How to Survive Working in South America

Are you ready to work in South America?

South American countries are unique from other countries around the world, from the local traits to the work ethics. And every Latin country is distinct amongst other neighboring states. Thus, you need to take into consideration some insights before you move to the country for work or for good.

Planning and embracing the diverse characteristics and varied cultures may be tough, so better be geared up ahead of time. To help you survive on your South America journey, check out this guide and for sure you’ll thank us later.

Plan Ahead

Young happy woman with backpack standing on a rock with raised hands and looking to a valley belowBe prepared and plan ahead

Working or living abroad needs carefully planning. You don’t just move to another country because of temporary feelings. It’s more on considering things in the long run. Ask these questions: What country will you work in? How long will you stay in South America? Is your working visa ready? Do you have some relatives in such foreign land? Where will you stay in the country? Are my savings enough?

Be sure to answer these questions before delving into a whole new world. You might be overwhelmed with the foreign surroundings or get disappointed with the whole situation. Moving in a new country is a one hard and mature decision. Don’t be in a rush and keep your thoughts straight.


Learn the Language

Practice your Spanish skills

There are a lot of languages in South America such as English, Portuguese, Dutch, French, Quechua, but the most prominent is Spanish. Before you head on to the unknown, prepare some basic greetings in your vocabulary like Hola, Mucho gusto, Gracías and the like. Learn  the typical day to day words for a smoother conversation.

You can also make use of internet tutorials or Spanish subjects to hone your language. Knowing the language ahead will make your working life in South America easier, promise.

Make New Friends

Hola Amiga!

It’s always better if you have a friend, someone whom you can talk to, someone whom you can share your problems with and someone that will be there for you. Especially in working abroad, there are really times when you get homesick. And if you have friends, you can divert your sadness into happiness.

Go out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Friendships are made in the most unconventional way. Whatever the nationality or race, friends are friends.

Embrace the Culture

Make your life simple by culture appreciation

There are different cultures in South America that you need to take into account. Embracing the different traditions and even the work ethics will make you appreciate your work more. Yes, it will be very hard on the first phase but eventually you will learn how to deal with them.

Unlike other nationalities, Latin American lives by the principle of  “The Take it Easy Time Zone’. It does not mean that South Americans are lazy. They just believe that some things are out of their control. There are also times that they become idle, but it does not affect their productivity.

And as a whole, Latin countries has very interesting political situations, but don’t get too preoccupied with the issues in the government.

Stay Healthy

Eat healthy to stay healthy

One of the most toughest things to handle while working abroad is sickness in all forms, whether it’s physical or emotional sickness. Being miles away from your loved ones is really disheartening and that can be the reason why you get sick.

Yes, living all by yourself or with strange people can test your stamina. But you can avoid getting sick by eating the right food, exercising and living a happy life. Look at the bright side even at the darkest time. Treat yourself once in a while because you deserve it. Sometimes, it’s all about the mindset.

Go on a Vacation

Pack your bags and explore the world

Don’t drown in sorrow and go on a vacation. You deserve to take a break from the hustle and bustle of work life. Since you are in South America, you will have a lot of options to explore. If you want to have a more lively vacation, hike to Machu Picchu, Peru. You can also have a stirring and satisfying trip in Iguazu Falls, Argentina or Angel Falls, Venezuela. For workers who want to try something unique, visit Salar de Uyuni. And if you’re into iconic structure, then the best place for you is Christ the Redeemer.

These are just some of the recognized attractions in South America and there are a lot more. Never limit yourself with happiness because you worked for it. Thus, you’re worth it.


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