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Jobs are found in several ways in Bolivia:  mostly by word of mouth, often by personally visiting the business and offering your services and less often from a want-ad or advertisement.  The types of jobs vary, as do their locations.  It is harder to live in the big city.  Though jobs are more plentiful and more varied, the expenses are higher.  Surely, they are much lower than in the United States.  We could direct you to a hotel that charges $5 per night and a restaurant that charges $2 for soup and potatoes with meat and a drink.  Though this is out of the ordinary and likely not up to par with the tastes of spoiled Americans, note that you can live for much less in Bolivia.  We prefer the cheap hotels that allow you to cook and then we buy our own groceries.  If you prefer a nicer hotel with amenities for $20/night, we can show you some, as well.

If you are going to be in a rural area, the types of jobs that you will see most often are agricultural, mechanical, sawmills, and the tourist industry.  That is not to say you couldn’t offer services maintaining or teaching computers, cleaning houses and businesses, or whatever your particular skills are.

The most important thing to remember is to shed the American mindset that you have to make a lot of money to live comfortably.  In the U.S., no matter how hard you try (and many people do not try very hard), it takes a tremendous amount of money to pay the loan on the cars, house, furniture, TV and the insurance on the car, house, medical, not to mention the income tax, capital gains tax, property tax, gift tax, gasoline tax, liquor tax, tobacco tax, sales tax, carpet tacks and thumb tacks!  You get the idea!  At this time still, in the U.S., the I.R.S. requires everybody to purchase expensive Medical Insurance whether they want it or not at thousands of dollars per year!  If you don’t buy it, they will take the money out of your salary or bank account or property sale proceeds, or whatever asset of yours they can get their greedy little hands on!  In Bolivia, without all of those expenses, you are at an advantage in that you have freedom!  You only need to make a fraction of the money you would need to make in the U.S. in order to survive or thrive, whatever your standard of living is.  We can advise you on this more and help you to make the contacts you will need to successfully find employment in Bolivia

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