CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange)

Rating: 3.4 stars   5 reviews

Issues: International, International Exchange

Location: 300 Fore Street Portland ME 04101 USA

Mission: To help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

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1-207-553-4000

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

My husband and I had a horrible experience as a host family. We've had other students before, and even one through CIEE which was great - but when a teen acted up and made a complaint, the organization did NOTHING to get our side of the story - they were fine with illegal pictures being taken from our home, and cared nothing of our own children who's lives they effected. It was so atrocious - and when we companied to the main organization, they didn't care in the slightest. I would highly recommend anyone wanting a foreign program to look for another one then this one.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I had a horrible, terrifying, extremely bad experience with ciee this year. Our teen was on ciee:s so called " high school plus"- program. From the first day we had serious problems with ciee not providing what was agreed on. Ciee:s way of operating is unbeliavably unprofessional and incompetent throughout.
Family #1 had undocumented people living with them. One undocumented person over 18 in the same room with our teen. Family #2 host father ,Arnel Sison, had anger control problems. When we asked to get another family, local coordinator Peter Porciuncula told me:" I think your son is telling you a string of lies" and ciee issues him a " warning letter for " not adjusting" !!!
Ciee's ." Support director Laragh Kavanaugh" orders some totally unnecessary vaccinations to my son just because of her total incompetence!!!!
Family #3 no problems, but Laragh kept harassing our teen with threats of being sent back home if this family is not satisfied.... There was absolutely no support available. Only accusations and threats.
After our teen had attended this school for about a month, ciee dismissed him for not doing well enough in school. The school start had been delayed because of ciees problems with families and vaccinations!!
And the dismissal procedure by ciee: the" director/ vice president of participant services Keith Stone sent Support manager Aaron Schuit from Portland(Maine) to take my son out of the family (who had kept him until the and of the " program" ,if ciee let them to) to a LOCAL hotel, which is very strange and scary and leaves these disturbed people too good of an opportunity for God knows what!! Support manager Aaron Schuit had thanked our teen for being dismissed, because that is why he got to travel to California!!!! The next day our teen was threatened to be taken to jail if he did not go to the LAX airport with Aaron.
All I want to do is to warn and inform other parents and students about ciee's ways of " promoting world peace and undertsanding between the nations". All they are after is your money. After they get your money they will not care about the agreements but break their own rules and blame it ALL on the student. It is unbeliavable that this kind of organization is allowed to operate with young students!!!
Ciee's strategy seems to collect the money, but not to offer reasonable families and the support is a joke. But I am not laughing. Ciee seems to have a pattern of dismissing students early/ make the students to want to leave early without refunds of course.
Do not trust this company. They will steal your money and lie to your face.
Csiet and state department are NOT supervising these organizations well enough. They let this go on. Check the background of the biggest boss of ciee also.




Terrified, shocked mother

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Prevent it from operating immediately!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

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How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

Hosting students have changed my family's life! We love it and look forward to the new kids coming in every year. It is an amazing experience to learn about the different cultures. Plus having "family" all over the world makes it a little more exciting to pick a family vacation spot. If you are considering it you should jump in with both feet! You won't regret it.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

CIEE works to bring culture and diversity to communities all over the country through international student exchange. We have students from over 40 countries who come to learn about America through staying with a host family. I know my own children and family has grown through hosting students. We love our 'daughter' in Prague, and our experience has helped us understand the world a bit differently. If you have ever considered hosting a student, do it. CIEE is wonderful, and you get to choose the student that best fits your family!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Students from China, Thailand, South Korea, Brazil, Slovakia,
Spain and Cameroon, all countries our family has hosted in
our home! We have learned so many things from these amazing
students. They have their own spending money, insurance and
are here to learn English better and be part of a family.

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