I purchase an Internship package from a company based in the UK, their partner company is based in China. I paid £695 to get 4.5 months of teaching experience teaching in China.
I paid with my debit card an English bank account, yes.here is the terms and conditions, and the pdf file with the letter.https://XXXXXXXXXXX/XXX/X/XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/XXXX?XXX=XXXXXX
*I paid with my debit card to an English bank account, yes.
This is what shows on my bank statement.
This what i was promised at the time of purchase, they have change it now.
Thank you for your interest in i-to-i.
Our China internship is a great way to gain valuable teaching experience in a supported/organised environment. If you are ready for a challenge and love experiencing new cultures this is the perfect programme for you!
The cost of the China Internship programme is £695;
Follow this link to find out more - XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
You will also need to for your entry visa, flights to Beijing, and for a visa extension that you pay online before arrival and then of course some travel insurance. Things like flights, insurance and visas cannot and should not be arranged until after you have booked your space and been accepted on the programme.
On booking your space on the China internship we will set you up with an online account holding your course information (if applicable) and details on the internship programme. You will gain access to your online theory training at the time of booking so you can start this straightaway! You’ll attend your 20 hour practical weekend course in Beijing during your orientation.
This account will also hold an application form and list of documents that need to be sent directly to our partners XXX (CV, covering letter etc.). On receipt of these XXX will then contact you regarding the next stage. It is not a guaranteed position, candidates will go through an application and interview process before being accepted. In the event that you are not accepted on this opportunity you will get a refund of the internship amount minus the cost of the XXXX training which you will have undertaken at this stage.
What you need:
• You need to be able to arrive in China on February 17th 2013 and stay for 5 months (ends July 15th 2013)
• To have completed high school/secondary school
• To be 18 years or older
• 140 hours of comprehensive XXXX training (you’ll do your 20 hour Classroom Course in Beijing before your internship starts!)
When You Arrive In China:
• 4.5 months practical teaching experience in China with a reputable partner/school
• Full Visa Assistance
• Living allowance of 2,000RMB (£200) provided per month
• Completion bonus after your 4.5 months of 2,500 RMB (£250) - perfect to fund ongoing travel plans
• 24/7 in-country support + local support
• Accommodation + food provided - You’ll live in a private bedroom in shared accommodation and receive all meals Mon – Fri at your school
• Airport pick-up and transfers to your school
• A fully comprehensive 5 day orientation – Covering the essentials of living and teaching in China, including basic Mandarin lessons, a tour of Beijing, in-depth presentations and workshops to ensure you’re ready to start teaching in China.
Hi, Thank you. I to I UK Limited is an English Company based in XXXX XXXX XXXXXX. No. XXXXX . If you paid the money to this company and you are seeking a refund then this is the company you must pursue. They cannot malign your consumer rights by contracting out of them. Can you explain why you are seeking a refund? Kind regards AJ
failed to provide the 4.5 months of practical experience which it was an essential part of the contract.When they did finally gave me a placement (after the 2 weeks deadline) the sent me to a place where the living conditions were just unacceptable, Two other interns had left their placement due to problems and they sent us just to cover up for them. We were in Inner Mongolia where temperatures are bellow 0 at the moment, and we had no heating, no bedding, and the place was filthy! I spent a whole day cleaning but even after all that time it was just unbearable. I took the pictures after cleaning (should have took them before I started cleaning).
You can read the whole story in the letter i sent to XXX.
https://XXXX.XXX.XXX/XXX/dX0XXXXXXXXXXXXXX/XXX?XXXXSo... Where do I stand AJ?
Thanks AJ,Would I be able to claim for the associated costs incurred? eg . Flights, visa fees, etc. and how likely is this claim to be successful? could you explain a little further?
The company abroad sent me an email saying they would not consider my request. so I emailed the UK company, they replied saying they would solve the matter within 21 days (over due by a week on Tuesday). Last Sunday the company abroad email me saying they would make me an offer within 48 hours, they replied just yesterday and only because i emailed again. their offer is a 50% refund for the price of the package, which I am not happy at all. as I spent a lot more money in associated costs. I am still awaiting for the UK company to reply, however I am wondering if I am in a stronger position now that they have made an offer which implies acknowledgment of their mistakes?
Their product costs £695 but to all that you have to add Flight tickets, their "visa services", the actual visa fees and insurance which adds up to £1700 plus.
And... you need to add all the money I spent while I was in China (1 month). So as you can imagine, £350 sound like a bit of a joke to be honest.
If they offer me 75% of that £1700 I spent, I would be very happy!