Paraguay
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Paraguay IFMSA-Paraguay
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Spanish, Guarani
English
(GMT-04:00) Santiago
Paraguayan guaraní
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
Paraguay (IFMSA-Paraguay) - SOCIEM UNA - Universidad Nacional de Asuncion
Paraguay (IFMSA Paraguay) - SOCEM UCA - Universidad Catolica "Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion"
Paraguay (IFMSA-Paraguay) - SOCEM UP - Universidad del Pacifico - Privada
Paraguay (IFMSA-Paraguay) - SOCIEM UNCa - Universidad Nacional de Caaguazu

30 SCOPE STUDENTS
20 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
http://www.ifmsapy.org/
NEOs
Rodrigo Insaurralde Báez
Rodrigo Insaurralde Báez
NOREs
Luciana Daniela Garlisi Torales
Belen Aquino
WELCOME NOTE
HELLO future incoming students! Mba'éichapa, as we say in our native American language, Guaraní!
We invite you to live this unique experience, and we are sure that you will have a great time and a lot of fun.
You will find a very useful guide on what to expect and what you can find in our country.
OVERVIEW

Paraguay

Paraguay, officially the Republic of Paraguay, is a landlocked country in South America, borders with Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest.
Paraguay is located on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south.
Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes known as "Corazón de América del Sur".

Multiculturalism in Paraguay makes it for a quirky and different country, in constant evolution. Indigenous populations and the presence of immigrants from various countries around the world, contributed to the first Spanish-Guarani mixture, an extraordinary wealth of cultural manifestations.

A definitely must-try is our typical beverage: Tereré. Is a non-alcoholic infusion of yerba mate (botanical name Ilex paraguariensis), similar to mate but prepared with cold water and ice rather than with hot,[2] and in a slightly larger vessel. A lot of people drink tereré with cold water, ice and herbs, that can be medicinals or refreshing, but other people just drink with cold water and ice.

Tereré is a typical, popular drink from Paraguay where it is common to see students, friends, co-workers or families drinking tereré together during the summer, a time when temperatures reach 40 to 45 °C (104 to 113 °F). Some people put medicinal herbs into the water to treat ailments such as headaches, stomach aches and high blood pressure. Production of customized vacuum flasks for the water and guampas. The guampas and leather-covered vacuum flasks are often personalized with names or logos.

Tereré

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
The life expectancy in Paraguay is quite high, given its poverty: as of 2006, it was 75 years old, and the eighth highest in America according to the World Health Organization. Public spending on health is 2.6% of GDP, while private spending on health is 5.1%. Infant mortality was 20 per 1,000 births in 2005. Maternal mortality was 150 per 100,000 live births in 2000. The World Bank has helped the government to reduce maternal and infant mortality in the country. The Basic Health Insurance Project Maternal Childhood had as its objective to contribute to the reduction of mortality the use of the selected rescue services included in the Basic Maternal and Child Health Insurance Program (MCBI) of women of physical age and children under age. six in selected areas.
MEDICAL EDUCATION
After finishing high school, all Paraguayan students who want to continue their studies at the National University must take a university selection exam and, according to the test score and the general classification, admit to the national universities. You can also apply at private universities, but most of them do not have a selection test. We have many medical schools in the country. There are 18 in total, and 5 are members of IFMSA Paraguay, but only 4 son REACH active for tickets.
In Paraguay we have public and private universities. Both have tuition fees that the student must pay, but the prices are different: in a public pays around $ 500 / year, while in a private pays about $ 3500 / year.
Medicine is the longest career to study in the country. Depending on the Program you attend, it takes either 5 or 6 years to get your Medical Degree diploma. The first 3 years are focused on Basic Sciences, and classes are mostly theoretical, meanwhile the last three are both theorical and practical classes, at the hospital. After the 6th year, you have one year of internship, where you rotate through different specialties for a few months: Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Gynecology, etc. After that year you have to decide wich specialty you want to do for the rest of your life. And then you take and examine that specialty and according to your score on that exam and the grades you made through all your years as a medical student, you may or may not be admitted.
TRANSPORTATION
Paraguay's transportation system varies from adequate to poor, largely according to the region of the country. The country has a network of roads, railways, rivers and airports.

