Digital Guyana

Georgetown calling

Posted on: July 14, 2009

It’s three days since Matt and I landed in Georgetown, Guyana. Yet we’ve only just got around to posting a blog.

Pretty pitiful for a web skills development project, I’m sure you’ll agree (especially considering our flat’s internet connection is pretty good – thanks to our kind VSO neighbours who usually rent this roomy two bed out for their volunteers.)

In our defence we have been super busy. And the journey here – via Heathrow, Miami, Trinidad and finally Georgetown in just under 24 hours – wasn’t half tiring. Though save for the extensive customs search in Miami (why did I say I was a journalist when I knew it would arouse suspicion? Sheer knackeredness I think) and subsequent mad dash to our Port of Spain check in, largely uneventful.

Since getting the lowdown on Guyana’s capital from our local contact/facilitator – and neighbour of two doors down – Jane Quinn, who initiated this project through the British Council and subsequently the CYEC, we’ve checked out the computer labs at the ministry of education’s resource centre, where we’ll be doing our web workshops from next week, and ironed out a few issues with Mr Yoganand, the ministry’s head of IT.

We’ve also found time to pick up all manner of random vegetables from Bourda market, cooked them in local curry form with a little help from the downstairs flat’s housekeeper Cecelia, finally worked out a way to extract money from the bank and largely failed in our attempts to avoid mosquito bites. Oh, and we’ve decided we prefer Banks to Carib in the local beer stakes.

Tomorrow we start our four day Flash / animation course with Aids NGO Merundoi. After visiting their offices today we were buoyed by their enthusiasm and technical expertise but have concerns about their expectations – they’re hoping to turn their radio drama serial into an animation in the future, but we only have four days to teach them what is a complicated and time consuming medium. Though of course Flash is a good foundation and we will try to help satisfy their needs as best we can.

Matt is the Flash expert and leading the workshops so expect to hear from him soon on how we get on.

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2 Responses to "Georgetown calling"

Can’t wait to get out there! Nearly there…

Banks you say?

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