Kategoriarkiv: CSIET (Council on Standards for International Education Travel)

2012: Årsaker til at PIE (Pacific Intercultural Exchange) måtte ut av Department of State programmet

Jeg har forsøkt å følge Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) tilbake i tid for å se på noen av årsakene til at de ble sparket fra programmet i USA. Enkelte kommentarer har bagatellisert det som har skjedd.

For at US Department of State skal kutte ut støtten til et av programmene sine må det skjedd vedvarende brudd over lengre tid av fler enn noen «få» medarbeidere.

Kommentaren fra US Department of State 30. november 2012 var:

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has removed Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE) of San Diego from its list of designated Secondary School Student Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) sponsors, effective November 28, 2012.

In the face of perceived long-standing regulatory non-compliance and concern that PIE’s operations placed at risk the health, safety, and welfare of student participants, the Department of State initiated two sanction actions against PIE on July 17, 2012: one immediately suspending PIE’s operations for 120 days, and the other notifying PIE of the Department of State’s intent to deny PIE’s then- pending application for re-designation. The suspension, which was upheld through an administrative appeal process, expired on November 13.

On November 28, PIE withdrew its administrative challenge to the proposed non-redesignation.The Department of State places top priority on the health, safety and welfare of its exchange visitors. The Department will remain vigilant in its oversight of Exchange Visitor Program sponsors to guarantee that participants’ exchange experiences are both safe and rewarding.

2012 Dec 6: AP: Exchange student sponsor out over abuse claims

Pacific Intercultural Exchange mistet muligheten til å hente inn J1 utvekslingselever til USA. En av årsakene var seksuelle overgrep.

Tre av de mest alvorlige tilfellene gjaldt vertsforeldre som ble dømt. Gode bakgrunnskontroller var ikke utført.

Det ene tilfellet gjaldt Craig Steven Ley of Beaverton, Oregon. Ley var konkurs, arbeidsledig og sønnen hadde flyttet hjem til moren.  Carol Jones, representanten for PIE, observerte ved et hjemmebesøk utvekslingseleven i Leys seng. Utrolig nok, trodde hun på forklaringen til Ley.

Ley fikk fengselstraff og ble idømt bot for overgrepene mot den tyske utvekslingseleven. Hadde PIE gjort en god bakgrunnskontroll, ville de ha oppdaget at Ley allerede hadde en dom mot seg.

I 2004 ble han dømt for «mail fraud». Også denne gangen var det en utvekslingselev som ble offeret hans. Ley benyttet seg av utvekslingselevens personalia.

John M. Doty erkjente at PIE visste om dommen siden 2006.

Et annet tilfelle med seksuelle overgrep gjaldt vertsfaren Shernon James fra Naples.

Shernon James var tidligere blitt arrestert for besittelse av barnepornografi. Saken var blitt henlagt fordi tilståelsen hans ikke ble tatt opp. Den senere saken gjaldt en utvekslingselev.

Et program som heter «Big Brother» (støttekontakter) hadde også tatt bakgrunnskontroll av James. De hadde ikke problemer med å finne ut om de tidligere anklagene.

Men tilsynelatende hadde ikke PIE funnet de samme opplysningene.

Den tredje saken foregikk over mange år og i flere stater. Den tidligere presten William Romero hadde blitt beskyldt for å begå overgrep av flere personer. Saken var blitt rapportert videre oppover i den katolske kirken, men ingenting skjedde. Hvorvidt noen ved Pacific var klar over tilfellene er vanskelig for meg å uttale meg om. Siden han hadde vært vertsfar for flere ungdommer over en del år er det vanskelig for meg å forestille meg at ikke en eneste en av dem klaget til noen. Men, som sagt, det har jeg egentlig ikke noen anelse om. Men en ting er sikkert. Romero likte gutter som var yngre enn seg. Mange gutter.

Som man ser av ansettelseshistorien hans så har anledningene vært mange:Youth Director and Catechism Teacher, St. Ann School; Priest and Youth Group Leader, St. Ann School; Youth Pastor, St. Ann School; Parish Priest, St. Joseph; Pastor, St. Joseph; Chaplain, Miami; Prosecutor, Miami; Teacher, St. Ann; Priest On Staff, St. Christopher Catholic Church; Priest, St. Ann Parish; Priest.

Merk dere at alle tre menn virket hyggelige for de fleste voksne.

Dette er de tre sakene jeg har klart å grave opp som har fellende dom ved seg. Utover dette kommer det bortforklaringer fra PIE’s ulike talspersoner. I tillegg har vi flere tilfeller av andre former for overgrep fra enten representanter eller vertsforeldres side.

