A housekeeper in Corozal who comes in for 6-7 hours a day typically charges about BZ $40 (US $20). Housekeepers in Corozal are pretty thorough and generally do a good job. The housekeepers follow instructions, and they work hard. There aren’t a lot of opportunities for people in Corozal, so when they do find someone who wants to have their house cleaned, they appreciate the opportunity and work hard.
In hiring housekeepers in Corozal, we typically start with people whom we already know and trust, and usually they have someone in their family whom they would give the opportunity to.
A lot of the local people don’t have the same kind of house that we would expect in the US, and it’s pretty normal for some people to have dirt floors in their house. That’s why sometimes, when the a local housekeeper would come into the house of an American for the first time, they think, “Wow! It’s already clean!”
You have to train the housekeepers in Corozal a little bit. They don’t have a lot of knowledge about chemicals, or that bleach can stain things, etc. We often use our own chemicals and show them which ones to use.
(Screen porch, Orchid Bay, Corozal, Belize, pictured.)