If you hire a girl in her 20’s you can run into the trouble of them wanting to go out on their days off to drink or find a boyfriend. If you hire an older woman, you can have problems with their family troubles or members coming to your house.
Well with Mira, our original helper, she was 17 and from the provinces. In all the months here she never made any local friends except with our nieces. She never took a day off to go out except with a niece to do some shopping.
We did have a problem once where she wanted to school. We offered her after a year of employment; we would share in her schooling. There are colleges here that have class on Saturdays and/or Sundays. She agreed to this for the time being.
Well recently, she told my wife she wanted to quit and return home to her family. I am not sure of the reason. Maybe she saved enough from her salary that she feels she can go back home and just enjoy life for a while.
My wife contacted her sister-in-law in Surigao again to help find us a replacement. Linda was the one who found us Mira and girls for helpers and nannies for many of Elena’s friends. This time Linda found us a new girl and brought an older girl to be a helper for a friend.
This new girl is also 17, but talking to her, this is not the first time she worked as a domestic helper for a family; we are just the first family with a Foreigner.
Mira, our original helper has stayed for a week to train the new girl. I also, from our last experience explained to the girl my rules and advice. I hope all works out well since we have a house full. Me, Elena, 3 nieces and a helper.
Time will tell and I will report back of any difficulties.