Venezuela is experiencing a profound humanitarian crisis. A severe shortage of medicine and medical supplies make it extremely difficult for many Venezuelans to obtain essential medical care. Humanitarian aid is regularly needed at this vulnerable location. It’s important to learn the local customs of this country before you arrive. Local Customs of Venezuela Venezuelans are known for their outgoing and sociable nature. This extroverted behavior is noticeable in the common forms of greeting and people’s body language. Venezuelans are used to standing very close in a conversation. Don’t back away when that happens. Among males, casual touching is quite usual.Meanwhile, there are also some substantial differences in sign language compared to Western traditions. For example, it is considered vulgar and rude to point with your finger. Motioning with your entire hand is more polite. And at the same time, the North American “okay” sign is usually meant as an insult rather than as a symbol of agreement. You could hear the “ch-ch” sound when someone is calling for your attention or getting a bus to stop.Nicknames that are often seen as offensive in the west are used as terms of endearment in Venezuela. People call each other names like Negro (“black”), Gordo (“fatso”) or Chino (“Chinaman”). These names are not meant to be degrading but intended to show friendship and fondness.