Hiring a Live-in Housekeeper from Overseas


Published on January 20, 2020

Hiring a Live-in Housekeeper from Overseas

Looking for a live-in housekeeper? Hiring one from overseas has many benefits. Here's how our recruitment agency can help you Click To TweetWhen hiring a live-in Housekeeper there are many different things to consider. But have you considered hiring a live-in Housekeeper from overseas? This can have many benefits for you! It brings a different culture into your household, and hiring a multi-lingual Housekeeper can be a great choice if you or your children are learning a new language.

But what should you consider when hiring a live in housekeeper from overseas?

What should you consider when hiring a live-in housekeeper from overseas?

Job Adverts. You are looking for a Housekeeper from overseas so it is really important that you advertise your role where the appropriate candidates will see it. Working with an agency that has contacts all over the world will ensure that you target those people. More information on the benefits of using an agency can be found here.

Referrals. Do you know someone that has already hired a Housekeeper from overseas? Maybe they can point you in the right direction. Or maybe their Housekeeper can put you in contact with some other great Housekeepers that they already know!

Interviews. You should have a one-to-one conversation with each candidate you are considering. You can use Skype or Face time to conduct your interviews.

Language barriers. You may be hiring a Housekeeper from overseas because you want to learn a new language. However, they should have a sufficient level of English to be able to converse with you and your family. This is important as you want to be sure they understand what you are asking of them in their job role.

Vetting your candidates. We highly recommend that you vet all your candidates, whether they are local or from overseas. Polo & Tweed checks the references of all the candidates we recommend to give you peace of mind. You should always get references from previous employers so you can know how the candidate works and help you decide whether he or she is right for your family.

What are the benefits of having assistance from a foreign live-in housekeeper?

  • Hiring a Housekeeper from overseas can be a great way to familiarise your household and your family with another culture. Because your new housekeeper will be living with you, you will likely learn a lot about their culture. If cooking is part of your live-in housekeeper’s job description you may enjoy having foreign cuisine and learning new ways of cooking.
  • If you or your children are trying to learn a new language, the best way is to practice, practice, practice. Hiring a live-in Housekeeper whose native language is the one you are trying to learn is an effective way to do this.

How can Polo & Tweed help?

Polo & Tweed work with clients and candidates all over the world. We have thousands of candidates on our books that are multi-lingual – some already living in the UK. If you would like to hire a live-in Housekeeper from overseas, or would just like to discuss your options, get in touch with us today here or give us a call on 0203 858 0233.


  1. jay douglas says:


    I am looking to hire a live-in housekeeper or caretaker from the Philippines and bring her here to the USA. Could you advise me on the process? Thank you.

  2. Doreen Winkler says:


    I’m looking for a live-in housekeeper/companion for my Florida home. I was wondering if they work for free room and board. Thank you.

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Hello Doreen,

      Thank you for your question. All the staff we can find for you would be paid a salary as per the country’s employment laws. Salaries will differ per country, and also depending on the background and experience of the housekeeper you would be looking for, but it is always at least the minimum wage. You can read more about hiring a housekeeper on our website here.

  3. Doreen Winkler says:


    I travel and need someone to care for my home and sick nephew while I’m away. I have a guest room for an all year round person who is willing to share in my Florida home for free room and board.

    Could you help?

  4. Sheela says:

    My name is Sheela. I am a trustworthy, honest, and energetic woman I am experienced in housekeeping and care work. Can you help to find me a job?

  5. Tiffany Smith says:

    how much does it cost weekly or monthly to have a housekeeper from a different country assist with household needs?

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Dear Tiffany, the cost of a housekeeper will depend on the background and experience – we have made an overview on our website with a rough indication of salaries for live in housekeepers (here) and live out housekeepers (here). These are UK salaries though, and they can differ in other countries. You can always get in touch with us here if you like to chat more about this and we can help you further!

  6. Timothy L Moore says:

    Im looking for a love in maid…

  7. Blessing says:

    Am looking for a job as a maid in any of the countries am based in SA

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Thank you for your message! You can see the lift of all the live jobs we are recruiting for at the moment on our website here. If you would like to apply for any of the jobs, you can do that on the job posting directly too!

  8. Ayse Djemal says:

    I am looking for a hotel housekeeping job in the USA. I am based in London can you please advice me.

  9. Fahmida Haniff says:

    Hello, I am looking for a live in maid to see about my 2 child’s 4 years old daughter and 2 years old son. I work from home as well travel for business abroad. I take my full family with me so the maid will go where ever I go Caz kids will go. Will need to know how to cook basic cooks. I want someone from Bangladesh. Please let me know. I need 1 or 2 maid urgent.


    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Thank you for reaching out, Fahmida. One of our recruitment consultants will contact you directly. If you in the meantime already want to speak to us, you can do so by reaching out to us directly, here. We look forward to helping you.

  10. Bruce Vaccaro says:

    What if I have already found the person I’d like to hire? Can you help me with the visa paperwork etc? That seems to be what I’m finding so confusing

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Thank you for reaching out, Bruce! We, unfortunately, cannot assist with VISAs, sponsorships or the right to work in a country. We highly recommend reaching out to IAS as they can provide you with professional support and help you obtain a VISA. Be careful and do not pay for a service until you are 100% certain of the quality of the provider. Hoping this helps!

  11. Thomas E Leidholdt says:

    Looking for female Asian house keeper/companion I am 73 years old and going to have foot surgery that will lay me up for about 6 months

  12. Caroline mumba says:

    I need a job as a living in maid from any part of the country am caroline aged 35 from Zambia with five kids also has a driving license

  13. Camron Routon says:

    I have a friend in the Philippines that is trying to get her work visa in order to move to the US and stay with me until she gets her affairs in order. Is it legal for me to hire her as a house keeper in order to eliminate the job offer portion of her getting her work visa?

    • mm Aafke Meelen says:

      Thank you for your comment, unfortunately, as a recruitment agency, Polo & Tweed cannot help with any work visa applications – we always recommend finding a lawyer specialising in this field who would be able to give you the best advice!

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