To be frank, this is a decision only YOU can make, not us. We just want you to be aware that many things that are illegal in most western countries are either legal or unregulated in China. China is a country rife with scams but frankly there is no FTC or BBB or any other consumer protection watchdog agency that officially protects foreigners from the very common China internship frauds operated by almost a dozen private companies, some of which even use a “.org” domain designation to mislead people they are some NPO, NGO, Charity, or Foundation. To be very clear however, Gi2c is not violating any Chinese law by charging money for a China internship that anyone can get for free on their own. In China just about everything can be bought and sold, and even people caught selling babies are often just fined or spend less than 3 years in prison.
But since most university graduates are in the dark about China internships it is easy for them to be misled and persuaded by crafty sales reps who call themselves “Career Specialists”. This below article was taken from another blog and explains that things are not always as they appear to be – especially in China…
“Now that I am an exchange student for my MBA at Monash in Australia, I really don’t miss China that much and my views about China have cooled off quite a bit. Since I am now out of the forest I can see the trees, you might say. But I just realized that China is still being used as bait for people to make a fast buck of off new graduates who have not been there yet. Let me explain…
Yesterday I get an unsolicited Skype call from a “Career Specialist” (sales rep) who wants to offer me a $60,000 job with an MNC in China. I played along and never mentioned that I spent a long time in China and know the job market well. The sales pitch was that only if I did an internship with a big company would I be hired, and that they (Gi2c) were the ones that had the “guan xi” (connections) with the biggest companies in China. I knew she was wrong but I didn’t argue. It was a very convincing presentation, and surely well-rehearsed. Finally, I said I would take the job! (I just wanted to see what would happen next).
She was delighted and told me I would immediately have to send in my CV, photo, and a $300 deposit so she could “reserve” what she said was the “perfect job for you”. But when I asked her the name of the company she could not tell me (until I paid my $300). When I didn’t agree immediately she started transferring me links to a bunch of testimonials that frankly, were…uh… a bit too positive to be real IMO. I told her I would think about it and for her to call me back in a week. But she insisted this great job “would be gone in a week”. Okay, I said, give me a couple of hours to think about it, and said good-bye. BTW… how could she know what job was “perfect for you” when she did not even see my resume yet?
Within an hour, I get another unsolicited call from a guy named “Craig” who said he was making a courtesy call for Gi2C (my caller ID said “private number” ) and he just wanted me to know that he was now working for IBM in Beijing earning $75,000 a year, and “it all started from an internship he did 2 years ago with Gi2C”. Was I fooled by this call? Almost but not quite. The guy would not give me his phone number or email when I asked for it because I told him I was in a meeting an would have to get back to him. He said he would call me back in a an hour, and I told him not to bother.
Anyway, I got curious about this Gi2c company and started doing some googling and found out that they also operate under another name as well called “GetIn2China” and then I found some reviews that go back two years from their own past clients here… http://www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/china/gi2c-…
I kept digging and then found this old Examiner article from 2009: http://www.examiner.com/article/never-ever-pay-for…
Then I found more comments from other former Gi2c clients who said that aside from the $300 “deposit”, I would also have to pay all of the below moneys just to go work for free in China for 90 days…
$3,700 placement fee that includes a “room” for one month (shared apartment with 3 other interns)
$2,000 round trip air fare
$2,500 for 90 days of meals and entertainment
$1,500 for 90 days of subway fares to and from the work assignment
$1,500 for 2 months of apartment rental plus security deposit
And if I wanted the optional Chinese lessons, it would cost me $999 more!
So in all, I would be spending over $9,000 for this 90 day China adventure if I were to go.
It just did not seem right to me that I would have to pay all this money to work for free 4,000 miles from home. I kept digging and finally found these three last links and then decided to come here and see what you all think. If you look at the 2013 link you will see that one guy even ended up homeless after going to China on an internship!
I do not like to falsely accuse people, and that is why I said Gi2C MAY be another China scam. But there sure is a lot of smoke here and I would be shocked not to find a fire after I got those unsolicited calls from Gi2c and then Craig who may be a paid “shill”. Why did they pick me so far away in Australia to offer that great MNC job? Again, what do you guys think? Am I wrong to assume the worst here?”
In closing, we leave you with one last link that may make things easier for you to sort out and come to your own conclusions which you are then welcome to share with us here: http://www.bjstuff.com/profiles/blogs/cftu-warns-university-grads-esl-foreign-teachers-about-china