How do I fit it into a work environment in a household with different culture, norms, practices, etc.?

Domestic work is different compared to other forms of migrant work because the worker lives with the family for 24 hours a day. Such proximity has its own pros and cons. In some cases, the proximity results to very good relations that the domestic worker is treated as a regular member of the household. There are also some cases, however, that the proximity also results to sexual or physical abuses.

  • Get to know your employers and members of the household; consider them like your own family member
  • Learn their basic language and respect their culture and norms
  • Be honest and kind with them
  • Be mindful of their needs and situation
  • Perform your tasks diligently and properly
  • Learn new skills or things that will help you perform better at work
  • Use the household resources properly; do no harm to any person or property
  • If there are problems, consult with your employer immediately, or speak to a colleague, friend or your family, or to the Embassy or Attaché
  • Never involve in any illegal activity such as gambling, drinking, dealing prohibited drugs, etc.
  • Be cautious of the expiry dates of your documents such as the visa and work permits; if nearing their expiration, be sure to renew them immediately to avoid problems