When I came back out to Peru with the intention of living here, I basically had no idea what I was going to do for cash (something I had very little of upon arrival). Teaching English was the obvious option, but it certainly wasn’t something I longed to do.
I’d brought my laptop from the UK, with this little idea in the dark depths of my mind that I’d make a living writing. It was a sketchy plan at best, but I threw myself into it with aplomb, learning as much as I could about being a freelancer. Financial meanderings, ups and downs, bad months and good months have been with me ever since. It hasn’t been easy, for sure, but it’s how I’ve paid my way for the last two and a half years in Tarapoto.
A New Peru Travel Writing Job
I’ve been on the up slowly but surely, trying to make a name for myself as a Peru-based travel writer. Recently, I had an application accepted to try out for a newly created Peru Travel Guide position for About.com, part of The New York Times Company.
After a reasonably intense one-month test period (during which TarapotoLife, and pretty much everything else, was put to one side), I was offered a contract. I’m not the kind of guy who jumps up and down in celebration, calling all his friends and clapping his hands in a bubbly and buoyant fashion, but I was definitely chuffed (is that an English expression?).
Anyway, my new Peru Travel site has just gone live, so feel free to head over and have a look around. It’s not bursting with articles just yet, but it will definitely get there.
My Peru Blogs
A huge positive to the About.com gig is that I should now have more time for my two Peru blogs, and more time for travelling around this great nation.
In a nutshell, these are my ongoing Peru projects:
- Freelance writing
- New Peruvian – my main Peru website about Peru
- TarapotoLife – the good old Tarapoto blog; still a hobby rather than a money-maker, but I’m determined to one day get it to come up number one in Google search results when you search for “Tarapoto” (no quotes!).
Thanks for sticking around. And don’t forget: if you’re coming to Tarapoto, I’m normally available for beers…
6 out of 7 women that are happy is a pretty good percentage in any society!
Maybe her nickers were chafing. The 4th back more than makes up for the sour face with her wonderful smile that most women in Tarapoto wear.
You can’t argue with 6 out of 7. The Tarapotinas are certainly a happy bunch, and they really seem to enjoy their parades. If students in the UK had to do a parade like that, half of them would sneak off to the pub after 5 minutes (I know I would, especially if I had to wear a grass skirt).
Hi Tony, I an a Canadian heading to Tarapoto in the next week or so. I would love if you could write my email so I could get some insight into Tarapoto.
I just received your email – will reply in a few minutes!
I was born in Tarapoto and have been living in Canada for the past 12 years… happy to get in touch with you and answer any questions as well!!!
hi mate. I am from England,and looking for work,teaching English in Tarapoto. Any tips of any places I could try?
Tony, thanks for everything. It was a pleasure to meet and spend a little time with you in Tarapoto. We will keep in touch …Me y Mrs. P
It was good fun — and your Ginger Piscos were great! Let me know when you’re heading back this way.
please email me anybody about Tarapoto and regarding finding work as a chef or an English teacher,
Hi Stuart. I’ve been asked about English-teaching opportunities a few times. I’ve never looked personally, but it’s definitely a possibility. You’ll find a few Tarapoto language institutes listed online (serach for something like “instituto idiomas tarapoto”). Best bet is to email some of them for advice or potential job opportunities.
Finding work as a chef is also a good option. Not sure how you’d do that without actually being in Tarapoto. I guess you could email some of the larger hotels, they might be interested. Otherwise, you’d probably need to be here and just look around.