Tips from Kectil Intern Nateica ‘Sheri’ Garraway (Guyana)

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Greetings 2020 Kectil Colleagues,

First off, congratulations on your acceptance into the program! I know it will be an insightful year of growth for you and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Back in 2018 I too was a Kectil Colleague! I then stayed on as a 2019 Mentor, and now I am assisting as a Kectil Intern for the 2020 program.

My name is Nateica Garraway, but I’m fondly known as ‘Sheri’ and I hail from Guyana, a country which is geographically South America, but is culturally Caribbean. Fun fact: Guyana is the only English-speaking country in the entire South America! I grew up in a single parent household, hold a B.Sc. in General Biology and have several Youth Leadership Training Certificates. I’m an SRHR advocate (which means Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) with the SRHR Adventures grassroots organization, which has a special focus on the promotion of family planning and the use of contraceptives.

Youth Development, Life Coaching, Entrepreneurship and Blogging (check out FB: Sheri’s Insights/ are some of my key interests. 

Now to get you settled in I’d like to encourage you with the following tips to make the best out of the Kectil Program.


Have an open mind! 


It’s always best to be open to learning! You’re now in a program with fellow colleagues from varying parts of the world, bringing their unique culture, experiences and perspectives. So just be open to learning from each other, even if different views are shared, have constructive discussions with each other and even apply it to your monthly assignments, which brings me to #2. 


Focus on Assignments! 


Assignments are the meat of this program, so it is of utmost importance that it’s completed to the best of your ability. Put some effort into it, use critical thinking and aim to submit on time! It may help to prioritize the tasks you have, scheduling them so each gets your attention with attached deadlines. You will learn that self-discipline is key to successfully completing this program. 




As stated earlier you’re now connected to other awesome youth from across the globe, take the time to network and make new connections! You never know what the outcome may be, it could be collaborations for a cause or a lasting friendship. 

It’s always good to learn new cultures and share yours as well, so do network away! 


Be Respectful! 


It’s very important that you respect everyone’s opinion and the rules of the Kectil Program, as this will reflect good on your character as a young leader.

Be respectful of everyone’s culture, religion, views, etc. even if yours differ, please do not discriminate. And finally tip #5. 


Enjoy your growth and have fun!


I encourage you not to wait until the end of the program to have fun, but rather celebrate and enjoy every small win, every assignment submitted on time, every new connection! Just own your title as a Kectil 2020 Colleague, you have what it takes to successfully complete the program but don’t wait for the certificate of completion to feel good about yourself, feel good now, have fun and enjoy your growth. 

Happy learning! Love and Light! 
Ms. Nateica Garraway 

Young Leader of Guyana

Ministry of the Presidency

Department of Youth: Youth Leadership Training 


2018 Excellent Performer Kectil Colleague

The Kectil ProgramInternational Youth Leadership


Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocate

SRHR Adventures

Let’s dismantle the taboos and be adventurous with SRHR



Sheri’s Insights

Sharing insights on life


Skilled Cake Decorator!

Comments 123

  1. Hello Nateica Garraway. Thank you so much for these important advises before we start the program. As you said, open-mind, respect, focus are at the coré of any success. And we should take them into account during this program.
    Once again thank you for sharing those tips with us.
    Best regards,
    Désiré HOUNGNIGBE (from Benin)

  2. Santosh, here (Greeting All) Thank you for your inspiring words!!! Eager to start a new journey of life with all the Kectil Colleagues, My mentors and all the beautiful and kind souls out right there. #togetherwecanandwewill

  3. Thanks Nateica for this helpful insights…it’s a pleasure to connect with a passionate SRHR like you, I recently started a project on this SRHR.As a Nurse this issues is of immense concern to me. #strongertogether.

    You have an amazing profile by the way!!!

  4. Thank you Sheri. I believe you are one of the shinning stars in Guyana. What stood out for me is the aspect of connecting and making lasting friendships even beyond the program. From my practice, this is the most fundamental aspect of a sustainable intercultural social program. I highly affirm this

  5. Hello Sheri!
    Thanks a lot for sharing your story and experience with us. Really excited to be a part of this community, making friends and bringing about a worthwhile change. Looking forward to connecting with you and fellow leaders around the globe.
    I would love to share my story as well, really soon.
    With lots of love from India,

  6. From Kenya, East Africa, I feel so inspired by you Sheri, thank you for sharing your experience and giving us insights on how to go about the program, i can not wait to meet and network with young like minded individuals as well as veterans and talk about real issues that affect us.

    Here in Kenya we say Asante! meaning Thank you.

    1. Wow, truly we are all connected in one way or the other. In Ghana, Asante is the name of a tribe of which i belong. Nice to meet you Wuda, my sister from another country!. Thank you so much Nateica, your tips and encouragement has released some stress….

  7. Hello! ?

    Thank you very much for the tips and for sharing your experience with us ?.

    I am so happy that we are all in this together. It’s very cool that we transform daily to become a better version of ourselves. Your article helped us a lot! It’s a great feeling to share your experiences with others & helping them. I do the same when it comes to my articles about travelling. I share my experiences around the world with people to plan a better trip. Passion is the key.

    You are special and talented! Never forget that! Well done and congrats!

    Andra?? (from Romania)

  8. Hi there Sheri,
    I am thrilled to see this insightful highlights from you, again thanks for introducing me to your country Guyana as it is the first time I am hearing about, specially it from you!
    Hope this journey will be enjoyable for all of us!

  9. ‘Thanks for sharing these details. Nateica I want you to more about the networking mechanism. What are the ways we can network with other colleagues? One way I got, ie- individual massage. Is there is another way also?

    1. Hey Shweta. I hope you are doing well.
      Before Nateica comes and gives you a response on some other ways you can network through the Program, let me share this with you: Faith O. Idemudia, a 2020 Kectil Colleague from Nigeria, has created a WhatsApp group for the 2020 Kectil Program. We currently have +/- 50 colleagues who are in, and our objective is to reach to many other colleagues so that they can also join us in the group.

      This group seeks to unite all the 2020 Kectil Colleagues together so that they can keep in touch throughout the Program or after the Kectil Program.
      It will serve as a post office to give the latest information among the colleagues, network, and share opportunities.

      Thank you as you join the group by clicking on the following link

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