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Scotia Personnel Ltd

6045 Cherry St, Halifax, NS
83 reviews
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With 31 years of experience working abroad with partner organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania, Scotia Personnel is one of Canada's top work and travel companies. We offer tutor, aupair, ESL, culinary, hospitality and summer camp positions across the world. Go to full description...

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By Hailey Tobin on Jul 01, 2020

My new latest adventure and my new adventure that is coming up.


To whoever is planning to go all I can say is just go you will fall in love with your Adventure!


I am Hailey from Canada and I want to tell you about my new experiences working with Scotia personnel in Canada and my upcoming experience in the USA. I have gone to so many places (Netherlands, Italy, China) and the next one is California! Right now I am working in Canada through Scotia Personnel, looking after a baby in Toronto and we have moved to Halifax for a few months. I have loved my time working with this family. Now for my next adventure in October I'm going to Silverdale California in the States with Scotia Personnel and I'm extremely excited to go there and meet the American family. I can’t wait to go camping, hitting the beach and I want to go to Disneyland! As a young person it would be silly not to go and explore another wonderful country with truly kind people!!


When I started Scotia Personnel first I went as an au pair to the Netherlands, then I worked with a family in Italy. I made great connections and made so many friends. It was a wonderful experience there so I thought it'd be great to continue working with Scotia. I then joined the China program and it was so much fun, I made so many friends like I met people who were from Netherlands, Italy Germany United States, I found some wonderful people when we all met with in the same program. I was there for about 10 months and honestly I could never find enough new things there’s always something to check out. Then it was back to work in Canada and next the USA!  


I truly loved my whole time there all the places and the people. All of it has truly touched my heart!

By Nicole Greggain on Jun 01, 2020
Scotia personell was really helpful. I never traveled before and they were with me every step of the way. I got to experience all different types of cultures and I feel like I changed for the better
By Adam Forward on May 31, 2020
I found out about Scotia Personnel when walking through a career fair through my university. I was taking engineering and only had some experience working with kids when I did babysitting years before. I still applied because I thought going abroad for the Summer would be a great opportunity and even though I only had a small amount of experience in childcare, I had done good work in the past. Thanks to Scotia Personnel, I had two experiences working abroad. My first experience was when I got to work as a camp coach in The United Kingdom and the second time, I worked as an Au Pair in Italy for a family with two young boys. Both experiences, the most valuable things Scotia Personnel did was guide me through the process for my travelling, get me in contact with people I would be working with and they were understanding about any questions and problems I had when applying because it was my first time travelling out of country by myself. Before travelling, I tend to get nervous and anxious and Scotia Personnel really helped with my nerves. The first year, they got me in contact with another camp coach who I made a great friend with and the second year, I was speaking with my host family (now called my second family) a lot before leaving and helping me get in touch with people I would be spending my Summer with really helped ease my nerves both times. Both Summers were amazing experiences and before I got the call from Scotia Personnel after I applied the first time, I never would have thought I could have a job abroad while I was still in university. But more importantly, I never saw myself as a childcare worker. I did it before but I never thought it was more than a favor for my family friends (that I happened to get paid for). But now that I had my two experiences abroad, meeting new friends, experiencing different parts of the world and feeling like I had an impact on the kids I worked with, I can't imagine myself not having worked with Scotia Personnel. Which is crazy because I was debating on going to the career fair in the first place. If anyone is debating on taking a Summer to try an experience like becoming a camp coach or an Au Pair, I couldn't recommend it enough and Scotia Personnel made it so simple and way less stressful than I thought it would be. Also, being an Au Pair and a camp coach are very different experiences (I can't recommend one over the other either. They're both great but one feels like a fun summer camp with a different bunch of kids every week, and the other feels like you're a big brother/sister for your new family for a few months) and the process for recruiting for each of them are really different but I was able to do both seamlessly. So that is a testament to how easy they made the process. Thanks to everyone at Scotia Personnel, I had two of the best Summers of my life!
By karleen reynolds on May 14, 2020
When I interviewed for an Au Pair position with Scotia Personnel in 2016, I was left with a positive impression, and this cultivated our strong working relationship. When corresponding with them through emails, phone calls, and follow-ups, they are always prompt, enthusiastic, and professional. Even though I'm an avid traveler, seeking an Au Pair position was still an experience outside of my comfort zone, but they ensured peace of mind and made me feel comfortable taking on a new experience. While in Italy, France, and Spain, Scotia Personnel stayed in contact to ensure that my experience was going smoothly and positively. They were a support system that gave me advice, coached me, and addressed my questions and concerns.