Da de diverse sakene rundt PIE kom fram for en dag satt John Doty som president av Pacific Intercultural Exchange. Ifølge zoom.info ser Dotys karriere ut sånn her:

Employment History

  • Executive Director, P.I.E. Company
  • President, Pacific Intercultural Exchange
  • Executive Director, Pacific Intercultural Exchange

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member, Pacific Intercultural Exchange
  • Board Member, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Council on Standards for International Educational Travel

Doty har vært med PIE minst siden 1992. Det vil si at han burde ha en viss peiling på hva som foregår i bedriften. I 1992 var han executive director. Den lange fartstiden burde også bety at Doty i aller høyeste grad visste hvilke regler som gjaldt. At han I tillegg hadde vært en del av styret til CSIET, og dermed med på å kontrollere sitt eget firma, viser i enda større grad hvilken kunnskap John M. Doty innehadde.

I 2010 bestemte Vermilion School Board seg for å:

Move to approve terminating the Board’s relationship with Pacific Exchange International for the placement of foreign exchange students at parish high schools.

Årsakene for avgjørelsen var:

The issue before the Education Committee was the ability of one of the two foreign exchange companies working in the parish to be able to provide adequate housing to their guest students. Included in the complaint were the living conditions, the lack of host families to be able to financially provide adequate meals and that outside educational activities were not being provided.

I 2010 rotet PIE det til og forårsaket hjemsendelsen av Taissiya Kryazhova. PIE hadde ikke klart å ordne med skolepapirene hennes før hun ankom landet. I og med at CSFES anmeldte dem til State Department kunne ikke PIE v/John Doty late som om ingenting hadde skjedd. På den tiden satt John Doty i en dobbeltrolle. CSIET er fellesorganisasjonen for utvekslingsprogrammer i USA. De er et selv-regulerende organ. Intensjonene er de beste, men som vi ser med PIE og John Doty kan det bli litt fristende å ikke være strenge nok. Særlig om man som Doty gjorde i 2010 sitter i styret til CSIET. Ifølge AP forsøkte PIE å forfalske feilen sin. Det samme skjedde i Oregon.

2012 Sep 26: Pacific Intercultural Exchange president tells jurors he didn’t admit to feds he knew of felony in Beaverton case

The president of a long-time exchange program, being sued by a former student, did not tell the State Department that he knew about a host father’s past felony

…Doty acknowledged in court that he did not include a letter Ley had written explaining the federal mail fraud conviction.

Norske Live Skiftesvik fra Askøy dro gjennom PIE til San Antonio i Texas. Live opplevde etter hvert at hun ble behandlet som en tjener og overvåket av vertsfar. Hennes faste oppgave ble å medisinere vertsbroren. I tillegg måtte hun kjøpe inn maten sin selv, samt gjøre brorparten av husarbeidet. En vanlig trussel fra enten representant eller/og vertsfamilie er at om man ikke gjør som de vil blir man sendt hjem (uavhengig av regelbrudd).

2012 Jul 30: Utvekslingsåret ble et mareritt

Pacific Intercultural Exchange er ikke noe unikt eksempel på hvordan industrien fungerer der borte. Når John M. Doty sier:

«If the school says, I wouldn’t place a student with that family, we listen,» he said. «Our program brought in 20,000 students in the past 20 years and never had any reported abuse.»

så er det vel ikke så vanskelig å se at han snakker mot bedre vitende.

Når man tar med alle elevene som kommer inn i USA uten at hverken hjem eller skole er ordnet allerede blir det et problem som må løses og som CSFES overalt i verden ønsker å bistå utvekslingsbransjen med. For vi er faktisk IKKE ute etter å ta bransjen, vi er bare ute etter å fjerne de som ikke burde være en del av den og å påpeke ting når de skjer.

Vår egen erfaring er den at industrien både her i Norge og i USA lyver deg rett opp i ansiktet. Vi informerte INTO om problemene med Becky Sanderson. Men Sanderson hadde vært med i FIEA ganske lenge og klagene mot henne ved State Department var mange. Da blir det utrolig vanskelig for oss som foreldre å tro på noen av firmaene på det de uttaler seg om. Nå er Becky Sanderson ute av industrien, men hun og John Doty og PIE er langt fra de eneste som har problemer med ærlighet, redelighet og en vilje til å høre på når man forsøker å informere.

Reglene for utvekslingsprogrammene ble betydelig strammet inn i USA i 2006 og igjen i 2010. Men reglene må overholdes og kontrolleres av uavhengige. Det kan ikke være sånn at det er industrien selv som skal passe på seg. I teorien er det nettopp det som er State Department’s oppgave. Men som alle andre statlige organer er og de underbemannede og kanskje for godt kjent med motparten. Vennskap kan fort komme i veien for objektivitet og tidspress fører lett til feil. Da blir utvekslingseleven og familien hans/hennes sittende der med falske påstander, ulovlige underskrifter, uærlige hjemsendinger og langtidsskader som elev og familie må slite med lenge etter hjemkomst.

Og tro for all del ikke at USA er i noen særposisjon. Om noe er USA et av de bedre landene å reise til som utvekslingselev – nettopp fordi man der har reguleringer som skal beskytte eleven. Her i Norge har vi ikke noe annet enn allmenn lov som beskytter elevene som kommer hit. Om noe skjærer seg mellom elev og vertsfamilie /utvekslingsfirma har ikke utvekslingseleven noen beskyttelse. Også på dette området kan man trygt si at Norge IKKE er et foregangsland.

