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

Very available and very reasonable. There are reputable services where people can find household help, or you can find advertisements on Facebook groups or through personal (or business) networks. Our current domestic helper has been with us for two years, and we found her through her previous boss, who was a friend/colleague. We pay her about $500 USD/month; this is high compared to the legal going rate. - Jul 2019

It is less then in the U.S. but more than other Latin American countries. - Jun 2015

Labor laws here are very protective of domestic help and make it difficult and tricky, though not impossible to have a nanny or housekeeper. Make sure you understand the labor laws and manage your own and the employee's expectations. This a "sue happy" culture in which the man, i.e. the employer, never wins! - Aug 2014

Easily available and used to be quite inexpensive, but everything is going up. - Aug 2011

Help is available, we pay about $5 an hour. - May 2011

Very available & very inexpensive. - Jul 2008

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