How we did it

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 :

http://www.scotia-personnel-ltd.com/teaching-english/tutoring-in-italy/

http://www.scotia-personnel-ltd.com/teaching-english/tutoring-english-in-spain/

http://www.scotia-personnel-ltd.com/teaching-english/tutoring-english-in-france/

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

January 21

We got an interview via Skype with Scotia Personnel, and were accepted!

January 22

We paid our service fee : 672 $ each.

January 23

We filled out a form that asks about references, what activities you like to do with kids, general information.

January 28

We sent our forms to Scotia Personnel, and we gathered our list of paperwork and pictures we have to send them.

April 3

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!

April 29

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!

May 4

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.

May 5

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!

59 thoughts on “How we did it

  1. I just came across your website and I wanted to say how incredible it is! I went through Scotia Personnel to complete a program in the USA as an au pair and it was such an amazing experience! I really enjoyed your blog and how you explained your whole process. I am so glad I got to work and travel and it was nice to read about your wonderful experiences!!!

  2. Yes I was an au pair! It was such a blast and I really enjoyed my host family as well!!! Will you be doing another au pair program in the future?

  3. What a neat experience you guys had! I did a kid’s summer camp as a camp leader in the UK through Scotia Personnel and had a summer of a lifetime! This was my first summer away from home but I met young people from all over the world including people from Australia, New Zealand and Europe. The team from Scotia Personnel were great.

    • we wanted to try the kids camp in italy but we sign up too late 😦

    • Rebecca Livingston says:

      Hi, my name is Rebecca and I was wondering if you could help me I am applying to go to the UK to work for a summer camp and I was wondering if you could tell me what it was like? What were your responsibilities and what sorts of activities you and the participants engaged in?
      Thank you so much for your time Rebecca

  4. Jenna says:

    With Scotia Personnel I was placed in a hotel right out side of London, England, living right on Thames River for a year after my college graduation. They managed to place me a couple towns over from my friend Rachel, who I signed up for the program with.
    I spent a year living with people from all over Europe, and travelling across Europe; I spent my 20th birthday in Madrid, and spent St. Patrick’s day in Dublin! It was an amazing experience!
    I am very thankful for Scotia Personnel and all the work they did to help get me into an amazing hotel in a beautiful location.

  5. Adrienne Stinson says:

    I also went through Scotia Personnel! I au paired in Spain, had a great time, and met tons of amazing people; one of whom is now my husband! I think it’s great you’ve included a write up about the company which facilitated your amazing travel experiences. I’m sure others are curious about how you’ve both been able to travel and work with such ease abroad and this write-up is very informative.

    Enjoy your travels!

  6. Vanessa says:

    Early 2012 after much thought and deliberation I finally mustered up the courage to call Marilyn from Scotia Personnel Ltd. And I haven’t regretted it to this day since.

    I wanted a change in my life and I remembered one of my classes I took at Algonquin College, Marilyn came and talked to the class about the
    program, and what it entailed, and the different work programs there that could help suit each individual to what they are looking for.

    When I called up Marilyn to discuss possibly work opportunity she was so supportive and attentive. Marilyn and her amazing team helped me tremendously so that I could get an interview, and to help get me started on the amazing adventure that soon awaited me.
    Walking into the interview I was a bundle of nerves not knowing what to expect, but my worries were soon diminished talking to Marilyn about the amazing program to work abroad in Italy teaching children how to speak English in an upbeat summer camp.
    I had an amazing time and I couldn’t have made it up even if I tried. I flown into Nice France, and enjoyed a couple days there on my own before heading to Italy to begin Orientation and training for the camp. Orientation was a week and in that week I met the most amazing people from all over. The training was well organized for the amount of tutors that were there and at the end they placed me in the north of Italy, so beautiful. I was there with 5 other tutors teaching children from the age’s of 9-12.
    I learned a lot about my self through that whole experience, and if it weren’t for Marilyn and her amazing team it never would have happened!

