When looking for a short-term work in Perú, keep in mind that Spanish is the state language. Those who are not Spanish speakers will encounter very limited offers of job positions. The friendliest industries for expats are in IT companies and tourism.
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The availability of short-term positions for expats can vary by the sphere of work.
Among the top requirements, Perú's job market is looking for professionals with experience and technical specialization that can promote development in the organizations. Employers also seek candidates who not only have the required technical or specialized skills, but also socio-emotional ‘soft skills.'
Seasonal tourism-related positions center around the summer/dry season and special dates like Easter, Inti Raymi day (Inca Saint) and July 28th and 29th , Independence days.
You can contact one of many agencies on the market. Most of them specialize in a particular field, such as computers, nursing, secretarial work, accounting, catering, or construction. There are also "Head hunting" agencies that are hired by large companies to recruit executives, managers or professionals.
To find an appropriate agency, look for "employment agencies" in the yellow pages.
Search engines allow you to scan a great variety of jobs and narrow down your search on certain criteria. It is also a good idea to post your CV online so hiring managers can find you. They may also allow you to sign-up for e-mail alerts when new jobs become available.
The following are the biggest search engines available in Perú.
Another way to settle in a country is by working as an "au pair". An au pair is in charge of taking care of the children. He or she will get food and accommodation provided by the family free of charge, and a small allowance in addition (pocket money).
Au pairs are not professional child minders and will not be a qualified nanny. Although there are no set conditions to become an au pair in Lima, females between 19 and 30 are commonly preferred. Experience with children is likely to be demanded, as well as a conversational level of Spanish.
A live-in au pair salary is around $100-$150 per month.
You will find more information in "Au Pair"section of the guide for full details.
Sometimes getting a job is about knowing the right people. Talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have connections in the area you would like to work. Expat events can also be a great way to find out how other expats found work and see if their company has any openings. Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln or expat forums.
Several papers, radio or Tv programs have a helpful classified's section. There are job offers for executives and professionals, as well as sections dedicated to specific professions, like teaching, computers, and media. These include:
Student contract does not exist in Perú. All job positions must be under a part-time or full-time contact.
Those students, who wish to work during their school or university periods, must sign one of the contracts already mentioned.
Working holiday authorisations may be issued only to nationals of Australia as part of a reciprocal agreement between this country and Perú.
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores - Consulado General del Perú en Sydney
Suite 1001/84 Pitt Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
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A youth card or student card can offer you a lot of advantages abroad and it recognises your student status. These international cards will give you discounts abroad and are essential for those taking a gap year or going backpacking:
ISIC (International Student Identity Card) - Issued in over 130 countries, the ISIC card serves as an internationally recognized proof of student status and offers discounts in over 125.000 locations worldwide. It is issued for full-time students over the age of 12. Depending on the country, its price varies from 4 to 25 USD.
The ISIC card can be purchased online or at a local ISIC issuer. You will need a proof of your student status, an ID document, and a passport sized photo. The card is valid up to 16 months; its start and expiration dates depend on the academic year of the country where you purchase the card. To find businesses that give discounts for ISIC card owners see the discounts worldwide. The ISIC offers two additional cards that offer many of the same benefits and discounts and can be obtained either online or at a local issuing office:
What the card offers:
ISE Card (International Student Exchange Card) - An internationally recognized identification card with thousands of discounts in over 80 countries. It is valid for one year from date of issue. Students of ANY age are eligible, as well as faculty members, children and young adults from 12-25. The price is 25 USD and you can purchase it online.
The International Student Card (ISIC) gives you, for example, a discount of almost 50% of the entrance ticket cost to Machu Picchu (from $70 to $41)
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