After my incredible experience Au pairing, I have stayed in contact with Scotia Personnel, whether it's to update where I am in the world or to discuss new opportunities that are available within the company. After being abroad for two years, I returned to Canada in 2017 and I had not considered continuing my journey abroad. However, I received a strong recommendation from Scotia Personnel that secured me an amazing teaching opportunity in China. Furthermore, I have been in China for 3 years now, and have been able to explore Asia and travel to 30+ countries all with the continued support and encouragement from Scotia Personnel.

Thank you, Marilyn and Scotia Personnel for providing me with many international opportunities that continue to shape my world view, strengthen my resiliency and adaptability. I am forever grateful for this company. They have my highest support and recommendation.
By Violet Louse on Nov 19, 2019
Scotia Personnel are the best company ,both caring for their workers and their clients!
By Carmine Mongoose on Nov 19, 2019
I started working with Scotia Personnel in October 2017. After hearing Marilyn speak at my college, I knew this was a company I wanted to partner with. At first contact, they helped me decide on what country I wanted to go to, sending me heaps of information about the destinations. When I decided to go to Italy, Scotia Personnel talked me through the process of interviewing with families. They checked in before the interviews and we discussed how I should present myself, key points about the family to take note of. Also, after each interview, they called again and we talked about what went well, what I liked and didn't like about the families, and what the next step would be.

When a family and I decided on each other, Scotia Personnel helped me with all of the legal paperwork, signing the contracts, and applying for a visa. I can honestly say that without the help of Richelle, I wouldn't have been able to navigate the Visa process. Once I got to Italy, Scotia Personnel checked in on me several times throughout my 10-month stay, and ensured I had a smooth and positive experience!