  7. Megan says:

    Hey, what a great blog!! Really enjoyed reading it! Everyone’s comments were very interesting and helpful! After doing the Au pair in America program for a year and having such a great experience, I’m considering applying thru Scotia Personnel for the Italy camps for next summer!

  8. Brittany M says:

    In 2008 I decided to apply to be an Au Pair. I had wanted to apply since graduating high school in 2006 but my parents wanted me to pursue post secondary education first. So I did so for two years; at that point I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go with my education, so I knew it was a perfect time to apply to the Au Pair in America program. With great help from Scotia Personnel I was able to get my forms completed and interview done before Summer. I matched with a family in Georgia, USA in just a few weeks and was set to start my journey in September 2008.

    I could not have asked for a better experience! My host family was absolutely amazing and I ended up learning so much about myself and meeting the love of my life.

    To this day my host family is still my second family; we keep in contact via email and still have visits whenever I’m in the area. After finishing my year; although I wanted to extend for another, I knew I wanted to pursue a field in child and youth care, so I returned home to complete the Child and Youth care program at Holland College.

    And lastly one of the most amazing life changing experiences was of course meeting my fiancé! We will be together for 5 years this coming January and now have a 16 month old daughter together. We met while I was still in the Au Pair program, so after my year was up we decided to try long distance, and it was the best decision we ever made. We have been back and forth ever since and i’m happy to say now that we are getting married this coming January 2014!

    I could not thank this program enough for what it has given me! A great experience which taught me so much about myself, led me to my education and my new family! I urge anyone interested in this program to check it out; it will definitely not disappoint.

  9. Sara Stevens says:

    I went away for a year as an au pair in the US thru Scotia Personnel and had the time of my life! I would love to look at doing an au pairing position in Europe maybe next summer. Can you do an aupair job for just the summer or do you have to commit to a longer period of time?

  10. Sara says:

    Thanks for the feedback Caroline! I’m kinda on the fence as to which country to apply for – I’d love to go to either Italy or Spain for the summer! Any suggestions?

    • I loved loved loved Spain…I didn’t expect that at all because I didn’t know anything about it. But now its the most beautiful places i’ve seen!I recommend Spain to you because I’ve been there. I am sure tho that you would be happy to see one or the other because both places have as much historical places to visit and beautiful sceneries! Before I went to Spain I really wanted to go to Italy, because I was more familiar with it, but I have no regrets…it just gives me another opportunity to travel again 😀 !! I hope you will have as much fun as we did! make sure you take lots of pictures!!!!

  11. Lauren says:

    I’ve Au Paired in the US with Au Pair in America. It was such a experience. The family I stayed with was wonderful and the kids were also a blast. The best of the experience was to travel. Traveling to different a country was such a wonderful time. In the near future I plan on heading to the Netherlands. I can’t wait. All thanks to Scotia Personnel for assisting me finding the perfect match.

  12. Michelle says:

    Caroline,
    What an amazing blog you have made!! This is really great information!! I went away with Scotia Personnel for a year in 2001. I didn’t even think of doing a summer program. It’s too late for me now that I have my own family but I will be passing this along to others that will be able to use this information. My children will definitely be looking at this. Did you speak Spanish before you left? And if you didn’t, do you know any Spanish now? One thing I would like for my children in ten years, would be to travel to France and become completely bilingual- how long do you think that would take with your experience in Spain? 3 months to a year??
    Michelle

    • Thank you Michelle!! We really enjoyed our time in Spain! We didn’t know any spanish before going on our trip, and we were a little worried about that… but it turned out just fine! we didn’t learn much spanish because where we lived they spoke valenciano… that was also something we didn’t know before leaving home. We learned a couple of words and phrases tho! We mostly had to speak english because we had to teach Alex.
      If your children don’t speak any french, i suggest they go to France at least a year. French is a very hard language and takes a lot of practice. If we would of took courses it would of helped us a great deal!! oh well, it gives us an excuse to go back some day 🙂 … If you have any more questions ask away!!!

