we are wondering about jobs at ski resorts or boat work in South America. we have plenty of tourism background, and are qualified for whale tours as well. any suggestions, experiences, requirements, or companies you could recommend?
thanks, anna and geoff
I can only tell you what I know about Argentina, where unemployment rates soar and the locals speak decent english themselves... little chance of getting a job there, although you may be too good an asset for companies not to give you a chance. Be aware though that your job means the unemployment of others (locals).
In the event of finding something, prepare for ridiculous wages, no certainty of any kind and a week-based appointment. At least, that what I've heard from a couple of girls working in a beach resort around Mar del Plata.
As for whaling, Argentina is quite concerned about their wildlife stock, so you might have a big advantage there with your qualifications. I seem to remember that there's a big institute in Puerto Madryn where they train people working in ecological tourism, maybe that would be something for you? Try http://madryn.gov.ar/ for more information, there must be something there. Else, Ushuaia would be a great place to be, provided you like winter :-)
Try and contact tour operators if you have skills, if hired on a permanent full time basis (any South American country)the person who hires you must sponsor you for a work permit, Argentina is fairly liberal, Peru is very strict on this, etc. Basically, you'll require a command of Spanish as well as your native languages to interface with any nationals you'll be dealing with and be hired to do a job that no national can perform.
If you wish to intern or volunteer (a portal to paying jobs)there are many organizations in Latin america such as "Quetzal Trekkers" here in Central America, staffed by volunteers.