Candidate satisfaction is paramount to our Agency. Read what our candidates have to say about Duke and Duchess International.
Full time Nanny, located in Turkey
Full time Governor, Russia
Katerina was a great help during the arduous process of obtaining a Russian visa, has given me much great advice on traveling to and living in Russia, and has been nothing but supportive since I made first contact. The family they’ve placed me with are likewise very kind, supportive, wonderful people.
Maternity Nurse, London
the position was requested for a top Maternity Nurse candidate. I was very pleased when I was
offered the position, I started the position just prior to the height of COVID-19, the dynamics of the
position and the household changed rapidly during this time and it was a tough time for myself and
Carrie-Ann of Duke and Duchess was what I can only describe as an absolute stellar agent to myself as
a candidate and any queries or help I or the family needed, she was there for us in and out of business
hours if needed. Carrie / Duke and Duchess’ care factor was what I’ve not experienced with any agent
representation before now, I felt for the first time I was a priority as well as the client and with that
all being in place, the placement was a highly successful one, despite the challenges during the
international pandemic. Not only did Carrie supply me with a top position, she also took care of
everything involved in the position from start to finish.
I look forward to attaining more positions for Duke and Duchess International in the near future. Thank
you to Carrie-Ann and her team for their care and professionalism all round.
RP Maternity Nurse Candidate.
Full time Governess located in Moscow
I feel so lucky to have been given Nataliya as my personal consultant. When she interviewed me initially on skype, she had such a warm, calming manner that put me right at ease and I was able to answer her interview questions to the best of my ability because I felt so comfortable. It is clear that she can make excellent judgements as my placement is with a family totally suited to my personality which has made me so happy in my work.
At all times she has made me feel as though I’m the only candidate she is dealing with. I have sent whatsapp messages at 2 in the morning during an emergency and she replied! She has helped me with day to day things like getting a metro card and is always willing to help if I need it. I really feel that this has made a difference to my life in Moscow as without this it may have been a totally overwhelming experience. Just knowing that she and everyone else at the agency is there to help, has made me settle with ease.
I have passed on the agency details to some of my friends and I’m trying to get them to come to Moscow too! That’s how highly I recommend Duke and Duchess!
Thank you everyone and especially Nataliya, I really couldn’t be happier.
English Tutor position in Sri Lanka
I didn’t hear anything about my application for two or three weeks. D&DI contacted me to say the family was keen to interview me along with other candidates and would I be available to fly out to Sri Lanka for interview
The interview itself was a very relaxed affair – an informal chat with the boy’s parents and some time interacting with the boy himself (along with his cousins). As much as these moments are about the family finding the right person for them, I also felt strongly that I needed to establish whether I would be comfortable working with and for them.
I received the news that I had secured the post a couple of weeks after the interview. I was thrilled, of course, but the stress of working a much reduced notice period at my school whilst preparing for such a big move was not insignificant!
I am just a few months into the job but I can say without hesitation that I am delighted I made the move. I received so much support by the family in the early stages. They listened to my thoughts about where I wanted to live and soon found me a wonderful and spacious apartment to live in. They set me up with a mobile phone. They even helped to find me a cook (my own cooking is awful!).
Responsibility for teaching the boy after school is shared my several teachers. On my arrival, I needed to liaise with the others to establish the hours we would work. I typically work 2-3 hours every weekday, helping the boy to complete his homework to a high standard and also complementing the school work with activities of my own. I also work for a half-day on a Saturday. It’s actually less ‘work’ and more ‘fun’ – we try to avoid academic study.
I did wonder prior to coming to Sri Lanka whether I would feel sufficiently ‘challenged’ by the job – no such concerns now. I feel very myself thinking very much like the primary school teacher I was/am; it’s just that my classroom is a bit smaller and there is only one pupil to account for.
