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This turned out to be an almost complete waste of money. The program coordinator made rules that were never listed in the pre-program information. He did not allow the kids to be out without the host parents. This led to hours and hours (11) spent in the apartment when there was no school and the parents had to work. When I contacted CIEE they claimed they had spoken with him and fixed the situation. This turned out to be false.

The host parents didn't want to break the rules and get in trouble with the program. My daughter didn't want to break the rules and risk getting sent home. About 25% of her time in Spain was robbed from her, of course CIEE has not offered to give back 25% of the money. If I had felt she couldn't be independent in Spain, I never would have sent her.

I even sent them a copy of their own paperwork that we had to sign stating the student must keep host parents informed of his/her whereabouts at all time.

Just very disappointing for a quarter of this program being spent as a prisoner and being treated as a toddler.

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Posted: June 24, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
By: SClark
Age:
47

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I had a really bad experience with Ciee:s high school program. It is such a terrible scam on young students and their families. Ciee gives a really bad name for the whole exchange industry. Ciee does not take any responsibility for their own mistakes. They put my teen in danger many times. From the first day there were undocumented people in the host family. The second host family's father had anger controll issues and when he got mad he yelled and told our teen to [redacted]. Then the host family left our teen to a shopping center and left him there. This host family (Arnell Sison) also stopped communicating and did not offer any meals and left him alone for days, for example over christmas holidays!!!!!! Ciee's local coordinator (Peter Porciuncula) told me that he thinks my son is telling me a string of lies. Ciee's support director [redacted] issues him a warning letter for "not adjusting". [redacted] also "organized" totally unnecessary vaccinations for my son, because she just so incompetent. All my son's vaccinations had been checked before he started the first school.
Host family #3 would have kept our teen to the end of the contract, but support director [redacted] kept harassing him with threats to be sent home if " this family is not satisfied. Since there was no problem with the family, Ciee said he is not doing well enough in school and organized him to be dissmissed and sent [redacted] from Portland(Maine) to take him out of the family to a local hotel, and the next day our teen was threatened to be taken to jail if he did not go to the airport with [redacted]. That was all done without my agreement and I think the hotel night was strange. [redacted] had thanked our son for being dismissed, because that's why [redacted] got to travel to California!!!!!!! Taking a minor to a hotel leaves also too good opportunity for all kinds of unwanted manipulation and good knows what else.
I want to warn and inform all students and parents not to give this business a change to misstreat your children. They just think they can take your money and break their own rules and blame it all on the student and then send the student home.
This all is continuing, because the State Department is not supervising these exchange student companies well enough. That gives , in my opinion, disturbed and psycopathic individuals like Support director [redacted] and director of participant services [redacted] Stone an opportunity to behave in extremely unfair and inhumane way. In my opinion Ciee is a travesty of an exchange organization and should not be allowed to operate with young students! Check the backgrounds of the directors of Ciee also! It is quite interesting.

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Posted: May 27, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
By: Paivi2000
Age:
45

I spent a semester abroad in Western Australia at Murdoch University with CIEE in 2006. There were a number of other study abroad students at Murdoch, but the CIEE students agreed that we had the best experience. The Resident Director in WA was a great support and resource. CIEE students had access to a special office and resource room. We also had a number of additional activities coordinated through CIEE. I would highly recommend CIEE.

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Posted: September 13, 2011
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9
By: taupou
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