How to earn some money while traveling in South America

How to earn some money while traveling in South America

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South America is quickly becoming a much desired destination amongst travelers. In the past, South America didn’t have the attention it now has and travelling to most of the countries was a one of a kind adventure. Now, South America, form Argentina to Colombia, is full of travelers of all sorts and foreigners that have stayed and settled down in this amazing part of the American continent. There are many ways to travel around South America and it is very cheap due to the currency exchange rate between some currencies and the dollar. But if you are looking for adventure and work at the same time, you can find work easily in certain types of jobs that are more designed to supply the demand of foreigners that seek to work while they travel or because they want to stay in certain city for a few more months. In some countries foreigners  are  good and cheap labor which can be hired, rather informally, to cover jobs that require language skills or traveling experience such as hostel and bar jobs and translation projects. Let´s take a look at those jobs that allow people from around the world to travel and make a little pocket money in South America.

A lot of travelers, especially back packers, have skills for handmade products and artistic production, including performance.  There are many fairs and markets that feature handmade and art products in their facilities. Parks and Sunday gatherings at central squares are very common and can generate a lot of income for those who know how to handle crowds.  The art productions can be anything like paintings, cartoons, craft skills or making jewelry and creativity gets highly recognized when you put it on display. This combined with the ability to gather people and catch their attention, represents enough income to pay for traveling expenses. Backpackers and travelers say that Argentinian backpackers are the best at gathering crowds by creating pieces of artwork in front of everybody´s eyes.

 

Image courtesy of Stan Lupo at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Stan Lupo at Flickr.com

One thing is to make and sell products in fairs and markets. But there is another way to make good cash by using performance and art. If you have a skill as a Busker or a street performer, a passion for music or acting or have a rare skill you can make some extra cash in South American lands. There is something about South America and certain countries and it seems like people enjoy being entertained.  Crowds of locals gather around one of a kind spectacles and always offer a friendly tip for the act. Yes, in traffic lights, in parks, in the streets, in city centers, performers are everywhere and people don’t seem to get enough of them. If you have a talent and are not embarrassed to show it, or if you are into the world of the arts, South America promises some cash to help you continue your journey.

In many countries in South America, especially the ones that have high movement of foreign travelers, foreigners that speak in English are required to take jobs at hostels and bars. Cities have their special zones where bars and restaurants are, and it is there where foreigners with good English skills come handy.  Nowadays a lot of South American cities are full with travelers from all over the world that go to the bars to enjoy the night life of the city. Foreigners are the perfect hosts at bars as they easily relate with the travelers. Sometimes the payment is not very good but travelers can get a good deal with meals and bed to continue with their journey. Another place that requires foreigners, with medium English skills, are the hostels. Hostels are designed for budget travelers and are looking for ways to save money in their expenses. It is a common practice now that travelers work shifts at hostels as they know the language and relate better to the needs of the tourist. The payment may not be all good but hostels exchange food and bed for working shifts and that will save you some money or allow you to stay longer in a city.

And of course, the very well-known travelling job, English teaching. In South America countries have had the need to learn English as a second language in order to make business with other countries in the world that have arrived in south America seeking free trade agreements that give them amazing benefits in labor and raw material. Thus, many institutes look for native English speakers with a degree in English as a second language or at least some experience teaching English to cover English teaching positions. Also, private classes are in high demand at the moment and represent a very good income.

Now that South America is a common destination to travel and backpack, it is good to know what skills to have in order to save some money while you travel or if you decide to stay in any of those beautiful countries.

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