  13. jenn foster says:

    I am so excited I cannot wait I am going to do my second program in the United States.I had a wonderful time in Europe.This should be a blast again.How I like to travel and work with children.Thank you Richelle and everyone at Scotia Personnel.

  14. Ian Grey says:

    What a great blog!!! I went to England through Scotia Personnel to work at a hotel and it was fantastic! I liked being able to travel and work abroad. It sounds like you guys had a great time as well. What was the best thing you were able to do through this experience? for me it was travelling on my time off. I got to meet so many amazing people and the food was awesome!!!

    • Thank you! The most amazing thing that came from this experience for us was to be able to have personal tour guides (family and friends) to show us the places tourists don’t get to see. It was great as well to travel on our free time ! It was an unforgettable summer 😀

  15. jenn foster says:

    That was true for me as well, now I will be going to the United States. I do have to wait a few months and get myself organized as I just returned home a few months ago.I am not sure where in the US But I .will be flexible.

  16. Cass says:

    I was reading thru this awesome blog and just wanted to write a comment about my experience as an au pair. I have been an au pair in America through Scotia Personnel. I’ve had such a wonderful time! My host family was great to me! Working with children and travelling are my two most favourite things. I’ve travelled throughout the US with the family. As well, I’ve met other au pairs through the program from all over the world. Now I have free room and board wherever I travel and great friends as well 🙂 I’ve had such a wonderful time!

  17. Your blog is so awesome!!! What a great idea to make a historical diary of your trip! I wish I had done this for my trip to Italy through Scotia Personnel!!!

  18. Sarah Holland says:

    I recently went to a summer camp in Italy and it was an amazing experience! I went through Scotia Personnel and it was such a nice opportunity to work and travel in one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It was great to meet new people and work with children which was a truly enjoyable! I am still in touch with many of the people I met in Italy. During my time off from the camp I went to many places and tried so much delicious Italian food. I not only made great Italian friends I also met lots of other people who were working at the camp too! I feel blessed I was able to get to do this opportunity. I feel like the company (Scotia Personnel Ltd.) really cares about its clients and helps them find the chance to fulfill their dreams. The process of applying was really easy as the employees were very professional and took the time to help me through each step. I always got the answers I needed and found all the application process to be straight forward and simple to complete. I also found they were available to help me even after I left to go to Italy. It was nice to know I had support while I was traveling. My parents were very supportive of the whole process and really encouraged me to try this new adventure. They were also impressed with how professional Scotia Personnel was. The camp was an adventure camp so I got to do lots of fun activities with the children such as swimming, walking, site seeing, making fun Italian foods like pizza and horse riding. Another favorite activity was taking the children to a beach and that made for a wonderful day for us all! Italy is such a nice Country and the people are very friendly and helpful. I also wanted to add my other experience. I went through Scotia Personnel to do their Au Pair in America Program and it was a lot of fun! I loved spending time with my family and the children I looked after were great! It is always wonderful when you can work and travel as I have been lucky enough to do through these amazing programs that Scotia Personnel offeres. I would not hesitate to do another one sometime!!!

  19. jenna says:

    Scotia Personnel came to Algonquin College discussing their different travel and work opportunities, and through them I got to spend 1 year working at a Hotel in London, England after I graduated. The experience was unforgettable and the staff was friendly and super helpful. My friend and I got placed in great hotels close to each other and together we were able to travel around Europe and had an amazing time! Because of Scotia Personnel I got to spend my 20th birthday in Madrid, and was able to meet and live with people from all over Europe. I had a great time, and am looking forward to doing another program through with them! Wanted to add more comments about how I heard about Scotia Personnel.

  20. kishquallo says:

    Great blog. I love every bit of it. its clear, concise and informational. thanks for sharing your experience and step by step process with us.

  21. Hey Caroline & Ricky!

    We shared your WordPress site on our Twitter page! If you have a Twitter account, message me and I’ll tag you in our post.

