Life in Guyana
From classic colonial houses dating back centuries to luxurious beachfront apartments, the real estate on offer in Guyana is diverse and there is something to suit every taste. This is a great place to start a new life in the sun. By following some simple advice and guidelines, foreigners can easily fit into their new community and really enjoy living in Guyana.
Location: South America
Capital City: George Town
Currency: Guyanese Dollar
Calling Code: +592
Electricity: The country runs on 120/240V 50/60Hz. The main producer and supplier of electricity in the country is the state-owned Guyana Power and Light.
Banking: There are many banks in Guyana which are local and international. TAU officially works with Republic Bank and students are supported with the necessary documentation to open a bank account when they arrive in Guyana
The economy of Guyana is one of the fastest growing in the world with a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 19.9% in 2021. In 2023, Guyana had a per capita gross domestic product (purchasing power parity) of Int $60,648 and an average GDP growth of 4.2% over the previous decade. Guyana’s economy was transformed in 2015 with the discovery of an offshore oil field in the country’s waters about 120 miles from Georgetown. Making the first commercial grade Crude oil draw in December 2019, sending it abroad for refining
Guyana is one of very few Caribbean countries in South America. This unique land boasts some of the most incredible culture and scenery anywhere in the world. The tropical rainforests of the landscape are home to a wealth of rare, distinctive trees and an exotic array of wildlife.
The 754,000 strong population is hugely diverse, with a rich mixture of nationalities and ethnicities comprising the Guyanese culture. Indian, African and indigenous Guyanese are the main ethnic backgrounds of the Guyanese people, and their influences can be seen in the food, music and history of the land. English is the official language of Guyana, although a combination of English, Hindi and African known as Guyanese Creole is most widely spoken in the general public. In rural areas, where there is a large indigenous population, traditional Carib tribal languages are predominantly spoken
Thanks to its tropical climate, Guyana is treated to high temperatures and bright sunshine almost all year round. The country can experience high humidity at times, but cool Caribbean Sea breezes are welcome refreshment. Situated outside of the hurricane zone, Guyana is safer than other Caribbean nations. Other than serious flash floods which take place in the rainy season between May and June, the country is sheltered from extreme weather conditions.
In the capital city, Georgetown, temperatures remain consistent with average highs of 34°C and rarely dip below 20°C. Conditions are hottest in Guyana in July, and the coolest months are January and February.HEALTHCARE IN GUYANA
Guyana provides good healthcare in both the public and private sectors. The government-funded public health care 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.
Daily life in Guyana revolves around family groups; notably, the matriarchal family among Afro-Guyanese
contrasts with the patriarchal South Asian family. Daily dress normally does not differentiate one group from another. Guyana’s cuisine includes a perfect blend of South American, Asian, and Chinese dishes that make liberal use of fiery locally grown chilies and fresh tropical fruits and vegetables. A typical Guyanese dish is a pepperpot, a stew made of meat (contains usually beef, mutton, or pork), potatoes, and peppers laced with cassareep (a sauce concocted from cassava juice and spices).
Dr. Bharath Madhu