Guyana

Eco-Tourism is a booming industry in Guyana.

Ayanganna
Region 7

Mount Ayanganna is the second highest mountain after Roraima, but is accessible to climbers of all abilities and also offers waterfalls and hiking with rare animal species looking on. Featuring a tepui limestone massif, this remote area is well worth getting too, primarily by flying in from Paramakatoi and trekking, or from Imbaimadai, both available from Air Services and Guyana Airways. This is off the beaten track travelling, and planning and preperation is needed. Walk with supplies and map.

Splashmins water park

This place is a absolute must when in Guyana. The cool black water park has two sides both with lovely scenery and a huge man made black water lake.

Guyana has a fair number of expatriates Most of them are from developing or poor countries working in different sectors across the country. Persons who are not Guyanese, have to get a work permit after employment is confirmed. Caribbean citizens might have some exemptions under the CSME scheme. There are a number of volunteer organizations like Project Trust, Peace Corps, VSO and CESO working in Guyana. Some people have come on short stints to volunteer with churches, and other non-governmental organizations. It is the responsibility of the host organizations or employer to arrange necessary travel/work permits from the concerned Ministry for prospective employee.

Salary in Guyana is normally paid in Guyanese Dollor GYD, which is the local currency. The present exchange rate is 206 GYD for 1 USD United States dollar. Income Tax which is one third of total taxable income,minus $50,000.00 dollars GY per month is usually deducted by employer. The overall cost of living is relatively very high, making an expatriate employee's life very difficult in Guyana.

The official language of Guyana is English, so there won't be a language barrier problem with native speakers. That said, they speak broken english which is difficult to understand sometimes, particularly in the interior where the dialect is even stronger than the coast which is strong enough for most tastes.

There is a limited number of education/learning opportunities in the country, mainly on the coast.

Higher education is very expensive for locals, limiting aspirations. Getting a legal education for 5 years is equivalent to 25,000 pounds per year, when the average wage is 1500 pounds per year, or 2500 dollars US. There is only one university, The University of Guyana, with two campuses at Tain and Turkeyen. 89% of all university graduates emigrate because of the cost of living and the low wages, leaving a generally badly educated population.

Levels of literacy have gone down by 10% since 1990, reflecting the crisis in education, both higher and lower.

There are opportunities for volunteer and paid teachers throughout the country. Pay, if there is any, will be low.