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Visa and job questions for Lima-Please help!

 
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AnnitaSudAmerica



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:24 am    Post subject: Visa and job questions for Lima-Please help! Reply with quote

Hello all,

To introduce myself, my name is Anna. I have been trying to find information about living and working in LIMA, Peru. I have searched the internet up and down, seen the Ultimate Peru List, the LA Job List and I have joined various forums that deal with finding employment in Peru. I will be buying a plane ticket and moving there in December (2008) and I will be staying for at least three years. I have been looking online for jobs on www.expatperu.com, www.livinginperu.com, among others, and have received various postings from NatureGirl (THANKS SO MUCH!!!). I was hoping to find a position as a full-time English teacher either in an institute, school or university (from what I gather the institutes and universities are the best). I would even consider working for an international company that needs bilingual/international individuals. I have my BA, and TEFL Certificate and I have been teaching English to adults and children (of all ages) for the past year. I am also fully bilingual (Spanish and English).

I didn't really know how to officially begin this job hunt, so, I signed up on this forum. Before heading out in December I would like to secure a job and receive a visa allowing me to stay legally for at least a year, however, from the info that I have read, this seems to be very difficult (plus, the internet is not the best way to find jobs in Peru). I was wondering if simply applying for a tourist visa would be the best bet? It would give me a chance to personally make an appearance at different teaching locations. From what I have read I can renue my tourist visa as many as 3 times? I was also thinking there might be a higher probability I would get hired more quickly because of the length of time I am able and willing to stay (?). Hopefully I could receive a visa from my employer, however, that all depends on the employer! In all, I prefer to be legal while living in Peru.

I know there are certain programs such as TEFLJobPlacement.com that could help me, however, they also charge a fee. Would this be a good idea? What's more, they seem to only offer job placement in Cuzco...where I will probably not be living.

I have never traveled to Peru before, but I do have contacts currently living there who would like to help me, however, they are not familiar with the English teaching world and I am not sure how much they would be able to help me with in the end.

So, if ANYONE has any kind of advice, it would be so greatly appreciated! I'm sure many of you have gone through the whole process and possibly had the same questions. In advance, thanks so much for taking the time to read this,I appreciate it! I know it's a long post...
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naturegirl321



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For visas, try UDEP in Piura, FLEMING in Trujillo, and most schools in Lima.

The Peru Job Bulletin has the latest jobs. For Lima, you could try schools.

Working under the table is done by many people, perhaps not the best way to go, but doable.

Check your PM.

TeFL Job Placement, um, not the best, just because of the fee.
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