Expat, Peru, Uncategorized

UPDATE – Facing challenges living in Peru

So it has already been over a month since I have returned from my 5 week trip in Chile and Argentina, and what a challenge it has been to be back. I feel like I have not updated you all on my Peruvian living situations, because everything has been focused on my last trip. However, some good things are happening in Peru. I now feel like I have control over handling the chaos of the city. I don’t get as anxious as I used to (the anxiety still exists), and of course there are some bigger challenges to face. My job situation and my legal situation here.

I have been teaching for two companies in Lima, and one pays better than the other and the other is incredibly unstable but still is a source of income. Well, I recently took my own intent to privately teach classes. I printed out posters, placed them in public areas, sent out resumes, posters, and English flyers to the local schools, made craigslist posts, posted on other online platforms including Facebook. I have a few little bites, but nothing incredibly stable. I have also given out slackline class flyers out at the park while slacklining, and for a super cheap price.

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The great thing is, I am making enough for rent and food, but I have so much free time it is driving me nuts. I have been thinking of better ways to invest my time and also to make more money. Here are some things I am looking into to invest my time:

  1. Kickboxing 
  2. Yoga classes
  3. Studying Spanish more regularly 
  4. Continuing to find new ways to make money
  5. Continue writing my book
  6. Continue working out
  7. Read more books (one or two a month)
  8. Online tutoring?

Recently, I was hired on an online tutoring company that my internet speed was qualified for. So! I am hoping to be making some extra money doing that from the comfort of my bedroom! The great thing is, the classes are 30 mins long and it makes pretty good money. I am filling out the paperwork for that company today, and I will give you an update!

Legality issue

So when I came back to Peru, I was told that I was not able to come back, because I had already spent 6 months for this year. The customs lady told me that I had two options.

  1. The first one – She would send me back to Chile
  2. The second one – She would give me two months to figure out my situation

Well, needless to say she gave me two months. So I have around 25ish days until I need to legally leave the country again, and I need to either A) find a company to sponsor a carnet extraneria, stay illegally and pay $1 fine a day, or leave the country again and retry entry. Hmm… do I hear a trip to Ecuador coming??? We will see!! My bag can easily be packed and ready 😉

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So, that is what is going on in my life right now. It is a little messy, but I am sure I will figure it all out with a little bit of time.

Life lessons that are in process:

  1. PATIENCE
  2. How to be creative
  3. How to manage time more efficiently
  4. Learning more about myself
  5. More problem solving
  6. More PATIENCE

Next up for blog posts: Cordoba, Missiones, The Falls of Iguazu, Buenos Aires, and more more more!

Until next time,

Cheers,

Worldwide Chris

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