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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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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.
My first experience was in Italy. I completed a 3-month placement the summer of 2017. Scotia Personnel connected me with two families and luckily, I chose one after having a video call interview. I then hopped on a plane to go live with my new Italian family. Spending everyday communicating in English with my two-host kids and assisting them with English assignments proved to be challenging, yet very rewarding. I was given the opportunity to travel around Italy with my host family as well as on my own. It is truly an experience I will never forget, as Italy was always a dream of mine to visit. Through this agency I was able to live just as the Italians do and I cannot thank them enough for it.
My second experience was in China. I completed a 6-week summer placement in 2018. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this placement and I chose to head into it with no expectations. I had one host kid who spoke intermediate English. This program was a lot more challenging in comparison with last summer as I had to create my own lesson plans for my host kid. Luckily, I had the support of a TESOL instructor in China who provided teaching material and ideas. You hear stories about China, but they are nothing like experiencing the real thing. I fell in love with China and cannot wait to return. It is a country filled with beautiful skyscrapers and rich culture, it is a must visit.
Richelle has been exceptional! She has always answered my questions and ensured that I arrived in both countries safely. I cannot thank this agency enough for I have experienced so much more than I ever thought I would. I will continue to speak well of Scotia Personnel Ltd, because without them I would have never met my Italian and Chinese families!
During the day I would work with the girls for one hour on English homework. I would assist them on different activities in their work books and helped them if they had any questions. Throughout the day we would play and go on different excursions with their mothers. There was always something different and new everyday. This was a perfect time for me to communicate in English with the girls and have conversations out in the real world opposed to their work books. It wasn’t always easy, because of the language barrier but we managed to made it work and it was great stimulation for the girls English skills.
On July 12th I unfortunately had to cut my trip short due to a sudden death in my family back home. On July 20th I was supposed to travel to Trento, Italy to stay for another month with a twelve year old boy named Luca who I would also tutor in English and travel with him and his family to the Dolomite Mountains. I was heartbroken to leave Italy and I am still so sad I never got the chance to meet Luca and his family! But I had such an amazing time while I was there and learned a lot . I gained so much valuable experience and was able to explore at the same time. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to go back and finish the rest of my trip next year!
I was able to travel to 15+ countries in Europe while working in England. Every month I would travel somewhere different and was able to submerse myself into the cultures. Being able to take a 2-hour flight in any direction and land somewhere beautiful in Europe is incredible.
After one year of being in England I met a European man named Lorenzo. Had I not moved overseas with Scotia Personnel I would have never met my now husband and my incredible life long friends. Who doesn’t want to meet people from all over the world and be able to travel with them? Why wouldn’t you want to meet someone who could potentially be your husband or wife?
I eventually left the hotel and city I was placed in and moved to another hotel with the same company in Surrey where I worked for a year as Front of House Manager and again met more friends, travelled more and took in the culture. After I left this hotel I moved to Austria, where I ran a ski chalet for the winter season.
If you asked me on the flight to England in September 2014 if I would end up staying a total of 3 years and working not only in England but also in Austria I would have told you “No way, my life isn’t that cool” and when I was finally on the plane back to Canada after an incredible 3 years, I was able to sit back as a newly married women with my husband beside me and just smile and think how cool my life was and how it was all made possible through Scotia Personnel.
I could talk for days about my experience with Scotia Personnel but I think the best way to describe it would be; the most life changing, epic, adventurous experience I have ever had in my life. An experience where I was able to make life long friends and a life long partner and I cannot thank Scotia Personnel & Marilyn enough.
With all being said, I highly recommend Scotia Personnel to anyone and everyone. I have had such a positive travel experience that it rubbed off on some of my friends and had a friend work with them to move to Australia and currently I have a friend living in Italy. Although I am back home now, I know my journey is not over. I am looking forward to my future as I know I will receive more opportunities to work abroad and explore more of this beautiful world we get to live in.
I am grateful to have had this opportunity, Thank you Scotia Personnel!
A friend from University was interested in the program as well and after we spoke to Richelle and Marilyn they worked extra hard to place us with the same family! They made what could have been a terrifying, complicated experience into something easy and amazing. They allowed me to have the summer of a lifetime travelling around Italy (and visiting a few other countries). I’ll be back in Europe for school in the fall and I’m making a point to go back to Milan to see the family I was placed with – Scotia Personnel gave me the opportunity to meet new people who became my family and travel – two things I love most in the world.
The whole team at Scotia Personnel were available if anything at all was needed, from the original contact to when I got back to Newfoundland. If I didn’t have to do courses this summer I’d be Au Pairing with them again – maybe in America this time to experience something new. I already have plans to do their China program in a year’s time when I finish University.
I cannot thank them enough for everything they did for me – I’d recommend the company and their programs to anyone.