    Hope all is well with you both!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I came across this detailed blog and I thought I would share my experience with Scotia Personnel Ltd. as well. I have worked abroad with Scotia Personnel Ltd. three different times, in the United States, United Kingdom and in Spain. Throughout the whole process the staff had been extremely helpful and eager to help with any concerns or questions that I might have had. I felt like I was a person and not just a number to them. Their help did not end once I left on my adventure, when I was away they would check in with me and see how I was enjoying my time away, as well as asking if I had any questions or concerns with being abroad. I really enjoyed working with Scotia Personnel Ltd. because they are friendly, efficient and helped me follow my passion of seeing the world and working with children. I am looking forward to going away with them again soon. 🙂

  23. Natalie Pye says:

    I am currently working in a hotel in the Caribbean thanks to the help and guidance of Scotia Personnel and I am absolutely loving it. This is the fourth job I have obtained with the help of the company and I love each more than the last. The first one I did was 3 summers ago, and it was the summer camp program over in the UK. The UK has a very work hard, play hard mentality and that is the best way I can sum up those 2 months. It was a great experience that helped me build my resume, and was a great help to me when I applied to teachers college two years ago. The other staff members at the camp were a mix of Canadian, English as well as a few from Spain, and even South Africa. I speak to a good amount of them still, and 4 of my very best friends to this day I made while working overseas in England. The next job I pursued was the summer camps in Italy, and while those few months were few different than mine time in the UK, they were equally as rewarding and genuinely fun. Italy has a very different culture than England, but I loved every second of it, and got to do so much travelling while moving around to teach English, which allowed me to explore and live in a variety of towns and cities across Italy. I literally ate my way through Italy that summer, and was also able to au pair following my time working at the English Summer Camps. My time in Italy, will in June be 2 years ago, but it still feels like it was just yesterday because I enjoyed it so much. Currently, I am living in the Caribbean working at a hotel and again, loving it. I have been here 9 months, making this the longest of any of the other three jobs, and it also happens to be my favourite. Not to say that the others weren’t amazing- they were, but I just love sunshine and the sheer amount of time I have been here has made me so so happy and in love with this island and my job. In a week or so, one of the lovely girls I worked with in Italy will also be coming out here to work in a nearby hotel which is one of the best parts about Scotia Personnel, anytime you work with them there are others close by that you can meet, or in some cases, reconnect with.
    Undoubtedly, the best thing I ever did was call back Scotia and meet with them for an interview. I urge everyone to take the time to read through the different opportunities that they have available, and make sure you choose the one or ones best suited for you and you will undoubtedly love it. And it will help shape not only your resume, but more importantly you as a person! And you will honestly meet lots of wonderful people along the way.

  24. Katie says:

    I knew since I was 16 that I wanted to do some sort of travel experience before college. When I was 18 I heard of a friend who was an au pair in Holland and knew I wanted to do it as soon as I was done high school before going off to College. I asked a girl in my town that had been to America for a number of years au pairing and she introduced me to Scotia Personnel Ltd. Right away I felt all my worries wash away once speaking with the team and experiencing first hand their willingness, helpfulness and knowledge. They knew the answer to all of my questions and had plenty of information for me. I filled out an application and met with Marilyn for an interview. After I signed the contract I considered all the great countries the agency partners with and decided with England- it had been a dream of mine!

    Weeks later at 18 from a small town and fresh out of high school I packed up my things and took my first flight ever and flew across the pond. I’ll admit I wasn’t scared or nervous at all before leaving but that first night after moving in with my family I thought, oh gosh what did I get myself into? I slept off the doubt that night and didn’t look back the 6 months I was there.

    I lived in Margate, a sea side town on the south east of the UK. I lived right on the ocean with beautiful stunning views and salty air. If that wasn’t awesome enough they also had a flat in a super trendy part of London.

