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2/ 10

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Not Thrilled, Bad Communication

I signed up last January for the India internship. I was originally told that I could start in the middle of December, which worked because I was doing another program, which ended on the 8th of December. I was later told that I had to start the first weekend of December, which obviously wouldn't work. So they said I could start the first weekend of January. I made plans to do a workaway in France for the rest of December and the beginning of January and I was told I had to be there on the 1st of January. When I said I had already made plans, they scolded me and said it took a lot of work for them to make arrangements for me. So I changed my plans in France. Finally, I was told I could do the program on a tourist visa. Then, about a month before I was due to arrive they told me I needed to get a volunteer visa. I was unable to because I was in Europe and could only get one in the states. I understand that visa regulations change, but I feel like I was given wrong information in the first place. Then I was told I could do the program on a tourist visa, but had to change the airport I would land in in India. I was not comfortable doing that, since it seemed a little dodgy to me. They offered another internship program in Cambodia, but it didn't start until March and I had already made travel arrangements to India. So I backed out, since I feel like they were putting a large burden financial and logistical burden on me. I didn't get any money back since there cancellation policy doesn't cover visa issues. I feel like there was a lot of bad communication and a little bit of dishonesty. I feel a little duped and taken advantage of, and I honestly do not trust this company. I received a few TEFL certificates from them, which was fine, but you have to pay to get the certificates. I am not impressed and I would not recommend them, even if they are super cheap.

  • Premier TEFL responded to this review January 16, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Hi Elise, I’m sorry to read your review of your India internship application. When the visa legislation changed we tried our best to find a solution for you; unfortunately, when unforeseen visa and government changes happen it can have a disappointing result for anyone traveling. Our partner in India also did everything possible from their side to accommodate you. The details were complicated and maybe you felt overwhelmed, we understand that. There was no dishonesty at any point whatsoever, it’s not our company culture or policy. We happily provided you with the letter you requested in order to claim on your travel insurance; and genuinely tried to alleviate your situation. It was stressful, I know and very sad that the trip that you planned didn’t happen. We all felt that disappointment for you too. For your certificate, you can download your TEFL certificate for free from your dashboard – or you can request a hard copy from us at an extra cost which includes P