Travelers looking for a paid job in Venezuela will almost always be disappointed. The economy is not strong enough to take on foreigners for casual jobs. Qualified English teachers have the best chance of getting a job, yet it’s still hard to arrange work once in the country. Try English-teaching institutions such as the British Council (www.britishcouncil.com), private language schools or linguistic departments at universities. Note that you need a work visa to work legally in Venezuela. Sure it’s possible to get a job without a visa, but you run the risk of exploitation or refusal to pay by your employer with no legal recourse.
Fixed business hours may exist theoretically in Venezuela, but, in practice, opening and closing hours are relatively fluid. The working day is supposedly eight hours, from 8am to noon and 2pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, but many businesses work shorter hours. Almost all offices, including tourist offices, are closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Usual shopping hours are 9am to 6pm or 7pm weekdays, and a half-day on Saturday (9am to 1pm). Many shops close for lunch but some work without a lunchtime break. Restaurants normally open from around noon to 9pm or 11pm, but many are closed on Sunday.
Most museums are open on Sunday but closed on Monday.
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