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Travel and childhood education a winning combination for Algonquin ECE grad

For some, graduating from school and immediately getting a job travelling in your field is a student’s dream. For Algonquin graduate Christina Fritz, this was a reality.

Fritz graduated in 2013 with a diploma in early childhood education, choosing this field because she enjoys spending time with young ones.

“I went into ECE because I love children,” she said.

“I was always interested in learning about their development and how they view the world.”

She found out about Scotia Personnel from one of her courses, not knowing yet how much of an impact it would have on her future.

“There was a presentation to show that there are many opportunities to go abroad and work while experiencing another culture,” she said.

When the opportunity arose, Fritz knew she couldn’t miss it.

“I have always wanted to travel but didn’t have the resources or the nerve to do it on my own. When I found out about Scotia Personnel it was like having my dreams come to reality,” she said.

The company helped Fritz find a place that best suited her qualifications and her lifestyle, along with helping her gain experience in the ECE field. Finally making her decision, Fritz decided to travel to the United States.

“The experience in the States is still being processed,” she said. “I had lived with a family and became an older sister to the children.”

Fritz lived with a family as a nanny and had jobs including driving the children to school, helping with homework and with after school activities.

Fritz lived in New Hampshire for a year, but she knew this adventure was not going to be the last.

“I had such an amazing experience, I decided to go abroad again to China to be a tutor and live with a Chinese family,” she said.

“My dream was always to go on the Great Wall of China, experience real Chinese food as well as visit the big cities that cannot be compared to any other. Despite the very long distance and the culture difference I knew it was now or never”.

Fritz lived in China for six months and was excited coming back home to Canada, however it was still an adjustment moving back since she spent more time outside of Canada than in it.

“My two experiences have allowed me to grow so much in ways I know I wouldn’t have gotten if I stayed home in Canada,” she says.

“I am still in close relationships with both families as well as the friends I’ve made. My social circle has become international.”

Now, Fritz is working in a before and after school program as an ECE supply teacher and enjoys sharing her stories of her travels and the children she has met.

However, travelling is still on her mind.

“I plan on working further with children and travelling,” she says.

She also says that going to China is an opportunity no one should miss out on.

“China has forever changed me; I know I will be going back soon. I believe that you should visit China at least once in a lifetime.”


  • Jenna Locke

    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!

  • Allison Steven

    Hello Kristina! I would also like to share my experience with Scotia Personnel with you 🙂 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!

  • Frédérique Dussault

    Hi, i saw your article and i’d like to share my story.
    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.

  • Allison Steven

    Hello Christina! Great article about working with Scotia Personnel, here is my experience. 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.


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