My husband and I recently hired an Indonesian house maid. I would like to buy her a phone card, or however that works so she can call her son back home. I'm not sure how to go about this. I have a prepaid cell phone, but don't keep many minutes on it and only use to have with me for going out. My husband has a cell phone he pays for monthly, but he probably uses all the minutes on that. We have a house phone. I use skype, $6 USD per month for unlimited calls to the US. I am very ignorant of other ways to go about this.
So I'd like to have some method anyways of her being able to call home. I'm just not sure exactly which method is best. Should I get her her own sim card that she puts in my phone? That would be fine, but I think she may like some privacy when she talks and if she is tied to my phone she can only call when I am home. I believe we have an extra cell phone around she could use for now. Set up something on the computer through skype or another provider? Whenever I have used a phone card before it is like a credit card. I dial a number just for that phone card, and then the number I am calling. Could I get something like that to use for the house phone?
Also, I am unclear on what exactly I am supposed to provide for her. I take her to the store with me and asks if she wants anything, but she always says no. Last time I just bought her the same things I use myself, and hope she will become less shy if there's something in particular she wants or needs. Just keep a well stocked cabinet of personal care products and tell her to take what she needs? What about clothes? Linens are already covered. She says no when I ask her if there is any particular food she wants. There is nothing in the home she can't eat or cook except if I buy something specifically for company, and then we don't eat it either. I certainly wouldn't mind trying some Indonesian food. I'm pregnant and like pretty much all food all the time! Should I just hope she becomes less shy over time and is willing to speak up a bit more? She's a very nice lady who does a good job, and I'm a strong believer in employers being good to their employees.