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sketchiness of MEC

I would like to take a moment to note how amazingly sketchy MEC and the auxiliar program are, by copy-pasting for you the following email:

Dear candidates,

It has come to our attention that a fake organization, using the name of our organization and of our program, and giving our website as a reference, is offering interviews for teaching positions in Spain, charging fees for some services.

Please note that our program does not involve any kind of interview, and that neither the Ministry of Education of Spain nor the Embassy of Spain’s Education Office in the United States or elsewhere charges any application fee or any service fee at all in respect of the Language and Culture Assistants program.

Please, promptly contact us if you are in any way asked to pay for any services in connection with this program.

Office of Education – Embassy of Spain

Why does this not surprise me?

One of my friends pointed out to me that she was glad she did the auxiliar program through CIEE the first time because MEC is "set up like a scam". They take all your information, and you never talk to an actual human by phone or anything. CIEE at least does a phone interview, and they promote their program at various fairs. So even though I've criticized CIEE because of their fee and the fact that the insurance they give is NOT recognized by most doctors, I will give them that- at least there's a comfort factor they provide, if you can afford the $2000. Plus if you know you want to be in Andalucia, you're guaranteed that with them.


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Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
How as Greece?
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