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2012 Jun 26: AYUSA: Uteblivelse av vitne = dismissal

En av de vanligste årsakene til at rettssaker som har med ulike former for mishandling blir henlagt er fordi vitnet ikke reiser tilbake til utvekslingslandet. I dette tilfellet har vi å gjøre med en mann som ble arrestert pga av pornografiske bilder av utvekslingselevene sine.

Richard Mink hadde hatt utvekslingselever boende hos seg i nesten 20 år. I 2010 ble han arrestert for seksuelle overgrep mot mindreårige. Saken ble henlagt fordi de tidligere utvekslingselevene ikke ville tilbake til USA for å vitne.

I dette tilfellet var det utvekslingsfirmaet AYUSA som stod bak utplassering av eleven.

Child porn manufacture case against Muskegon exchange-student host dismissed

John S. Hausman | jhausman@mlive.com By John S. Hausman | jhausman@mlive.com The Muskegon Chronicle on June 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM, updated June 26, 2012 at  5:50 PM

Richard-Mink.jpgRichard Mink

MUSKEGON, MI – The case against Richard William Mink of Muskegon, a longtime foreign-exchange student host charged with manufacturing child pornography of a student, has been dismissed because the alleged victim refuses to return from Germany to testify.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office dismissed the case Tuesday morning “without prejudice,” meaning prosecutors could refile it later if the alleged victim becomes available.

The trial for Mink, 77, of Muskegon had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. He was charged with a 20-year felony.

Mink had been accused of taking nude photos of a 16-year-old German male exchange student in 2009. The case had been pending for some 18 months, but trial was repeatedly delayed when the victim declined to return to the United States.

An earlier case against Mink of second-degree child abuse, involving a 15-year-old South Korean male exchange student in 2010, was dismissed in February 2011 for the same reason.

Mink had been accused of abusing the Korean boy in a variety of ways, including paddling the boy on his bare bottom, making him walk naked in front of Mink, and watching him shower and fondling his genitals. In a Chronicle interview in February 2011 Mink acknowledged some of those allegations but denied the fondling.

Both allegations surfaced in December 2010 after the South Korean student, who had been attending a local high school in Muskegon County, told a school counselor that he had been abused, sometimes sexually, at the hands of Mink.

The Muskegon police investigation into the Korean boy’s case led authorities to search Mink’s home, where they discovered nude photos of the German male exchange student, allegedly taken by Mink.

Email John Hausman at jhausman@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter at @johnshausman

USA: CSIET approved exchange programs (2015/2016)

«Listing is neither an endorsement of an organization nor a guarantee of the quality of its programs. In addition, listing by CSIET does not suggest that only listed organizations are legitimate.» (CSIET)

What this means, is that although these firms have paid to be on CSIET’s list over approved firms, CSIET does not take responsibility for having the exchange firms in their «club».  However CSIET also state in their application form that:

«If the applicant is found to be in compliance with the Council’s standards, it is accepted for listing. This entitles the applicant to publicize the fact that its programs are conducted in accordance with the published standards. (CSIET

The main difference between J-1 programs and F-1 programs is the price. In addition, regulations differ. F-1 programs have fewer regulations guiding them but provide access to practical educations. F-1 programs pay the host-family and schools fees. A student does NOT need to be part of a student exchange program to get their F-1 visa (unlike the J-1 visa). The US Department of State lists its J-1 approved programs here. JVisas@state.gov


AACE – American Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc.

PO Box 285, Reedville, VA 22539
Phone: (804) 453-9070

  • Irene Seigler, President: aaceiseigler@comcast.net / seigler@ix.netcom.com

Listing status: Provisional
J-1 students


AACEA: Asian American Cultural Exchange Association (WHUB8FN: 2009)

1617 Brentwood Road Bensalem, PA 19020.
Phone: 267-303-4442

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


ACES: American Cultural Exchange Service / ACE Language Institute (C2803679: 2005)

1 Lake Bellevue, Ste. 200, Bellevue, WA 98005
Phone: 425-453-2237 or 800-661-2237

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ACIE – American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, Inc. (CA: C2944281: 2006 / DC: 891314)

1828 L Street, NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-7522 / Emergency: 1-800-621-9559

  • inbound@americancouncils.org / general@americancouncils.org / info@americancouncils.org – www.americancouncils.org
  • Dan E. Davidson, President: ddavidson@americancouncils.org
  • Lisa Choate, Executive Vice-President: choate@americancouncils.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


AFICE: Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (C2299827: 2003)

7242 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-455-0302

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • Secondary School Student Letter of Reprimand
  • Violated regulations relating to, e.g., host family screening and selection, school enrollment, and SEVIS recordkeeping. 11/23/10

AFS-USA, Inc. (NY: 853110)

