Reader comments

“I came to Venezuela as a tourist in June 2014. How have things changed since then? Even then the economy was seen as being on the brink of collapse and had crime out of control etc.
If I walked the streets of Caracas today, what differences would I see? How about pro/anti-government graffiti?”

“If you were walking the streets of Caracas today, I do not think you would see so much difference to the 2014 Venezuela, it has not changed much. Although there is more food shortage than at that time, there are some places in Caracas where food is sure to be obtained but at much higher prices than what is established. You would see more empty stores, more waiting lines in the streets to get food, cash from banks or to wait for public transport. A bit of chaos… As for graffiti, surely many pro/anti government but it is dangerous for those people who make them. In the streets you hear everyday things like “we’re wrong”, “every day worse”, “because of ….”, but it’s different to translate those thoughts into a wall and take other risks. After all, we are not totally free here inside.”

 

“have you considered helping people arrange a visit to venezuela and travelling with them as a translator.People need a guide and someone they can trusted help exchange money .you can provide this for a daily rate in$..Im interested in travelling in Venezuela,”

That would be a good idea. I would have to improve my English a bit more, I’m still practicing on that. But I think it’s a great idea for the future. I love the idea of ​​traveling through Venezuela. There are very beautiful places, culture, food. I am in love with Venezuela despite the crisis situation that is happening. And with pleasure I would like to show people from abroad the beautiful Venezuelan destinations that they want to visit.”

 

“Hello!

First, I am sorry to hear of how difficult life has become for you. I think you are so very brave to continue. Thank you for writing about your experience.

I am an Australian schoolteacher with the potential to work in a private school in Caracas. I am a little bit worried about the food and water/electricity situation, however. Is there food to buy if you have the money? Are some areas more reliable than others in terms of shortages?
(I feel horrible asking these questions – it makes me feel selfish and cruel, but I worry about being able to live and do my job without food or water/electricity.)

Kate”

Hello Kate!

Thanks for your support. I never tire of saying how nice it is to feel support, read messages like yours give me joy and motivate me to move forward.

First of all, do not feel bad about asking these kinds of questions. I think it’s okay to do them, especially if you plan to move and come to work. You have to clarify all your doubts and I can answer them without any problem. If you have money if you can buy food. In Caracas being the capital gets more food than anywhere else in the country, BUT more food is more expensive. Of course, that if you earn the minimum salary but if you can get a good position as a teacher (and I’m sure that if you can) you will not have money or food problems. The problems with water and electricity are not so serious. Maybe it’s because I live here I’m used to this disaster, haha. But they are recurrent problems that usually happen and you should be prepared for it.

Caracas is a bit dangerous but if you live in a good area for sure I do not think anything will happen to you. Anyway, take care. I hope I have helped. Foreigners have always been well received in Venezuela.

I send you my best wishes and that you do very well in your possible new job here.

Regards!

 

“Hi
I was just wondering, for your family, how much money do they live on per week. For the house, the food everything and how far does that stretch.
Probably it is best to try and give me an idea in US currency. I am currently looking at helping a family over in Venezuela and wanted an idea of how much help I might be looking to give and what a difference that would make.
I am also interested in knowing what the costs of sending a child to school would be.
Sorry I seen a video online that broke my heart and made me want to try and contact the family and in some way help them.
Any information you provide is appreciated”

Hi!

What a nice gesture for you to want to help a Venezuelan family.

I believe that with 15 dollars per week will be very good to buy the basic products that every home should have and all the food they need. They could eat very well with it. You could give an idea of ​​that in this section of the blog. Sending a child to school is expensive. For the school material and because the children here wear obligatory uniforms in public and private schools. The school shoes are like $ 19, just the shoes! Getting that amount of bolivares is difficult. But buying a good pair of shoes at that price should last at least 3 years. The notebooks and school bags are already a little cheaper. Not counting the shoes or the uniform (because I really do not know how long the shirts or pants should be, you should not spend 20 dollars on the school uniform), in total they should be about $ 25. But, that’s if it goes to a public school. If it is a private school, it is much more expensive, and there is no greater difference. Children in public schools learn the same thing as children in private schools. Especially now that all professors in Venezuela, without distinction, pay them a salary misery. So whether public or private, a child will still have the opportunity to study.

