Most expats and also nearly all wealthier Filipinos have maids.
In our western culture, having a maid is not something that we do, and it can be a difficult adjustment to make for us, because it is so “outside the box”.
Getting a maid in the Philippines is something that has changed drastically in the 14+ years that we have lived in the Philippines. When we first moved to the Philippines you would have people coming to your gate asking for a job as a maid in your house. There were so many such people that you practically had to fight them off with a stick! These days, you have to resort to some different tactics to find anybody who is willing to work as a maid. We have had times when we have gone for months without a maid because it was difficult to find one.
Another problem is finding a maid who is willing to work for a long period of time. I don’t mean long work hours, I mean somebody that you can hire and she will still be with you several years down the road. These days, some people you hire as a maid only make it for days or weeks. For us, we always want to find a longer term person who will fit into the family and become more of a family member than an employee. Luckily, we have usually been able to find this type of person, although it has not always been easy.
Listen to today’s podcast and learn about how to find a maid and other information about having a maid in the Philippines.
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