    The flat was amazing. All around us were gorgeous shops, delicious and authentic international cuisines, and beautiful, unique art wherever you went. Thanks to this flat and generous family I was able to spend the weekend in London for Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding! That is something I’ll never forget, and yes I did take a picture of them kissing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace J

    I met some au pairs with help from the agency and we went and travelled all around the UK and Amsterdam. I took care of a 2 year old that had daycare some days during the week so I had plenty of time to meet fellow au pairs from all over the world and travel.

    After settling in and feeling like family I went on my first trip…all alone…to Paris. It was amazing! I did my research so I knew where to go and where to get help if I needed it. I may have travelled by myself but I met so many like minded people on that trip that they felt like friends right away. That’s the beauty of travelling, staying in safe hostels allows you to meet people looking to travel and meet others along the way.

    With my host family and as much as we enjoyed each other’s company we also respected each other’s privacy and space which was comforting.

    After a sad goodbye and jet lag, 1 month after being home I went to college and became a nurse. Since coming home and having my family hear about my experiences, they too went through Scotia Personnel. My cousin went to Australia and my sister is currently in Holland for 1 year with Scotia Personnel. They knew how much I loved my experience, and the good times I had with great help from the agency, that they tried it out for themselves. My younger cousin also can’t wait until she is done high school and au pair as well.

    I’m genuinely so pleased with my experience as well as my families’, I’m able to speak on behalf of 3 different countries, families, lengths of stays and experiences.

    I can’t say enough about Scotia Personnel or my experiences. I love the program and the way it changed me. Looking back I’ve grown so much as a person. I became more independent, social, outgoing, adventurous and open minded. I gained incredible life experiences, saw some of the world, and made lifelong friends. I recommend this to everyone.

    If you are seeking new opportunities, want to travel, meet new people, or find yourself along the way then I want you to contact this agency and let it change your life for the better like it did mine and theirs as well!

  25. D'Arcy says:

    The Scotia Personnel team is so amazing and I am so grateful to them for helping me get a work placement and in turn creating one of the best experiences of my young life. The travelling, work experience and the life-long friends that I made while abroad have shaped me into a more well rounded individual with memories that I can fondly think of in the days to come

  26. Dina Elhayek says:

    Your trip sounds incredible! Sounds like it was a trip of a life time! I am looking into going to the UK for Summer Camp, hopefully I’ll be lucky enough to have the opportunity to take part in this awesome experience!

    • It really was a trip of a lifetime! We hope you will get to create memories like we did. Living with a family sure has its ups and downs.Its not always rainbows and butterflies, but we enjoyed every bit of it.

  27. Kelsey McNeil says:

    I was an Au Pair in Washington, DC. Both the parents were architects, and the children I cared for were 18 months, and 6. My experience in the United States was something I will never forget. I made life time friendships with people from all around the word, some of which I am still in contact with after 2 years. I had the opportunity to travel the Unites States during my time off. It opened my eyes to a new world, and changed me for the better. When I moved home a year later, I was struggling with finding the right job for me. I called Scotia Personnel and they helped me find a job as a Nanny in my home town, where I currently live and work. I care for two children again, ages 1 and 6.

  28. Christina Fritz says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Scotia personnel through my experience as an au pair one year in the states and following with six months in China. I’ve always dreamed about traveling and experience another culture but never knew how or where to start. I heard from college school mates and family and friends about this angency so naturally this was the way to go. And I can’t tell you enough how an amazing feeling it is to put ideas and dreams into reality.

    The Scotia personnel staff is very friendly, patient and incouraging when it comes to the process of getting ready to work and experience abroad. Any questions I had they reassured me and helped me through my process so I was one step closer to being abroad. The best thing was they share the excitement of your adventures and incourages to keep pursing them. I was blessed with two amazing host families and friendships with people despite having to part ways to our own countries once we where done, When the contract ends, we knew we would be life long friends despite the distance and time, cause sharing these kinds of experiences a hard to forget,

    I highly recommend jumping in and starting the processes right away, they will help you through the applications, interviews, questions and of provided reassurance when you feel uncertainty when leaving your comfort space (your country and home).

