Can anybodu give me an update on the strikes in Peru. What groups are on strike, any violence, etc. There dosnt seem to be much info floating around in the international news. Im looking at going in the middle of September to get my Tefl and then look for a job.
Based on diagonally reading through a couple of SA online newspapers, I'd say you should be all right. There has been some violence, but the most recent reports I could find about that date back 6 six days already, so by mid september that may well have subsided. Also, the strikes and demonstrations seem to be confined to Ayacucho and the Puno province, and mainly concern the agricultural sector; so it's not overly likely that you will experience much of a hassle, let alone get in any dangerous situations. Fortunately, workers' violence virtually never turns against tourists/foreigners
Think the strikes have calmed down now, I`m in Cusco, Puno and Arequipa were worst hit by them, it`s teachers striking against the governments plans to make them sit a test to make sure they are up to standard as there are too many teachers and not enough jobs, strikes and protest I have witnessed have all been peaceful, so shouldn`t have any problems and it may have completely resolved itself by the time you arrive.
In Peru is difficult to predict when a big strike will happen, but you should be sure that always it will happen. It is country with 45% of poverty. The economic boom in urban areas do not benefit to everyone, then conflicts will maintain. However, strikes are not very dangerous for tourist. The one problem is public transport. In that case you should have a plan B in your itinerary.