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Working in Bolivia

Although currently Bolivia’s economy is still sustained through foreign assistance, people wishing to work abroad in this mesmerizing and culture-rich South American country, still have several options of finding employment.

If you are a qualified English teacher or, in other words, you have a TEFL certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) you can seek employment in both public and private institutions. Unqualified teachers can also secure a job, but they will generally be asked to forfeit the salary for the first month or two, which is considered a tryout and training period. Private schools also offer foreigners the opportunity to teach science, math, or social studies.

Foreigners also have a higher chance of getting a job in the tourism, hospitality, and services industries, as these are highly developed sectors in Bolivia. For this particular type of jobs, Spanish is not a must, although employers will appreciate a candidate who has some knowledge of the local language. Vocational and technical workers can also find employment in the natural gas, tin, or silver industries.

The salaries might not be too high, especially in the eyes of someone coming from the Western society, but take into account that the cost of living in Bolivia is incomparably cheaper than in Europe or North America.

Any foreigner, regardless of their country of origin, is required to apply for a specific purpose visa if they intend on working in Bolivia. This visa will allow the foreigner to apply for residency and obtain a work permit.


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