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Scotia Personnel

About

One of Canada's top gap year organizations. With 31 years of experience, we partner with some of the world's best to offer amazing programs across Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. Tutor, Teach, Camp Counselor, Au Pair, Culinary, Hospitality and Cultural Ambassador Programs.

Founded
1985

Reviews

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Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What was your funniest moment?
My second family were very nice and accommodating but they would go to pretty fancy restaurants and to be honest, I wasn't packed for any fine dining (I packed a lot of shorts and t-shirts.) so I remember the kids still had a lot of fancy clothes and I already felt pretty out of place with the whole thing but my family was really nice and understanding, EXCEPT for the youngest guy who was a great kid, don't get me wrong, but when I came down, the first thing he said was "You're going to wear that?" My fashion was judged by a six year old. This was really early in to my time there and he was a good kid who wouldn't call me out like that any other time we went anywhere but you don't know the meaning of insecurity until you've been judged by a six year old for what you wear.
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Karleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Scotia Personnel selected a lovely Italian family for me to AuPair with. For starters, I met them in France at their beachfront summer home. The family treated me very well and gave me a weekly stipend of 100 Euros. I spent most days hanging out with them on the beach, participating in outdoor activities, reading with my host brother, and engaging him in conversational English. After spending a few weeks in France, we then drove to their scenic home near Lake Como, in Italy. Throughout my experience in Italy and France, Scotia Personnel checked in with me to make sure that I was happy. My host family gave me free time on the weekends to explore other cities in Italy. I took the train to neighboring cities like Milan. Overall, my experience was amazing and I am so thankful for Scotia Personnel and their professionalism every step of the way.

Going abroad can be daunting, that's why you need expert companies like Scotia Personnel to help make your experience seamless and unforgettable. Go to Italy you won't regret it!

Shout out to Marilyn and Richelle!

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Tessa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Scotia Personnel team are so fantastic! From the beginning to the very end they were there to answer any questions I had with a smile on. I first was contacted by Richelle (who's amazing) and she has really helped me with everything. Marilyn is also really helpful and knowledgable. The team is professional, punctual, and really friendly making them the perfect company to pair with for this experience. My au pair trip was the best decision I've ever made and it wouldn't have been possible without them. I would really urge anyone who wants to be an au pair to go through an agency for at least the first time. Because I had such an amazing experience, I would like to work for an agency myself one of these days and help others to accomplish their goals. Thank you so much Scotia Personnel, you've changed my life!

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Ashley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experiences with Scotia Personnel changed my life in the best way I ever could have imagined. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities that they have given me. I have now been on two trips through their agency, and although the two experiences were very different, both were so incredible and I have grown so much as an individual because of them.

For my first trip, I travelled to Mallorca, Spain, to Au Pair for a family with three young boys and I immediately connected with the whole family. This was my first time travelling overseas on my own, and they made it so easy for me. I was given the opportunity to explore the island, meet new friends, attend a new hot yoga studio, play with the kids and swim in their pool every day! They would bring me to their weekly family gatherings, and I met so many people my own age. In fact, 5 years later I am still in touch with some of them and of course the family I stayed with. I learned so much by immersing myself in their culture and lives, including a notable improvement in my Spanish!

My second trip, which took place in the summer of 2018, was just as rewarding. This time, I was off to Montreal where I was a live-in Au-Pair again, this time for two young boys. Similarly, even though I was not as far away from home, it was such a unique experience, and I was able to explore the city and spend valuable time with the kids. We took day trips to the beach, parks, and went on many picnics and bike rides. I had such a wonderful summer and didn’t want to leave!

I would recommend Scotia to anyone looking to gain experience working with children. By travelling to a new country, you also learn so much about yourself in a safe and secure setting. Scotia ensures that you are placed with a safe, caring family, and they always have your back, no matter what. I have worked closely with Richelle for years, and I can’t wait to plan my next trip!

Programs

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Au Pair Cultural Immersion Gap Year in Italy
Italy
10 •13 reviews

Cultural immersion in beautiful Italia! Learn Italian, and gain...

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Hospitality Gap Year Experience in England
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This is the program for people with experience in hotels, restaurants...

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Cultural Ambassador Gap Program in China
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Discover the world and experience Chinese cultured on a budget! What...

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Au Pair & English Tutor in Spain
Spain
10 •3 reviews

Oh, Spain! What a beautiful place to spend a month, a summer or a year...

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Cultural Immersion Au Pair in France
France
10 •1 review

Discover France! This program is a top choice for people looking to...

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Hospitality Work Experience in Australia
Australia
10 •1 review

What you'll do: Spend 6 - 12 months in Australia, working in some of...

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Teach in Switzerland with Scotia Personnel
Switzerland

The Switzerland Summer Camp program is designed for children of all...

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Au Pair Program in Holland With Scotia Personnel
Netherlands

Bike culture, gorgeous tulips, incredible food and beautiful canals -...

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Scotia Personnel Au pair in Japan
Japan

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Japanese life and...