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  • The modern-day Mary Poppins

    The modern-day governess “You must be kind, you must be witty, very sweet and fairly pretty.” While the list of requirements may have changed since Mary Poppins’ era, the modern-day governess is still very much in demand. For many families across the world governesses are the perfect way to educate their children. Discrete, highly-intelligent and […]

  • Getting to know the team

    Our Managing Director, Carrie-Ann interviewed with a Russian reporter from Bigrussia. The Article, translated into English from BigRussia follows. There is a English (EN) option at the top right of the website to read the full article. Hello, Mary Poppins! The Englishwoman Carrie-Ann Pryke helps Russians select highly qualified nannies, governesses and teachers. By:  […]

  • Escaping the British education system – The teaching crisis

    As many of our teachers know times are changing in the British educational system. Increased demands, higher expectations, additional assessment and much more is leading to a poor work/life balance for  teachers today. Luckily for our clients we are having many teachers turn to the private world of teaching, with Duke & Duchess International receiving […]

  • Dear Nanny – A parents perspective

    I read this article and could not help shed a tear. As the CEO of Duke & Duchess International who has a background in nanny and governess work and who is now the proud mummy of a gorgeous little boy, it was so nice to hear another mummy’s account of what it feels like to […]

  • Winter wonderland in Moscow

    Moscow parks are getting ready for the big winter freeze. Electrical accessories will supplement traditional scarves, hats, mittens and gloves for the first time this year. Such electrical items will cost from 60 to 150 rubles and will work for 6-12 hours. Park visitors will be able to rent thermo blankets and leg warmers for […]

  • High standards at Duke & Duchess International

    This was a great article from The Sunday Times and a reminder why at Duke & Duchess International our high standards of service are so important to us. It is our passion and commitment to ensure only the best candidates are considered and presented to the families who seek our services.   Read the article…. […]

  • Duke & Duchess International making the news!

    As an Agency we work hard to ensure Candidates placed through Duke & Duchess International are fully supported during their time in Russia or elsewhere in the world. We are happy to put you in contact with any one of our Governesses or Governors if you would like to speak more about their personal experiences […]

  • Taking the Cold Plunge with Auski – brrrrrrrrr!

    Taking a little dip! It is the start of a New Year and what better way to kick it off, with a freezing cold dip into one of Moscow’s frozen lakes – all in the name of charity! The Cold Plunge, in its 4th year, continues to raise money for the homeless of Moscow and […]

  • Assisting you in your families learning and childcare needs.

    Are you in need of a Nanny, Governess, Governor or Private Teacher? We have a number of candidates looking for lovely families, and Teachers who can come to your home or work place, all ready to teach you their native language. Do you want your child to learn a foreign language? Do you need to […]

  • Ice Skating in the city.

    The temperature has dropped! With the winter upon us and snow on the ground, its time to wrap up warm and enjoy all the winter activities Moscow has to offer. During the long Moscow winter, freezing temperatures create the perfect conditions for outdoor ice skating rinks. These start appearing in December and stay open through […]