Venezuelan Rotary Hospitality
Trip Start Jan 15, 2013
8Trip End Feb 07, 2013
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The following day we tour two more buildings that house Rotary projects that include Skills Training and a Medical Day Surgery Clinic. Students in the Skills centre are entered into eighty hour courses that are spread out over two months and include work experience components. Course areas cover entry level electrical, welding, carpentry, prothsetics, pharmaceutical, landscaping, computer skills, cabinet making, small appliance repair, dress making and design and perhaps the most important air conditioning repair! They are also introduced to business skills for self employment and are building life skills, gaining self respect and enhansing their ability to contribute to society. These varied programs combined have approx. 1000 students a year and they would like to expand to offer more courses in the future. Rotary wives operate a wheelchair loan program from the top floor
The Medical clinic takes on minor day surgeries, C section delivery and is open to anyone who cannot afford or does not prefer a hospital invirinment. The building is equipment through Rotary fund raising activities and staff are also funded through Rotary. We ran out of time to also visit the drug rehabilitation centre funded by Rotary. It really is an incredible dedicated group of individuals that spearhead these projects and provided our group with some eye opening insight into true Venezuelan Rotary spirit.
We have a day to tour the beautiful mountainous surrounding region visiting small flower farms, taste artisan roadside fresh cheese, ( guahada ) try our hand at "calentao" ( little shots of anise inspired warmth! ) and a weekend traditional BBQ lunch in the town of San Pedro. It was Sunday and families from San Cristobal and surrounding areas were enjoying a fair like atmosphere, great time to be here.