June/July 18 Jun - 9 Jul 2018
Although some training is available, there is no requirement for teachers to be qualified and over 60% come straight into the profession after leaving secondary school. As well as being under-resourced, the teaching profession is not held in as high regard as it should be.
In Guyana, we work alongside the Ministry of Education to complement their existing efforts in improving education. We aim to build on our previous Fellowships to empower teachers by sharing modern teaching techniques that bring classrooms to life and improve student outcomes. We will use a workshop-based approach to allow the teachers to think about applying LRTT techniques in their own schools for their own students.
By working in partnership with Guyana’s School of Nations and the District Education Office, we design our programs to support national priorities in education by both training teachers within the system and building local capacity for professional development.
Starting in the capital, Georgetown, you will receive introductory sessions learning about Guyanese culture and its education system. Teaching in schools helps you better understand the context. After getting to grips with the status quo the group head off to explore the rivers and creeks of Guyana’s tropical rainforest.
The team will deliver a series of group workshops designed to introduce Guyanese teachers to a series of teaching skills and strategies that put the learner at the heart of the lesson. Fellows facilitate sessions in pairs for small groups of Guyanese teachers, with a strong emphasis on peer-observation and practise.
After the workshops have taken place, the Fellows will conduct a number of follow-up lesson observations and share feedback to the Guyanese teachers through coaching sessions. After a closing ceremony, the group will head out to the virgin rainforest on the Kaieteur Falls Trek.
Guyana is like nowhere I’ve ever been. The country is a melting pot of South American and Caribbean culture, inhabited by a fascinating mix of people, rich and poor. It was a real privilege to spend time with so many teachers and learn more about this charming and often overlooked country from the people who call it home.
The feedback we received from the teachers was extremely positive. They were so receptive to the themes and ideas we presented to them and I feel the teachers in the community really benefitted from us being there.
There was a great team spirit during the trip and it was brilliant to be around other like-minded teachers for the month. Amazing excursions!
The training sessions we had in Guyana on how to teach adults were so beneficial and gave me much more confidence going into the conferences.
Developing partnerships was so important to me to build a learning community where we all worked together. I shared my email address so that our group could also ask for further support and we can share what's working and I’ve already had emails!
In Georgetown, the team will stay in a local hotel with modest facilities and limited wifi. In the countryside, we stay in a local guesthouse. On excursions, it ranges from hammocks under the stars to guesthouses on mountain tops.
Our team will meet you at the airport. From there, all transportation in Guyana is included in the form of hired minibuses and taxis.
Your team leaders are qualified teachers with experience of LRTT. Their role is to support your training and planning and lead you during the Fellowship with close support from our partner.
THREE amazing excursions
Includes Kaieteur falls, Sloth Island nature resort, Mangrove horse-cart tour and Mahaica River Birding Tour.
Once you've submitted your application you can expect to hear from one of the team leaders within 48 hours.
As part of our commitment to high-quality teacher training, we conduct 30-40 minute phone interviews with all applicants.
If successful, you'll receive a congratulatory phone call or email from a team leader, with 7 days to confirm your place.
Once we have received confirmation of your place, you will be welcomed onto the team via email and facebook.