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Old 10-22-2010, 07:02 PM   #1
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Job opportunities as you rode through the Americas...

I was wondering if anyone had had the opportunity to get a very temporary job while passing through Central or South America...you know, for gas/food money.

Also, has anyone been offered a job more along the lines of "short term" that you couldn't take or that you took? (even better)

Last but not least, has anyone resorted to playing music at a square or something like that? any success?

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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Lots of luck,, workers in most of those places are paid min. wages,,,or less... Playing music????,, you will probably want to stop when the cops walk by... IMHO
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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well, that's why I was just wondering...maybe someone decided to stay in one place for a while. I dunno, I'm bored and just asking....

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Old 10-23-2010, 05:39 AM   #4
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Nobody pays people to play music downtown.

They pay them to be quiet.

Collect aluminum cans. Some states have a nickle or dime deposit. I can buy a case of pop in Indiana for 2.99 and get 2.40 in deposit back in Michigan.

Moving companies often need help to load and unload furniture trucks.

Advertise on Craigslist for cash jobs.

Most cities have a Manpower office or equal temporary job agency, requires photo ID and social security number.

Carnivals and special events (concerts etc) are short term jobs.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:54 AM   #5
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You can always sell blood, seems to go for a premium here in old retirement communities where the cut off age is 60 to donate.
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Old 10-23-2010, 10:31 AM   #6
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GUys...guys, focus, I was asking if "someone in this forum" had done this on their way to South America, not in the US.
I'm not looking for a job or anything like that...just asking if someone had done this. It is one of those things riders never mention or comment on.
I think GatoGato did it but I'm not sure.

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Old 10-23-2010, 01:44 PM   #7
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I know an American girl who has posted here who traveled around southern Mexico selling candles and bracelets to tourists and other suckers. She didn't make any money, ended up pregnant, moved home to have the baby. She did a lot of drugs but not as many as her friends. Nowdays the police aren't as kind to foreign hippies.

Some kids I've known have tended bar and/or worked in foreign-catering hostels. Usually they're rich kids who like to get high a lot.

If you have a real tourist skill, like ski instructor or scuba dive master, then you might get something.

If you do something that competes with local talent, you'll either be poor or get your ass kicked.

If you come here and yell at us, we'll ignore you or hijack the thread. What kind of oil do you use?
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:48 PM   #8
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You can work on the internet from wherever you are, try odesk.com.

Alternatively you could perhaps work on a boat that's traversing the Americas, lots of information of this on the internet.

Although I think you mean working for a business located in Latin America? If so then perhaps your only real option is teaching English but you had better know how to budget before attempting this.....
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:56 PM   #9
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If you come here and yell at us, we'll ignore you or hijack the thread.
If people can't be bothered to read the question, they should get yelled at, dick.



If you can tend bar, cook (really cook, not just scorching hashbrowns at a diner), work on 2 strokes (scooters), and the aforementioned tourism trades, then yes, you can make a little money.
Wages are low in those places, so don't expect to make much at all.

Being a mechanic or a cook is a marketable skill almost anywhere. You can even trade for food or gasoline or a night under a roof.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:41 PM   #10
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Cool guys, thanks!

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Old 10-23-2010, 09:25 PM   #11
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If people can't be bothered to read the question, they should get yelled at, dick.



If you can tend bar, cook (really cook, not just scorching hashbrowns at a diner), work on 2 strokes (scooters), and the aforementioned tourism trades, then yes, you can make a little money.
Wages are low in those places, so don't expect to make much at all.

Being a mechanic or a cook is a marketable skill almost anywhere. You can even trade for food or gasoline or a night under a roof.
I read the original question. I actually do work in Panama. And I've been offered jobs in Mexico and Argentina. Tell us about your work experience in Latin America.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:17 PM   #12
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I read the original question. I actually do work in Panama. And I've been offered jobs in Mexico and Argentina. Tell us about your work experience in Latin America.
Wow, people in this forum sure are getting their panties in a wad a lot lately. I must come here more often!!
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:38 AM   #13
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I'm amazed that the unemployment is so low in central America that they would even consider hiring Americans. In all honesty, unless you're seeking work as a mule (not the animal), or bartender or scuba instructor, don't expect anything legit.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:09 PM   #14
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It makes no sense to bust your ass in SA for $30/day or whatever when you cam make $200/day in the US. Just save up more money in the US.

If you have a special skill that fetches good money, you probably don't need us to point it out to you as you would already know.
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:52 PM   #15
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What kind of work can you do?
I self financed a 3 year stint once working my way around.
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