Work and Travel half a year in South & Latin America

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1. Posted by HehyoTobi (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Heyho travellers! ;)

I´m planning to go on my first ever work and travel experience for half a year in South & Latin America starting from March.
The route is not fixed and I wanna be quite flexible during this stay. But as a starting destination I´d choose Santiago, Chile and then all the way up to Latin America - maybe Nicaragua as a final destination. Because of climate during this periode of stay I think it´s better from South to North.

Do you have any experiences with work & travel in South America? Any must sees on the way and suggestions for my route?
I´m more than thankful for every tip! ;)

Thank you already in advance!
Tobi

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2460 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi Tobi

The "work" part is usually challenging. Most countries let you in easily for tourism but work usually requires a work visa and is often hard or impossible to get.

Penalties for working without a visa are often severe and not worth the risk.

Getting a work visa tends to depend on your citizenship and your line of work - what are yours?

3. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 232 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I agree about the difficulty getting local employment. Most countries are "negative" about non-residents taking paid work from local residents. Plus most paid work involves paying tax, etc. on wages, often requires medical examinations, health cover, etc..

My impression is that most people travelling long term and working do remote working either self-employed/contracting or employed for/by companies in their home country. These days with internet a lot can be done remotely and this does not take paid work from locals.

Ian

4. Posted by 55vineyard (Full Member 159 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hopefully you mean you want to work remotely and not take work from a local, which IMO is very rude and disrespectful (and can get you deported).
Have you figured out how to cross the Darian Gap?

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6. Posted by HehyoTobi (Budding Member 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hallo guys,

Thanks for your answers but I guess there were some misunderstandings about the work part. All these working projects are about to help in a hostel or at a farm for around 2-4 weeks. There are several websites were hosts offer some work just for accomodation and food but without any payment. So I guess we meant something different and no working visa is necessary for my plan. Don´t you think so?

Have you figured out how to cross the Darian Gap?

I guess the easiest way is to travel by plane to Panama. No?

Do you have any recommendations for my route? Any highlights/hidden spots on the way up to Latin America I have to see?

7. Posted by Rensb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi Tobi,

I am making a similar itinerary for 3 months starting Feb 2022 hence, I don't know much yet either. Definitely no hidden spots. But perhaps these could give you some inspiration?

Some great hikes/expeditions around Santiago varying from some hours (El Morado Glacier) to up to 20 days (Aconcagua)
Salar de Uyuni - Salt flat in Bolivia
Machu Picchu in Peru - Esp. Salkantay Trek
Montanita, Ecuador - Surf and party on the beach

[ Edit: Edited on 18 Oct 2021, 07:50 GMT by Rensb ]

8. Posted by MarlouvP (Inactive 3 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi Tobi,

- snip - is the most popular platform for volunteering for food and board. Other platforms are - snip - and - snip - . I've used - snip - and it worked great for me :)
If you only want to volunteer at hostels you can also find hosts without using a platform, you can look up hostels and send messages on social media or via e-mail.

Regarding your route, it depends what you want to do, there are so many awesome things to see and do along the way!
Some of my highlights are

Tour of Uyuni in Bolivia
Mountains in Cusco and Huaraz in Peru
Hiking Quilotoa loop in Ecuador
Coffee region and Tayrona national park in Colombia

Hope this helps and if you need help with something just let me know.

Marlou

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. Sorry, no promos please. ]

9. Posted by HehyoTobi (Budding Member 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Thanks a lot for your suggestions where to go ;)
I already have most of these locations in mind, but let´s see where my flexibility will lead me at the end of the day :D

- snip -
If you only want to volunteer at hostels you can also find hosts without using a platform, you can look up hostels and send messages on social media or via e-mail.

I already made an account at - snip - and think it´s perfectly fine for my plan.
But if I take unpaid work only no holiday-work visa is needed, right?
So I guess as an Austrian citizen I don´t need any visa at all if I´m hopping from country to country every 3-6 weeks.

Tobi

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

10. Posted by MarlouvP (Inactive 3 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Exactly :)
Work and Holiday would be for paid work or if you wanted to stay in one country for about a year.
Have an awesome trip!