By Katie Burrell
Study abroad students dedicated a day to touring in Guyana in between their time working in hospitals and schools.
The Texas State respiratory care students and Global News Team visited a museum, church and historical landmarks in and near Georgetown, Guyana on Jan. 6, the 5th day of their trip. The students traveled by van to markets for souvenir shopping and views from a clock tower.
Students visited the seawall in Georgetown, Guyana where the 1823 monument was built and placed in 2013. The monument stands tall in the sea air to memorialize the rebellion from slavery that ultimately freed enslaved Guyanese according to the plaque paired with the statue.
The 1823 monument feature three bronze figures. “Gone but not forgotten. Their struggles made our world possible. All Guyana salute their valor,” the monument’s description reads. Ivor Thom, native to Guyana is credited for the design and creation of the piece.
Located within half-a-mile of the cathedral, the Guyana National Museum hosted replicas of Guyana’s native animals, insects and other creatures. Towards the end of the tour, Director of Clinical Education & Clinical Assistant Professor Sharon Armstead, viewed a map of Guyana and showed students different locations around the country relative to where they would later visit.
Within the Guyana National Museum, students and faculty stood around a replica of a giant sloth which was determined by the museum to be proof of the sloth’s prehistoric existence.
A hand-carved, wooden turtle sits on a display shelf within a street market. Upon visiting, students purchased paintings, bags, sandals and souvenir items.
: Respiratory therapy senior, Jennifer Cruz shops for souvenirs in Georgetown, Guyana across from the museum she had toured moments before.
During a quick stop before lunch, the group visited Umana Yana. The location features a hut and statue. The hut has been used as a recreation center for foreign ministers.
After a midday service, students and faculty toured St. George’s Cathedral in Georgetown, Guyana. The all-white building is fitted with siding, stain-glass windows and a towering steeple. It was build in 1796 and still operates as a Catholic church. Students were able to tour, take photos and speak with church leaders.
Towards the afternoon, the group headed to Stabroek Market to climb a spiral staircase which lead to a clock tower. The group divided in half taking turns making their way to the top for the view and some picture taking.
The Botanical Gardens in Guyana featured lush grass, green trees and a manatee habitat. Despite their best efforts, students and faculty were not successful in coaxing any manatees to the water’s surface.