Outside of work, I really enjoy life in Sri Lanka. It almost goes without saying that the weather here in Sri Lanka is glorious. Invariably there will be a shower or two every few days but apart from that it’s pretty much sunshine all the way. I have found the Sri Lankan people to be very kind and helpful. I’ve joined a football team and train with them during the week before playing a match on a Sunday. I spend 2-3 hours at the gym every day. And every Wednesday evening, I enjoy a pub quiz at a bar near the centre of Colombo… and we’re winning fairly regularly too!
Sri Lanka is still a developing country and I see this every day. Most card purchases are still signed for rather than ‘pinned’. I’m not sure there are too many drivers adhering all that closely to the country’s highway code and the policeman are still widely used to direct traffic and busy junctions. I will never get used to the number of cows wandering the streets at will. I’m told that a farmer might own a herd but only have a small amount of pasture so he lets the cows out during the day to go and find better pasture on public land, knowing that when the sun goes down, they’ll head back home!
I look forward to my trips back home to the U.K. several times a year but I am very happy here in Sri Lanka and can see myself staying here for several years.
Full time Governess, located in Kazakhstan
She is extremely thorough, kind and intuitive. She immediately knew that this placing would suit me and has reassured me and guided me most gracefully and kindly through the entire process. She is never too busy to assist, even if I need a translator so as to avoid a misunderstanding.
I hope that this placing will be renewed, and I will continue to work closely with Katerina. She has an incredible understanding of me and what I was looking for in a placement. I look forward to a long future working with Katerina. I thank you for your work ethic and this wonderful placement.
British English Teacher/Companion located on the outskirts of Moscow
In terms of progress he’s advanced a lot. Like I said previously when we first met he was a very low level. Now we are in position to read articles from British newspapers and from a listening point of view we can discuss the technical aspects of the subject. The biggest example of his improvement is that for the first few months of my job I always needed some kind of materials when we travelled to Moscow by car. This is no longer the case and we now speak about every subject under the sun and use no materials whatsoever. At the same time we still have so much work to do because what I’ve noticed since I started this job is the English language is huge.
In my job I need to be flexible with time due to my students working schedule. Our lesson times are solely based around him. At the same time I do get lots of free time and if I need time off it’s never a problem. Also Included in my job is an apartment. The apartment is new and it’s very comfortable and my student has asked me often if everything is okay with my apartment.\
My employer’s family have also been extremely kind, helpful friendly and have always treated me with great respect. His employees have also been good to me too. This has made my stay here even more comfortable.
I first had contact with Carrie-ann from Duke and Duchess during the interview process in December 2013. Throughout my experience with Carrie-ann -either face-to-face or through email- I have always found her ultra-professional and helpful. She is also very approachable and has excellent communication skills. So the great thing is no question is too small for her to answer and even when you know you’re asking a bit of a stupid question she’s always helpful and polite.
I would recommend working in Russia. If you do, you need to be flexible and understand it’s different to the UK. If you’re open-minded to the experience you’ll have a great time. Finally I would have no hesitation in recommending Duke & Duchess to any potential employee or client.
Full time Nanny (Rota) located in Moscow
During my time working with the children I have also been lucky enough to accompany the family on trips to St Barths in the Caribbean and a stay on a private island in the Maldives. I am also looking forward to going to the south of France with the family over the summer period.
I work on a 10 day on/off schedule so on my days off I am supplied with my own private apartment close to the Center of Moscow. It is great to have my own space and freedom. I really enjoy spending time catching up with other English nanny and expat friends. We love to explore this crazy city and go to visit the fabulous parks and restaurants that the city has to offer. Duke and Duchess are not just a great support for the job they have also helped me to settle back into Moscow life. They frequently send me information about what’s going on in the city and have put me in contact with other Duke and Duchess candidates to become friends with. I am so happy I used Duke and Duchess when returning to Moscow as I couldn’t have done it with out the support and care of this fabulous agency. I will highly recommend them to anyone considering working as a nanny or governess.
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