If you want to contact me while I’m in Guyana, there are a couple of ways you can do it. I’ll very gladly receive letters from friends, family and people who barely know me!
This will be the easiest, quickest and cheapest way for you to keep in touch with me while I’m there. The only problem is that I don’t get Internet access very often – every few weeks at best. We’re supposed to be getting Internet access in the village soon, but until that happens I have to hitch a lift to Lethem to get online. If you don’t get a reply for a while, I’m not ignoring you, I’m probably just unable to get online at the moment! If email is your thing, you might want to sign up to my update mailing list.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark S Ormesher
Sand Creek Secondary School
Letters sent to me take between 5 and 8 weeks to arrive, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a couple of months for a reply (letters going from Guyana back to the UK take 2-3 weeks). Make sure you either use airmail envelopes, or stick “By Airmail” stickers to your envelopes, and write the address as clearly and large-printed as you can. A standard letter to Guyana costs a couple of pounds; there’s a calculator here: http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder.
Important: If you write to me, please put the date you sent the letter on it somewhere, so that I’ll have a rough idea of how long they’re taking to reach me.
I have a local mobile number, but there’s no coverage in Sand Creek. I use it exclusively for keeping in touch with other volunteers when we meet up at the holidays (it’s very easy to lose each other in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown!). Even if we did have coverage in the project, texting or calling back and forth would be very expensive for you and for me, so mobile isn’t worth considering.
I check and update Twitter periodically (when I can), so feel free to tweet me @m_s_ormo. I will reply to whatever you send me… eventually.