120 Wall St New York, NY 10005 USA
Phone: +1.212.807.8686 / 1-800-876-2376

  • www.afsusa.org
  • afsinfo@afsusa.org / hotline@afsusa.org
  • Jorge Castro, Partner/President: jcastro@afsusa.org
  • Kristen Bates, Chief Programs Officer: kbates@afsusa.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010:  Letter of Reprimand/Corrective action plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve SEVIS recordkeeping.
  2. januar 2013: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family application and selection
  3. Glassdoor employee reviews

AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study) Foundation – AYA: Academic Year in America (For-profit) (CT: 0020554: 1967 / CT: 0002034: 1973)

Potential area of conflict: One of AIFS/AYA’s subsidiaries is the insurance company Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), http://www.culturalinsurance.com/

AIFS

1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (866) 906 2437 / (203) 399 5000

  • info@aifs.com – http://aifs.com/
  • Melanie French, President & Director: mfrench@aifs.org
  • William L Gertz, President & CEO: wgertz@aifs.com

AYA:

1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: 800-322-4678

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


AHLI – American Home Life International (PA: 2069787: 1991)

Christian mission

2137 Embassy Drive, Suite 202; Lancaster, PA 17603
Phone: 717-560-2840

  • amhomelife@amhomelife.org / www.amhomelife.org
  • Deborah Siegrist, Administrator Admissions: deborahs@amhomelife.org
  • Keith E. Mayer, CEO: keithm@amhomelife.org

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


AHN-USA: American Homestay Network

8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200, Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 888-268-1903 / Fax: 925-396-7063

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visum


AHS: American Homestay Services

5877 Commerce Street, room 116 , Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: 1-412-567-8617

  •  info@homestaynet.us / homestaynet.us
  • Andrew Hang Chen, President: andrew.chen@homestaynet.us

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visum


AIEP: Apex International Education Partners (CT: 1038929: 2011)

51 Depot Street, Suite 211, Watertown, CT 06795
Phone: 203-992-2437

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


AISE-YL: Amicus International Student Exchange – Young Life / The Young Life Campaign (Non-profit) (TX: 0008104801: 1941)

Christian mission

420 N. Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 877-438-9572 / Fax: 719-381-1750

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


Ameristudent LLC (CA 201427910449: 2014)

9261 Jordan Ave, Chatsworth CA 91311
Phone: 877-385-8425

  • connect@ameristudent.com
  • Robert Chevalier: CEO: robert@ameristudent.com
  • David Westgate: International Director:

Listing: Provisional
F-1 Visum


(Kaplan) Aspect Foundation (CA: C1265653: 1985 / WA: 601403559: 2009)

211 Sutter Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-228-8050 / Emergency: 1-800-US-YOUTH

  • exchange@aspectfoundation.org – info@aspectfoundation.org – http://www.aspectfoundation.org/
  • Donita Zblewski, Regional Director: donita.zblewski@aspectfoundation.org
  • Vivian Fearen, President CA: vivian.fearen@aspectfoundation.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ASSE International, Inc.  (CA: C0780437: 1976)

228 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone: 949-494 4100 / Emergency: 1-800-333-3802

  • info@asse.com / needhelpnow@asse.com / asseusawest@asse.com / asseusasouth@asse.com / asseusamidwest@asse.com / asseusaeast@asse.com /
  • www.asse.com
  • Bill (William) Gustafson, President and CEO: wgustafson@asse.com – Bill@asse.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ASSIST: American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers (NH: 122328: 1987)

P. O. Box 969
Suite 217 – Suffield Village, 68 Bridge Street, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: (860) 668-5706

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum


ATAD: Association for Teen-Age Diplomats, Inc (NY 77263: 1951)

212 Fitzhugh Street S, Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: 585 872 2916

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visum


AYUSA International (subsidiary of Intrax, Inc. CA: C1115919: 1982)

600 California Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-434-1212 or (toll-free) 800-727-4540 / 888.552.9872

  • studentsupport@ayusa.org / info@ayusa.org – www.ayusa.org
  • Sherry Carpenter, Executive Director: scarpenter@ayusa.org

AYUSA Germany: info@ayusa-germany.de | John Wilhelm, President
AYUSA Japan: info@ayusajapan.org | Takeshi Yokota, Vice President

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visum

  • Letter of Reprimand Corrective Action Plan / Violated regulations relating to, e.g., host family screening and selection, school enrollment, and SEVIS recordkeeping. 11/23/10
  • Anderson v. Intrax, Inc. et al

Azumano International / Japonica Inc. / CI Travel (OR: 272935-88: 1991)

320 SW Stark, Ste. 506, Portland, OR 97204
OR: (503) 294-6488 / WA: (206) 623-7060

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


CASE: Cultural Academic Student Exchange (NJ: 0100387842: 1988)

112 Squire Hill Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 800-458-8336 / Phone: 201-773-8299

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


CAW: Children Around the World (KS: 0914564: 1985)

