WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
You'll fly into Caracas and travel 22 hours southeast to the project site in Santa Elena using local bus services and following the clear and simple instructions provided. You will be met at the bus station in Santa Elena and shown to your accommodation in the project village. For a small extra cost, we may be able to organise for a representative to meet you at Caracas airport, escort you to the bus station and put you on the right bus.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
You will be living in shared accommodation within the purpose built project village. Part of your time will be spent maintaining the shared house and the village and tasks will be shared amongst all volunteers.
You will have a shared bedroom and bathroom with access to kitchen facilities. Single rooms are also available at an additional charge.
Within the village there are gardens, wading pool, hammock terrace, craft wood workshop and a field for games of football and frisbee. There are also fire-pits which volunteers gather round for social evenings under the starlit South American skies.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
Snacks and refreshments are provided and you will share the cooking of three meals a day with your fellow volunteers.
Venezuela's cuisine is quite unique and there is nothing else quite like it in the world. Venezuelan food and drink tends to be highly regional. Many of the dishes in Venezuela are based on French, Italian, and Spanish recipes, but have evolved over the years to become uniquely Venezuelan.
Fresh fish and shellfish make up many coastal recipes. Tubers such as potatoes and yucca are quite common in the highlands. Corn, rice and pasta are found everywhere. Many tropical fruits and vegetables make up dishes from Amazon regions. Spices such as cumin are often used as well.
Pabellon is the delicious national dish of Venezuela and consists of rice, black beans and banana covered in stewed and shredded meat. If you fancy a snack, then try an arepa. These are made of corn flour, water, and salt and often fried or baked. They can be topped with a number of ingredients such as chicken, ham, cheese, or jam.