Meet Amabelle Amabelle Duran heads and owns ACTS. A Filipina who speaks Filipino, English, and German, she moved to Switzerland in 2000 to be with her Filipino husband Olan who works as an Engineer in Zurich.
A mother to two girls, Rebekkah, aged 14 and Rhianna, aged 13; Amabelle has been with child education all her life. Even while staying home during the formative years of her girls, she was Homeschooling and introducing them to the world of stories, books, and counting while having fun. As her girls started primary in the local Swiss school, she worked part time with Globegarden Bilingual Preschool, Hands-on-Kids International Preschool, and Swiss International School-Zurich North (formerly Wallisellen International School). In the Philippines, she was a beloved teacher and coordinator in The Master’s Academy and the International Christian Academy.
In 2013, Amabelle founded ACTS. Initially specializing in in the placement of Filipino Au Pairs, ACTS has branched out to placing nannies and au pairs from EU countries as well as competent nursing staff for both private families and medical institutions. She has helped families find their au pairs and nannies who have been invaluable part of the families’ lives.
In 2015 , ACTS specilaized in the placement of young professionals from the Philippines. Amabelle is experienced in the management of employment formalities with the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and also maintains excellent working relationships with the Philippine authorities.
Why work with us?
“I give my highest regards to Amabelle and her work. She is both professional and extremely reliable, and holds herself to a very high standard. What is particularly special about Amabelle is the care with which she makes her placements, and the kindness and compassion she has for the women she recruits. I am deeply impressed.” Leslie Bannon / Langnau am Albis, Zurich
“We have been using the service of duran ACTS twice within the last year with positive result. After having lived several years abroad, we brought our trusted helper from Singapore to Switzerland and Amabelle has been supportive and engaged in ensuring us a work permit for our helper two years in a row. Her service is fast and reliable, and I will happily recommend her to others.” Lone Knese / Zug, Switzerland
“I met my host family in Zurich through duran ACTS. The agency was there for me from the beginning of my application until my last day. Living in another country and working for a family can be fun and exciting but it can be really tough and challenging. It helps a lot to have a reliable agency. Ms. Amabelle is a dedicated agent, mentor and friend to all her Au pairs. I will always be thankful for all the agency's help and guidance during my year Au pair year in Switzerland.” Shannah Faustino / Au pair