Most expatriates in Paramaribo have a full- or part-time maid. English-speaking domestic servants who are good cooks and who are Surinamese citizens are hard to find. No live-in help is available. A full-time English-speaking maid runs between $150 and $250 per month. Many domestics are Guyanese or Surinamese of Javanese descent. Do take care in hiring domestics as persons not legally residing in Suriname often seek such employment.
Many expatriates also have part-time gardeners. Gardeners coming one to two days per week cost between $20 and $50 a month and may be available to help in other household projects as well. Gardeners do not supply their own tools. Clippers, shears, hoes and the like, can be bought in the capital, but the prices are high and choice is limited. For entertainment, ample help is available, including bartenders, servers, etc, at a cost of around $2.50 per hour.