521 Herschel Rd; Wichita, KS
Phone: 316-641-0005

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


CCI Greenheart (Center for Cultural Interchange) – Greenheart International (IL: 601398923: 1992)

712 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-944-2544 or 800-634-4771

746 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, IL, 60654
Tel: 312-944-2544 /Toll-free ( in the U.S. ): 866-CCI-0061

  • www.cci-exchange.com / http://www.greenheart.info/
  • greenheart@cci-exchange.org / contact@cci-exchange.org
  • Megan Bhati, Director J-1: mbhatia@cci-exchange.org
  • Juliet Jones, Program Director F-1: jjones@ccigreenheart.org
  • Gwen Vitzthum J-1/F-1: gvitzthum@ccigreenheart.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum


Explorius Education (CETI, CETUSA, Educatius)

CET International / Subsidiary of Explorius Education

110 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: +1.949.940.1140 / Toll-Free: 1.888.423-887

Listing status – Full
F-1 Visa

CETUSA: Council for Educational Travel, USA (CA: C1760860: 1995) / Subsidiary of Explorius Education

678 Front Avenue NW, Suite 091A, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-365-9940 / Toll-Free: 888-238-8721

  • highschool@cetusa.org – http://www.cetusa.org/
  • Terry Watson, CEO: terry@cetusa.org
  • Peg Spoelstra, Program Director: peg@cetusa.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

    • 1st january 2012: Notice of Intent to Deny Redesignation Application; Sponsor Withdrawal from Program: Inappropriate use of the Exchange Visitor Program; Disregard of health, safety, and welfare of participants; Inadequate SEVIS recordkeeping (Summer Work Program)
    • 2nd february 2013: Letter of Reprimand: Failure promptly to notify the Department of litigation (Summer Work Program)
    • Council for Educational Travel, USA v. International Student Exchange Program et al
Educatius, Inc (DE: 4641887) (Subsidiary of Explorius Education)

22 Batterymarch St., Boston, MA 02109 USA
Phone: +1 617 292 0035

Listing status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


CHI: Cultural Homestay International (CA: C0812697: 1977)

104 Butterfield Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Phone: 415-459-5397 / 1-800-432-4643

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, Inc.  (PA: 2051986: 1991)

300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101
Phone: 1.800.40.STUDY or 1.207.553.4000 / Fax: 1.207.553.4299

  • www.ciee.org/highschool
  • highschool@ciee.org / contact@ciee.org
  • Penny Alexander (Africa and Australia) : palexander@ciee.org
  • Janine el Tal (Middle-East, North-Africa & South-Asia): jeltal@ciee.org
  • Caroline Maas (Northern Europe): cmaas@ciee.org
  • Clara Rodes (Southern Europe): crodes@ciee.org
  • Craig Hastings (Latin America & Caribbean): chastings@ciee.org
  • Colin Bezenar (Asia): cbezenar@ciee.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa / F-1 Visa


CIIE: The Cambridge Institute of International Education

Phone: 781-996-0400

Listing Status: Provisional
F1 Visum

GPH: Green Planet Homestays (subsidiary of CIIE) (MA: 001050720: 2011)

gphomestay
1025 Main Street, Floor 3, Waltham, MA, 02451
Phone: 781-996-0429


EduBoston

Address: 161 Harvard Ave. Suite #13A, Allston, MA 02134
Phone: 617-254-1117 / 国语:+86 13701002798

  • Email: contact@eduboston.com
  • eduboston.com

Listing status: Full
F-1 visa


EF Education First, Inc / EF High School Year (CA: C1301690: 1984)

Potential area of conflict: The insurance company EF uses – Erika / Efekta Insurance – is a subsidiary of EF Edcuation.

One Education Street, Cambridge, MA 02141
Phone: 617-619-1739 / 800-447-4273

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


EMF: Educational Merit Foundation For Student Exchange (TX: 0120246701: 1991)

6526 Lakecrest Drive, Sachse, TX 75048-5773
Phone: 972-495-3868 or 800-467-8363

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


ERDT Share! (Educational Resource Development Trust)  (CA: C0709510: 1974)

2601 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. 322, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: 310-450-4624 or 800-321-3738

  • info@erdtshare.org – www.erdtshare.org
  • CA: Kelly Jones, President: kjones@erdtshare.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


ETC: Education Travel & Culture, Inc. (OR: 658793-80: 1998)

1029 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-222-9803 / Toll Free: 877-222-9803

  • info@edutrav.org – www.edutrav.org
  • Contact: Jocelyn Oswald: joswald@edutrav.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visum

Glassdoor employee reviews

PSE: Private & Public School F-1 Exchange (OR: 398110-96: 2013) (Subsidiary of ETC)

1029 SW Washington St., Portland, OR 97205
Phone: (503) 222-9803 / Toll free: (877) 222-9803

  • www.pse-edu.org
  • info@edutrav.org / info@pse-edu.org
  • Contact: Kristina Neiman: kneiman@pse-edu.org

