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What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?

Roughly US$400 per month for a full time maid/nanny. Some cook, some don't....speaking French is necessary. Work quality varies wildly! - Jul 23, 2014
Relatively inexpensive compared to UK, but they don't seem to work very hard or fast. We paid 200 per month for a full time maid who also made lunches for us. - Oct 24, 2013
Very available and cheap. We have a nanny, cook, and cleaner - Apr 12, 2012
Local help is available but is much more expensive than in other developing countries, as the cost of living is high. - Aug 3, 2011
Available and moderately affordable - however little english ability is in the country so expect to have to speak in French with your household help. - Jul 16, 2010