Dariel Krammer, Regional Education Officer, Region 1 - Guyana

Dariel Krammer discusses the education system in Region One Guyana and CUSO-VSO's role in supporting literacy and special education initiatives there. Region One faces many educational challenges, including insufficient teacher training. The region is also very large and there a large number of children who need to travel by canoe to reach their school every day.

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Sarah Verveld, Occupational Therapist - Guyana

Occupational Therapist Sarah Verveld is a volunteer from the Netherlands. Sarah is currently the only Occupational Therapist in all of Guyana. She is working to train Rehab Assistants to fill the skills gap. Rehab Assistants graduate from an 18-month program where they are trained in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech language therapy.

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Sydney Allicock, North Rupununi District Development Board - Guyana

Sydney Allicock is the Chair of the North Rupununi District Development Board. He is considered by some as "one of the most respected and dedicated leaders in Guyana". Listen to him discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by Amerindian communities in the North Rupununi and the role that CUSO-VSO volunteers are playing in supporting their work in the areas of natural resource management and community development.

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Behi Barzegar, Food Technologist, Helping Hands Women's Group - Guyana

Behi Barzegar is a Food Technologist working with the Helping Hands Women's Group (HHWG) in Lethem, Guyana. She's using her experience in food manufacturing in the UK and her Master's in International Development to assist the HHWG improve their business practices. So far the first year of her placement has seen a number of successes; listen as she discusses the challenges faced and how the group is overcoming them.

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Heather Cobb and Priscilla Torres - Wowetta Women's Group, Guyana

Heather Cobb is a Canadian volunteer working with the Wowetta Women's Group - a group that processes Cassava to generate income for their community. Heather works closely with Priscilla Torres, the group's President to improve the group's business practices, better account for all production costs, and determine strategies for marketing their products in a way to maximize profits.

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Joseph Wangija - Special Education Needs Specialist, Guyana

Joseph Wangija, a volunteer from Uganda, is a Special Education Needs Specialist working with schools in Region 1, Guyana to develop inclusive education programs to integrate children with disabilities in to the school system. Stigma and lack of resources have prevented many children with disabilities from attending school. Listen to Joseph Wangija talk about his efforts to work with teachers, families, community leaders and schools to improve the situation for children in Region 1.

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Scotiabank Volunteer Chris Little in Guyana

Chris Little is a CMA working as a Financial Manager with Scotiabank in Toronto. Through Scotiabank's partnership with CUSO-VSO, Chris is currently in Guyana where he is sharing his skills with a women's group and carpentry school. Listen to Chris as he describes the challenges and rewards of applying his corporate experience in a dramatically different setting.

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Tinebeb Berhane, VSO Ethiopia Diaspora Program Manager

Ethiopia, like many parts of Africa, is affected by a serious "brain drain" of skilled professionals who have left the country. CUSO-VSO, VSO Ethiopia, AHEAD, and ABIDE are working together to implement a diaspora volunteering initiative that aims to contribute to a "brain gain" within Ethiopia. Tinebeb Berhane is the Diaspora Program Manager for VSO Ethiopia; listen to her discuss this exciting program. Visit: http://www.cuso-vso.org/volunteer/diaspora/ to learn more.


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Greg Meehan, Nigeria 72-75 and Ethiopia 00-01

Belleville resident Greg Meehan knows first-hand the impact that volunteering internationally can have. Greg volunteered with CUSO-VSO twice in his lifetime, first in 1972 as a 22-year old straight out of university and then almost 30 years later right before retiring. Listen to Greg's unique perspective on volunteering with CUSO-VSO.


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Linda Whittaker, India 09-10 - #8

Linda Whittaker is not your typical accountant - she spent a year with CUSO-VSO in Gujarat State in India sharing her financial and management skills with an organization supporting people living with HIV and AIDS. Find out more about her experiences in this podcast.

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