Guyana Project

Project Full
Dates
October 12 - 23, 2017
Location
Guyana
Participation Fee
$1,200
What's Included

* Maps may indicate region where project will take place, not a specific site location.

Overview

Join Maranatha in Guyana! A lot of preparation has to be done in order for a Maranatha church to be completed. The property must be cleared and leveled and the foundation and floors must be poured before a structure can be put up. Volunteers on this project will help with the grueling work of laying a floor and foundation for two church buildings as well as assembling the two One Day Church structures. This is hard work which involves digging trenches, tying rebar cages, mixing concrete, and leveling the floor. In addition to the construction, if there is enough leadership, the group will also offer children’s ministry programs for the local community children. The project also includes an excursion to the world famous Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single-drop waterfall.

Scope

Foundation and Floor for Two Churches

One Day Church Structure Assembly

Children’s Ministry Programs

Leaders
George Carpenter,
Project Coordinator
Jon Harvey,
Construction Superintendent
Itinerary
Thursday, October 12
Arrival in Georgetown
Friday, October 13
First Work Day
Saturday, October 14
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, October 15
Work Days
Wednesday, October 18
Excursion on Essequibo River
Thursday, October 19
Work Days
Saturday, October 21
Worship with the Local Congregation
Sunday, October 22
Excursion to Kaieteur and Orinduik Falls
Monday, October 23
Departure from Georgetown
ARRIVALVolunteers will arrive in Georgetown, Guyana (airport code GEO) on Thursday, October 12, 2017.Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREVolunteers will depart from Georgetown, Guyana (airport code GEO) in the morning or afternoon of Monday, October 23, 2017.
WindJammer Hotel
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to Georgetown, Guyana and send a copy of the itinerary to volunteer@maranatha.org. Maranatha representatives will meet volunteers upon arrival in Georgetown. Please wait for confirmation before purchasing your airfare to ensure that there is enough space on the project. More information including arrival and departure airports and time is available in an information packet (download above). Booking outside these windows could result in additional fees and missed portions of the project.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-777-5149 or by email with Erle or Azumano Team at corporatetravel@ciazumano.com

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at nathan@butlertravel.com

Kayak:
www.kayak.com

When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for discounted booking fees.

Excursions
Essequibo River and Kaieteur Falls

Mid-week during the project, the group will take a break and have a one-day excursion up the Essequibo River. The volunteers will visit “Fort Island,” which has two historical buildings that serve as museums for the history of Guyana. The museums outline the struggle between the Dutch, French, Spanish, and British to colonize this area in hopes of taking gold back to Europe. The history includes slave trading with African slaves. After a short stop on the island, the group will continue go upriver to another island that is the Aruwai Resort, where there is a swimming pool, beach volleyball, kayaks, paddle boats, a nice vegetarian lunch, and more.

At the end of the project, the group will also visit the famous Kaieteur Falls. Located on the Potaro River, in a section of the Amazon rainforest, Kaieteur Falls is the world’s largest single-drop waterfall. It is four times higher than Niagara Falls and about twice the height of Victoria Falls in southern Africa. The Potaro River eventually empties into the Essequibo River and ultimately the Caribbean Sea. Kaieteur Falls is located in the middle of the country, far from Georgetown. So volunteers will take a private flight from Georgetown to Kaieteur Falls and experience views and hikes in Kaieteur National Park before returning to Georgetown that evening.

Guyana Facts & Figures

CAPITAL

Georgetown

POPULATION

735,222 (July 2015)

LANGUAGE

English, Guyanese Creole

CLIMATE

Tropical; hot, humid

RELIGION

Protestant 31%, Hindu 28%, Catholic 8%, Muslim 7%

CURRENCY

Guyanese Dollar

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.