How to get a job in Cuba? A quick guide for foreigners

If you have already a work permit, or you are Cuban or a Cuban Cypriot, you can just go down to see how to find a job in Cuba.
If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing you need to do is to find a job. So go down to see how to find a job in Cuba.


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How to get a work permit in Cuba?

A work visa for Cuba is required if you meet the following criteria:
The Cuban consulate will be able to provide you with documentation verifying your right to live in Cuba.
 
Certificates, or other credentials that verify you have the necessary skills for the position.

Can you work in Cuba without knowing Spanish?

It depends on the work you are looking for. Some people will tell that you will have no chance of getting to work without learning Spanish unless you are qualified to teach English or some other language that is widely taughtCuba. Some other people will tell you that they lived and worked for years in Spanish with just enough Cuba to order at a restaurant or to get a taxi.
If an employer is interested in hiring you from abroad, your knowledge of Spanish will probably not be important. So try to find a job and then worry about becoming fluent in Spanish later.

How to find a Job in Cuba? 

You can start looking around at some useful job listing websites.

  • Google: when you start job hunting, a simple google search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Arabic tutor in Gaziantep” or “Delivery driver in Ankara”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.
  • Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.
  • Computrabajo: A well-known website for Cuba
  • The planet D: A page to get connected with friends

Jobs in Cuba you can do

Part-time work 

Part-time work is available throughout Cuba, especially in tourism (tourism). You won’t be well-paid for this kind of job, and as a result, it’s better for those young people who don’t want to save. For example, if you’re working in a bar, you might get paid enough for your rent.

Note also that many part-time jobs pay in cash and employers will not be sponsoring work visas. Although this is usually not an issue, you should be conscious that you can work in certain cases. Also, you should not any expect protection from dishonest employers.

Teaching English in Cuba

In case you are not able to secure a teaching job before you arrive in Cuba. Then you will need to visit schools in person to ask about openings. You must have advanced degrees and certifications for teaching to get the best jobs.

Try visiting some private schools if you feel your qualifications may be lacking. Make sure you have your passport, a copy of your degree, a teaching certificate, and a resume.