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How to Go About Finding Work In Lima
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Lola723



Joined: 07 Nov 2004
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Location: Washington DC/Buenos Aires, Argentina

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:33 pm    Post subject: How to Go About Finding Work In Lima Reply with quote

Salutations, everyone.

Ive posted to the main L. American forum before regarding finding jobs, but after doing some thinking and whatnot, I am focusing my energy on hopefully successfully finding a job in Lima, Peru.

This is my story: I have an MAT in ESOL with teaching experience, speak Spanish, and I am currently located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I love it here, but I really feel unstable in the financial sense (this place seems very oversaturated with teachers), as well as the fact that Im working off the books on a perpetual tourist visa. Ive met some wonderful people from Peru recently, and am now setting my sights there, but of course I have questions:

How difficult is it to find work teaching EFL in Lima?

How difficult would it be to find a job that would be able to offer me a work visa?

How do I go about finding a job there (ex: doing it from outside the country or staying there for awhile as a tourist in person)?

When is the best time to look for employment in Lima?

Is Lima overall a good place to work (ex: Is it possible to support oneself there, are YOU happy there, why or why not?)

Leads/Connections/Suggestions/Ideas/Etc. ???

As always, any and all advice is welcome.
Thank you so much for reading!

Sincerely,
L
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naturegirl321



Joined: 04 May 2003
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Location: home sweet home

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See my PM. YOu're a licensed teacher, right? Head towards the intl schools, look at www.tes.co.uk

I'd go the school route, more money and benefits. IF you want to work for institutes, you'll have no probs finding work, but you might have to work at a couple of institutes to earn engouh. Also, they won't get you a work visa. ONly schools will. Britanico does, it's the only institute. Expect 700 usd a month http://www.eslcafe.com/joblist/index.cgi?read=19355

To get a job, you go to the top institutes in lima and knock on doors. YOu could also try to get private students. Anytime, except during holidays is a good time to find work.

I personally hate Lima, so I'm not the best person to convince you to come here. YOu can make enough money, but it's dirty, filled with uneducated people, and you work yourself to death.
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sistaray



Joined: 25 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: to death? Reply with quote

Work yourself to death? Only if you choose to do so.

I worked as few as 10 hours a week and got by just fine in Lima...
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: to death? Reply with quote

sistaray wrote:
Work yourself to death? Only if you choose to do so.

I worked as few as 10 hours a week and got by just fine in Lima...


Where did you live? Rent is the biggest expense. If you can live in a cheap place you can survive. What were you making an hour?
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sistaray



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lived: in el centro.

Earned: $8-10/hr


Most people don't want to live in el Centro, fine. And, I wasn't always working only 10 hours a week. And, and, my standard of living is maybe lower than most. But still. Lima can be done on the cheap...
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sistaray wrote:
Lived: in el centro.
Earned: $8-10/hr
Most people don't want to live in el Centro, fine. And, I wasn't always working only 10 hours a week. And, and, my standard of living is maybe lower than most. But still. Lima can be done on the cheap...


Yep, wow, there are nice places in El Centro, I just don't know where they are since I have just been to RREE and migraciones.

Lima can be done ont he cheap, especailly if you live like a local.
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gungediana



Joined: 06 Apr 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lima's great fun I think. Maybe the others have just been there for too long.

There's loads to do, going out in Lima is soooooo much fun. The most fun I've ever had in my life.
You could do Lima on the cheap, but then you'd be missing out on a lot too.

Well, enjoy it. BTW I recommend Barranco as a cracking place to go out!
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, Lima's good, for about a week. I've been here three years and hate it. HOw long were you here for?
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gungediana



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in Lima about 4-5 months in 2007.

I used to post on this forum under the avatar 'tomteacher'.

I'm thinking of going back to Peru again. I loved it there. I have spare time on my hands now so I'll start posting regularly.
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