Living and Teaching English in Venezuela - Habits, Customs & Curiosities
As one of South America’s lesser known countries among foreign English language teachers, Venezuela offers a great opportunity to get away from the crowded teaching markets found elsewhere on the continent.
The main center for teaching jobs is in the capital city, Caracas, although a lesser number can also be found in other areas.
Those who find work in Venezuela have plenty of things to look forward to during their time away from the classroom as there are many exotic beach resorts to enjoy, as well as plenty of natural wonders including Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world.
Situated on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela is a Spanish speaking country that uses the Venezuelan bolivar as its currency.
During your stay you should look out for ancient rock art, the Cordillera de Merida, Angel Falls, the Gran Sabana plains, and a wide range of outdoor adventure sports.
If you plan on visiting, make sure that you have a valid visa and that you get vaccinations against typhoid, yellow fever and malaria before arriving.
This guide also has advice on cultural issues such as how to greet the local people in different situations and when to haggle for goods, as well as a list of foods to try and some Spanish to learn before you arrive.
Venezuela is one of South America’s oldest democracies having gained its independence from Spain and Colombia over 200 years ago.
Venezuela is also home to the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls, and a third of the country is made up of national parks.
Check out the rest of this infographic for more quirky facts about Venezuela, as well as a guide to some of the country's larger companies, celebrities and national statistics.
Among the other interesting facts shown here are that it was the first country to abolish the death penalty and it has the world’s largest proven oil reserves.
However, the natural beauty doesn’t stop there as Venezuela has won more Miss World titles than any other nation.
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