Latin America has an eclectic mix of capital cities, La Paz, Rio de Janerio, Lima, Santiago, drawing tourists from all over the world who arrive in their droves to learn Spanish, enjoy the food, dance, culture, and Latin American spirit. Buenos Aires however, unlike many of its neighboring South American capitals, has a tendency to draw in its visitors, tempting many to stay and start a new life in the city.
However, the move from tourist to resident requires more than just a cancelled return flight. The holy grail of starting BA expat life, is ´The Job´ or at least a means of earning pesos in some form or another.
Many Buenos Aires expats turn to their entrepreneurial spirit, or, if they are lucky enough, employ a skill that can transfer from their home country, such as massage, hairdressing, journalism or cooking. But for others less fortunate, it’s just not that easy, which is why I´ve compiled a few ideas and some advice for those looking to find paid work in Buenos Aires…
Possible areas to explore:
A great many opportunities exist for English or foreign language speakers who can write well. There are number of foreign language publications and websites in existence in Buenos Aires such as Argentine Independent, Landing Pad BA and the Buenos Aires Herald, to name but a few. Often the publications offer internships or work experience which can be a great way of getting your foot in the door. If you are lucky enough to be an experienced writer, you may be able to get assignments from publications back home.
Au Pairing is a relatively new concept in Argentina, but with agencies such as AuPair in Argentina on the scene, it is becoming increasingly easy for foreigners to find childcare jobs, that are relatively well paid. AuPair in Argentina pairs up Argentine families with foreign language AuPairs with the intention of supporting their child´s foreign language skills
BA is doing a roaring trade in tourism, as a result there are hundreds of language schools, hotels, tourist agencies, concierge services and tour companies that require foreign language speakers. The list is endless, it’s just a case of having the time to research and contact them directly
Due to visa laws and an abundance of waiters and bar staff in Buenos Aires, finding jobs in restaurants and bars can be that little bit tougher than in Europe and the U.S. However, if you can find a bars in areas that are frequented mainly by tourists, or run by foreigners, you are in with a chance.
The most common means of earning a living in Buenos Aires is to teach English as a foreign language. Although a lot of people will say you need a TEFL certificate to begin with, that´s not always the case. Once you have your foot on the ladder and a bit of teaching experience on your resume, you should have no problem. The hardest part is getting that first job. For this I would recommend contacting English schools, multinational companies or look to source private clients via Craigslist or via friends of friends.
Some useful websites
Still haven’t found a job?
From someone who knows many working Expats and is a working Expat herself, the best advice I can give is it´s 100 percent possible so keep trying and…
- Learn Spanish
As quickly as possible. This will widen your job prospects Expanish does Super Intensive Courses to get you speaking Spanish fast
- Be persistent
Don’t give up. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time
- Meet people and network
Tell everyone you meet you are looking for work and its more than likely that somebody will know someone else who is recruiting