Have you ever wondered what you kind of job you could possibly find if you were to move to Lima? There is no short answer to this question that is being posed more and more often recently.
However, there are four major paths that prospective international travellers ought to consider as a starting point:
- English Teaching
This is not to say that there are no other sectors worthy of looking into or that it is impossible to get a job in any other area other than these. This article only aims to provide a very brief introduction to the possibilities available in Lima for those who do not know much about this incredible city.
Hospitality and Tourism
It should not come as a surprise that, although Peru is diversifying at an incredible pace, there are still a limited number of sectors to which expats without extraordinary careers have easy access. Peru is widely known within Latin America as having one of the most diverse and rich cuisines. As people in Europe and in other continents become increasingly aware of this, more and more restaurants are opening and looking for workers that can interact with foreign clientele.
There is also a great demand for English speaking guides based in Lima who are knowledgeable, not only of the capital, but also about Machu Picchu, the Amazon rainforest, and other tourist attractions such as Vale do Colca, Cusco, and Arequipa.
There plenty of schools and families looking for tutors so as long as you have some flexibility regarding the wages and being unemployed is almost a choice. Indeed, the number of unemployed in Peru is some of the lowest in Latin America. Keep in mind that well-reputed schools will require teaching qualifications, such as Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). If you are a native speaker, however, it should not be difficult to fulfil the requirements. It is not expected that the teacher has vast experience either. It is recommended to look for these opportunities in job websites, such as Empleos Peru and Xpat Jobs Peru.
With the increasing popularity of Lima as a backpacker tourist destination, the number of people, particularly young westerners, looking for life-changing experiences has also faced a very significant rise over the past decade. Although there is nothing like looking for a non-governmental organization (NGO) while already in Lima, there are plenty of websites that have databases of individuals/organizations looking for volunteers for as little as two weeks and as long as one year.
Many of these are related to agriculture, gardening and, above all, tourism. Not all of them require Spanish-speakers and some of them offer meals and/or pocket money so do not exclude this option while looking for some kind of employment or something to occupy your time while in Peru.
Lima is, at the moment, one of the most attractive cities in Latin America for both those looking for a stable job or for a temporary work experience and there are many once-in-a-lifetime adventures awaiting those who are patient and dedicated enough to spend hours researching the opportunities.