Listing Status: Provisional (2014/2015 – 2015/2016)
F-1 Visa


FACE: The Foundation for Academic Cultural Exchange (CA: C1527695: 1986)

855 Pennsylvania Dr, Reno, NV 89503-3311
Phone: 1-800-447-3105 / 775-624-9143

Listing Status: Provisional
J-1 Visa


F.L.A.G. (Foreign Links Around the Globe) / Beyond / CBYX / FLAGship (MI: 756179: 1989)

950 Trade Centre Way, Suite 303, Portage, MI 49002
Phone: 269-629-0532 or Toll Free: 800-942-3524

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand/Corrective Action Plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve program administration; improve SEVIS recordkeeping

FIEA: Forte International Exchange Association /  A Star Education Institute (Missouri: 00328564: 1989)

7115 Leesburg Pike Suite 217, Falls Church, VA 22043
Phone:703-237-1688

  • forteexchange@forteusa.org / forte@forteexchange.com / info@forteintl.com
  • www.forteexchange.org
  • Contact: Ava Chen: avac@forteexchange.org
  • Diane Latvala, National Director: dianel@forteexchange.org

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand/Probation (One Year)/Corrective Action Plan: Improve program administration

FWF: Face The World Foundation (CA: C1830743: 1993)

755 Baywood Drive, Ste 380, Petaluma, Ca 94954-5511
Phone: 707-559-5800 / 800-216-3223

  • info@facetheworld.org – www.facetheworld.org
  • Mary M. Kass, President: mary@facetheworld.org
  • Karen Wagner: karen@facetheworld.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand, Probation (One Year)/Corrective Action Plan/Program Reductions (40% and 10%): Inappropriate host family placement
  2. Lee v. Face the World Foundation et al
  3. 2010 Feb 2: Lawsuit Filed By Buhler Exchange Student Settled

GAPP: German American Partnership Program, Inc. / Goethe Institut e.V. (455151: 1977)

30 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Phone: +1 212 439870

  • info@newyork.goethe.org / gapp@newyork.goethe.org
  • www.goethe.de/newyorkhttp://www.goethe.de/
  • Dr. Christoph Bartmann, Executive director: director@newyork.goethe.org
  • Dr. Wenzel Bilger, Program Director North America: bilger@newyork.goethe.org

Listing Status:Full
J1 Visum


Gateway Education USA, Corp (CA: C3424186: 2011)

600 N. Rosemead Blvd, Suite 115, Pasadena, CA 91107

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


Global Insights Inc. / Global Insights Student Exchange Program Inc. / GLSEP (CA: C2505879: 2003)

1094 Gordon Combs Road, NW, Marietta, GA 30064
Tollfree: 1-888-246-7863 / Direct: 770-514-7346

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


GLSN: Global Language Service Networks, Inc. / Global Interns & Exchange LLC (NY: 3994033: 2010)

9841 Airport Blvd, Suite 410, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 800-310-5386

  • admin@glsn.orgwww.glsn.org
  • Sunny Kang, Managing director: director@glsn.org

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visum


Heritage Student Foundation Inc. (66857816: 2009)

318 Half Day Road Suite 211, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Tel : (847)737-1483 (U.S.)

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


IBG: Ivy Bridge Group, Inc (CT: 0967150: 2009)

3470 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 850, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone:    888-424-4613 (9:00am – 6:00pm EST)

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa


ICES: International Cultural Exchange Services Inc. (GA: K119211: 1991)

5556 Stage Rd., Concord, VA 24538
Phone: 800-832-7913 (USA) / 304-562-4793 /800-344-3566 (USA) / 434-522-8124

  •  www.icesusa.org
  • Contact: Bonnie Gunter: bgunter@icesusa.org
  • John J. Christ: lcrist@icesusa.org
  • John Ices: johnices@aol.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum

  1. november 2010:  Letter of Reprimand/Corrective Action Plan: Improve host family screening and selection; improve program administration

IEO: International Education Opportunities (PA: 4091162: 2012/PA: 4090818: 2012)

261 Old York Road, Suite 410, Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: (+1) 901 US Study   (901 877 8839)

  • info@ieopps.com – http://ieopps.com/
  • Peter Schorsch, managing director: peter@ieopps.com

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


iE-USA: International Experience USA (VA: 0577283-5: 2002)

209 South Water Street; Northfield, MN 55057
Phone: 507-301-3613 / Toll Free Number: 888-266-2921

  • info@international-experience.net / usa@international-experience.net
  • usa.international-experience.net/
  • Jodi Lundell, National Director: j.lundell@international-experience.net
  • Joseph Bissell, Regional Director: j.bissell@international-experience.net
  • Darlene Benjamin, AA: d.benjamin@international-experience.net

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa / F-1 Visa


IF: International Fellowship Inc. (NY: 167419: 1957)

Christian mission

P.O. Box 130, Westfield, NY 14787-0130
Phone: 716-326-7277 / Toll Free: 800-647-8839

