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Life in Guyana

Healthcare in Guyana

Guyana provides good healthcare in both the public and private sectors. The government-funded public healthcare system in Guyana is well distributed throughout the country, and is available for expatriates and nationals. The Guyanese Ministry of Health ensures that quality, reliable public health organizations and advice clinics are easily accessible for the majority of residents.

There are 30 hospitals and plenty more free health centers situated in this Caribbean country. Guyana’s private healthcare industry operates independently and is subject to a strict code of regulations. Private healthcare is cheaper in Guyana than in countries such as Australia, the UK and the USA. Non-governmental organizations play an integral role in the healthcare of poorer rural regions in Guyana, particularly pertaining to the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Education in Guyana

Guyana is believed to have the best educational facilities in the Caribbean. This former British colony follows the example of the British education system. State school is free and compulsory for all children between the ages of five and 16.

There are also good choices for higher education in the country, with the University of Guyana providing prestigious professional education in a wide range of subjects. This is the major university of the country, and state-issued loans are available for students.

International schools are a great choice for expats with kids living in Guyana. Georgetown International Academy is the most popular choice. Attended by the children of NGO workers, diplomats, company executives as well as local people, this bilingual school provides an exemplary international education.

Transportation in Guyana

Road conditions vary greatly between different districts of Guyana. A modern network was introduced to Georgetown in 2007, providing the urban areas with an updated road system with greater safety for both drivers and vehicles. Traffic drives on the left in Guyana, and traffic laws such as seatbelts and speed limits are strictly adhered to, especially in the city. In more rural areas, driving can be dangerous and road conditions very poor.

Caution should be exercised at all time when driving in towns and villages, as driving laws are rarely enforced in these regions. International or Guyanese driving permits are required to drive and can be obtained by the License Revenue of Guyana. Alternatively, minibuses are the primary mode of public transport and are a reliable, safe and cheap way to travel.

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Mashramani (Mash) in Guyana means celebration after hard work! This pre-mash putlock is just that! A celebration of our InterNations peeps! Bring your games, food, drinks, chairs/blankets, and let u
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Come join fellow members this Saturday January 13th; 12.30h at Coffee Bean on Church Street between Carmicheal and Waterloo Streets. See gallery for menu. Cards can be used for payment. Masks op
Nov 4, 2023, 12:00 AM
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Come have BBQ with us on Friday, 3 November 2023 at Daves and Danny's on Sheriff Street (closer to DSL) between 19:00 -21:00. Waffles and milkshakes will also be available. No dress code. Masks optio
Oct 22, 2023, 1:00 AM
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Come celebrate and party for InterNations' 16th anniversary at Aura by Pegasus in Kingston. Aura provides a 360 view of GT's skyline and the Atlantic Ocean. Only finger foods and drinks will be avai

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