’s the only place where I can probably do internet research, answer emails, and blog to you all. It’s also where you’d go through to go to Brazil – you can cross without a visa/passport to Bonfim which is a short walk’s distance from Lethem.
  2. The drive into the Rupununi is amazingly gorgeous. That description doesn’t even do it justice. Imagine rolling savannahs with a perfect view of mountains all around. A lot of people told me how the Rupununi is a beautiful place, but I never imagined it like this. And I get to see this stuff every day!

Here is where I cut this post short – I don’t want to kill you with too much info. The next post will be about my new home.

If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed! You can also support me by donating to my CUSO fundraising page here.

3 Responses to “Goodbye Georgetown, Hello Rupununi”

  1. maged 13. Mar, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    its not fair, you get to work and feast on peanut butter while your working and in jungles nonetheless, so jealous, enjoy the badass scenery…

  2. Fars 20. Mar, 2012 at 1:17 am #

    lol @ tree

  3. Nancy 16. May, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    I’m an old timer – did CUSO in India in 1962!
    However, I did visit the Rupununi on another project in the early 90′s and loved it. The people are great!
    So I was delighted to read your take on it, and will continue to follow your ideas and experience there. Enjoy!