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What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
You can cheaply hire local drivers, which is recommended over the taxi services for safety reasons. Costs run up to 60 USD per week. Likewise, you can pay for household help at a rate of ~3 USD per hour; that rate applies to maids, cooks, and gardeners. - Mar 27, 2017
Domestic help is very reasonable. 5 days a week full day is about US$400-$500 a month. Most people at post get domestic help and in general are very pleased. - Oct 15, 2014
Help is available, it's not that cheap and the quality I'm told is not that great. - Sep 19, 2011
Very available and not too expensive. We pay our nannies/housekeepers approximately $25/day, which is probably on the high end. - Oct 14, 2009
Help is readily available; good help much less so. Word of mouth is important in finding good help, although we found that the help didn't always grasp that expectations and duties would vary, sometimes greatly, between families. Many Embassy families employed a part time gardener (US$60/month), full time nanny/housekeeper (US$300-$500), and part time driver (US$200). Turnover, particularly in gardeners seemed high. I found that Armenian landlords cared more about their fruit trees than about their homes and would have their preferred 'specialist', usually a relative, lined up for an incoming family. Families that required English from their domestics paid more--something like a 20 percent premium on the prices noted above. - Jul 26, 2008
Available and decent. We've been lucky (always check around first and remember, if they've worked for the Brits or Germans first, even better, Americans are way too easy-going on domestic help overseas). We (over)pay at about $4/hour. - Jan 9, 2008