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Working in Peru

Many people move to Peru with pre-arranged jobs with international organizations. However, if you're looking to find a job independently in Peru, you do have a few different options. Teaching English is the most common and perhaps the easiest type of employment to find and organize. Teaching jobs abound in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco. See Teaching English in Peru for more information.

Another option (which generally requires a good command of Spanish) is to work in the tourism industry. A number of tour agencies employ foreigners and pay can be reasonable. English-speaking bar and restaurant staff are also in demand for touristy haunts, though wages are low. Backpackers' hostels often hire travelers in return for bed and board.

Working for non-profit organizations is also another possibility, though-unless you're working for a large, international NGO-your salary is likely to be low. See, and for possible job listings in Peru.

The South American Explorers in Lima (Ca. Piura 135, Miraflores, Lima. URL: and Cusco (Ca. Atocsaycuchi 670, San Blas, Cusco) occasionally list job openings. Also try:

  • El Comercio - the national newspaper (
  • Check local newspaper listings
  • (Spanish only)

What visa you will need in order to work in Peru depends on the type of organization you work for. Many people working in more "informal" jobs only have tourist visas; though people on tourist visas are technically not allowed to work, such regulations are laxly enforced. More formal employment will require a business or working visa - see Visas for more information.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Peru: Teaching English In Peru and Traveller Not Tourist.

04 Jun 2012

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