I hope my answer is helpful. Thank you very much for writing!

Regards!

 

“Curious, why you do not accept donations using bitcoin?”

Hi! I had not taken that idea into account because I really have no idea how to receive the bitcoins. But I am open to your recommendations and help. I am already working to receive donations through other platforms. Thanks for your idea!

 

“Hi Laura,

Thanks for setting up this website. It is incredibly informative and helpful. I had a question about visas. If one wanted to leave Venezuela and move to Colombia or a neighboring country, and wanted to do it completely legally, what would they need to do? And perhaps more importantly, what would it cost? Any info would be incredibly helpful.

Thank you so much,
Jim”

Hi, Jim! Thank you very much for viewing our website! It is good for you to know that we have problems in the administration. To leave Venezuela and move in a completely legal manner there are some steps to follow. The documents must be kept up to date. To go to Colombia, a passport is required, which is not easy to obtain. The government entity that gives this document ,which is important and essential for the trip. takes months and even might even take years, not to mention that it is very expensive (currently to get the passport you must pay 7,200 Bs.S. which would be like $ 85). Once with the passport in your hand, a Venezuelan is welcome to Colombia in a legal manner. If you have titles you are apostilled, if you are single a letter of solitude is made, if you want an important job the criminal record will be looked into. Once you have all these documents you should start looking for a place to stay, you must have enough money to rent a place and to eat until you get a serious job. I do not know the exact figure, but most of my friends who have moved to Colombia tell me that with $ 500 you can get ahead well. I hope I have answered your questions! Once again thank you for visiting my blog! Greetings from Venezuela!

 

“Hey Laura ! My name is Michelle, a fellow engineer student like you from Indonesia, we recently received lots of donation from Venezuela for Palu, a city in Indonesia because of natural disaster (which i’m grateful for it but find it really absurd looking at the economy crisis in your country).”

Thank you for showing interest in my blog Michelle! I heard about the tragedy in Indonesia, I feel really sad for the people who lost their loved ones! It is amazing to hear that even people from Venezuela donated money to Palu! Especially when I see that our situation isn’t that good either.

 

“Hi Laura!Your blog is very interesting about the situation in Venezuela. Can you provide more articles with the daily life of people there? Please also try to add more pictures between your article paragraphs! Also keep updating currency weekly and give an idea to the whole world how people can live with VEF 1800,00. Waiting for your response :)”

Thank you for reading my blog! I really do appreciate the interest you’ve shown in how people live in Venezuela. I will do my best to provide more articles and pictures of the daily life of people. However besides keeping the blog alive I have to work to earn money to eat and also have to study. My goal is to post another blog around 20 october!

 

“Hello,

My boyfriend is trying to apply to a new passport at the Venezuelan consulate in New York since last February, however, the process never move forward. Now, we’ve been told that if we doing the extension it could be faster, however We never receive any confirmation email about the appointment or the extension payment instead we were given the case number. Have anyone run into this situation before? And how long it would take for you to do the extension. . And we are trying to avoid him coming back to Venezuela to do it, because even then there is nothing guarantee he will get the extension or passport”

Hello! 

This type of situation is very common. It happens a lot, at least of 5 people that I know 3 have problems with the identity card or passport. The SAIME (Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Foreigners) is responsible for this type of document.

This body dependent on the Venezuelan State takes months or even years to renew or give documents (it took me about three years to renew my identity card for reasons that always changed what caused me many problems in the banks and looking for a job).

I do not have much help to offer because neither I nor anyone I know knows how that entity works that causes so much trouble most of the time. But I can give you a personal opinion, and it is not necessary that you come. Even here in Venezuela it is difficult to get a passport renewal. I suggest you have patience, I read in the news that they are beginning to attend with more diligence the requests of Venezuelans who are abroad. I hope they’ll see you soon and solve that problem!

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