9 Activities for Helpers to Do with Kids in Hong Kong

Our children spend a lot of time with our domestic helpers and as such we expect them to bond and spend quality time together. What better way than through fun activities? Our children are fond of them (and let’s face it, so are we!), and on top of contributing to helping them connect with others, activities are a great way for our little ones to develop cognitively and emotionally. One can easily run out of ideas to entertain them, but worry not, we have compiled a list of fun and interactive…

What Is Domestic Helper Home Leave? Is It Different from Annual Leave?

Home leave (or vacation leave) must be taken by every domestic helper when finishing a 2-year contract

Upon completion of the current contract and the commencement of the new contract, the helper must return to her home country for a vacation leave (home leave) of at least 7 days. However, whether this is paid or unpaid vacation leave depends on the terms agreed upon in Clause 13 of the standard employment contract.

If employers opted for unpaid home leave at the time of signing…

Tips for Employers on Encouraging Ethical Domestic Helper Recruitment

By law, employment agencies in Hong Kong are only allowed to charge foreign domestic helpers no more than 10% of their first month wage as placement fees. However, some agencies charge the domestic helpers illegal fees directly, and many employers have a limited knowledge of such practice because it causes no additional costs to them.

 

Such practices place domestic helpers at risk of debt bondage and forced labour. While the Hong Kong Government, trade unions and civil…

Should You Send Your Helper to a First Aid Course?

Having a medical emergency is a worry for everyone. Especially if you are not at home and your helper takes care of your children or elderly parents.

Accidents can happen everywhere and to anyone. No one likes them and everyone worries about them, especially when it comes to kids or bed-ridden parents. You may consider sending your helper to a helper first aid course, but they can be expensive and it may take you a while to find the right course. And then, is it really necessary to do…

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.…

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…