"Como es la vida en Venezuela?" When you ask me, beautiful! I wanted to learn Spanish, but I wanted to learn it in a different way
then sitting in a class room and get board by learning too much grammar.
So that’s why I joined the 3 month program with Jakera. Now I definitely can say; it was the best choice.
When I arrived in Venezuela I could not speak one word of Spanish, I did not know what to expect, I did not know the culture of Venezuela and I could not dance salsa at all. So I had all the signs to feel like a stranger, but I didn’t because we had a great support. Our guides and Spanish teachers made sure that we settle in as quickly as possible.
Spanish lessons everyday, Salsa lesson and getting to know the area around Playa Colorada. It didn’t take me long to settle in.
The first bigger trip we went to was the Delta Orinocco. Uh jungle I said to my self sounds a bit scary but really exciting, and it was! We
kayaked for 10 days through the jungle not only to see wildlife that you never seen before, as well to meet the Warao, the Indians of the Delta. It was agreat experience for me to be 10 days far away from civilisation. It was just amazing.
The Gran sabana was the next bigger trip and yes it was a challenge to climb Mount Roraima, especially for me. I really had the luck with my feet that I got 10 blisters. It was not too hard to get up, but I knew that I have to get back down as well. Uh that was quite tough, but thanks to my group and the guides they gave me all the support to get down again. I learned a lot what
teamwork means on that trip.
As my work experience I chose to work for the local newspaper in Merida. That was really interesting. I had the chance to go along to interviews and was in charge of taking the photos for the newspaper. Not only that I could
improve my Spanish a lot more, I learned as well a lot about the political situation in Venezuela. At the end of my work experience I had the chance to write an article, which they published later on. Now I have a
great memory of my working experience...my name in a Venezuelan newspaper.
So what are you waiting for? Its time now to pack your backpack for some adventures!
- Isabel Mauderli - Switzerland