Study Abroad

AFS

If there were a rating for negative score, I would have given negative. Now, I have to give 1 star reluctantly. I urge those students who want to participate in this program to think seriously that AFS especially Canada is definitely NOT an option to go.

My daughter has a disappointed, disgraceful and humiliated experience with AFS Canada. They not only lack of empathy, but also treat a 16-year-old girl mercilessly.

My daughter departed from Hong Kong to Quebec the end of August 2017 with full of fantasy, yet ending with early return on Nov 30, 2017 due to her own grandma’s terminal illness. Grandma’s illness was found out the mid of September, which was after my girl had departed to Quebec, and deteriorated drastically. Sadly, she passed away last Sunday, Dec 3.

AFS Hong Kong did arrange once for “trip interruption” in October to see grandma and the Senior Manager told us clearly that the next “trip interruption” would be for funeral. When we requested AFS Canada to let my girl coming back to see grandma the last time or even to attend the funeral, they not only declined our request but also forced my girl to choose between staying with the program and seeing grandma the last time and/or attending her funeral. She chose the latter and got returned home for good. Although we have been trying to explain many times, AFS Canada declined cold-heartedly and insisted that she has broken the rule without considering the real situation.

There were still many terrible experiences that my girl had encountered, which we think AFS Canada have violated the human rights and privacy acts, such as:
-She was taken away by another volunteer from the host family without notifying us when she returned from Hong Kong during the "trip interruption" ;
-the volunteer forced her to hand over her mobile phone and computer and be kept by the volunteer so that she could not send any message to home, or else, she would be early returned;
-she was also forced to show the messages between her and the host sister, who took her out for lunch and chatted, to the volunteer and then was told angrily that she cannot “disturb” the host sister anymore;
-under such isolation, we had no choice but to contact one of her friends/classmates in Quebec by Facebook in order to understand her real situation, we really worried about her safety. Unfortunately, such act was somehow found out by the volunteer who got mad and asked my girl to tell us to stop contacting her friend immediately. This is really ridiculous!

One night, we received her whatsapp because she was allowed to use the phone for 1 hour, she begged me to let her come back because she was frightened and helpless. It was really heartbreaking. We tried to talk to AFS Hong Kong and see if they could provide any assistance, but turned out negatively. Luckily, her friend’s family in Quebec is very kind and willing to host her the rest of the program and registered as AFS host. She became very happy eventually. Unfortunately, grandma’s life started counting down in days as told by doctor, but AFS Canada insisted that she can only choose between stay with the program or leave for good, she returned Hong Kong without hesitation.

What we wonder is, Canada as a country which human right priors to everything and how can AFS Canada be so cruel to a 16-year-old girl whose wish is so simple, pure and full of love to grandma. Besides, we have paid around US$15,000 to join this program and she has now been forced to return home by doing nothing wrong. Our money had just gone to drainage. We are just a normal family and this amount of money is pretty much to us. It seems that they don’t care about what happen to you, just send you home and that’s it, no hassle anymore. Is AFS really a non-profit making organization? I doubt it! Furthermore, it is hard for my girl to return to school in the middle of school year. That’s why I have to warn those who want to join this exchange program to Canada to think twice before you take any action.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Canada
Posted: Dec 11, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Sol Education Abroad

The SOL abroad program in Costa Rica is phenomenal.
The Staff: The program directors are amazing. They offer 24/7 support for anything from homesickness to difficult schoolwork to travel recommendations to the flu. They are personally invested in making sure that the students have what they need and that they get everything they can out of the program.
The Students: While I'm sure this varies depending on the group, my particular bunch of students got along great. The students come from all over the Unites States. As the directors put it, each student is a unique ingredient in the "SOL soup." This program brings together people with different experiences and backgrounds, and gives them the space to explore this new culture together.
The Country: Costa Rica is unlike any place on earth. The people are warm and welcoming, and "Pura Vida" ("Pure Life") is not just a catch phrase: it truly is their way of living. For a $20 round trip ticket, you can travel anywhere in the country, going from vibrant city streets to virgin rain forests to sleepy beach towns in under an hour. Costa Rica is a place of infinite exploration, and everything is easily accessible and often extremely affordable (especially if you don't mind staying in hostels).
The Excursions: SOL picks a variety of excursions and cultural activities that presents the students with the best of the country. The activities and trips are well organized, and they are enriching experiences for all those that chose to participate. The directors ensure that the students have all of the necessary knowledge needed to gain everything they can from each outing (a testament to their devotion to the experience of the students).

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Don Quijote

I enrolled both my children in the Don Quijote Summer Spanish program held in Barcelona. This program is affiliated with Enforex, and once you are at the school it is Enforex that is there.

To begin with this is a very expensive course and I do believe you can find better run classes for a lot less money.

My kids were 13 years old and 16 years old. There is a lot of free time and the few organized games/activities were too young for early teens. The older teenagers had the option to leave the camp, so free trip was more enjoyable for them.

The students are mixed in the other students that are there to learn English, so if your goal is to be emersed in Spanish, that didn't happen. Everyone was speaking English.

My biggest complain was in the sanitary conditions of the camp. While my children attended there was a flu epidemic, over 30 students were ill plus some of the staff. Unfortunately my son was one of the ones that fell ill.

