We need an Excellent Helper ASAP
- 02-24-2009, 09:59 PM #9MLBW Guest
Well...since we make 20-30K/month then I guess getting a nanny for that exact price won't work. And since where we live no one else has kids--and if they have kids, they also can't afford a helper or a nanny (even sharing the price), sharing a nanny won't work. Rent-a-mum is actually quite expensive and hiring a local HK person is about 2-3 times as much a month as hiring a foreign domestic helper--and it is actually rare to find a local helper who speaks English or even Mandarin as usually they come from a displaced-homemaker training program and have a very low level of education. I had a great helper who was local (a bit more spendy than we wanted but I had no choice as I've said before--my health was in bad shape and we needed someone who didn't live with us) but she has a newborn baby and is not available to work now. So, yeah...I really don't think a domestic helper is for us--we'll work something out, though.
- 02-24-2009, 10:02 PM #10
cost-wise, before we had our first, we REALLY debated getting a helper at all or a part-time, eventually it dawned on us that we would be paying more for an illegal part-time (or even a legal one) than we would for full-time.
for us, it's worked out really well. we've had the same helper for 4 years (our first helper) and we are going to hire her husband as well in the next few months and bring him here from saudi arabia (where he's been working for years).
- 02-24-2009, 10:42 PM #11MLBW Guest
Interesting. By the sound of it, your home has plenty of space to house extra bodies. Ours does not--it's just perfect for the three people in our family and we like it that way--we could move out and get a bigger place if we wanted but it's not necessary and we choose to save the extra money instead and enjoy making creative use of the space we have here. There literally is nowhere for a helper to sleep. Yeah, I just don't want to have a helper living with us...no way, no how. And when we've looked into it before, I always feel like hiring a full-time helper is like adopting an adult family member. Then after reading a lot of the posts here about helpers I feel even more that way. I don't need another child/dependent (not that helpers are children but you do bear a huge responsibility for them) in my home. To me, a helper is like an upgraded babysitter. I want them to be trustworthy and hard-working but I also want them to go home at the end of the day and have their own life several days a week (not just the one day/week that is standard here). So "I want the horse to be good but I don't want the horse to eat grass" so to speak.
- 02-25-2009, 07:43 AM #12
we were lucky, if you read the post about where to live under 18k you'll see what i mean.
- 02-25-2009, 08:29 AM #13Registered User
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Have you tried Caritas?
In my first year in HK, my colleague organised a helper through them. You need someone who can speak Cantonese to organise it. They are locals (some speak Mandarin) and don't cost as much money.
It's quite common though for a helper to work in two households - most of my colleagues (LOCAL) with young kids have organised somewhat similar arrangements. I'm sure it an understood practice because the helper is ONLY minding the kids at a different venue NOT cleaning the other home.
- 02-25-2009, 11:45 PM #14MLBW Guest
- 02-25-2009, 11:51 PM #15MLBW Guest
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