Scotia Personnel is a phenomenal company to work with. They are a highly organized and professional group of individuals who guide you through each and every step of the process to go abroad. Scotia Personnel patiently answers every question asked of them quickly and thoroughly. Throughout my entire experience with this illustrious company so far, Marilyn and her staff have been nothing but kind and informative. They were with me every step of the way, from picking a country, to interviewing with families, going to Italy, and returning home from my placement abroad. I highly recommend working with Scotia Personnel, and am looking forward to any future dealings I have with them!
By Raspberry Cod on Oct 31, 2019
Hi I am Hailey, I am 23 from Canada and I want to tell you about my experiences in 2018 and 2019 working with Scotia Personnel. I started last year when I went to the Netherlands first and then I went to Italy. I was an au pair and I made great connections with people, I made so many friends, it was a wonderful experience there so I thought it'd be great to continue working with them. So I then joined the China program and I was in China for about almost 10 months. I started January and I just got home October 6th and the whole time it was amazing and new. I went through all the recommendations for picking up proper host family and I found the best one for me. I could I truly love them and I continue to stay connected with them, and I plan on going to Australia with them too because we created such an excellent relationship in China. And if your idea is to build relationships and bonds that will last a long time and then you should choose Scotia Personnel because not only do you get to work with great people but you get great friends along the way…. you meet them, you talk to them, you share stories. I am still messaging with them in China, because it's still nice talking, sending them photos, catching up the exact same way I would with my friends back in Canada. So I definitely give them as many stars as possible because they are great and they truly care about their job, to make sure our experience is wonderful and wholesome so I hope you join their team and continue travelling cuz it be lovely to meet you along the way. You always meet new Au Pairs and I made friends from England, America, Germany as well as in China… there so many people in the program that are from different countries but we're been brought together the same reason, to make friends to learn more see the world. So good luck travelling in the future and hope to meet you on the road!
By Cinnamon Moth on Oct 22, 2019
This past year in the race of trying to find a summer job I stumbled upon Scotia Personnel on my university's job listing site. The job listed was an international Au-pair/ English Tutor and I knew that I wanted to go to Italy, but I didn’t know how I would make it happen. I applied anyway and I received a call. From there, everything was explained to me clearly and professionally. Scotia Personnel helped me realize that it was beyond possible for me to go! So, with all the program information in mind, I decided that I would go. When it was time for me to pick a family, they made sure that the families I chose from were safe and fit well for me. Through them, I found a wonderful family that I stayed with for 3 months in a small medieval town called Sarnano (near Ancona). It was amazing! We went to Rome, Tivoli, Florence, and Turin. By myself, I traveled to Milan, Bologna and even Ibiza in Spain! I learned so much Italian while I was in Italy, I went with a basic understanding of Italian and expanded my knowledge far beyond what I ever thought I would learn! Now I can read books and watch shows in Italian with little difficultly which feels amazing as I’ve been monolingual for most of my life. While I was away, Scotia Personnel checked up on me every so often to see if I was doing well and that I was happy. I’m so glad that I au-paired through them because they provided me another level of support that’s necessary when traveling abroad. Thank you so much Scotia Personnel!
By bccharlesworth on Oct 15, 2019
This past summer, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to teach abroad through Scotia Personnel in Santiago de Compostela, located in northeast Spain (the region of Galicia)! From the beginning, Scotia Personnel (specifically Marilyn and Richelle!) were extremely knowledgeable, supportive and personable. As a result, they connected me with a school placement that was the perfect fit for me, leading to the perfect summer experience. Prior to my arrival in Galicia, I traveled to Swizterland, France, and other regions of Spain, including Barcelona (part of Catalunya) and Madrid (part of Castile). After 10 days of aggressive travel, I arrived in Santiago de Compostela, a city rich with Celtic music, Neoclassic and Baroque architecture, the freshest seafood from nearby fishing villages of Galicia! Very quickly, Santiago became home and my colleagues and students became family. In addition to teaching two English classes to elementary aged students and an English Literature class to high school aged students, I also choreographed a play for 55 students. The school’s model was incredibly unique, for it integrated English instruction with Music and Theater classes. The school day ran between 9AM-4PM, and I spent my afternoons and early evenings running through the parks of Santiago and exploring the restaurants, shops, and fine arts culture. Additionally, the school provided wonderful experiences for traveling around the region of Galicia with students, including Cies Islands and Castro de Barona. I am eternally grateful to Scotia Personnel for connecting me with a summer program that was enriching and life changing!
By jahmoyiasmith on Oct 13, 2019
This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to work with Scotia Personnel Ltd. I had a the esteemed opportunity to work with a representative that took ample time to coach and mentor me through the entire transition process. This summer I went to Calabasas to work at Salvation Army camp to work as a Program Team member.Through the entire experience I learnt that turning values into goals is of utmost importance to staying true to who you are and to being self-accomplished as a leader.As a leader in the Early Childhood Field, I strive to create moments that allow people to feel that they are better off after they have interacted with me. As a leader in the Early Childhood field it is very important that I recognize the leadership of others. As an Early Childhood leader it is my responsibility to empower children to reach their highest potential by channeling their hidden talents. Part of my philosophy of Early Childhood Education recognizes that children are capable beings and they are more than competent to make conscious decision about their wellbeing. During this opportunity, I was able to see parts of my philosophy in practice, interacting with school-age children allowed me to see that children are more capable than we believe. The ability to be impactful and empower young children to trust their competences is one of the leadership competences that I acquired through the two-month internship. My Camp staff were definitely trailblazers as it relates to inter-professional practices. One very important part of their strategic direction is-to develop partnership and strong relationships with various community partners, with an effort to maximize services for students and families. My agency partners with a variety of community based social service groups such as; local foster care agencies, through this agency they are able to provide Families with services such as-family yoga, meditation, knitting circles, peer counselling and also mental health first aid for parents with children who have varied mental health illnesses. My agency follows under the mission of The Salvation Army and therefore partners with these agencies to provide parents and children with spiritual growth. My agency also partners with the city of Calabasas, California by allowing their staff members to sit on various advisory committees such as the Youth Advisory Council, Child Care Advisory Group and The Salvation Army Divisional District. I have had the privilege to become a member of the Program Team at the Salvation Army Mount Crags/Gilmore camp, this group provides information, advice and recommendations to Divisional Leaders through the Community and Protective Service Committee on issues affecting child care of children from 5 years up to 16 years. Some of these issues include but are not limited to, special needs funding, resource centers funding, wage subsidy, childcare fee subsidy and health and safety issues related to playgrounds.I left California with lifelong friendships, I feel like my mentorship definitely continued, I invited a few to home in Canada and they were able to spend a few days at my house. I left so honored to be the leader for a group of driven and highly talented group of individuals. I was happy that I got over my imposter syndrome and was able to open up to me staff and also have that reciprocated. I am forever in-debt to Scotia Personnel for afforded me this rewarding and life-changing opportunity!

