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What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
Household help is available, but the really good people get snatched up quickly. Many houses seem to rotate the same nannies/cleaning ladies/cooks. We have an Ethiopian woman who cooks/cleans once per week for $140/mo. Americans tend to pay their household staff much more than French expats. Many Embassy personnel also employ day guards to sweep up outside/wash cars/keep an eye out. I do not know the costs for day guards or nannies. - Jun 14, 2016
Ours is US$250/mo. That may go up soon but probably not much. - Aug 14, 2015
Housekeepers are easy to find. Expect to pay at least $14/day plus transport fees. Currently the Americans pay significantly more than the French, who pay significantly more than locals. - Feb 28, 2013
Help is expensive in Djibouti. Availability is hit or miss. There are not a lot of English-speaking housekeepers. - Apr 13, 2010
Domestic help is very available, moderately priced (We paid $200/mo for all-day help three days a week) and of variable quality. We really loved our housekeeper and she did a great job without a lot of prodding. She would shop for us at the local market, wash the veggies and fruits, iron when needed, do the household laundry, and do the regular cleaning. She also took excellent care of our two dogs. It was also possible to find household help that would cook, but I did not know anyone whose cook did much more than basic dishes. - Aug 15, 2008
Low quality and very expensive. - Apr 1, 2008