Caracas in Motion

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thursday we met with the social responsibility directors at IESA (Instituto de Estudios Superiores en Administración). Considered one of the best business schools in Latin America, IESA graduates students with degrees that are accredited throughout South America, Europe, and the United States. The school lies only blocks from Los Erasos and they have graciously agreed to open the doors of their institution and host our next course in their facilities.Friday afternoon we walked to La Maternidad with our host and fellow Venemergencia worker, Noris, who apparently doubles as a rescue worker and part-time midwife as well. We got to see our first birth, and everyone else got to see the foreigners see their first birth. That night we took the overnight shift with the Bomberos at USB and shared in the regular training, which included bowling with fire hoses.


We woke up on Saturday morning to start the all-day session of the paramedic course. The bomberos hosted everyone yet again and led a series of rapid extrication drills.


Sunday morning started early, as Terence and Ethan ran a 10K race through downtown Caracas. Around noon, they nearly summited the nearby “Avila”, a peak just north of the city, but turned around after Ethan lost faith in his legs’ ability keep his face from diving into the mud. They will have to wait another day to peer across the range that separates Caracas from the Caribbean Sea.


Sunday night we sat down to dinner with the family of our good friend Emilianno, and from the windows of their apartment, watched the sun set on the rapidly changing skyline of Caracas.