Thank You Scotia

Heres a video of one of my favourite adventures:
By Cinnabar Hornet on Sep 17, 2019
I went to England to work at a kids summer camp as a camp coach, with the help from Scotia personal. The camp had international and local kids, some learnt English and did activities and some did activities all day. We also had excursions every Wednesday and some Saturdays where I was paid to go look at castles and tour London with the kids; I even got paid to go to a theme park! I made a ton of friends - both Canadian and English- and experienced cultures from around the world through the kids I took care of. On my days off I travelled the uk with newly made friends, exploring places like the white cliffs of Dover, London, Canterbury, and beaches where I swam in the sea. I definitely plan on going back next summer!!
By clairesimmons4 on Aug 14, 2019
Teaching English in Verona, Italy was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Working with Scotia Personnel to further this experience was an incredible journey. The staff at Scotia Personnel are very easy to talk too and incredibly friendly. At first, I thought travelling and Nannying would be a cool experience but I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would come true, would be as seamless and easy as it was and that I would get to live in Italy with such an amazing family that I now call my Italian family. Going to Italy to live for two months was very scary…I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t know anyone and I was away from home in a different country for two months. To say the least this trip was life changing.

I arrived at the airport in Verona and my family was waiting for me with flowers. They were so excited to meet me and I felt the same. The language barrier was hard at first because I wanted to say so much to them and they wanted to say so much to me… thank you google translate haha!! I remember the little girl when I first met her had the biggest smile on her face and she kept hugging me and holding my hand. I immediately made a sister. She grew up with two older brothers so she was pretty excited to have an older sister. We did everything together. She especially loved it when I styled her hair.

Every person in their family opened me into their family with open arms. I went to a family party with about sixty extended family members attending. I was nervous because their English wasn’t great and I had to socialize with all these new people for the afternoon. Everyone was so excited to meet the “Canadian” girl. I was welcomed in by so many and it made me feel like family. The family offered me many things such as the option to travel, go out and explore, meet new people, have evenings out, taste new foods and see a new part of the world. The family was so excited to show me around Italy. We went to Venice for the day and got to see the canals and do a gondola ride. We also got to see a city that is all built on water which was unique.

