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1. Posted by aldave (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi guys wondering if anyone could help.

Next year im going to south america...hopefully for a long time. i would like to work there
and be able to survive. I should know enough spanish by the time i go.

I was wondering what the chances of finding work will be there, mainly Argentina. Just
enough to survive really, like barwork or something. im british, so i take it i will also
need a working visa?

Many thanks

2. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It might be a good idea to take a TEFL (Teaching English in a Foreign Language) or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course, which is quite expensive but should give you an idea of how to teach and you can go from there!! However, some people opt to go regardless and teach, which is what I did, however I did it in Brazil, and I would have stayed for longer, but I didn't have the correct visa, therefore I decided it was best to leave, especially as my hours were cut drastically and left me little to live on!!! Some agents charge over the top prices for foreigners in South America, like Argentina, which has a two tier price system, i.e. foreigners pay a higher price for most things, however teachers generally get more respect and sometimes you can manage to crack a good deal, however for the most part, it could be paying a host monthly to stay somewhere or using a hostel, then working for a short time until you move on. Make sure you get a contract though, or sometimes it can turn sour. Also I think for most if not all of South America, you can stay on a tourist visa for 6 months and some countries you can apply at the consulate in that country for a work visa after being accepted by a school!!!

Rach :)

3. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A good site for teachers is or and I forgot to mention that Argentina is relatively easy to obtain a work permit, you need a birth certificate or certified copy, passport copy etc. and you should be fine if you can cut it as a teacher!!! I want to return to South America soon, but hopefully Brazil, as I love it so much, but Buenos Aires in Argentina rocks also!!!!


4. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Some good comments there Rach and i'll check out those websites as i too would be very interested in moving out to south america to work and live in the future. My girlfriend is Peruvian and lives in Lima so i'd be keen on moving out to the capital and finding work as close as possible once i save enough money to get a head start.

I know from my experience there last year that there would be many many people keen to learn English and would make an ideal and fulfilling career. I've also heard that there could be many complications with permits and visas and also that many qualifications would be necessary to get employed Legit, although my Spanish would be at a very high level by the time i'd fly out there.

5. Posted by jth70 (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

is all about how much they like you and if you speak more than one language you can get a job at a hotel or something like that just for speaking more than one language. so be nice to people try not come across as a british brat and I am saying this in a nice way not that british people are, is just that some latin american people some times take people from other country for that. so be nice and dress good when you look for a job.

I am sure you find something.

6. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I spent 4 months in Argentina in 2006/07 and got talking to alot of locals.One friend of mine who lives there said he could actually get me a job teaching English and you dont need any qualifications at all.You need even need to know any Spanish.They had an Irish guy turn up with no Spanish at all except Hola and he was teaching locals.
Hostels are always on the lookout for workers and Argentinians are the nicest,friendliest people ive ever met.I spent christmas with one family and new year with another.I was treated and welcomed like a member of the family.