Who is duran ACTS


duran ACTS is a fully licensed placement agency, allowed by the Swiss government (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO) to place personnel from abroad. We specialize in placing Au-Pairs, Nannies and Housekeepers in families based in Switzerland, as well as offer additional services around parenting, families and kids.

In our company, we have very strong values of ethics and fairness. Our goal is that our Au-pairs & Nannies fully benefit from their experience of living abroad with a Swiss family, through harmonious relationships and positive inter-cultural exchanges. The cooperation should be for both the child caregiver and the family a true WIN-WIN experience, based on TRUST.


We simply want the best for your family!

Parents and kids are at the very core of our approach. Our goal is to sustain your family’s wellbeing by helping you find the right Au-Pair / Nanny for your family. We aim to provide a HIGH QUALITY and ALL-IN service, so you do not have to worry about anything. Your peace of mind is our priority.

What’s worse than having a total stranger at home that you cannot trust? We are not a direct hiring platform and we would like to warn you against direct hiring methods: We have heard of so many stories from families who had immense issues with the child caregivers that they had found directly on the net, so that we do not accept any candidate without checking their background, references, criminal record etc and we do not place them without ensuring a good matching with the needs and values of your family. Our agency also offers you a guarantee that we will present you a new candidate should the chemistry not work with your employee.

Last but not least, our agency assists you throughout the year should any issue arise with your employee through professional mediation and coaching support.


Amabelle DuranAmabelle Duran

Amabelle is the owner and director of duran ACTS and My Happy Family. She is a Filipina who speaks Filipino, English and German. She moved to Switzerland in 2000 to be with her Filipino husband Olan whose work assignment is in Zurich.

A mother to two girls, Rebekkah, aged   and Rhianna, aged  , Amabelle has been with child education all her life. In Switzerland, she worked 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.

With the passion for teaching children, service and people skills, she founded duran ACTS in 2013 and acquired My Happy Family in 2017. Initially specialising in placing Filipino Au Pairs, she acquired My Happy Family and expanded her services by  placement of Nannies and Housekeepers


Edit SievEdit Siev

Edit is a Strategic Business Advisor for My Happy Family. She has many years of experience in adult education, recruiting and communications. She studied English Language, Literature and Teaching and holds a M.A. in Journalism. She also works regularly for a Human Rights organisation.

Edit is a native Hungarian and speaks English and German fluently.