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Expat Advice: Working in La Paz, Bolivia

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

La Paz

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

In La Paz there is very little scope for cerrer opportunity. However, Bolivia as a whole now offers excellent opportunities in Gas/Petroleum related positions.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

Independant consultant and advisor on security and related issues in South America. I am an ex-South Africa who moved here after self imposed exile and finding the local job market extremely tough. The language barrier aside, there are several cultural issues and attitudes which are hard to overcome at first. Making influential friends has been the single most deciding factor in becoming effective in this part of the world.

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How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

Currently without work permit. For work permit seekers from USA there are very few restrictions and the local embassy is most helpfull in solving any problems encountered.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

No courses...learnt whilst travelling and meeting people.

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

Learn as much about the country as possible, including but not restricted to language, culture, politics, history and current issues.

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