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Socium posted BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO FOREIGNERS on the Chile forum on April 16, 2015:
I have seen many post of foreigners regarding how difficult is to get a job in Chile. That may be right for English speaking people, but not to Spanish speakers from wherever they come. The restriction is then not due to nationality or being a foreigner, but due to language skills. The next surprise is that salaries are usually well below the expectation of an American citizen. Again, this is the usual, although many skilled professional get good salaries. The cost of living is cheaper than on many locations around the world, unless you want to live in upper classes neighborhoods. However the great advantage of Chile to a foreigner is not in the labor market, but on the business market. You can create a company easily here and compete with locals with the same rules, and export elsewhere. However, the bureaucracy is much dense in Chile than in developed nations. You need to report taxes, social security and other thins, monthly to the State. Fines are heavy if you do not comply on time. But if you are properly advised, you can run a business in Chile and start a new life. My first suggestion is to start in a partnership with a local, so you don't pay the pioneer cost of starting by yourself. Or you can invest in somebody else business in a passive manner while you learn business regulations and about the market. Chile is more a land to start a business than to get a job. As a Business Consultant we can guide you in the process of developing a business. We have some opportunities available or we can find them for you. If you need advise write to
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Socium replied to the thread Golf Carts on the Chile forum on April 16, 2015:
thelonestranger initially posted:
In the city of Tacna, is it legal to drive golf carts?
Socium replied on April 16, 2015 with:
Ask in the Peru forum, lone stranger. Tacna is very close to the Chilean border and to the city of Arica, in Chile. But Tacna is Peruvian city. Teo
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Socium replied to the thread Networking Opportunities for Teachers on the Chile forum:
NRP initially posted:
I am an ESL teacher in Santiago looking for networking opportunities. Where can I find some gatherings, lectures, or seminars where there might be other ESL professionals or people working in education?
Socium replied on April 16, 2015 with:
If you write to me and send me your resume, I can give it to a company name that hires English teachers for Santiago. Although a little complicated on this time of the year. SUGGESTION FOR THOSE WILLING TO TEACH ENGLISH. School and universities start classes on March and they end in December. Second semester starts in August. So, you need to contact institutions in November-December at the latest to start classes in March. During January and February there are vacation for students. However, there may be still some opportunities in case of teaching to employees of companies. Write to me to Teo
drmicrochp replied on April 16, 2015 with:
I'm living in the south, in Victoria (near Temuco) and have been trying to find an English teaching job somewhere in the area for about three months, since obtaining my RUT card. I think that I would have better chances looking for a position in Santiago, but would prefer living somewhere in the South. The networking that goes on (such as it is) seems to be happening in forums like this one (there are others). If there were enough of us or we had enough activity on one of the forums, maybe we could dedicate an online area just for ourselves.
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jbondoux replied to the thread Bank account in Chile on the Chile forum:
RussellO initially posted:
Is it possible for foreigners to open a bank account in dollars and take out dollars?
jbondoux replied on April 16, 2015 with:
Just our experience: we applied for temporaria residency in mid-October with a very comprehensive set of documents, all notarized, legalized and authenticated. No issues were raised, we got our approval letters in mid January, and our Cedulas with RUT numbers in mid-March. Stopped into BancoEstado with one of the Cedulas and walked out within minutes with RUT account, ATM Card, and online transferencia card. Have paid all of our April utility bills online from the RUT account.
