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panamajames 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?
panamajames replied most recently with:
I like banking out of country. Here is the Federation where I bank. Very safe and secure and they have been functioning now for over 50 years. I have been dealing with them for just over 5 years now. If you are interested, you can contact them in English at It is always a good idea to have some money in another country, and it is all all US dollars. Their English is good, they can tell you their history, and send you application forms. They will even send you an International MasterCard and your monthly statement can be paid off automatically from your savings account, so you are never charged interest. I take my card everywhere I go. Used it in Chile, everywhere I went, Santiago, Vina del great. Also used it in Uruguay, Argentina,Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. And of course in the US and Canada, and all over Central America. Great card......I love it. Ask them their current rates and whatever else you need to know, and definitely you do not have to be a resident of Panama to apply.
suziehammond replied most recently with:
Hi, We have found on this issue that it is a little complex. You DO need a RUT--it is used for everything in Chile. Try and get cable hooked up with it....etc The best thing we did was to get a US account with Charles Schwab Bank. They do not have regular offices everywhere. You do everything online or by mail. Our US funds all go through there first. You can withdraw US or local funds with no fees other than the exchange rate itself. That's right no fees! Additionally their customer service is superb! With your Skype connection you can sort out monetary needs. So nice when you are in a different country and coping with those issues. Suzie Hammond is the author of; I am Not Sure Where I Want to Be -But it's Not Here (Easily Find Your Ideal Relocation Destination) Blog, FREE eZine & Free Special Report-
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victoriamin replied to the thread Senior's Personal Assistant- part time on the Chile forum:
mollyfidget007 initially posted:
Hi there, my family is looking to hire a senior's personal assistant part time in Belloto, Chile (a 30 minute drive from Vina del Mar). I'm half Chilean and half English and have spent my life in the US with my family. My Chilean father is fluent in English and is very involved in my grandparent's lives, and feels like it's time to bring in a personal assistant/aid to help his father out with day-to-day activities. The only issue is that, while my own father loves his country of origin, he's gotten a little too used to how much more professional and punctual Westerners tend to behave in regards to their work obligations. My healthy and independent grandmother understands English while my grandfather does not, and he will probably need an assistant who has a basic level of understanding of the Spanish language, or at least a genuine willingness to become proficient on a basic level. My grandmother will always be around to help translate and answer questions. Please respond to this post if you're interested in working 3 days per week, and only 4 hours per day. My father would be willing to meet you for coffee and to give out his work info if that would make you feel more comfortable meeting the seniors in their home. Thanks a bunch, Molly
victoriamin replied most recently with:
Hi Molly, I just arrived in Vina del Mar on May 21, 2015 and saw your posting this morning for a Senior Assistant. I applied for a Chilean visa on June 1, 2015, so I am awaiting approval on that. First of all, have you found someone for the job? If not, what are the duties needed for the position? You can reach me at I also have a cell number: 7654-5323. I will be in the area for two weeks and have plans to travel south after that time. Sincerely, Jane
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lotomojo replied to the thread Ski Towns or Ski Resorts? on the Chile forum:
lotomojo initially posted:
Hi, My question is about skiing in Chile. It seems to me that the ski areas are all pretty far removed from an actual town where a person could live (at least an hour drive). They seem to be terrific for a week vacation but not so good if a person wanted to live in a town at the base of a mountain like might be found in parts of Europe or the United States. Is that accurate? Are there any ski *towns* in Chile that are actual towns where people live (not just a big resort) and are also within 10 minutes of a ski area? Thanks!
lotomojo replied most recently with:
Thanks, Teo!
Socium replied most recently with:
Well, the upper parts of Santiago, like Arrayan area or upper Las Condes, are less than hour from Farellones, La Parva, two skiing locations. Villarica volcano is located approximately 30-40 minutes from the beautiful town of Pucon. Puerto Varas in southern Chile is located an hour or less from Osorno volcano, on a gorgeous route surrounding lake Llanquihue. The village of Ensenada is small but it is located right at the bottom of the same volcano. Take notice that Villarrica volcano have suffered intense volcanic activity lately. But the town of Pucon has been safe. Many including me, find really attractive to live near an smoking skiing mountain. Enjoy Chile. Teo
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Socium replied to the thread tennis on the Chile forum:
swkoslovsky initially posted:
Just arrived in Santiago and looking for Tennis club and players. I live in Centro near Bellas Artes, and am a 4.0. Anyone out there?
Socium replied most recently with:
Hi Try the phone I gave you on the past post. I called them on Saturday before I wrote here and their secretary answered the call. Regards Teo
swkoslovsky replied most recently with:
Thanks. I've gone by there a couple of times but it always seems to be closed and locked. Have you seen it open recently?
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Socium posted BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES TO FOREIGNERS on the Chile forum:
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:
thelonestranger initially posted:
In the city of Tacna, is it legal to drive golf carts?
Socium replied most recently 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 most recently 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 most recently 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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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 most recently 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 most recently 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 most recently 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 most recently 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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