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


JIES: Joy International Exchange Student, Inc. (PA: 4058913: 2011)

205 Hopkins Ct; North Wales, PA 19454

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


NCSD: Newcomb Central School District (SED Code: 151001040000)

PO Box 418, 5535 State Route 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: 518-582-3341

Listing Status: Provisional (2012/2013 to 2015/2016)

F1 Visum


NICE: Next International Cultural Exchange Inc. (PA: 3871362: 2009)

290 Pennbrook Parkway, Lansdale, PA 18914
Phone:   |  Toll Free: 

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


NOD: Nacel Open Door (J1) / NISS: Nacel International (F1) (MN: 33723: 1986)

380 Jackson Street, Ste. 200, St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: 651-686-0080 / 1-800-622-3553

  • www.nacelopendoor.org
  • info@nacelopendoor.org
  • Emily Lemon, J-1: elemon@nacelopendoor.org
  • Gina Robertson, F-1: grobertson@nacelschools.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum/F1 Visum


NWACE: New World Academic and Cultural Exchange, Inc. (DE: 4955132: 2011)

496 Reginald Lane; Collegeville, PA 19426
Phone: 610-831-0998

  • http://www.nwace.org/
  • Brent Smallwood: BrentSmallwood@NWACE.org
  • Donna Marie Bates: DonnaMarieBates@NWACE.org

Listing Status: Full
F1 Visum


NWSE: NorthWest Student Exchange (WA: 601047305: 1987)

4530 Union Bay Place NE, Ste. 214, Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-527-0917

  • www.nwse.com – nwse@nwse.com
  • Jeffrey Stuart Laband, ED: jlaband@nwse.com
  • Celine Waldmann, International Program: celine@nwse.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  1. november 2010: Letter of Reprimand: Improve program administration

NWSPP: NW Services PEACE Program

1415 W. Franklin St., Boise, Idaho 83702 U.S.A.
Phone (208) 345-1021 / Toll Free (888) 976-3977

  • www.nw-services.com
  • Contact: Katie Thimann: katiet@nw-services.com
  • Kimberly Kaiser, Director/President: kimberlynws@aol.com

Listing Status: Full

J1 Visum

  1. mars 2012: Letter of Reprimand: Inappropriate use of advertising and marketing materials

OCEAN: Organization for Cultural Exchange Among Nations (AZ: 07123155: 1994)

2101 E. Broadway Rd., Suite. 4, Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: 1-888-996-2326 / (480) 907-7285

  • http://ocean-intl.org/
  • info@ocean-intl.org / ocean@ocean-intl.org
  • Contact: Jose DePontes, President or Laura Stahl, Director

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


PaxLaurasian Exchange (PAX and TLI)

PAX – Program of Academic Exchange (NH: 149066: 1990)

14 Willet Avenue, Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone: 914-690-1340 / Toll Free: 800-555-6211

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

TLI: The Laurasian Institution (Subsidiary of PLE) (IL: 56206213: 1990)

12345 Lake City Way NE #151, Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 206-367-2152

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • 1st februar 2012: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family screening, selection, and placement

PLIES: Pacific Link International Educational Services (CA: C1979996: 1997)

1400 E. Angela Blvd. Unit 110, South Bend, Indiana 46617
Phone: (888) 966-0752 / Skype: pacificlinkus

  • pacificlink.us / info@pacificlink.us
  • Lisa Nagle, President: lnagle@pacificlink.us

Listing Status: Provisional
F1 Visum


RHI: Renascentia Hall International, LLC (DE: 4948384: 2011)

700 Barksdale Road, Suite 2, Newark, DE 19711
Phone: 302-273-2009 / Tollfree: 855-344-5515

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


RI: Reflections International (WI: R032336: 1997)

32724 State Highway 130, P.O. Box 57, Lone Rock, WI  53556
Phone: 608-583-2412

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


Rotary

Rotary Districts 5950 and  5960 / North Star Youth Exchange

  • 11251 Red Fox Drive, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Phone: 763-553-1604

Rotary California-Nevada District 5190

  • P.O. Box 3510, Sparks, NV 89432

Rotary Central States Youth Exchange Program (Districts 5580, 6220, 6250, 6270, 6290, 6310, 6330, 6360, 6400, 6420, 6440, 6450, 6460, 6490, 6510, 6540, 6560, and 6580)

  • 467 East Red Pine Circle, Dousman, WI 53118-8831

Rotary Youth Exchange: Empire State (District 7150, 7120, 7170)

  • 10308 Ridgecrest Road; Utica, NY 13502
  • Phone: 315-732-3883

Rotary ESSEX (Eastern States Student Exchange)

  • 811 West 5th St., Unit 2, Lansdale, PA 19446
  • Phone: 610-277-7553

Rotary Youth Exchange Florida, Inc. (Districts 6890, 6930, 6940, 6950, 6960, 6970, 6980, and 6990)

  • 141 Elmwood Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32259
  • Phone: 904-673-5566