As a parent, I would NEVER recommend this camp to another family. The treatment my son received would be grounds for the facility to be shut down in the US.

Both my kids learned more Spanish during the time we spend traveling through Spain, than in the camp classroom. Save your money and go visit the beautiful smaller towns in Spain and practice your Spanish there.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Dec 1, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Intrax Study Abroad and AYUSA Study Abroad

I did this program when I was in high school about 9 years ago now I was placed in Barcelona with a host mother and her daughter. I was placed in an abusive home for a year I tried to leave the home and be placed with a different host family the host family convinced the program that I just needed to adapt better and they became even more abusive after I tried to leave. the program did not listen to my requests to be placed in a different home and insisted that I adapt to the living situation. I suffered trauma that I will never forget. All because the host mom said she would be sad if I left. The program representative never spoke to me one-on-one she always spoke to me in front of my host mother which was very uncomfortable and did not allow me to say everything that was happening. In addition to this I was also placed in a home where they smoked cigarettes indoors with all the windows closed everyday all day and night even though I had requested a home that was non-smoking. This program is very unorganized and unprofessional and even dangerous for those who participate especially for young high school children I do not recommend this program for minors

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Forum Nexus

Forum-Nexus showed me the beauty of the world! I'll never get over the 5 weeks I spent traveling to 9+ cities in over 5 countries with Forum-Nexus. It was my first time abroad, but the program's organization, staff members, and students made it easy to travel and embrace every moment. The cities we visited were all iconic and provided balance between business, fun, and relaxation. It was great having the staff and teachers travel with us, as we learned in and out of the classroom every day. Forum-Nexus provides the perfect opportunity for people who want a multi-city program with transferable credits, cultural tours, and professional visits. The most unique part of Forum-Nexus is the balance between learning and fun. I learned more about the world, its people, and myself with Forum-Nexus than I could have anywhere else, and I had the time of my life. With Forum-Nexus, everything is 110%.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Oct 20, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Forum Nexus

I had the time of my life studying abroad for 5 weeks with Forum-Nexus! We toured to so many iconic destinations, historical landmarks and beautiful countries in such a short period of time. There was always something to do and see every day, and there was never a dull moment during the entire trip. The staff and Hugo were full of infectious energy all the time and they were incredibly helpful with everything leading up to and throughout the program. The entire program was very organized and safe, and overall very well put together. Forum-Nexus offers something for everyone interested. The classes were all extremely interesting and relevant, and the professors were very engaged. What you learn in the classroom carries into where you’re touring that day and the professional and cultural visits were all incredible and a unique aspect to Forum-Nexus. I met some of the best people on this trip and I had so much fun every single day. This program is truly one of a kind and it was absolutely amazing. Be prepared to dance and sing every day and have the time of your life with Forum-Nexus! I really couldn’t recommend this program enough!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Europe
Posted: Sep 26, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Quest Overseas

Your dream of studying abroad can become possible. With Overseas education consultants to your help, know about the college entry deadlines.

Study abroad consultants can help you find out the best university suited to your needs, prepare for the entrance tests and assist you in submitting your application on time. Visit an overseas education consultant to learn more about a college admission process and successfully secure a position abroad. Find out list of overseas consutlat at https://www.idp.com/india/studyabroad

Study counselors at IDP will not only help you find the best course of your choice but further assist in enrolling you in a university school or college in five of the world’s most popular study destinations namely Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US & UK.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 1, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Quest Overseas

Your dream of studying abroad can become possible. With Overseas education consultants to your help, know about the college entry deadlines.

Study abroad consultants can help you find out the best university suited to your needs, prepare for the entrance tests and assist you in submitting your application on time. Visit an overseas education consultant to learn more about a college admission process and successfully secure a position abroad. Find out list of overseas consutlat at https://www.idp.com/india/studyabroad

Study counselors at IDP will not only help you find the best course of your choice but further assist in enrolling you in a university school or college in five of the world’s most popular study destinations namely Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US & UK.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 1, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Forum Nexus

This past summer with Forum Nexus has been the best summer of my life. I am so happy I went on this trip and was able to experience all of the things that I did. Forum Nexus allows you to visit five different countries with five different cultures, allowing you to improve your international IQ. They also allow weekend excursions and day trips to other cities and countries allowing you to enhance your international IQ even more. Visiting countries such as Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. On this trip, you will make livelong friends and have the time of your life. I would recommend this trip to everyone.

Program: Study Abroad
Location:
Posted: Aug 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Forum Nexus

My experience with Forum Nexus was unlike anything I have ever done and unlike anything I will ever do! I got first hand experience in learning European history, culture and values! I got pushed to learn my own cultural background and was embraced and loved for being my own self! I got to learn more about myself and more about appreciating people who are different that I am. The travel was incredible as well. We got to travel to Barcelona, Chamonix, Nimes, Paris, Milan, Lugano, Geneva, Rome, Santorini and Rhodes all in five weeks. I receive eight credits that counted towards my degree and hours for my hospitality internship. I felt safe traveling with Forum Nexus and worry free. The staff is caring, loving and fun! It is the best combination of a learning environment while still having the independence to discover parts of Europe that you've always dreamed of experiencing. Forum Nexus is unlike any other study abroad program. 1000x would recommend!!!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Europe
Posted: Aug 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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