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Complaint Review: People To People

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  • Submitted: Mon, October 27, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, February 15, 2012

  • Reported By:Akron Ohio
People To People
Dwight D Eisenhower Bldg. 1956 Ambassador Way Spokane, Washington U.S.A.

People To People Student Ambassador Program People to People Student Ambassador Program breaks hearts Spokane Washington

*Consumer Comment: Not a ripoff at all

*General Comment: Sick of it

*Consumer Suggestion: No One Offered You a Free Ride

*Consumer Comment: People to People

*Consumer Comment: RE: New People To People Student Ambassador Program People to People Student Ambassador Program breaks hearts Spokane Washington

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I am the mother of six. It has always been most important to me to stress to my children the great importance of education and understanding, as an impact on the world. Recently, my two youngest (14 and 17), received letters from People to People offering a great opportunity to see the world and make a difference through understanding.

We called their older siblings with the news of this great opportunity. They were proud and excited, of course. Checking out the program, no prices are given. Since it is a STUDENT program I contacted the high school my children attend. The only information I could get there was that they were PROBABLY invited because of their excellent grades in HONORS HISTORY classes.
We were all thrilled, until we found out that the cost of the trip would be more than half my annual income. So my two children and myself were brokenhearted that day. If the program is touted as an opportunity for the best and the brightest of our children to represent us to the rest of the world. Why is the program only affordable to upper income families. Having wealthy parents doesn't make a person better or brighter.

There should be a pre-screening for income before these letters go out. The cost of the trip should be included with the information sent for the trip itinerary. Not at the introductory meeting, after you get parents and children excited over the great opportunities and dream possibilities that they immediately find are impossible as soon as they see the price.

As I write this I become angered over the mask that my son's face became as he saw the tears well up in his sister's eyes, as soon as she saw the cost she knew that they could not go on this WONDERFUL ADVENTURE that we had sat for almost two hours hearing about. RIPOFF!!!

Doris
Akron, Ohio
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Not a ripoff at all

AUTHOR: Josh - (United States of America)

I am 15 years old and went on this trip to England, Ireland, Scottland, and Wales for just aroung 6000$. Trust me my parents are not even closeeeee to rich at all nor are they upper income. But i managed to fundraise all of my money to go. So...you obviously think your kids are too lazy to do it?  and also they are not chosen because of their academic excellence
they were bought off of a National Student Database List.

Thank you!

(Dont be sour about a company just because you dont have to money to pay for it)
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#2 General Comment

Sick of it

AUTHOR: sweet737 - (United States of America)

I've been looking through a bunch of these comments and in my opinion I think to P2P program is sick. To all those whose says its great consider this:

 A student gets the letter.
 
 They go to the meeting, all excited but than learns about the price.

 Their willing to do the fundraising thing but are already busy with a bunch of other things (ie: Musicals, Mock trial, FCCLA, ect.) and can't find the time, and wind up disappointed.

They had the motivation but not the time, and about the scholarships, from what I've read there hard to get.
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#3 Consumer Suggestion

No One Offered You a Free Ride

AUTHOR: Noir - (U.S.A.)

Ten years ago we received the same invitation...and we decided it was a worthwhile opportunity.

Our son spoke at local organizations (Lions Club, Exchange Club, Rotary Club, etc.). He solicited scholarships with the offer of returning with a travelogue presentation. He held bake sales and craft sales almost every weekend for three months to help pay his tuition.

THOSE activities were the real education. The trip was just the icing.

Our son went on to garner a full scholarship at an Ivy League college....his experience with PTP provided the springboard for his drive and ambition to reach for something he really wanted.

You can either run to it or run from it...the choice is your's.
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#4 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Barbara Peterson - (U.S.A.)

This program defines those who have the willpower to make things happen. I cannot afford to send my daughter overseas, but we are going to go into it with a positive attitude, file for scholarships, obtain sponsors, and call every family member we have. This is an opportunity for our children to learn how to better themselves, not break our bank accounts. If it can't happen, that will be determined after we have made every effort to make it happen. Your child's tears could have been prevented by your positive attitude toward the expense and discussing realistic expectations.
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#5 Consumer Comment

RE: New People To People Student Ambassador Program People to People Student Ambassador Program breaks hearts Spokane Washington

AUTHOR: Anonymous8976 - (U.S.A.)

I am sorry your children were disappointed. I believe you are way off base in accusing PTP of being a ripoff! I first heard of this opportunity as an 8th grader, and my parents felt I was too young at the time. The opportunity arose again when I was in 11th grade. Let me tell you my parents were far from wealthy! That is why I actively performed various fundraising activities. Let me also tell you, it was certainly a challenge, but I wouldn't let any obstacle stop me from going.

I understand, it is not exactly providing children the chance to become an ambassador. In some aspects, I believe it's sort of a fancy way of allowing good kids to travel. Though, it does provide an amazing opportunity for young people to see the world and experience different cultures, that they might not have had otherwise. Prior to traveling, we had weekly meetings to educate and prepare us for aspects of the different cultures. When I traveled to Europe for 3 weeks just ten years ago, it was an amazing, eye-opening experience that forever changed my life. I learned about the history, art, government, and culture of the countries I visited. I wouldn't trade those 3 weeks for anything in the world!!
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