Work For Americans

by Marc

Hello All, This sight is wonderful because I plan on moving to Cochabamba soon with my Bolivian wife. The only problem is trying to make an income in such a beautiful country with a poor economy. What types of jobs are available for college educated Americans? I'm 26 with a Chemical Engineering degree. My preference does not have to be chemical engineering. I'm willing to do whatever I have to do in order to live in this amazing country and city. If a job is not possible, I would like to start a business with my own niche market. Possibly offering something that is difficult to find in Bolivia but easy to obtain in USA. I would love to meet some great contacts in Cochabamba who have some honest ideas/suggestions for me. Thank you for sharing.

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May 13, 2014
Teach English online
by: David Schneider

There are several online English-teaching programs that pay around $10 an hour. is one. You don't need a teaching credential.

May 12, 2014
Try this
by: Anonymous

We have a great international school in the city. Try with them. The school´s name is AIS/B (the international school of Bolivia). Good luck!

Mar 01, 2014
Moving to Bolivia
by: Oscar

Flying Down South to Stay: I retired after 30 years of hard work in the US and want to move to Bolivia. I'm (and family) looking (prospecting) the opportunity to live and work there or find a niche of our own. Looking for a US Company/Corporation or NGO position. I have degrees in Marriage & Family Counseling, Political Science, and multiple skills with carpentry, ecoculture, teaching military science, personal and property security, arts & crafts hobbist, fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. We like La Paz city and would love to start our journey there.
Please,return my enquire.
Thank you

Oct 10, 2013
work for me in cochabamba
by: Bob

I am a USA attorney with office in Denver Colorado. I live in Cochabamba and employ 6 full time cochabambinos to support my Denver office. I am always looking for perfect English grammar individuals to work for me from home. email me if interested at

Oct 01, 2013
Work online
by: David at

Having lived in South America with my wife and daughter for much of the past 20 years, I can offer some insight on jobs.

Don't work for a Bolivian company or person. Pay is extremely low.

After teaching at schools in Latin America for a total of 3-1/2 years, I would say also avoid that if at all possible, although I'm sure some folks have found decent teaching jobs. Schools tend to take advantage of foreign teachers once they're in the country.

You could try working for an NGO, but I personally don't have any experience with that.

The absolute best way to go, we've found, is to work online for a USA or other high-paying country.

I figured that would be the way to go when working at a school in Ecuador and learning to use the computer back in 1998. So we started searching for REAL as opposed to get-rich-quick jobs on the web.

My wife, then I, then our daughter, all got work doing medical transcription, which worked out really good for years. Now with new privacy laws in the USA it is harder to find MT jobs out of the country. My wife and I no longer do MT but our daughter, who lives in Cochabamba, works as an MT for an Aussie company and earns more money than most doctors in Bolivia.

There are many other types of transcriptions jobs available online, from news reports to business conferences to transcribing for the US Congress committees (yes, we did that, too)and many many more. There likely is something in your field if you type well and spell reasonably well.

The jobs online are growing exponentially. Lately, many friends of ours (we are in Peru with friends in Ecuador, Bolivia) are teaching English online via Skype.

Here is one of the companies they work for.
Note to Bella - edit as you wish :-)

David from

May 13, 2010
Work for Americans
by: BoliviaBella

You might want to try doing a search here. I've set up a job search page that throws back job opportunities in Bolivia. Most of the listings seems to be kind of technical.

The other thing you might want to try is

to see if there are any NGOs that are looking for personnel. Most NGOs here use pretty technical staff because they set up health, agriculture, and income generation programs.

Also contact the American and English-speaking schools. Every considered teaching?

There is also an American school in La Paz and one in Cochabamba.

This is a volunteer organization but they might know of something. Doesn't hurt to ask.

Jindal Steel, although it's having some problems with its contract with the Bolivian government, apparently will be working things out and will probably stay in Bolivia.

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