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Are you able to work in South America?

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Are you able to work in South America?

1. Posted by georgie22237 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y

Hiya I'm 23 years of age and thinking about travelling at the end of August. I did really want to go to Central & South America, but as I want to do this for 3 months or longer I was wondering if I would be able to find any work while I'm over easy it is or if its legal?.. bar work, woofing.. Ive also heard about TEFL..but apart from that if there is anything else..just to fund me with some extra cash to be able to travel to other places.

Any help would be much appreciated.


2. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 64 posts) 1y


I'm travelling South America now and I'd say it's pretty hard to get any paid work but you'll definitely be able to work for accommodation and maybe food. A lot of hostels offer it.
Maybe if your fluent in Spanish you could get some bar/ waitressing work


3. Posted by georgie2223 (Budding Member 11 posts) 1y

Hey Megan,

Thank you for your reply. Its good to know from someone who's actually out there as well!
I don't think it will happen but I am just worried about running out of money, because I'm not too sure how long I want to be out there for... Is it relatively cheap?


4. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 64 posts) 1y

Some countries are cheap like Peru and Bolivia but chile and Argentina are pretty expensive but really nice so I think it's worth it! The good thing is all hostels here have free breakfast so you can save some money that way. On average I'm spending about £1000 a month but you could probably do it a bit cheaper, I just hate to miss out on things! Let me know if you want any more advice :)


5. Posted by LifelongVaga (Budding Member 20 posts) 1y

You could always try volunteering for a few months in different places to make your money go further. Some are free, but some cost a fee for accommodation and the like. However, I have a friend who worked at a animal nursery near the Amazon. He got to work with monkeys! Which surprisingly it turns out, they're a pain in the ass. lols. <- list of possible free volunteer programs to visit.

6. Posted by georgie2223 (Budding Member 11 posts) 1y

Hiya LifelongVaga

Animal nursery near the Amazon that sounds awesome! I have monkeys where I live and they are very cheeky, lol! But this website you have posted about looks brilliant and I will definitely be checking some of these sites out!

Thank You for your help!

7. Posted by LifelongVaga (Budding Member 20 posts) 1y

No worries; if you end up trying one of the places at the link let me know how it goes. Am also interested in travelling South America at the end of this year (have to do a ski season, then flying holiday in Alps, then Greenland first...lols) and was hoping to volunteer somewhere just to help out a bit.

Happy travels!