Socium replied on April 16, 2015 with:
Some of the comments on this topic are correct, others are incomplete and other are not correct. The RUT number can be obtained by a foreigner just with their passport and tourist VISA. However you need a skilled Chilean professional to represent you at the Tax department to get it. You must be convincing on the arguments. Foreigners normally are shy and some of the bureaucrats enjoy being rude with taxpayers. Besides RUT number allows you to do many things, so, they care that foreigners may eventually fly away and no taxes may be paid. So, a Chilean attorney or Chilean Accountant must accompany you on this sort of things. The same with opening a bank account. There are ways around, if you do it on the name of a company. Legally done. I am a Business Consultant specialized on attending foreigners during 25 years. If I may be of help, write to Mobile 8314 9679 My best regards Teo
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SamHaymon initially posted:
Hi All, I'm Sam, and I'm the design Research Recruiter for IDEO's New York City office ( At IDEO, we use a human-centered, design-based process to work on all sorts of challenges in all sorts of industries, ranging from traditional products and services, to systems and environments, and sometimes future-spotting and culture work. We're heading to Santiago working on a project to redesign the branch banking experience for our client. Along with understanding how banking works here, we're really interested in the cultural nuances of Chile, and thought we might try and speak to some expats to really be able to measure the similarities and differences between Chilean culture and that of the US and Canada. We've put together a dinner in the Historic Center on 7 April and would love to have some of you join us. Dinner would of course be on us, and we'd compensate you 75,000 pesos for your time. Who we're looking for: -American/Canadian Expats living in Santiago -Living there for 7+ years and/or married to a local person If you're interested, please shoot me note back with a bit of information about you and an email address and we'll get in touch. Best, Sam
Shinann replied on April 15, 2015 with:
I know this is after your date, but thought I would give a reply somewhat different from others. I do not live in Santiago, so have little experience of banks there; do have an account in a bank in the south, in Panguipulli (about 35-38 thousand pop.) where I have banked for 11 years. I found the customer service there to be very good--personal and helpful. But then, I originally came to the bank with a friend to open an account and have built up a relationship first with one bank officer, then another, and the bank manager as well. Of course, now, I speak castellano fluently which helps. In every Chilean bank, there is a customer help desk also. Good luck--banking is very different than from the US--and in many ways I prefer it! Shinann
tercermundo replied on April 04, 2015 with:
Sam: Wow, you are taking on a sacred cow-Chilean Banks. I am married to a Chileana and have lived in Chile for 20 years in 2 different cities, Vina Del Mar and Coquimbo. We are now in Santiago preparing for out return to USA in May. My feeling is that, having used 3 different banks here, there is no difference . There is no customer service and all hide behind the bureaucracy. The first answer to any qestion is no that is immpossible. Good luck cracking this nut. Bob Buwalda
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liewald replied to the thread African-American Male perception on the Chile forum:
msquared initially posted:
I am African American, 25 years old, college senior (bachelors in English Writing and Spanish from Indiana University) with a published book and plenty of experience in office jobs under my belt. I am planning to move to Santiago in May in hopes of finding a job. I had a GREAT trip in January in Santiago for two weeks. However, I cannot find anywhere on how I (as an educated black male) might be perceived looking for professional work in Santiago, which obviously did not have lots of blacks. Can anyone (regardless of race) give me ANY insight? ANYTHING? Even if it is second-hand (what you've heard.) I LOVED SANTIAGO.
liewald replied on April 13, 2015 with:
Hi!, Just regarding jobs for non spanish speakers, at Evalueserve we are hiring native (level) English speakers. Business degree prefered but not mandatory. Send me an email walter.liewald at evalueserve dot com
jessibean replied on April 12, 2015 with:
As as african american female living in Chile. They have pretty much no experience with blacks from the US. They are used to islanders mostly who immigrated. What they know about blacks from the US they get from television, which can be annoying. I personally have not experienced any ill-treatment or prejudiced or being looked down on. Professionally, spanish fluency is a MUST. Without Spanish job opportunities are petty much nonexistent. Chileans tend to trust other Chileans first, it's not about race, it's just about trust. Once you earn their trust and prove you are a dependable person they can be very war and accepting. Don't be offended if they want you to teach them ebonics or slang, because all they know is from TV. Secondly, Chile has a lot of educated people, jobs will go to Chileans first, they only go to foreigners who have their permanent residency, are fluent in spanish and most of the times have PHDs. Getting a job in Chile that pays well is extremely difficult as a foreigner, because it's hard for the locals! So for a foreigner it's even harder. So visit more and network as MUCH as you can before moving here.
