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Ushuaia - Advice desperately needed!

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1. Posted by RachelleW (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I currently live in East London and have decided to rent out my flat, leave my job,dump my boyfriend and head off for new experiences in Argentina. Crazy I know, but as I'm 28 I've decided that if I don't do it now I probably never will!!

I have always wanted to visit Argentina and have decided to take a year off and live there. I will be heading for Ushsaia in October and would be grateful for anyone's advice who may have visited there. I work in IT and would ideally like to get some work out there or alternatively to give working in the tourist industry a go. Alternatively, to try to find somewhere nearby where I can teach (as I'm also a snowboard instructor). If anyone has some advice on jobs, any shared houses or comments on Ushuaia in general, I would be grateful for your views!!!

Many thanks
Rachelle

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Hi Rachelle,

Congrats on the decision to travel :)

Ushuaia is a small town and completely hinges around its tourism. I can't imagine that there would be a myriad jobs there to choose from. The town consists of a few small streets with bars and restaurants and the town thrives on the fact that there are travellers/tourists who will come that far. you could try to get some work with a tour company (there are a few boat companies that do tours along the Beagle Channel) or you could probably try finding work as a waitress/bartender (there's even a couple of English and Irish bars in town).

Other than that, there's no industry to speak of. If you're a snowboard instructor, my advice would be to try and get work in Bariloche which is a hub for skiin/snowboarding in Argentina. There are also some resorts on the Chilean side of the Andes that you could check out. From Bariloche you can certainly travel to Ushuaia without too much difficulty. Alternatively, you might me lucky getting work at Cerro Castor, the main ski resort in Ushuaia, although it's a small enough resort.

As with any ski resort, best idea is to actually get down there in the summer well ahead of all the other hopefuls and get first dibs at the available jobs.

Good luck, and have a great time. South America is amazing and visiting Ushuaia was a wonderful experience!

3. Posted by Brambor (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y

If you want to find a normal IT job I would go to Buenos Aires. It is just a very nice city with lots to do.
In many places the tourist industry is very big so you might find something in that industry.

4. Posted by davidbach (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Ushuaia is fabulous - very windy and beautiful. I am not sure about job opportunities there but I stayed in a wonderful place called cabanas de beagle and I highly suggest it: http://www.cabaniasdelbeagle.com/ . The owner is sweet and always brought by fresh bread in the mornings. However, I do agree with the other poster about Buenos Aires. I lived there for a while and am sure there are many opportunities for IT work. I'll give you some links to a few sites that I found helpful during my stay -
http://www.bue.gov.ar - government site
http://www.buenosairesstay.com - apartment rentals and general BA info
http://www.guiaoleo.com.ar/index.php?lang_id=1 - restaurant guide for BA

Good luck in your endeavors!

5. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 8y

you missed the season. Cerro Castor is a cool resort and loads of off piste and glacier skiing. if your certified and can speak spanish your in, just apply early, April or may. IT work would prob be in Mendoza, Cordoba and Buenos Aires.