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Working in SA - Is it possible / easy to obtain

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1. Posted by Simon1983 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hello all,

I am planning a 6-9 months trip to SA with my girlfriend. I don't really know what our budget is going to be like.

I was wondering tho, how easy is it to get casual cash in hand work in SA? Assuming I could speak (fairly) good Spanish and would not be fussed what I did. Also, it is unlikely that my VISA would "allow" me to work, so again do you think people would want to see my papers and all that before giving me work.

Have any of you done casual work over there? Good / Bad experiences?

Cheers in advance.


2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Simon,

It's next to impossible to get a legal job in SA. In the grey circuit, it will also be very hard; no matter how good your spanish, work bosses will still prefer one of their own over some white kid.

Your best bet would be trying to teach English, or maybe work in tourism. Again, it will be VERY difficult to find enough students, as the continent has been flooded by fortune-seekers like you over the past few years, but it's the best I can think of. The best advice I can give you is to pile up sufficient funds before leaving.

3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

"Usually not possible...nothing worthwhile in this World is easy"

An online friend has a site in and about Costa Rica, view his disclaimer below.

I used to give out information on El Salvador, Guatemala, etc., very rarely now, only to serious travelers/volunteers and never on open forums. Seems many fortune seekers are traveling or trying to relocate in Latin America, who have not done their homework and research in advance, some have not even bothered to study Spanish!

Casper the Friendly Ghost I tell you is not sitting behind this computer ready and eager to spend hours of his valuable time doing research for you so that you can land land the job of your dreams in Central or South America.

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