Argentina is very short on jobs – many locals are unemployed or underemployed – and foreign travelers shouldn’t expect to find any work other than teaching English. Working out of an institute, native English speakers (certified or not) can earn about AR$10 to AR$20 per hour, hardly a livable wage and definitely one that won’t reap you any savings. When planning, you should take into account slow periods like January and February, when many locals leave town on vacation. Most teachers work ‘illegally, ’ heading over to Uruguay every three months for a new visa.
Traditionally, business hours in Argentina commence by 8am and break at midday siesta (rest) for three or even four hours, during which people return home for lunch and a brief nap. After siesta, shops reopen until 8pm or 9pm. This schedule is still common in the provinces, but government offices and many businesses in Buenos Aires have adopted a more conventional 8am to 5pm schedule in the interests of ‘greater efficiency.’
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