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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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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!
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.
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!
Thank You Scotia
Heres a video of one of my favourite adventures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGmpRhAHaGo
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.
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.
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.
Thank You Scotia Personnel,