Scotia Personnel Ltd.
Scotia personnel Ltd. is a Canadian company that gives young people, between the ages of 18 to 30, a chance to ravel overseas for a job opportunity of a lifetime. They provide you with guidance every step of the way. They give educational, job, and cultural exchange opportunities nationally and internationally which include :
- Working placement and educational studies programmes
- Teaching English overseas
- Summer Camps working with children in the United States and select countries in Europe.
- Au pair opportunities for young people troughout the world
- International employment opportunities in the hotel hospitality field.
- Job positions as a private home childcare, eldercare and daycare provider
- In-home care solutions for families – childcare, eldercare and care for the physically and, or mentally challenged.
For more information visit : http://www.scotia-personnel-ltd.com/
Why we chose Scotia personnel Ltd !
We have been searching for a way to travel cheap to Europe since september 2012. We didn’t want to spend to much of our Canadian money, so we decided that it would be best for us to work where we want to travel. We were desperatly trying to find someone who could direct us to our goal. We sent emails for appartments, home sitting, the swap program and finally realized that we needed to talk to someone face to face. So we went to see a travel agent at Maritime Travel. He said that he had got the same idea in November 2012, and he posponed his working holiday for the next year. This was only a coincidence, but it proves that there is other people seeking for the same traveling experience. We exchanged emails, and he gave us the information we needed!
At the end of January we started working towards our goal! We contacted Scotia Personnel, and they were great! Their phone lines are always opened, and they make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into.
They gave us options based on what we wanted to do during our stay overseas. These are the programs we chose to sign up for :
We had to chose three places, because we are a couple, and we wanted all the chances we could get to stay in the same neighbourhood. Usually, they don’t let two people stay with one host family, because it is too expensive to feed and pay two people. In our case, we got to stay under the same roof, because Ricky’s host family was very understanding of the situation that happened with my host family. There was a miscommunication between my host family and I when Ricky and I were still in Canada, due to language barrier and lack of correspondance. Don’t let this scare you away! Things don’t always go according to plan, and that’s what makes it interesting.
Here are the steps we took before leaving Canada
We got an interview via Skype with Scotia Personnel, and were accepted!
We paid our service fee : 672 $ each.
We filled out a form that asks about references, what activities you like to do with kids, general information.
We sent our forms to Scotia Personnel, and we gathered our list of paperwork and pictures we have to send them.
Its been a long time waiting, but we got a response from SPAIN! The Marti family for me, with two young boys of 7 and 2 years old. The Canet family for Ricky with a 7 year old boy. They are situated close to Valencia!
With a lot of back and forth emails and phone calls, we finally met our family via skype! We were so excited to see what they looked like and to get to know them!
We started reading on Spain, and were beginning to think that we were in for a big culture shock. Everything in Spain is different! From the times we eat, sleep, and party to the scorching heat of the summer. Nothing can be compared to Canada!
We spoke with the 2 mothers of both families (they are coussins!). They seem to be very friendly and open minded, and they said that they would make sure that we were going to be confortable in their homes. We exchanged information, and felt more at ease with everything.
It took us all morning to book our flights and hostel! To start off our first week in Europe, we decided to land in Paris, and stay at The Village hostel for a couple of days. After we are done visiting Paris, we take a plane from Charles de Gaulle to Valencia, Spain. In Valencia, our families will come pick us up, and we head to Alginet!