    I am still processing my Life changing experiences in just a short time period and i think I will be reflecting for the rest of my life , if it wasn’t for this well established angency I may not have gotten to do all the experiences I got to do and for that I am very grateful.

    Christina Fritz

  29. Sam says:

    I came across your lovely blog and would like to add a few comments of my own.

    Reflecting on this past year, I am grateful to Scotia Personal because they gave me the nudge and the confidence to finally fulfill my dream of living in a new country.
    Through the working abroad program I became a receptionist working and travelling on my off days. My coworkers became more like family and beyond that I have made life long friends through my travels. In just over a year I have already visited Italy France Germany Iceland. Each place I’ve visited has made me fall more in love with traveling. scotia personnel has opened opportunities for me and let me experience all that I have in such a short time.

  30. Allison Steven says:

    Back in 2013-2014 I was an Au Pair in England though the agency. They helped me every step of the way and made getting a job I loved very easy. I am very grateful for the experiences I had because of them and would work with them again in a heartbeat. If you are thinking of working with the agency I would love to answer any questions you may have!

  31. Paige Konecny says:

    I worked with the company as an Au Pair in 2013-2014, the staff here are amazing they are there to help you with where you would like to go either if its working in Canada, United States, Europe or Australia. I live in The Netherlands for the year and i had the best time of my life. They match you with a family through the survey you do. I made many friends from around the world and still talk with the host family to this day ( i went back in September and visit my host family and had supper with them.) I still talk with the children as well. i would recommend the company and would Au Pair again in a heart beat. Life time of unforgettable memories you will cherish forever!!

  32. I was attending Algonquin College in 2010-2012 for the Hospitality Management program when Scotia Personnel came into one of my classes and told us about their travel and work abroad opportunities. Myself and two other students in the class signed up and went abroad to England through their hotel and hospitality program they offer. I stayed in England for one year working in a beautiful hotel in Reading, before coming back to Canada to attend University.

    Since then, I have recommended the program to several friends and even a cousin who is currently in Australia with this company. Now that I am graduating, I have signed up to do a tutoring program in China starting in September and am very excited!

  33. Frédérique Dussault says:

    Why being an Au Pair was the best experience of my life. Well, it’s not complicated if you like to travel, discover and have fun, that’s the best way to do it! I met extraordinary people from all around the world. It give me the chance to step back and see who I really wanted to be, learning about enjoying every moment of my life and seeing only the positive in everything.
    Leaving your comfort zone, families and friends to work in another country can be daunting but it’s worth it. The program organised all the necessary documents and arrangements and made it so easy for me. I spent one year in California with an amazing family caring for three little girls, twins of two years old and the oldest was four. My Host’s made me feel welcome and like a part of their family from the beginning. Together we traveled to Hawaii, San Francisco, Disneyland and France. Looking after the children both at home and on these vacations was challenging and rewarding. Kids can teach you so many things without knowing it, they are always living in the present. They teach you how to relax by doing finger painting or blowing bubbles in the backyard. They have so much imagination and can be so refreshing, they bring back the best memories of our childhood.
    After completing my year I felt extremely proud of my accomplishments. It was an excellent experience for personal growth. I am now studying Fashion at the University of Quebec in Montreal and attribute some of my success to the knowledge and experience i gained as an Au Pair. This experience changed my life and I would recommend it to anyone.

  34. Brittany Kember says:

    7 years ago I made a decision at the age of 18 and just out of high school, to leave my small Island home in Canada to be an Au Pair in America. I couldn’t have done it without the Scotia Personnel team who have helped me all the way through the process! Because of Au Pair in America, and the Scotia Personnel team, I would not have had the experience and relationship with my host family like I do today! This has been a life changing experience and I am forever thankful to have been a part of this amazing journey!