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catchahat posted small business opportunity on the Chile forum on April 13, 2015:
Hi, I am Vilija, originally from Europe, living in Cuenca, Ecuador and looking for partners to make bisiness with Panama Hats. Hats are handmade in Ecuador but called so because of the Canal builders wearing at the beginning of the XX century. You need not more than few hundred $ to start. For pictures, more info contact
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TravelCasting initially posted:
New Travel Channel series is looking for couples or families that are relocating to Santiago from the United States for work and have either never been to Chile or the country is relatively new to them. Are you having a difficult time deciding whether or not to move? We’d love to help you out with that. For our program, we’d take you and your partner to your potential new home where you’d meet with a relocation expert who will show you some local neighborhoods, introduce you to the local culture and customs, and give you a chance to experience what life might be like for you and your family. Would you be interested in participating? Please let me know by emailing us at! Tell us about yourself, both personally and professionally, why and when you might be moving, your ages, and also please include your picture(s). We look forward to hearing from you!
creativedawn replied on April 08, 2015 with:
Are you still looking for families relocating?
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iain initially posted:
hi all, I live in the UK, and have worked in the airline industry for 32 years. I've just received an insurance payout which I want to use to launch a new life. Here in the UK we've been subjected to the most grotesque chemtrails imaginable for the last at least 4 years. Almost every day - Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn - there are massive spreading, dripping, all-day plumes of white muck from non-CAA aircraft, presumed NATO. If you're flying anywhere from 25,000' to 38,000' you can see them as soon as you arrive over the UK. In fact the trails at that height can actually be seen to congeal and drip over vast distances. It's appalling. The government pretends not to know, but they would have to be cretins not to realise what's going on. Does Ecuador have chemtrails, and is the government really free of the war machine, false-flag, arms business mentality which pervades the UK and US? I was staggered to see that Cameron never criticised Israel for slaughtering more than two thousand civilians last Summer. That was really the last straw. I would arrive in Ecuador with just under a million dollars (US) liquidity and would like to spend my last 10 or 15 years of life there. Any advice would be most welcome - language, people, culture, lifestyle - anything at all from your experience! Many thanks
Picareno replied most recently with:
Greetings all. We've been really taking our time (and unfortunately, our money,) to try to ensure that we end up in the right place for us. We had originally jaunted off to Belize, I think bouyed by all those travel channel shows. We visited sustainable communities, upscale communities, villages and towns and met with a number of realtors. Bottom line was that we both needed more reliable infrastructure, especially during their wet season. What a disappointment and an end to a dream. But what's happened is that we've really honed our list of realistic and very personal needs. Case in point: I'm not the Earth Mother I thought I was (grad of U.C. Berkeley- yikes), so we're now looking for countries with better infrastructure, as well as stable economies. So far, we've loved both Chile and Uruguay. Chile is not a "free" country and is, in fact, more bureaucratic than the USA, if you can imagine. BUT, They're also more efficient, hence their very high rating. Uruguay is not quite as efficient, but much friendlier and "down to earth." with a stable economy, as well. We loved them both and I expect our choice will be one of these two. We are off to Nicaragua, but I think the heat and poverty (not a huge middle class there) will take it off the list. Anyway, I guess I'm just saying that if you have the time...and money (gulp) visiting and doing due diligence (not just blogging, folks) can keep you from making life-altering mistakes. Good luck to us all!
Picareno replied most recently with:
Guys, please understand that the myth of running away to a foreign land and expecting that land to sanction any income from employment or, worse still, investment interest, is a least for US citizens. We've been researching this dream. The "Foreign Accounts and Tax Complicance Act (FATCA), requires foreign banks to report the incomes of US citizens to the IRS, or incur a penalty themselves. So, in theory, if you can find a bank that will "hide" your income, you will probably need to pay them to cover the penalty if it is levied. An excellent article explaining all this has just been simplified and published at Once you drop your US citizenship, this obviously changes your connection to the USA. But, PLEASE research this and two other laws before you skip off to Never-Never-Land. If avoiding taxes is your goal, you may wish to rethink why you are expatriating. Good luck.
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