WE'VE GOT MAIL

WE'VE GOT MAIL

Thu, 10/01/2009 - 11:40

As a foreigner finding myself in Sofia with my wife and two small children, I wanted to share with your readers some of the joys of looking for a home-help/nanny.

We decided after some searching to use a recruiting agency specialising in nannies, and found one which had an English language web page. After an initial meeting with the lady who runs the agency, we signed a contract to the following effect – the agency would first send us a dozen CVs from which we should choose five or six applicants to interview; then a one-month trial period with the selected applicant would validate our choice; then in case we didn't find the right person on the first round or were unsatisfied about the trial period, the agency contractually promised to reorganise up to two more rounds of interviews. A fee of 600 leva was to be paid, half on signing the contract, the other half after we found the right applicant. As it turned out, when we arrived at the agency for the first interviews, only one from the six we'd selected was there, along with another of whom we knew nothing. That one inspired us enough, however, to give her a try, but after a week she decided to leave without forewarning. Meanwhile, the agency had cashed the second half of its fee. So we got back in touch, explaining the situation and asking for a new, preferably better organised, second round of interviews. But the answer, in a few words, came as a surprise: "Not our problem anymore." Truth is, after such lousy work, we hardly wanted to use the services of this agency again. But when I found out that not only had we been charged for (close to) nothing, but that the nanny whom we'd taken for a trial also had to pay a fee to the agency, I decided to warn the world against this incompetent and disreputable agency. I advise the woman running it to get into Black Sea real estate – she has the right attitude to thrive there. As for anybody searching for a nanny: stay away! We did in the end find somebody through mutual acquaintances, which is probably a safer (if slower) way to go about recruiting in Sofia.

Gilbert Barillé

Issue 37

Commenting on www.vagabond.bg

Vagabond Media Ltd requires you to submit a valid email to comment on www.vagabond.bg to secure that you are not a bot or a spammer. Learn more on how the company manages your personal information on our Privacy Policy https://vagabond.bg/privacy-policy. By filling the comment form you declare that you will not use www.vagabond.bg for the purpose of violating the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria. When commenting on www.vagabond.bg please observe some simple rules. You must avoid sexually explicit language and racist, vulgar, religiously intolerant or obscene comments aiming to insult Vagabond Media Ltd, other companies, countries, nationalities, confessions or authors of postings and/or other comments. Do not post spam. Write in English. Unsolicited commercial messages, obscene postings and personal attacks will be removed without notice. The comments will be moderated and may take some time to appear on www.vagabond.bg.

0 comments

Add new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Discover More

DEAR VAGABOND
Dear Vagabond,
DEAR VAGABOND
I was invited to offer my perspective on Poets & Writers as well as the wider world of literary magazines, and for six days I got to know some extremely talented writers from Bulgaria, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States while
DEAR VAGABOND
I enjoyed your photos of Sofia under snow (no snow in Berlin, alas), the impressive research on Kolyu Ficheto
gorrilahead_12.jpg
DEAR VAGABOND
During the past seven years I have been taking tours into the Rila and Pirin mountains using snowmobiles, Rangerovers and off-road buggies.

WE'VE GOT MAIL
The source used by myself in the Encyclopaedia of Islam to which I am a contributor is a short remark by Rupert Furneaux in his The Siege of Plevna, Anthony Blond publishers, London,1958.
WE'VE GOT MAIL
Too many liberals in older EU member states, for example, fail to understand the insecurity and anxieties of ordinary people (particularly in these times of crisis and cutbacks), and too many venal politicians and shoddy journalists understand these all too
WE'VE GOT MAIL
RE: What I have learnt for five years in Bulgaria, Vagabond No 47-48
WE'VE GOT MAIL
We rented a car and after a considerable amount of beach-hunting (all of them seem to have beach umbrellas and plastic chairs installed), we settled at a relatively empty beach near the oil terminal in Rosenets (beautiful views of a small island called, I a
WE'VE GOT MAIL
After working long hours and munching on supermarket salad for three evenings while slaving away on the computer until the wee hours, I decided to go out and treat myself to a dinner.
WE'VE GOT MAIL
This is the first time that I read such a clever and sharp article in Bulgaria. So thank you for that.
A guide_to_Ottoman_Bulgaria.jpg
LETTER OF THE MONTH
I would be interested in hearing your opinion. I think that some feedback (in this case from a reader of a book published by yourselves) makes sense, and it is this idea that prompted me to contact you.

Living in Bulgaria 1942
LETTER OF THE MONTH
I was born on 20 July 1930 in Pleven and I am a contemporary to these events. I had a friend, Edi; we went to school together. In 1943-1944 some interned Jews from Sofia lived in our house.