  35. Danaë Umuhoza says:

    Scotia personnel is such a great company that gave me a great opportunity. I have always enjoyed traveling, expanding my comfort zone, learning new cultures, tasting new foods and making new friends. Thanks to Scotia Personnel I got to experience all of this ! Summer 2017 was one of the best time of my life, I got to work as an English tutor in Turin, Italy where I taught English and planned after-school activities for kids during the week. On the weekends I would travel around, I got to see different cities of Italy like Milan and Noli. I also got to see Champs Elysees and the Eifel tower in Paris, and the beautiful city of Lyon in France. I visited Zurich and Sion in Switzerland and also Brussels in Belgium. Eleanor Roosevelt could not have said it better “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Thank you Scotia Personnel for everything, I made memories that I will always cherish.

  36. Hannah says:

    Working as an English tutor in Italy was an experience I won’t ever forget. I would like to thank Scotia Personnel for the opportunity. Having the opportunity to live in Italy for three months was amazing. My host family was great, they were very accommodating, generous and welcoming, and the kids I looked after and tutored became like younger siblings to me, and made me feel like part of the family. They even invited me to stay with them again next year.

    When not working, I had time off on the weekends, where I would travel to amazing places around northern Italy, or hang out with my host family, where we would go on their boat around Lake Como, where we would swim, wakeboard, and occasionally watch fireworks. I also got to eat so many delicious foods as well as have ice cream or gelato almost every day, something I don’t get to do in Canada.

    My experience working in Italy gave me the confidence to solo travel and I was able to meet new and interesting people, as well as getting to experience a different culture, cuisine, and environment that I hadn’t before. I would definitely recommend this wonderful opportunity and experience. Overall my time in Italy, and working as a tutor was great, and I would love to get the opportunity to go back again.

  37. Montana Tohm says:

    Scotia personnel helped me find a position tutoring in Italy I had so much fun this past summer! They really are great to work with.

  38. Hannah says:

    Working as an English tutor in Italy was an experience I won’t ever forget. I would like to thank Scotia Personnel for the opportunity. Having the opportunity to live in Italy for three months was amazing. My host family was great, they were very accommodating, generous and welcoming, and the kids I looked after and tutored became like younger siblings to me, and made me feel like part of the family. They even invited me to stay with them again next year.
    When not working, I had time off on the weekends, where I would travel to amazing places around northern Italy, or hang out with my host family, where we would go on their boat around Lake Como, where we would swim, wakeboard, and occasionally watch fireworks. I also got to eat so many delicious foods as well as have ice cream or gelato almost every day, something I don’t get to do in Canada.
    My experience working in Italy gave me the confidence to solo travel and I was able to meet new and interesting people, as well as getting to experience a different culture, cuisine, and environment that I hadn’t before. I would definitely recommend this wonderful opportunity and experience. Overall my time in Italy, and working as a tutor was great, and I would love to get the opportunity to go back again.

  39. Rebecca says:

    Thank you Scotia Personnel for providing me the opportunity to travel to England and Australia for 1 year each to work as front desk agent at hotels. The landscape and history i saw abroad was rich and beautiful and i experienced their culture and local specialties. I had an awesome time working at the hotels! Thank you so much Scotia Personnel!

  40. Josee Marleau says:

    Thank you so much Scotia Personnel, I am very grateful that you were able to send me to the summer camp in England. I got to meet some really nice people, and make so many new friends who are from Canada and who live in England. I had so much fun last summer that I wanted to go back and as you know you can even bringing a friend; I’m bringing a friend with me this year because I told her how much fun and great this trip was.

  41. Megan N says:

    This summer I traveled abroad with Scotia Personnel. I went to Spain for one month and to Italy for one month. I had an excellent experience from start to finish. The associates helped me through every step of the application process. I was paired with wonderful and very accommodating families who went out of their way to make me feel like I was a member of the family! Being completely immersed in the culture was such an incredible experience giving me memories to last a lifetime!

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