Car rental: cars can be rented at the airport through local travel agencies.
Taxi: these are available and can be called through the telephone numbers listed in the local spaces.
Trainer: Breakdown Service: Touring and Automobile Club provide assistance to its members. Its Asunción offices are on May 25 and Brazil, first floor.
Documentation: national driver's license or international driver's license are accepted.
Moving around the cities: bus and minibus services are provided by private companies in Asunción, with fares in two zones collected by drivers. The tram operated by the government operates on two routes.
SOCIAL PROGRAM
Social programs are organized by the Local and National Committee according to their time and availability.
There are many things you can do in Asunción, with cultural and social activities for some days of the week and all weekends throughout the city.

Nightlife in Paraguay:
In Asunción, there are numerous bars, casinos and discos. Barbecues (grilled restaurants often outdoors) offer by far the best atmosphere, especially in Asunción. Paraguay is a great cultural center that offers a lot of traditional dishes, as well as a lively nightlife. It has nothing in common with nightlife in other countries, but it's still pretty decent.

The charm of the Paraguayan nightlife is the wide spectrum of entertainment you can find.

If you feel like just laying back and enjoying some drinks and appetizers with your friends, our bars and lounges are meant to fulfill just that. If you want to listen to some music, multiple bars also offer live music every other day! There are also Alternative bars, open-air bars, etc. If you want to dance your night away, there are also multiple Nightclubs with different theme-parties and music styles played over every weekend.
However, you want to have a taste of our Folklore and culture, you may enjoy your evening in cultural areas, bars and restaurants, while listening to paraguayan polkas and guaranias, signature musical styles of Paraguay.
Top places to hang out with your newmade Paraguayan friends:

Hard Rock Cafe. Located in the Guaraní Hotel, down in the Old Center City, it's everything you've seen and heard about HRC anywhere in the world !!! Come by and get yourself an HRC.
Britannia Pub. This is a great place with lively and relaxing atmosphere. It can be a place for any taste and preferences. Here, you may enjoy a slice of delicious pizza or some national dish. The most fascinating parties can be found during New Year, Halloween and St. Patrick's Day. A lot of fun waits for you in Britannia.
Paseo Carmelitas is a shopping center with plenty of restaurants around it, and it is more fancy than a night bar. It has a modern and stylish atmosphere, including entertainment programs.
Café Bohemia Bar. It is the most popular bar among the locals where you can enjoy the local food. Chipas and Paraguayan soup should not be missed while you are having lunch at Bohemia.
904 Bar. It is known as a great place to enjoy beer with pizza or any snack you wish. You may have a special offer on Tuesday, when you can get a liter of beer and large pizza almost for nothing, just for $ 3 or $ 4. The atmosphere is pleasant with a antique decoration.
Astoria Bierhaus. It is definitely the best bar for going out at night. It offers a wide selection of beer and food. The music is fantastic, that's exactly where you can enjoy different styles of music. Astoria
MUST SEE
Costanera de Asunción
Costanera de Asunción
Palacio de López
Palacio de López - Casa de Gobierno
Palacio de López - Casa de Gobierno
Panteón de los Héroes
Panteón de los Héroes Panteón de los Héroes
Teatro Municipal Ignacio A. Pane

Teatro Municipal "Ignacio A. Pane"
Teatro Municipal "Ignacio A. Pane"
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
Paraguay owes its diverse culture to the mixture of traditional Spanish culture with the native Guaraní culture (the dominant ethnic group in the area).
Paraguay has two official languages, since the adoption of the 1992 Constitution: Spanish and Guaraní. The latter is the first indigenous language that has achieved the status of the official official law in the Americas.
Social life revolves largely around an extended family of parents, children and blood relatives, as well as sponsors. The loyalty of the Paraguayans lies in their family and, a change, is their refuge and support. Family interests largely determine which political party you can join, who you will marry, what kind of work you will get, whether you will win a lawsuit and, in some cases, whether it will be prudent to emigrate for a while. . Even so, Paraguayans are very moving and open to tourists and foreigners.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Apply, buy your ticket, pack your bags and get ready! Expect to receive and give pleasant memories that will last you a lifetime. You will have the best moment of your life here!