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Maids in Dominican Republic (Domestic Help)

Generally, servants who are experienced and well trained pass from one expatriate family to another. Although most servants speak only Spanish, a few know some English. Many applicants for domestic work are illiterate and very few have any knowledge of Western cooking or housekeeping. It is best to hire only on the recommendation of another expatriate.

Most expatriates in Santo Domingo employ one servant full-time and those in houses often have a part-time yardman. Single employees often share a maid who cooks, cleans, launders, serves, and may assist with shopping at local stores. Higher income Dominican families with children usually have two or more servants, one acting as nursemaid in addition to assisting with housework. Most expatriates, however, find that cost prohibitive and generally only have one maid who does the cleaning, when not caring for children. Most houses and some apartments have sleeping quarters for one servant. A live-in servant increases the security of the residence by providing the deterrence of a constant presence. During the last several years, however, there has been a decrease in the number of women willing to be live-in maids. Wages for domestics depend upon responsibilities and experience. The employer furnishes all meals, uniforms (if the employer wants domestic help to wear one), and linens, if needed. Additional money is usually paid to cover cost of the servant's daily (public) transportation. It is important to clarify all this, prior to the beginning of employment.

Domestics who have been employed for a year expect a Christmas bonus of one month's salary. Although employers are not required to make social or medical insurance payments, some employers assist servants with medical expenses. Servants customarily work a 5-day week, with a 2-week paid vacation after one year's service.





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