I was praying for a better employment opportunity abroad. My nurse friends would browse online and visit agencies that would accept nurse applicants. I followed their lead – this was in 2011. We went to the extent of taking exams and going to agencies even after night shifts in order to meet the requirements. We also had our applications submitted to SEAPCI and the staff happily informed us that there was a job waiting in UAE. It’s such a blessing that SEAPCI was there to help us with the processing without a fee. I was impressed on how they sincerely deal with the applicants. Their humble office in 4H Valuepoint served as a witness of how Ma’am Connie and Ma’am Kaye helped us complete our requirements.
Finally, representatives from Tawam Hospital interviewed us sometime in May 2012 but it wasn’t until April 2013 that my job offer (JO) and plane ticket arrived. I can say that the waiting time was quite long and I was worried because I already quit from my current job (which was against the advice of SEAPCI) even before I received the JO. Thankfully, SEAPCI continued to communicate with me, even inspiring me with the stories of those who already made it in UAE. When I arrived in the UAE, it was really nice to know how the SEAPCI babies engaged and reach out to each other. I just can’t thank SEAPCI enough for the help and for treating us like not just mere applicants but family.
They say when something is meant for you, it will just come and sweep you off your feet, and before you know it, everything will be fulfilled in front of your eyes. This was how SEAPCI changed my life forever. At that point, I was already working for 5 years in the Philippines and was considering shifting careers because, for a year or so, I think I already passed my resume to every agency in the country but to no avail. I did get some call-backs but the offers would cost me a lot more money than I would actually earn for a month in the job they were willing to give me. I don’t know if it was because of the fact that I came from a tertiary hospital in the province instead of some big shot hospital in the city that they wouldn’t take a second glance at my resume. However, one day, my friend called me up saying she went to this agency and told me that I might want to try to submit my resume and credentials since they were looking for nurses with at least 2 years experience in the field of dialysis. And so I did. It turned out that the next day was the deadline and I managed to submit my revised CV at 3am in the morning!
During the exam and interview, I struggled walking on EDSA with shoes that were only held together by the superglue I purchased in Ministop. I didn’t have any closed formal shoes for the interview so I settled for the old pair I had. I was praying at the panel interview that they wouldn’t glance at my feet because it was really not a good sight. Thank God they were more engaged in asking me questions. Maybe it was because when I walked into the room, I beamed at them with the best smile I could gather because I had a pep talk from Miss Connie before going inside the war zone. Later that day, I was stuck in the longest traffic in my life in the middle of the rain, with shoes barely holding together, 4 hours away from my home in Quezon, and I got the biggest smile in the world because I got a message from SEAPCI on my way home that I got accepted for the job- I was going to Abu Dhabi!
And as they say, everything after was history. After 7 months, I found myself on a plane to Abu Dhabi. Upon arriving, I was dropped off to what seemed like paradise in accommodations beside the magnificent Corniche beach. It was a thrilling ride to broader horizons, exploring my chosen field in a new light. All of that, just because SEAPCI believed in me. They saw the potential in a nurse who chose to work away from the big metropolis of Metro Manila.
Now, I am able to support my mother’s medications, the dream vacations that I never imagined of having when I was in the Philippines and of course the satisfaction having something to save for my future. Cheesy as it may sound, SEAPCI was one of the reasons I managed to take that one step towards my dreams coming true 🙂
It all started very vague, but as the days passed, with the help of Heavenly Father and the company of SEAPCI, I went through this wonderful experience of mine. Let me start my story at Capitol Medical Center, a 300 bed capacity hospital I worked at. As soon as I finished my 2 years experience in the Delivery Room, my friends and I started looking through the net to do some job hunting. I visited many agencies, but most of them are not good and will only give you false assurances. But, fortunately, I found this agency through the referral of another applicant (“Jomel”). He is with me now working in Tawam and has become one of my circle of friends here.