Rotary Ohio-Erie Youth Exchange Program (Districts 6380, 6600, 6630, 6670, 6690, 6740, 6780, 7530, 7670, and 7680)

  • 3157 Halstead Blvd., Jackson MI 49203-2553

Rotary YES/SCANEX (Districts 5000, 5240, 5260, 5280, 5300,  5320, 5330, 5340, 5420, and 5490)

  • 1525 N Crescent Heights Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046

South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (Districts 5500, 5510, 5520, 5610, 5630, 5650, 5670, 5690, 5710, 5730, 5750, 5770, 5790, 5810, 5830, 5840, 5870, 5890, 5910, 5930, 5970, 6000, 6040, 6060, 6080, 6110, 6150, 6190, 6200, 6760, 6800, 6820, 6840, 6860, and 6880)

  • A-TCBY-23A, 425 West Capitol, Little Rock, AR 72201

Western States Student Exchange, Inc.

Districts 5010, 5020, 5030, 5050, 5060, 5100, 5110, 5130, 5150, 5160, 5170, 5180, 5220, 5230, and 5400

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs (WA: 602362806: 2004)

1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2230, Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-462-2200 / Toll-free: 800-407-3314

  • exchange@states4h.org
  • Yoko Kawaguchi. President: Yoko@states4h.org

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


SAI: Student American International (CT: 0532406: 1996)

4325 Dick Pond Road, Unit A, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
Phone: 843-650-2101 / Tollfree: 800-639-0564

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


SMG: Student Management Group

ESI: Exchange Service International / Metro NY, Inc. (Subsidiary of SMG) (NJ: 0100193473: 1983)

112 Squire Hill Road, Montclair, NJ 07043
Phone: 973-655-0185 / 800-458-8336

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa

ISE: International Student Exchange, Inc. (SMG) (CA: C1111847: 1982)

119 Cooper Street, Babylon, NY 11702
Phone: 631-893-4550 / 800.766.4656

  • https://www.iseusa.org
  • Tiffany Galloway Adams, Regional Director: contact@iseusa.org
  • Wayne Brewer, CEO ISE / Founder SMG: wayne@iseusa.com

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


STS Student Travel Schools AB

STS Foundation (NJ: 0100284870: 1986)

100 Main Street, Suite 420, Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 1-800-522-4678

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa

STS Global Studies

100 Main Street, Suite 420, Concord, MA 01742
978-451-4554 / Emergencies: 978-451-4554

  • http://www.sts-select.com
  • Senior Program Manager, Carol Downes Coin: 978-451-4554 Ext. 101 / carol.downes@sts-education.com
  • Program Assistant, Ainura Ozturk: 978-451-4554 Ext 102 / ainura.ozturk@sts-education.com

Listing Status: Full
F-1 Visa


TLUSA: Terra Lingua USA (MO: N00057652: 1997)

3 Helen Road, Terryville, CT 06786
Phone: 203-525-1231

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum

  • November 2010: Letter of Reprimand: Improve host family placement

TZ: The Zource (AZ: 01824521: 1986)

2028 South Highway 53, Suite 3-323, La Grange , KY 40031
Phone: 502-222-1969

Listing Status: Provisional (2012/2013 to 2015/2016)
F-1 Visa


USSE: United Studies, Inc. Student Exchange (OK: 2100480508: 1989)

P.O. Box 22863, Hot Springs, AR 71903​
Phone: 501.321.2000 / Toll Free: 800.869.8585

Listing Status: Provisional
J-1 Visa


University Track Preparation (NY: 4118031: 2011)

1115 Broadway 10th Floor, New York, NY 10010
Phone: 631-365-0103

Listing Status: Provisional
F-1 Visa


WISE: Foundation for Worldwide International Student Exchange (WA: 601261476: 1990)

WISE® Foundation
P.O. Box 1332, Dyersburg TN-38025, USA
Phone: 731-287-9948 / 800-264-0948

Listing Status: Full

J-1 Visum

Inter-Ed, Ltd. (NE: 0872644: 1986)

207 N Church Ave, Dyersburg, Tennessee 38024
Phone: 1.888.282.8269 (Office)


WL: World Link, Inc. (IA: 259881: 2001)

905 M Avenue, Kalona, IA 52247
Phone: 319-656-4590

Listing Status: Full
J1 Visum


YFU USA: Youth For Understanding USA (DE: 3487282: 2002)

641 S Street, NW., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001
Phone:

Listing Status: Full
J-1 Visa


Full Listing: Full compliance with the CSIET Standards.

Provisional Listing reflects the Evaluation Committee’s determination that an organization, during its first or second evaluation, is judged to be in compliance with CSIET standards on the basis of its application materials.

Conditional Listing  is issued to organizations that the Accreditation Committee determines are substantially in compliance with the standards but which need improvement in one or more areas.

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET)

  • Christopher B. Page, Executive Director: cpage@csiet.org

Closed Sanction cases 2006 to date