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Working in Peru

Posted by Marco Antonio Mendoza Sunday, April 11, 2010

As most of you may have noticed I haven't posted anything in almost two weeks!  Lately I haven't had much time to write on this blog due to the increase in my hours at work, don't me wrong though I am glad to be working more hours since that translates into more money, which is a good thing but I only wish I had more time to dedicate to this wonderful blog.  A lot of things have happened in my life in the past few weeks, some big and serious some not so much and like most people I am doing my best to confront these changes and adapt accordingly. 

Working in Peru or finding work is not necessarily an easy task for a foreigner (expat), especially if your Spanish isn't up to par, but many have and do manage to find jobs in Peru eventually.  From my own personal observations the job most commonly filled by foreigners and expats are teaching jobs.  English in Peru just like in many other countries is in high demand as most businesses that work with the US (or the UK, I suppose) are understanding the importance of having employees that are competent in English and can communicate in English (WELL).  Outside of businesses in Peru, the boom in tourism has spurred the Peruvian government in the past years to promote English and many today study it, from primary and secondary schools to universities and the hundreds of assorted private institutions that promise everything under the sun all the way to "English for Free"....well sort of!  This high demand in English has also created a large need for quality teachers with native English speakers being highly coveted by institutes and institutions.  This is good news for the foreigner looking for work in Peru since some institutes don't even require their teachers to have a college education in teaching or certification.  These institutes compensate the lack of experience with intensive teacher training courses prior to employment.  Other institutions have more strict restrictions and others are more lenient by only asking that their teachers only possess certain certificates which can be obtained through an online course or a small intensive course. 

Since I came to Peru I have discovered that finding a good job that pays well and on-time (yes this is a REAL BIG problem in Peru) are difficult to find in that particular combination.  Fortunately for this author I managed to find a job (like many others from lands afar) teaching English at a private institute which pays well and on time.  It's a great feeling to be working and to be making money that can support me during my long residence here in Lima.  The consensus among most English teachers in Lima seems to be positive with the exception of the amount of traveling required to get from one job site to the next, but the payoff makes up for this downside. 

For those who are interested in working in Peru I highly recommend The Ultimate Peru List, a website created by an expat who is a professional English teacher,  her site provides interested readers with information regarding how to pursue a teaching job in Peru and where to look.  Aside from teaching information she also has information critical to those planning on living in Peru (for the long run).

I am going to make a stronger effort to continue to bring you more posts, articles and of course beautiful and amazing photos of Peru.

Other great sites for those looking for work in Peru are the following:

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