At first, I thought it would be very difficult, since I had no idea on where to start and what to do. But through SEAPCI, with the noble and kind help I got from Ma’am Connie and Ma’am Kaye, this chapter of my life was truly made easier. I was so glad because I could ask them about whatever doubts and uncertainties I had, especially since I was still working at that time. They were very accommodating and nice even if I knew they were still busy with other stuff. I am one of those somewhat “makulit callers” who followed up every now and then (hehehe:). Until the end when the visa and ticket was issued, they were with us like a real mother and sisters, who gave fun and support. They never stopped giving us good advice and counsel.
Now, the venture has ended, and finally I’m here working in Tawam Hospital. Even If I’m the youngest working here now, my fears have become my greatest weapon of encouragement. Really, nothing is impossible when you believe in Him. This is not the end of my story since this is just the start of the biggest star I’m going to reach, and I hope it will come soon. My live becomes sweeter as it continues and that’s through the good help of SEAPCI. Thank you! We love you! God Bless Everyone!
I learned about the job opening from my co-worker, and I sent my application through email. I remember that it was the last minute of the application deadline. That’s why I was surprised when SEAPCI replied to me the day after, inviting me to an exam and interview at Edsa-Shangrila. After I passed it, I immediately scheduled myself for the HAAD exam. I failed on my 1st try but I got it on the 2nd. I had a great struggle in my medical exams because of the misdiagnosis on one of my medical results. I sought a 2nd, 3rd and up to 8th opinion from various clinics, and I also underwent a deeper diagnostic test and they did not find anything wrong with my medical results. When SEAPCI knew about it, they did not leave me behind, and gave me a chance to have my medical examination with another DOH and POEA accredited hospital/clinic, and the results were all clear.
I was so happy and thankful when we got the definite schedule for departure. Indeed, I am clear with my medical examination as proven when I also underwent it here in the UAE. Now, I am enjoying my work here, gaining professional growth and able to finance my brother and cousin’s college studies, invest in properties in our home country, provide assistance to my less fortunate relatives and fellow men. Also, I am now driving my own brand new car! I am thanking GOD for all of this and thank you also SEAPCI… 🙂
It all started with a paper which I saw at the nurse’s station, an email coming from Ms. Virginia to those who are interested to apply at Tawam Hospital. I never thought I would be contacted for an interview. Even if I had nursing duty during those interview dates, I still tried my luck. Everything went smoothly, I passed the interview, had the usual physical exam, and waited. The best thing about it was knowing that I didn’t have to pay the agency to process my papers. Ms. Connie and Ms. Kaye of SEAPCI are very accommodating and very much willing to answer all the questions that a first time applicant would usually ask. It took me 10 months for everything to be processed. It was worth the wait.
It is true that you will really miss home. But when you arrive in the UAE, all other SEAPCI applicants will give you a warm welcome and will make sure that you will never be alone. WE MADE OUR OWN FAMILY. Financially speaking, I was able to send money home and pay for my own condo unit. I also grew as a person. Doing everything for myself was not easy but definitely made me realize what I am truly made of. Working with different nationalities was also fun. It will change your whole perspective regarding the stigma that people usually create about others with different cultural backgrounds.
I will forever be thankful to my SEAPCI family, Ms. Virginia, Sir Joel, Ms. Connie, and Ms. Kaye. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will definitely make a big impact in my future. 🙂 God bless you guys! Thank you for being a blessing to us!
We can still recall the time when we first stumbled upon SEAPCI’s page online and found out that they were hiring nurses for a hospital in Al Ain named Tawam. We didn’t know of SEAPCI before that and honestly, we did have our doubts and reservations. But, we set them aside and tried our luck. After all, what did we have to lose. Now, we’re just really thankful that we did try it out with SEAPCI. They, especially Ma’am Connie and Ma’am Kaye, were so accommodating and helpful during the whole application process. They treated us more like family, not just mere applicants. We are just really grateful to them. God speed and more power SEAPCI! – LEN & EARL
I applied in SEAPCI in 2006. I was then working at St. Luke’s Medical Center QC as a staff nurse of the Institute of Neuroscience Unit/ Acute Stroke Unit. I later on became an assistant nurse unit manager of St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City- NCCU/SICU. Ms. Virginia Alinsao was very encouraging during that time and believed in our potential to be great nurses. She would give words of wisdom during dinner gatherings for applicants sponsored by SEAPCI. The visa journey was long but it was definitely worth the wait. The promise of being part of one of the best hospital in the USA has been fulfilled. I am now a proud Filipino nurse of Johns Hopkins Hospital Zayed 12W and this has been made possible by SEAPCI.
