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ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I didn't have a great experience with ELI. They wanted to charge me an extra $200 for "staying an extra week." They changed my program dates without notifying me and expect me to pay. I haven't paid. Upon my arrival to Costa Rica they picked me up at the airport and took me to a local family's home (the family was very nice) The next couple days they finally "shipped" me on a bus to my actually host family. The program is unorganized and inattentive. I did the medical program since i'm a medical professional and the program was only shadowing and being bored. When I first arrived at the clinic it was like a scavenger hunt to try to figure out what my actual tasks where. The coordinator rarely checked up on me. I spoke with my host family and they said they received about $200 (american dollars).... i paid $900.00 thinking the family would receive it all. Definitely not fair and I think it was just a rip-off. So much for nom-profit huh? I would have rather gave the $900 to the family personally then through ELI. I won't recommend this program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Aug 23, 2012
Overall:
3
Support:
3
Value:
3

Comments

Hi Laura, I apologize if there was some confusion with your program. You applied and paid for a two week program. While you did begin your program earlier than originally planned, it was still only a 2 week program. Staying for 3 weeks involved added expenses for both our staff in Costa Rica and your host family. We cannot ask the host families to accept a volunteer without being paid, even if it is only one extra week. We are also committed to paying our staff adequate living wages (which is the reason that it was less than 100% of your program fee that went to your host family). As for the internship itself, it is very clear in our predeparture materials that interns shadow doctors for this program. It would be unethical for us to allow undergraduate premedical students to actually practice medicine, regardless of the level of development of the country. If you have other concerns, we would love to have you contact us directly to address them at info@eliabroad.org Kenton

CSA - Center for Study Abroad

CSA is a company that submits registration information and then makes payment on you behalf. CSA does not do anything you can't do on your own. You can register for free on University international program website and transfer payment directly to University bank account. If you pay directly you will also save significant amount on conversion rate (CSA is using their own rate - not in your favor).

I had bad experience with CSA and won't recommend it to anyone.

CSA offers summer program for 820 EUR (est. $1295 - this is CSA conversion rate).

I paid confirmation deposit to CSA by check. According to CSA website registration is free and deposit goes towards the total cost.

In further e-mails they asked for more money than stated on the website and explained that deposit is not deducted from the program cost but added to it and that there are other costs as well - approx. $1895 total (without accommodation). CSA refused to provide official breakdown for this new cost.
This is not the cost that has been advertised their website.

Situation falls under false advertising practices and is regulated by consumer protection laws.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Jul 11, 2012
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Comments

Hi! Can you tell me what the name of the webside of University international program are? I can't find it. I had bad experiences with CSA myself. Thanks!
Website: http://www.sprachenzentrum.hu-berlin.de/international-language-school-en (from http://www.international.hu-berlin.de/sprachen-en/deutsch, google "humboldt university language") Hope it helps!
CXSA is a good company....providing a worthwhile service. Many other study abroad providers charge way too much for their programs. CSA provides your confirmation documents quickly and offers a convenient registration system. Save time and money.....go with CSA !
Too many students are just whiners ! I used CSA to study in Paris.....had a great experience.....and CSA saved me much time and money !
No they did not, you just haven't done your research well enough :) You can have the same program cheaper through Sorbonne themself.

GeoVisions

I just arrived home last Thursday as I spent a month in Spain after leaving France.

Geovisions did a superb job matching a French family and a Canadian English instructor!!! Thank You for being the liaison in connecting us. Besides having 4 wonderful children to work with I also had access to the countryside for daily walks with their chocolate lab dog. Living with and meeting friends and relatives of my host family was an excellent way for me to experience the French culture, and partake in French cuisine daily. My relationship with the family shall continue.

I believe it is a plus that the application process with Geovisions allows for candidates to look at the family resumes and see if they would be comfortable living with the family and vice versa. Access to a Geovisions staff member is readily available, another plus!

I would certainly recommend Geovisions to anyone wishing to share their English skills in exchange for experiencing a new culture.

Thanks for providing opportunities for enhancing one's life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Apr 30, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

AbroadCo

My daughter used Abroadco to study abroad in Paris Last year. The first semester went well the housing that we arranged was changed but she liked the dorm. Actually the program was not bad and she enjoyed herself. However since she has returned she has been unsuccessful in obtaining a transcript for her spring semester. She did not receive the deposit for her housing as well. Chris will not return any calls or emails. Basically once they have your money it's gone. If there is anyone else out there having the same problem obtaining a transcript or getting deposits back please fill out the Arizona Attorney General consumer complaint form. The link is posted below. http://www.azag.gov/consumer/complaintform.html

Program: Study Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Apr 2, 2012
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
7

Language House TEFL - Prague

This is the most personal and dedicated class in teaching I have yet to experience in the seven years I have been teaching. I took a class from The Language House in 2006, From Chris Westerguaard and I was teaching partners with Skipp Pots. The amount of teaching methodology addressed, practiced, and observed beats any USA teaching program that I have participated in. I am currently working in Texas as a public high school teacher (accreditation from alternative and certified routes) and I got my start at TLH! Prague is the most beautiful and romantic city on the planet, for me. And I would highly recommend anyone with an adventurous spirit takes this leap and start living the dream!

Program: TEFL
Location: USA
Posted: Jan 26, 2012
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

AFS

Did a year abroad in Brazil, AFS USA is polite, well organized, and does a good job keeping their students safe, AFS Brazil, on the other hand, is a complete disaster.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Nov 28, 2011
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Travellers Worldwide

This is very beautiful hotel.Me and my partner are very much impressed.we have decided that whenever we will go to Orlando we are going to stay at this hotel.I stayed at this hotel with my 2 years old baby.The staff is very polite and attentive.Staff members took extra effort for my baby.They provided me a crib.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Jul 26, 2011
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

United Planet

I was very pleased with United Planet. Their people were friendly and kind and their programs are affordable. It was nice to be able to help people in other countries. I would definitely recommend United Planet to anyone interested in traveling and volunteering.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Jun 14, 2011
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

AFS

I very much like AFS program in Iowa, US. It was a great experience. The staff were very professional and the orientation was great. I got to meet students from different parts of the world. My experience with hostfamily was great in general. There were problems, but just consider how different it was to live in a country you've never been before and stay with a family you've never met. It was hard, but both my hostfamily and my local AFS liaison tried to overcome the problems. I especially loved my high school. All the teachers there were great and they loved to talk to an exchange students, so were the students. I still have connections with a lot of my American friends, and other AFS friends around the world. I DID see some students having problems with hostfamily and something else, and one of them was my friend. She ended up going back home early...I was really sad. But it's a special case though....we had maybe 50 students(I'm not sure the exact number as I did not meet all of the students in my area), and she was the only one. All the students who stayed were happy I promise. We used to complain a lot when we got together during some orientations, cultural shock, host family issues...etc. but now it's been a year since I went back to my home country. And I look back to the experience, it really changed my life in a more positive way. I could have been more mature to solve some problems I had that year, and have a greater year. But there is NO WAY to blame AFS for my personal issues. I would recommend AFS to anyone who wants to go to the United States, and Germany (my friend had a great year, too) But for other locations, I have no right to comment.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Jan 26, 2011
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

AFS

We were asked to host a student from China for a year of high school. Host families, beware -- it is very common for students coming to China to come for one reason -- to get admitted to a U.S. college. Little or no interest in their host family, any cultural exchange, or any reciprocity. supposedly, this is not the purpose but it happens all the time. Be careful that you won't be "used" by a student for room, board, food, and transportation, with their having little or no interest in you or your family.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Dec 3, 2010
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
5

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