Feeling nervous and anxious is normal and it just means you’re going outside of your comfort zone. I truly believe to have the greatest experiences of your life – you need to be outside of your comfort zone. This trip made me go out of my comfort zone because everything was a new experience in a new culture, which is why I truly believe this was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I have some new family members and a forever connection to Verona, Italy.
By Toryevelee on Jul 26, 2019
Been with Scotia Personnel for two years and they’ve found me the best families to match with. If you’re looking for a new and exciting opportunity start here, and contact them ☺️
By annamackenziee on Jun 14, 2019
I have worked with Scotia Personnel twice and have had a phenomenal experience both times. In 2016, I went to Palma Mallorca Spain as an Au Pair. They set me up with a wonderful family. My days would consist of waking up the 3 boys in the family, making them breakfast, taking them to the beach and then coming back to the house for lunch. During my weekends off, I would stay with the family because they would show me around the island. I still keep in contact with the family. In 2018, I went to England to work at a camp. The process of being able to work at the camp as a Canadian citizen would seem difficult but Scotia Personnel knew what needed to be done, how to do it , and when. They guided me throughout the entire process. I had the time of my life at the camp. On a day to day basis, my roommates and I would wake up and get breakfast. Each week we were given a group of kids. We would take them to activities throughout the day, eat lunch with them, and supervise them during evening activities. On off weekends I would go to London or just hangout with friends. At the begging of the camp I requested a week off in August. During that week I visited the family that I Au Paired for in Spain. I still keep in contact with the girls that I met at the camp. We always talk about how it was the best summer ever.
By suitcasesandra on Apr 25, 2019
I have been with Scotia personnel for several years and have become comfortable in the job assurnce my caregiving position provides me but there is so much more. Before you know it your giving someone a good day by taking worry and enxiety out of their daily routine and adding love and kindness. I feel like i have a pocket full of grandparents how great is that..
By jasminhowatt39 on Mar 28, 2019
Au pairing for Scotia Personnel is the best experiences I have ever had, it has one hundred percent changed my life in the best way. I was an au pair in America and in China, they were both completely different experiences and it taught be so much about travelling, children, culture and it even taught be things about myself that I didn't know.

Being in the United States was a great experience, I lived in Michigan and was an au pair. You create a bond with the children and being with them 45 hours a week your really connecting with them, I would take the boys to the park, do crafts with them, bake with them, and play lots of fun games. In the USA you're introduced to friends right away, and the friendship that you create with these other girls is on tha you will have forever, one of my best friends lives in Germany and we met in Michigan and we still talk everyday.

In China I was an english tutor, I would be with my little girl Pudding 25 hours a week, we would study english, play games, bake, play outside, and much more. In China you take mandarin classes two days a week which is also a great way to meet other au pairs, and there is activities once of twice a month where all the au pairs in your district get together. When I got to China I landed in Shanghai and then drove to Hangzhou, which is were orientation was, and explored and met new friends and it was just a great first couple days in China. When I was in China I got to travel to an island called Sanya with my host family, it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. When people talk about going to China they always say ‘what about the food?’ the food was amazing, since I have returned back to Canada I have been craving real chinese food. For me China was amazing and I would go back in a heartbeat, my host parents were so caring and so loving, when I had to say bye to my hostchild it was so hard cause I was so close with her, I still talk to my host family often.

Traveling and working with children was one of the best things I have ever done. I was planning on going to university for Marine Biology, once I got home from these trips I realized that I wanted to teach elementary school in a different country. In September I am going to school for Early Childhood Education, and after school I hope to get a job teaching in at a Kindergarten in China.
By Red Whooping-Crane on Feb 26, 2019
Three years ago, I’ve sign up with Scotia-Personnal in the AupairProgram. Choosing this company was one of the best decisions I made. Actually, it was an incredible adventure. The personal of this company are there to support you and to take care about everything because they will deal with all what we need: finding a family, finding a place, making good match to respond to our needs and way more ! This company is with us step by step! People who work there are super professional, and make you feel like you’ll live an amazing experience, and that’s the case ! I really love the good follow up they do with us, so that’s why I signed up for an other adventure with this company! Thank you very much for making us work, travel, and meet awesome travelers like us!

