What is the availability and cost of household help, and what types of help are typically employed by expatriates?
Household help quality and rates very greatly. Most expats in the U.S. embassy community employ household help for washing clothes, dusting and washing kitchen dishes. Pricing seems to range from 120.000 BF to 250.000 BF for help 3 times per week. Additionally, a number of people employ gardeners to cut the grass, trim plants and occasionally manage a small vegetable garden. Rates seem to be 100.000 BF to 175.000 BF per month for help 3-5 times per week. - Nov 2017
Available at about $95-125 per month for a cook/housekeeper. More for nannies, less for gardeners. - Aug 2015
Definitely available - we pay about $150/mo for a cook/housekeeper who works Mon - Fri and prepares lunch for us. He works 7 - 8 hours a day. We'll be increasing his pay this month to $200 because inflation is really hurting Burundians these days. - Aug 2009
Widely available for US$80 to $120 a month, depending on the services you want. - Oct 2008