Over two dozen students and faculty members from universities across the United States were taken on a cultural exchange visit to local Amerindian village, Saint Cuthbert’s Mission.
The event was planned by members of the U.S. Embassy in Guyana and village leader Lennox Shuman.
While in the village, the 32 students conducted various exercises in youth leadership and team building with the 70 plus school-aged youths in attendance.
In addition to providing some lessons on the basics of leadership and the importance of role models and personal values, the event provided local youths and their American counterparts with the opportunity to interact and develop an understanding of each other’s culture and way of life.
After some practice with traditional bow and arrows and hunting spears, the U.S. visitors enjoyed a traditional Guyanese lunch of “cook up.”
The students and staff are part of the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) programme that provides college students and faculty with the opportunity to travel around the world to conduct humanitarian projects and events, enhancing their understanding of different lifestyles and cultures.
The U.S. Embassy will continue with its commitment to support local, regional and national government initiatives to support on-going programmes for youth and remote populations throughout Guyana.