Thanks :)
By vwinder56 on Feb 05, 2019
I went to London, England as an Au Pair only planning on staying 6 months. I loved it so much that I ended up staying the duration of my visa which was two years. Scotia Personnel was absolutely amazing from beginning to end. They coached me through the process of getting to the UK which was what I needed to take the leap. When my first host family had to move 9 months after my arrival, Scotia Personnel was there to help set me up with another equally amazing family. They are extremely pleasant to work with and you can tell that they really care about you. I highly recommend!
By Cyan Hippopotamus on Jan 31, 2019
I have working with this agency for two years now, I have enjoyed my trip, and all the experiences I was able to have. The different places I was able to see and explore were amazing. Also, all the different the people I got to meet, i got to make life long friends which was really amazing.
By Cinnamon Chimpanzee on Jan 30, 2019
Scotia Personnel allowed me to travel the world and live in places I never thought I would get to experience. I've had the opportunity to live in France and China and I've made friends from around the world as well as have experiences that I'll never forget.
By daniellap on Jan 10, 2019
Reaching out to ScotiaPersonnel has been a great experience. I reached out to them to find a childcare position and they placed me with an amazing family who I now consider great friends. Even on days I was not nannying, they always found me employment in daycares, and they always have great opportunities. It has been a wonderful experience and I definitely will keep working with them for employment and future opportunities.
By Purple Cricket on Oct 09, 2018
Hello! My name is Gabriella and I am an international student studying in Halifax, Canada. I am originally from Trinidad but I grew up on a small Caribbean island called Antigua. You can imagine the drastic change from warm, tropical, island to cold, windy city. Thankfully, Scotia Personnel was there to help me with my transition. Scotia Personnel really connected me to the Haligonian community by providing me with work opportunities in my favorite field; child care! Richelle, the director at Scotia, placed me as a nanny in a lovely home that housed the sweetest little girl. I got to know her very well, and I grew to look forward to our adventure filled afternoons together (adventure meaning anything from racing toy cars to taking the bus to the library).
After working at an in-home environment, I was ready to experience a day care setting. Scotia Personnel helped me find jobs at different day cares around Halifax where I was able to meet many little faces and experience all of their big personalities. Working in day cares has taught me how to be a more loving and patient care-taker as well as communicate more effectively with young children.
I would definitely recommend that anyone, especially international students take advantage of the opportunities offered by Scotia.
By Cerise Thrush on Sep 30, 2018
October 31st, 2016 is a day where my life changed. I was in my second year of the Social Service Worker Program in an 8 am class. I really thought I was going to skip school that day. I was not in the mood to be in class because I simply couldn’t figure out where my life was headed. However, I still went to class. To this day I am so grateful I did. Had I not been in this class, I never would have had one of the most amazing experiences in my life. That day I remember is the day where Scotia Personnel Ltd. came into our classroom and told us about the opportunities of working abroad. I gave them my form with number and the rest is history. Not even a year later, I was beginning a new journey to be an Au Pair in the United States. Had it not been for Scotia Personnel and all their hard work getting everything ready for hiring and preparation for this incredible adventure I would have never been able to accomplish this on my own. They made sure I was in a secure program with loads of guidance and support through the transition to be in a new country. If you want to this amazing opportunity the people at Scotia Personnel Ltd. will not stop until you are on the plane bags packed and on your way to your new adventure. My year in the United States was the best experience in my life and had not been for that in Presentation in that 8 am class on October 31st,2016, I never would have this experience of a lifetime.

Thank You Scotia Personnel,

-Janelle Perras
By Kendal K Lizard on Aug 29, 2018
In May 2017 I lived and worked in South Korea teaching English for 1 year through the guidance and help of Scotia Personnel LTD. From the very beginning of the application process in Canada to arriving home from Korea, Scotia Personnel was there to help me along the way and support my journey, always curious for updates and to see how I was doing. My experiences in Korea were life changing and I am grateful to Scotia Personnel for supporting me in reaching my goals. I definitely recommend this company if you have the desire to work and live abroad!
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With 31 years of experience working abroad with partner organizations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Oceania, Scotia Personnel is one of Canada's top work and travel companies. We offer tutor, aupair, ESL, culinary, hospitality and summer camp positions across the world.
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