NOTE: The comments here validate the credibility of opinions of this post since entered (update 6/18/07)
It was remarkably unfair of TEFL international to take away student experiences by their most recent swindle without contacting our administration or upcoming students at all. What’s that? Oh the swindle of the TEFLocal offices & student community after we built it and they are now claiming it as their own.
The story I am speaking of is how a rival TEFL program took the TEFLocal classrooms, took our students, teachers, and even (ouch) our staple supplies.
It was also extremely bad form and unfair to the TEFL students that were going to take the TEFLocal program. The students signed-up for the independent TEFL program wanted immersion, well… what they get is hegemony. Why…
Why would TEFL international design their move into our classrooms any other way. The move was obviously designed to take everything from us, our students, our staff, our location, our Buenos Aires. They wouldn’t even accept the students that tried to get into the program that same month. How rude, how very, very shady.
This however was not unexpected. That is how that company works.
I wrote a blog post early last year how about out of the big three TEFL companies that use marketing to sucker people, TEFL international was the worst. It think I titled the blog, TEFL Swindlenational, because that is how I see how they got where they are today, by taking away people’s money in exchange for an inferior program.
They claim they are non profit, they claim they are accredited, they have claimed all these things for so long people seem to think it was always true. They have some merit to speak on now as the swindle list grows, but how did they get there?
What kind of company is this? What are the facts? Everything i see points to an island near mainland China where rules are lax, its called island international and it where these people want you taste their kool aid. You see drinking their kool aid would have you to believe that they created the best and most magnificent program ever, trumping University of Cambridge, Trinity, and anything made in their next foreign market to capitalize on. They are the ultimate in dis-information, just don’t ask on a chat board, the answer will likely come from them.
Personally, i think it is a shame that they comb chat boards and post on them as administrators, couldn’t be helping someone with their homework? It is also a shame for the students at the Academy of Recoleta that will never get to know the TEFL program, TEFLocal that kept them alive and everything they might grow to be.
The academy community grew with our students at TEFLocal. Now as we have been pushed into a financial squeeze, Bruce laughs and coughs about it in Thailand while worker bees do his dirty work. TEFL international likely doesn’t care about Argentina at all, it is simply another susceptible market they had lined up where there is NO regulation, and obviously true by their most recent swindle, no control. They manage some damage control, but up until now I have only heard horror stories for their partners who I personal know, they were not built with a moral compass, aimless schools sprouting everywhere. They spread like a disease.
Thanks for the students too, thanks for giving us all a heads up TEFL international.
Actually, TEFLint you really could’ve been more tactful and given us and our students a heads up instead of making your cogs speak for you. This was a closed door deal, in the name of profit and greed. Our camp were served a notice that breached our contract, forcefully pushing us out with more money & power.
TEFL international is everything i can’t stand about the TEFL industry run amok by bs that people like Jim & Bruce pump out everyday to TEFL students everywhere.
I suggest avoiding TEFL International at all costs. Save your money and join a more morally sound organization. I will answer any of questions and as an administrator and ESL teacher I am a much better resource than most chat boards which TEFL international obviously see as another spider web for their monetization.
20 something year old founder of TEFLocal Buenos Aires.
A Infantile Rent Lot is a fitting anagram for TEFL international. Otherwise TEFL SwindleNational works just fine too.