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Working in Venezuela

In many regards, but in particular from an economic, social, and educational point of view, Venezuela is a country of contrasts. This, coupled with the country’s infamous international reputation, makes Venezuela one of the least likely choices for a foreigner seeking employment. However, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities for those wishing to experience the Venezuelan lifestyle.

Qualified English teachers are the most likely to find employment in Venezuela. If you would be interested in teaching English, look for job openings at English-teaching institutions, such as the British Council, or at private language schools, as these are better paid.  

Since the oil and petroleum industry is one of the best developed in Venezuela, skilled foreigners have the opportunity to be hired in this field of activity. Other options include working for a multi-national organisation which operates on Venezuelan territory. For this type of jobs, a bachelor’s degree, at the very least, is required. In order to be eligible for employment in Venezuela, you will have to apply for a work visa. In addition, having knowledge of the Spanish language can increase your chances of getting hired.

Venezuelans are open and friendly people and they tend to be informal even in a business environment. However, proving your business knowledge and skills is a must in order to be appreciated as an employee. Although the typically work day is eight hours, businesses tend to operate on a rather flexible schedule. Most offices and businesses also have a two hour lunch break.


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