How You Can Prepare for Typhoon

Summer is the typhoon season in Hong Kong. Get prepared with these safety tips.

As a precautionary measure, make sure you have enough food and essential groceries at home. Plan beforehand, as most stores and supermarkets will close if the T8 signal is hoisted. Keep an eye on the Hong Kong Observatory’s website for T8 (strong typhoon) warnings, and follow the news if possible.

Make sure that all loose objects outside, whether on balconies, verandas, or rooftops, are secure.…

Is Your Domestic Helper Entitled to Statutory Holidays?

You may not know it but there is actually a clear distinction between Statutory Holidays and General Holidays in Hong Kong. Here is a short guide to help you navigate through the blurs and complexities.

 

Not all workers in Hong Kong observe General Holidays. Statutory Holidays, on the other hand, are mandatory, no matter what. According to the Labour Department, 12 holidays – such as the first day of January, Lunar New Year’s Day or Hong Kong Special Administrative …

How to Take Your Helper on Holiday?

When you take your helper on holiday, securing the right visa for your helper is key.

In many South-east Asian countries, your helper is allowed to join you on a 12short stay tourist. But in many western countries, your helper will need to apply for a special visa. If you want to avoid tourist issues ruining your holiday, contacting the embassy will be the best way, but we have done some of the legwork for you for some popular holiday destinations.

Remember, foreign domestic workers…

Are You Ready for Summer Vacation? What About Your Helper?

Your summer holidays are getting closer and you are planning to travel with your family. Have you thought about your helper’s activities when you are out of town? You may let her stay at home in Hong Kong, take her with you on vacation or give her the opportunity to enjoy her annual leave at her home country. In any case, you have to anticipate and make sure you will fully enjoy your vacation without any wondering about your helper.

 

Option 1: Let your helper stay in Hong…

Alternatives to Hiring A Foreign Domestic Worker

Should I go for a foreign domestic helper?

Foreign domestic helpers have become part of our everyday life and definitely contribute to making our lives easier and make it possible for many of us to have a full-time job in Hong Kong. No matter how convenient it is, there are a few things to keep in mind before making the leap. Ask yourself: What are my needs? How much do I value my privacy? Can I invest enough time in training (should that be necessary) and managing a full-time live-in …

Helpers Got Tips on Managing Savings Through HelperChoice Academy

“What are your dreams and your goals?”

This is the first question the instructor asked domestic helpers who attended the HelperChoice Academy’s first “Money Wise Migrants” workshop on 29 April 2018. Most domestic helpers come to work in Hong Kong in order to contribute more to their families, but many of them have their own dreams: provide a good education for their children, buy a house, have their own business in their home country… And…

Helpers Learn to Prepare Delicious Cupcakes Thanks to HelperChoice Academy

On 7 April 2018, six proactive domestic helpers, who enrolled in HelperChoice Academy,  joined a cupcake demo workshop organised by the Academy program. During this fun and engaging baking lesson, the participants learned from a professional everything about making and decorating fabulous cupcakes.

 

The whole lesson was very informative and interactive. The teacher was really light-hearted and engaging. She made use of examples that are related to helpers e.g.…

House Rules for Domestic Helpers

Helpers are a blessing to many families, but managing them can be challenging. Drafting house rules for domestic helpers and specific helper guidelines will create some much-wanted peace. 

 

Every household has their own rhythms and habits. A new helper joining your family may have difficulty with the house rules used in your family. Even if she has a lot of experience, she will need time to learn your way of doing things. You can discuss the house rules for domestic helpers…

HelperChoice and Enrich Join Forces to Make Training More Accessible to Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

HelperChoice launched its Academy end of February so domestic workers can benefit from continuous training thanks to a monthly subscription. The team worked with several educators and training professionals to define the content of the workshops and came up with a catalogue of diversified classes. Enrich, the leading Hong Kong charity promoting the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers, is in charge of teaching the financial management classes for the HelperChoice…

HelperChoice Launches its Academy to Reinvent Training for Domestic Workers

HelperChoice, the social platform connecting helpers and employers, announced today the launch of its HelperChoice Academy. This breakthrough innovation offers a new way of envisioning training for domestic workers in Hong Kong: domestic workers can get an unlimited access to a wide range of training classes thanks a monthly subscription.

 

“We think that all employees should be able to grow by learning new skills throughout their lives. Domestic workers should…