I am going to try to get straight to the point. I am a student in Venezuela and I want to thank the government of both countries for the opportunity for further education.
However something is missing desperately and that is the representation of whoever is the ambassador. Since I came to Venezuela we have been asking, calling, begging for representation.
When we compare ourselves to the students in China, Cuba, Mexico etc, we find out that they have ambassadors who are always present or easily accessed, so what up with us in Venezuela?
Sometimes I wonder if the government is even aware that we are here. Things cannot continue like that.
We just want someone to pass around and see how we are doing, make sure all is well.
When the locals realize that we don’t have representation they seek to take advantage of us. Compared to the African students, their ambassador is on the scene in a matter of hours if they ever have any problems. I have witnessed this myself and you can see how the schools have more respect for these students than us.
If our passport gets stolen, if we need things like computers from home, if we find ourselves in problems with the locals (which sometimes happens) we just want someone to have our back.
Dear editor, can you get us a response from the people in charge, if there is someone, a name, a working number? It is time to fix this.