A BIT ABOUT THE COUNTRY…
Although Venezuela is mainly monolingual, there are approximately thirty other languages spoken in the country. Immigrants speak their own languages and there are large communities of Portuguese and German people too. English is the most widely spoken foreign language and there are a number of private Italian institutions. Other languages spoken my large areas of people are Chinese and Galician.
- Miss Venezuela
Dayana Mendoza won the title of Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008. Mendoza had to outshine 27 other contestants in order to win Miss Venezuela on the 13th September 2007 and on the 13th July 2008, she was crowned Miss Universe at a pageant in Vietnam. Mendoza was the first Venezuelan woman to win the pageant since Alicia Machado in 1996. The 2007 winner crowned Miss Mendoza with a tiara, $120,000 worth of prize money, world travel, a luxury New York City apartment and a lot of designer dresses, shoes and beauty products. Mendoza was a contestant on the 2012 season of Celebrity Apprentice.
Venezuela is one of 17 Mega Diverse Countries. These are a group of countries considered to be extremely bio-diverse since they accommodate most of the world’s species. Venezuelan animals include anteaters and jaguars, dolphins and crocodiles. The latter have been reported to reach up to 22 feet in length (that’s almost 7 meters!) Venezuela is home to almost 1500 different species of bird including kingfishers and ospreys (fish-eating birds of prey).
WHY STUDY SPANISH IN VENEZUELA?
Over the years, Venezuela has transformed into a popular learning destination and it’s hardly surprising… with its lively, spirited people, beautiful scenery and delicious food – what’s not to like about this country? If you are interested in studying in South America, then you should know that Venezuela offers some of the lowest accommodation and course fees on the continent.
Venezuela attracts tourists from Germany, Italy, Spain and North America with its year-round tropical climate. Approximately half of the country is covered by rainforest. Venezuela has numerous paradisiacal islands located along its coastline. Additionally, the country boasts 35 National Parks and Angel Falls (the highest waterfall in the world).
Santiago de León de Caracas in Venezuela was founded in the 16th century. Surrounded by forested uplands, the city of Caracas is located under the Avila (a 7800 foot mountain). The Humboldt Hotel is located on top of the Avila and can be reached by cable car. This is a popular activity for tourists because of the stunning views from the top and the cool breeze offered by the swift ride. If you’re the adventurous type, then you can dedicate 3 or 4 hours to climbing up the mountain and then return by cable car. Caracas is the largest, most highly populated zone in Venezuela. Additionally, it is the capital city with many restaurants, theatres, museums and shopping centers. In Caracas, the majority of the city revolves around the Plaza Bolivar, named after Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan military and political leader.
The major airport of all Venezuela is located in Caracas. The airport is named after Simon Bolivar and offers the only route into Venezuela from abroad. The rest of Venezuela is connected by buses and trains. No trip to Caracas would be complete without sampling the local cuisine. The capital city of Venezuela is famous for a savory snack called Reina Pepiada which consists of a corn meal bun filled with avocado, chicken, mayonnaise and spring onions. Pabellon Criollo is another Caracas classic. It comprises a plate of shredded beef with a fried egg on top, served with white rice and a black bean stew.