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1 Vicious Babushka  Thu, Mar 21, 2013 10:39:35am

The ones who are not “lucky” enough to get on this program find jobs as staff on the cruise ship lines.

2 StephenMeansMe  Thu, Mar 21, 2013 3:13:19pm

Hmmm, borrowing money to come to American, then earning poverty wages trying to pay it back? Definitely sounds like indentured servitude to me.

3 wheat-dogghazi  Thu, Mar 21, 2013 8:12:20pm

There is a “work-study” program that’s being marketed to university students here in China. They fork over 30,000 RMB — about $4800 — and the program pays all the travel costs and places them in a job in the States for the summer. Students I know who have done it have worked at Cedar Point (OH) Park, a McDonalds in Harrisburg (PA), Seaworld in TX, and a hotel in Utah. The students can also work in national parks. Quite often, they work overtime hours to make enough money to pay for their living expenses and to pay back their families for the money they borrowed to send the kids to the USA.

None have told me any horror stories, but the “study” part of the program is a lie. Often, they work alongside other foreign students who may or may not speak better English than the Chinese kids. One of my students was a hotel housekeeper. He spent most of his day working alone with no one to talk to.

They do get work experience. They have a couple of weeks for travel. And they get to live in the States for 8 weeks. Those aspects alone appeal to the students, and the ones I know say they appreciated the opportunity to go, even if they didn’t quite enjoy it. Two of them are now working and studying in the States. And one of those guys just joined the US Army! Based at Fort Sill.


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