Earning Money to Live in the Philippines.
(Last updated 20 June 2017)
- 0.1 Everyone Wants a Good Paying Job
- 0.2 In General a Foreigner Does NOT Want a Job in the Philippines
- 0.3 So When in the Philippines Do As the Filipinos Do
- 0.4 But Overseas Foreigner Workers Are What I want To Mention Here
- 0.5 I’m Not Really Talking About Sailing on the Northwestern
- 0.6 You Don’t Have To Work on a Crab Boat
- 0.8 Ideal Candidate
- 0.9 So Before You Write and Tell Me You Wouldn’t Want To Do This:
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Earning a living in the Philippines is one of my most common subjects and one of my most frequently asked questions (FAQS) both on the blog and in my emails and social media sites.
Everyone Wants a Good Paying Job
That’s the gist of what I get queried about most of the time. But the truth is, for the vast majority of people, it just ain’t going to happen. Sorry to be blunt, but “shining you on” with a lot of smoke and mirrors and nice-nice talk wastes both my time and yours.
I used to list a number of online agencies who say they list jobs in the Philippines, but the more I looked in to any of them, the more I concluded that there are just not any jobs listed there which I would recommend to my foreigner friends … and damn few that I would even tell any of my Filipino friends about either. That’s why I have gotten rid of all my dedicated “Jobs” advertising .. providing false hope and substandard “sketchy” opportunities certainly doesn’t serve my readership well.
In General a Foreigner Does NOT Want a Job in the Philippines
See this 10 Reasons You Don’t Want A Job In The Philippines for further information, and don’t argue with me, this is my opinion and your experience may differ, YMMV (Google it if you don’t know what it means).
There are some golden opportunities for a few fortunate and (important to note) highly qualified folks (some good info here ), but in general this doesn’t even come close to including folks like you and I.
So When in the Philippines Do As the Filipinos Do
Something like 600,000 Filipinos every year solve their challenge to find meaningful employment by taking up jobs overseas.
They are what’s commonly known as OFW’s. (By the way that stands for Overseas Filipino Workers, not Overseas Foreign Workers).
But Overseas Foreigner Workers Are What I want To Mention Here
Specifically my own acronym I just coined, OAW’s (Overseas American Workers). Specifically, for those who want to live in the Philippines but don’t have enough income, why not move here and spend part of the year working elsewhere.
Is this idea “ideal”? Well, not hardly. But answer me this. Is living in the Staes, running “in the man;s” hamster wheel every day, getting older and deeper in debt while you dream about living in the Philippines any MORE ideal? It’s a personal decision for each and every one of us, but personally I would chose to go to the Philippines now, not waiting until I become an old, sick man.
I’m Not Really Talking About Sailing on the Northwestern
Very few of my readers are even physically qualified to start work as a deckhand on a crab boat.
But most Americans know abut the guys who do work the crab boats and often earn $50,000 USD for a couple months hard work. We (the Internet community that is) asked Captain Sig directly for advice on finding a fishing boat job in Alaska. Here’s what he said:
The best way to find a fishing job in Alaska is to get yourself up to Alaska with a job at one of the fish processors. The main companies in Dutch Harbor are Icicle, Trident, Westward, Unisea, Peter Pan and Royal Aleutian Seafoods.
If you get a job with one of these companies they usually pay for your airfare from the lower 48 to Alaska. The seafood processors provide you with room and board too. The pay is OK and you get a chance to check out Alaska and meet the boats as they come in. This way, they get to know you personally and you might have a shot at a job if a vessel needs an extra hand.
Thanks for your interest – AND Good Luck! Sig, Norman and Edgar, Northwestern and Alaskan Fishing Jobs
You Don’t Have To Work on a Crab Boat
How about just going to Alaska this time of year (summer), when the climate there is very nice, and working a month or two, coming away with $10k or even $20k to carry you though the other 10 months of the year back here in the Philippines?
Here’s just one of many such opportunities:
We are looking for hard working employees who have the mind set to not quit and know how to push through those hard days because they know the return of a LARGE PAYCHECK is so worth it. …
…During the peak of the season, fishing is heavy and a tremendous amount of work is compressed into a short period of time. Employees will work up to 16 hours a day 7 days a week with no days off. When the fish is there it’s MONEY making time and we need employees to be committed to the job. …
Red Salmon Cannery provides FREE room and board to all employees who successfully complete the entire season. Separate male and female quarters will be provided that house 2 to 4 people. Linens are also provided at no cost as well as a laundry services. …
3 meals a day and all the break food you could want is provided to employees FREEof cost. Red Salmon Cannery also has an amazing baker that makes the best donuts in all of Alaska!!!
All employee personal protective equipment such as boots rain gear and gloves are provided FREE of cost. …
and there’s more here;
So Before You Write and Tell Me You Wouldn’t Want To Do This:
Just remember, there are many ways to earn enough money to live here in the Philippines. Many of you don’t care for articles I write about how you can earn a living right here at your keyboard in the Philippines, and that’s OK.
But there certainly are other ways …and this has been one of them 😉 You don’t have to Earn from where you choose to Live.
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