Malabo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Don't know the process to find someone, as we inherited from the previous occupants. We pay US $350/month for 12 hours of cleaning/cooking (one 8-hr day, one 4-hr day) per week, plus grocery shopping. Usually cleaning, cooking, childcare. - Apr 2021

Cost is around 600800 $ for a 40/h week job. - Apr 2021

This is difficult.  Again, it is better to know someone who can give you a recommendation for domestic help, rather than search out on your own. Usually USD$30 for a full day. You would typically have a gardener, housekeeper/cook, and gate guard. Mostly, it is the immigrants from neighboring (mainland) countries that do the hard labor jobs.  They are also more likely to speak English than an Equatoguinean, although many local youth (ages 18-35) are working to improve their English skills. - Jul 2020

Most expats pay 15,000 CFA or 20,000 CFA per day (about 30 or 35 USD). The people who live on compound currently use the same person because she is very good. - Aug 2017

Lots of availability. Cost is higher than in surrounding African countries but still reasonable. - Sep 2014

I understand a maid a couple of times a week is pretty affordable, but you may have a hard time getting things as clean as you may expect. - Jun 2012

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