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> Longterm Travelling/Working in Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
jphillip
post Jun 3 2009, 12:18 PM
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My best friend and I are hoping to be in Buenos Aires for about six months, but we have a few questions before we go.

1. Can you recommend any traveler's insurance?

2. Are work visas necessary? What kind of jobs can you get if you don't have a work visas?

3. Good neighborhoods to look for housing in/good hostels?

4. Would you recommend getting TEFL certified if we are thinking about teaching english or tutoring?

Thanks for any useful tips you can give us!
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post Jun 3 2009, 12:26 PM
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Well...I have travel insurance but I've never had to use it. It's with ManuLife, so I'm not a good source on that...

TravelPod gets some money every time someone buys insurance from the green link at the top of the page, so maybe you'll want to try that. Manulife is one of the companies that is featured there.

2. and 4. I would say that applying for a work visa and having TEFL before you go is always a good idea. Being prepared is a good thing, but probably not a necessary thing.

3. Good neighbourhoods: I know there are LOTS of parks in Buenos Aires, so you might want to find a place near a park, but those places might also be expensive, I guess it depends on how much money you have.

Check out some blogs and maybe you'll be inspired on an area to live in: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/...Aires/tpod.html


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post Jun 3 2009, 12:46 PM
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Awesome! Thanks a bunch!

Are there a lot of jobs off the books? If so, what kind of jobs are those? We'll have temporary stay visas, but no work visas so we figured that would be okay for off the books jobs.
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post Jun 3 2009, 12:47 PM
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Did you try and get a work visa?


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post Jun 3 2009, 02:27 PM
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I think you will be pretty hard pressed to get a work visa unless you have a contact in Argentina. You can usually get teaching jobs if you have previous experience. Better still if you are TEFL certified. Don't expect to be hired at a living wage if you have never taught before. Other than teaching, you will find very few other opportunities in South America. Keep in mind that the unemployment rate is about the same as the United States at present, but wages are relatively low by North American standards.

Here is a good site on work conditions in Argentina, a bit dated (2004) and doesn't address foreign workers.
http://www.justlanded.com/english/Argentin...tina-Guide/Jobs

Do keep in mind that working without a proper visa in Argentina will label you as an illegal alien, though it is highly improbable you will ever get caught out during the short time you will be there.

If you can't get employment, at least you will find that living expenses are substantially below those of North America.


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post Jul 29 2009, 10:17 PM
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Hi !!

Ive just returned from BA where Ive stayed 2 months. Ive stayed in an apartment in Palermo, I found it cheaper and a great option as they offer the same servicies of a hotel.
There are a lot of agencies that rent apartments, Ive used at first one but then I was recomended of two apartments in Palermo that the owners had put for temporary rental and Ive contacted them. The apartments are GREAT, similar a five stars rooms. They are called Alma Urbana, but I think they dont have their website yet....

For the traveler insurence, Ive done it directly with my travel agency in BA , I think it was TRAVEL ACE...

Hope this information helps!!

Count on me for anu furthe information,
Francesco
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