I had been working as a nurse in the Philippine Heart Center for almost 5 years, and I could truly say that nursing is one of the most rewarding professions. I loved working in our hospitals despite the stressful job and low salary, because at the end of the day you know that you made a difference in someone’s life.
However, like many other nurses, I dreamed of going places and earning a higher salary. Since my US dream requires a long waiting time, I decided to pursue the UAE since some of my friends and colleagues were already there. So I took the HAAD exam and thank God I passed. But getting a job abroad was not easy. I had to send my CV to numerous agencies. Some of them required a large amount of placement fees, while many offered low salaries and we would just work in a clinic, and some just ignored my applications. Then a friend suggested applying in SEAPCI, since it was also her agency. The staff, Ms. Kaye and Ms. Connie, was very friendly and accommodating. Unlike other agencies, they patiently answered all my inquiries and concerns. They treat professionally and, lastly, they don’t require placement fees. With the help of SEAPCI, I am now working as an ICU nurse in Tawam Hospital, one the best and largest hospital in UAE.
Working abroad was one of my aspirations in life. Striving hard to achieve this dream was my top most priority. Looking for a greener pastures was all it took for me to persevere to reach that goal.
They say opportunity only knocks once. It’s either you grab it or decline it. In my case, I grabbed the chance and never regretted my decision. With God’s guidance and continuous prayer, I believe God led me to the right company, the right hospital and the right people to help me accomplish my goal, which was to work abroad.
At first, I thought it was just an ordinary dream that every nurse dreamed of, until I found SEAPCI. That day, I realized that dreams do come true especially at times when you least expect it. My colleague referred me to this company upon knowing that they were hiring registered nurses for the UAE. I passed my CV online through Ma’am Kaye. Unexpectedly, a few weeks after, I received a text message that a team from Tawam Hospital will be coming over to conduct interviews on the scheduled dates. After a long time thinking, I decided to push through with the interview at the very last minute. I joined the last day batch of interviewees. The following day, I received a text message from SEAPCI that I passed the interview. The processing took place from that day onward. What I like most about SEAPCI is that they catered to all of our needs, and assisted us step by step throughout the application process. We also had constant communication and they were willing to help anytime of the day. We did not have a hard time because they always updated us regarding the status of our application. We just waited for our deployment. Until the last minute, they were there for us giving us instructions, advice and encouragement. Up to now, SEAPCI and its applicants have communication lines open.
Thank you SEAPCI for being the best company. To Ma’am Connie and Ma’am Kaye, thank you so much for all your effort and time in helping us throughout the processing. You are so very accommodating, friendly, helpful and patient to us applicants. You did not only treat us as applicants but also as friends. Seldom do we find companies like you that brought friendship into a bond. We salute both of you and SEAPCI for a job well done. You fulfilled our dream to become a reality. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all and will never forget you. God bless and may you continue to help more nurses reach their dreams.
I was not planning for a career in the Middle East. It was my friends who asked me to send my CV to SEAPCI. Then, Connie sent me an email telling me that I qualified for the position and was scheduled for examination and interview. In the end, one of my friends went to Qatar and the other one to Mafraq, while I was accepted in Al Rahba. This is my second year in Abu Dhabi and still Kaye and Connie continue to follow up on us. Thanks guys! I’ll be coming on March to personally thank these guys! 😉
I am a proud product of SEAPCI and I am currently working in one of the SEHA (Abu Dhabi’s government) hospitals. Applying for work abroad was a tedious process and it took me a long time to finally got a slot. I am thankful that SEAPCI was there all throughout my application process until my deployment date. They have been very generous and helpful at all times. In terms of all the other information regarding HAAD, they were experts and for that I am forever grateful to SEAPCI. That is why every time I have a friend who asks me what agency will help them to make it to the UAE, I would proudly tell them only one name: SEAPCI.