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Household help, otherwise known as “ayis” (also means “aunties”), are very common. Almost all expat families employ an ayi at least part-time to help with cleaning. Most families with children will have a full-time ayi to help with child-care, cleaning, and cooking. Ayis are also tasked with running domestic errands like paying bills at the bank and picking up kids at school.

Live-in help is an option for those who have extra rooms to spare and whose ayis do not have families of their own to tend to. (Some apartments and homes come with ayi quarters.) Most ayis, however, commute to work by bike or public transportation from their homes outside of the city. The following agenies help place ayis with families:

Ayi / Domestic Help Services: