| Participating cities
(Map of available cities)
|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Bolívar or Bs (A BigMac is about Bs.100)|
|Time zone||Winter time: GMT -4:30 / Summer time: GMT -3:30|
|Number of Doctors and beds||2,3 Doctors and 1,1 beds per 1000 people|
|Member of IFMSA since...||2009|
|Number of incoming students per year||10|
|Who is our NEO 2014 (Head of SCOPE)||Jaer Ramírez|
|Our official website||FEVESOCEM offical webpage|
Welcome to Venezuela
Be part of our experience, be part of us. We invite you to join our culture, to enjoy our natural beauty and meet our people. Below you will have the most relevant data so you can get it love with our country.
Venezuela is a country in South America. Having a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, Venezuela borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south, and is situated on the major sea and air routes linking North and South America. Off the Venezuelan coast are the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Trinidad and Tobago. The Angel Falls (Churun Meru) in the Guiana Highlands is the world's highest waterfall and one of Venezuela's major tourist attractions.
Some airlines ask passengers to show a valid Yellow fever vaccination certificate before flying to Venezuela. This is not an official entry requirement, however the CDC Yellow fever vaccination recommendation is "for all travelers over 9 months of age travelling to Venezuela, except the northern coastal area. The cities of Caracas and Valencia are not in the endemic zone. A valid measles vaccination certificate may be required to board flights out of the country following a nationwide immunization program in 2006, but foreign tourists are usually exempted.
The main international airport is Simon Bolivar International Airport ( also known as Maiquetia airport), (IATA|CCS) located in the Vargas state. It is approximately a 30-minute ride from Caracas. Buses are available during the day, departing from Parque Central next to Calle del Sur. Buses run from 7AM-6PM, and cost 18BsF per passenger. A taxi ride from the airport will cost Bs. 150,000 (BsF. 150)/ US$70 (official exchange rate) and US$28 (unofficial exchange rate) during the day, or Bs. 200,000 (BsF 200) / US$93 (official exchange rate) and US$37 (unofficial rate) at night. There are international flights to Maracaibo and Valencia from cities such as Miami, but the choices are very limited.
You can travel non stop from the United States and most major European cities.
Spanish is the official language of Venezuela, accompanied by numerous indigenous dialects (usually never heard except in the Amazon region). Outside of Caracas, English is not commonly spoken or even understood, and even within Caracas it is usually only spoken by the younger generations.
- Angel Falls in the Guiana Highlands and Canaima National Park.
- Los Roques with its crystalline beaches.
- Los Llanos and its spectacular wildlife.
- Mérida. and its breathtaking Andes scenery.
- Caracas, the true urban jungle.
You should preferably buy bottled water and not drink from the tap, but iced drinks and salads are generally fine (depending on the water supply quality of your native country). Be careful with expired foods and cheeses that are many days old. You usually find street vendors by highways, who sell food and who don't always have much of hygienic food handling practices. Use common sense when selecting what to eat in the street. Mind, that fresh food and mayonnaise may go bad fast due to the local climate.
Most Venezuelans are laid-back regarding racial issues, since white or creole persons blend naturally with natives and Afro-Venezuelans in everyday life (education, living, politics, marriage). So the word "negro" can be used regardless of who's saying it, or who is being referred to in this way. Expressions like "negrito" or "mi negro" are often used as a term of endearment. You could hear someone calling "negra" to a woman, regardless of the race of the person. And in general, Afro-Venezuelans don't find it offensive, as they are simply variations on the Spanish word for "black". Similarly, don't be offended if someone calls you "flaco" (thin) or "gordo" (fat) as these may also be used fairly indiscriminately, and often as a term of friendliness.
Differences between Brits, Americans, or Europeans are not perceived by most Venezuelans. Hence, you can expect to be called "gringo" even if you are, say, Russian. Any person who looks Asian is automatically "chino" - this is also a friendly term of endearment. Don't let this offend you as a non Spanish-speaking visitor.
Venezuelans, like Colombians and Panamanians, have a very amusing way of pointing to objects by pouting their lips and lifting their chin, so don't assume that people are blowing kisses to you when you ask for directions. Neiter, do not be offended if people stare at you, remember, you may look different, and maybe stranger . The fact is, you can appear to be in the spotlight for a short period of time, only to be ignored after the other person satisfy his/her curiosity.
Another important point to be kept in mind is that the Venezuelan society is severely split between "Chavistas/PSUVistas" (those who support Ex-President Chavez and his Political Party) and "Anti-Chavistas/Caprilistas" (those who oppose PSUV; Capriles is the main Opposition candidate), so it is strongly advisable not to talk about him and/or his politics unless you are sure on which side your Venezuelan friends are.
Each local office is autonomous in the way of accommodation for incoming students, although in most cases are handled, whether renting a room, a family or student residence.
Venezuela is known for its traditions, is a country full of beautiful customs. In our country the holidays, tours and meals are the essential center for cultural exchange. Although each of the participating companies will have freedom to decide which of the activities is the most special for your visitors.
Local & National transportation
Our country has a good transportation system, which allows you to move from one city to another if applicable, also in most cities participating in the system of exchanges has international or national airports, which would facilitate their entry and output.
The climate is based on two seasons: winter and summer. Mostly year-round rainfall is low intensity which works to establish a warm climate.
Do you like the beach? Maybe going to a park? Why not a pool? A shopping center? Or do you prefer the night life? Well, you know what? We have it all! There's no way you can get bored. You'll have a great time with us.
Cities offered for exchange
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