The Organization People to People and your child, is it a scam?
Good Idea or Bad Idea
Recently I received I letter for the parents of My daughters first name with my Maiden name attached to it. Automatically it sent up a red flag but I opened the envelope to see what this was all about. The organization did their to make sure that they would come in a professional manner (subtracting that the child's name wasn't correct.) with paper that was as heavy as card stock and a very professional looking header.
So I read on. Apparently my child had been nominated by one of her teachers, this was hard to believe as they had her name wrong and some of her grades are less than passing. They were stating that this was an honor and that she would be a student ambassador, now that would be an honor. So I started considering it...my thoughts were maybe if she was in high school, but she is 11 years old. As I continued to read on, I noticed that there wasn't a price or any statement pertaining to where the funding came from, another red flag. My stomach was turning, so I did what everyone does in this day and age...I facebooked it. I knew my mother and various relatives would chime in, giving me more feedback, my mother immediately jump down my throat...not the reaction I wanted, I was hoping that she would see that I had decided yet and offer her opinion and advice. If she would have read it and then reread it she would have seen that I had already thought this was a bad idea. My cousin in lives in Seoul, Korea thought that it wouldn't be a bad idea, she lives with her family in Korea as implants, so she knows the joy of experiencing other cultures first hand. My mothers knee jerk reaction didn't make me feel like if I said "no" that I was doing it for the right reasons. So I went to my aunt for advice that would come from a calm mind.
As we were talking, she brought up several good points. She asked if I had Googled it, I had and I found their website which appeared to be professional, but in all honesty any good coder can design a professional website. But then this time while I was typing in the keywords for Google I noticed in the drop down suggestion menu the three keywords had the word scam attached to it. So I clicked it and what I found was eye opening.
There were several concerns about this program that I thought about. Who would my children be with? Apparently Leaders or Chaperons. My next line of thought was could I chaperone my my child? No. So who can are the Chaperons? They are usually teachers from your area? How much does it cost? Up to $6,500. Would this really benefit my daughter? Maybe. And how was she selected? Turns out that they select kids in general areas and also ask 33 year old adults to be student ambassadors. I cannot account for the mistakes in mailings.
So what were the experiences like for other children? Some were so glad to have experienced it and others felt like they were treated unfairly. A few have died on trips. (Huge red flag!)
Some parents love the program while others share horror stories. From what I have gathered it is all how well you know the team leaders. So you might want to get to know them in the coming months of the trip.
Plus I am not thrilled with the chaperone to student ratio for elementary School it is 5:1, Middle School 10-1, and High School 20:1 . Please do your homework and research the Organization fully before making a decision. I am going to be researching them further. Over the next couple months in hope to help other families making a decision.
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