The site is run by Yesibeth Centeno, 40, a Venezuelan who moved to Peru with her family when her husband took a job in Lima and decided to stay, given the conditions at home. The site offers basics on the legal processes of immigration and pursuing permission to work in the country. And it offers practical information for any newcomer. “So, where do you take the bus, that kind of day to day information,” says Yesibeth. “how do I get my telephone line or how do I open a bank account? What are the daily problems with which one arrives in a country and you know nothing?”
But Yesibeth drew on her experience as a recent arrival in Peru in helping to create content that went beyond the basics, explaining social and cultural nuances of life in Peru that could be confusing to Venezuelans.
“For example, the subject of communication,” she says. “Although we both speak Spanish, we do not speak it in the same way.” So a recent Facebook post explained two different ways of saying what in English would be the expression, “Cool!” While in Venezuela you’d say “chévere,” it’s only cool in Peru if you say “bacán.” Another post pointed out that there are two different expressions to describe taking up a collection among friends to pay something like a dinner check or to buy a group gift: “hacer una vaca” in Venezuela, literally to “make a cow,” and “hacer una chancha” in Peru, to “make a pig.”