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Gi2C China Internship

Gi2c is an expensive fraud that also now operates under 4 other names (alias operations) that include WiseWay Global Education, Laowai Career Center, and Getin2China and according to China's Tax Bureau and Busines License Agency (SAIC) non of them are legally registered to do business in China except Getin2China which they said was shut down by the police in 2014 for "visa fraud".

I only lost a $300 deposit because I learned about the scam early when I noticed that my "career counselor" Mary (who speaks fluent English) also worked as a "consultant" in the other-other 4 alias companies and she denied it when I asked here about it even after I played her voice that I recorded when I called the other numbers and asked for her. (There is a shared office on Zhongguancun Street in Haidian District of Beijing).

I eventually found my own job in China and no longer needed an internship. So when I got to China I went to get my $300 "refundable deposit" back at the above address which the police strangely know about. I met two other victims of Gi2c who said no to Gi2c but "yes" to Laowai Career Center (not knowing they were the same scam wearing different clothes).

Both of them and myself were threatened by the Russiam owner that if we made any problems for him after he return our money, he would get expelled from China because he had "connections with the cops". This may be true because when I went to the they already knew about this company and even referred to "Yuri" and then one of the young woman police officers followed me outside when I left and handed me this link written on a piece of paper and said "Wai guo ren Yuri fei chang bu hao ma fan" (Translation: This foreigner Yuri is bad trouble). Anyway, here is the link she gave me https://www.scam.com/entry.php?6418-Beware-of-China-s-many-Legal-Scams-l....

I found out one of the other victims got a full refund because they threatened to bring a CCTV news reporter to Yuri's office. So I did the same thing and he paid me 2,000 rmb within 15 minutes but demanded that I sign a paper saying I had no problems with Gi2c and Laowai Career Center. I scribbled what he thought was my signature to get the money i my hands. What I wrote was "You R Afraud". This morning my colleague showed me this link, and it motivated me to make this review to help warn others. http://www.opnlttr.com/letter/laowai-career-center-189-other-black-scam-...

BTW... there is a man in his office named Stefan who is one of his employees that writes fake blogs under the name of "Stephanie" and he was arguing with Yuri that he was cheated on his pay by 3,000 and he was threatening to quit and "blog the truth to everyone". When he saw that I was trying to video the argument with my phone he blew a fuse and slammed the door. I guess this guy cheats a lot of people - even his own employees.

Program: TEFL
Location: China
Posted: Apr 12, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

In July 2016 my daughter Grace, 15 years old, attended the 10 day Global Leadership Adventures trip to the Dominican Republic. As a parent I was excited for her to have this experience, yet a little anxious to send my daughter alone on a plane overseas. Every step of the way the GLA team was immediately available to answer questions, quell fears, and help me through the process of sending Grace to the DR. Though it is quite a bit of work on the parent end, it is worth every moment of preparation, planning and execution. If your child is traveling alone GLA helps connect you to other families who are sending their kids so they can get connected early and possibly even get on the same flight. That was super helpful for me to speak to other parents whose kids were on the same trip. Also, I would recommend starting the process as early as possible, especially fundraising and securing a passport. Also, if your child has medical needs such as medicines, allergies, etc., address those right away and see what requirements are for your trip. My daughter needed TWO Epi-pens and all medicines in prescription boxes with her name on the label. Though it takes extra time as a parent you get peace of mind that their medical needs are completely known and the team is prepared. My daughter left one of her two Epi-Pens in the DR and the team was on it right away getting it back into out possession within a week. Being attentive to the details at the front end will allow the process to unfold beautifully as your child experiences the big beautiful world we all share. I am grateful to GLA and to the team for the support, professionalism, and on-going availability for any and all questions. Sending your child out of the country can be scary, yet GLA sets your mind & heart at ease each step of the way. Go Global Leadership Adventures! #GLA

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Dominican Republic
Posted: Apr 10, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Original Volunteers

I volunteered in Ghana a few months ago, the lead up to the trip and messages from Emma reinsured me I was prepared and the trip would be great - however; I was quite disappointed.
To start my trip, I was rudely greeted by the hired taxi driver who would take me to the volunteer house, he yelled as he told me that he 'had been waiting for hours' even though he chose to arrive 4 hours before my flight came in? and snatched my suitcase and chucked it into the car before setting off on our 4 hour ride to the house. These 4 hours were painful... he sung sex song to me and would touch my leg and ask me if I left 'comfortable' after pushing him away and telling him 'his driving wasn't making me feel safe' and that 'he should watch the road instead of staring at me' he then intentionally drove even more irrationally. Anyway, when that was over I complained to OV and nothing happened, the staff simply said "yeah may girls say the same thing but OV will not get rid of him." YEAH THANKS FOR CONSIDERING OUR SAFETY OV.. NOT! >:(
We were also hit with unexpected costs like $100 EACH NEW WEEK to do a program (even if arrival was on a Wednesday you would have to pay $100 on Wednesday for the day work and another $100 the following Monday... bullshit) we were told there would be a $100 US dollar contribution.... but not every single week. When the costs were questioned Fred simply ignored the question and was unable to tell us where our money was going .... (into his pocket? Probably.)
The communication between host countries and OV is disgraceful and I discourage others to steer away from this organisation.
The country made my experience amazing, but OV seriously, get your shit together this is a joke.

Program:
Location: Ghana
Posted: Apr 9, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
4

Walking Tree Travel

I had an amazing experience with Walking Tree Travel in Costa Rica. We went to a variety of places including a national park, hot springs, small towns, beautiful beaches, and more!

One of my favorite things about traveling with Walking Tree Travel is how immersive they make the experience. We had the opportunity to go to places that average tourists wouldn’t. As a result of this I learned about a lot about the local culture and felt that I had a very unique experience. Also, the guides were incredibly well educated about the places we visited, which helped make each destination even more exciting. The people I met in Costa Rica were incredibly friendly and I felt safe the entire time I was there. I highly recommend Walking Tree Travel!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Apr 7, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Program:
Location: India
Posted: Apr 7, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
7

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