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  •  6000 figure is inaccurate (6+ / 0-)

    I've begun a small charity, and we've brought a few students over on the J-1 as a scholarship. I would guess the 6000 is the number of students CET sponsors. There are other "non-profits". CET actually refused to work with us this year. It's interesting that they are called non-profit, because they  contract with an agency in the student's home country. The home country agency works with the student to prepare them for their Consulate interview. Fees range from $800-$1000. These fees are set by the US company. Visa fees are about $150 and SEVIS another $35. Airfare can be $1300-$2000. Unless the students get multiple jobs, they probably won't break even. I do know that these US "non-profits" work with US employers to place the students, and most do it for a fee.

    To give you an idea about numbers, Rehoboth, Delaware has about 2,000 students this summer. Ocean City, Maryland typically has 10,000 summer students.

    I try to find students who would never have a chance to get here. Most are from broken families. My first J-1 had zero self confidence when I met her. She quit university twice due to finances. I told her that "quitting was an unacceptable behavior for her". She recently earned her masters degree in International Development Studies, with honors. She is currently doing research in Peru to help the poor.

    I'll be writing a diary on this subject in the coming weeks.

    •  I'm really looking forward to that diary. (2+ / 0-)
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      It is a calling...to do things about injustice.... It helps to have a goal. I've always tried to have one.--Ted Kennedy, True Compass

      by Timaeus on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 07:14:46 PM PDT

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      •  Helping others...that right thing to do! (2+ / 0-)
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        Thank you, Timaeus! I've really put "my heart" into this effort, literally. A doctor killed me 8 years years during a routine heart procedure. It wasn't my time. I decided to help others, in my case, Central and Eastern European young women. Giving these kids a chance has not only changed their lives, it gives me an "inner peace".

        On Monday, my daughter's best friend's brother committed suicide. He was only 18 years old. This past January, I started helping a young Romanian girl who was trying to start her life again by going to university at 25. The week before I met her, she tried to kill herself. She just told me a few weeks ago. There is no doubt that I've saved this young girl from doing something drastic. You have no idea how good this makes me feel, especially after seeing how my daughter suffered from our personal tragedy.

    •  Bear Del, we should get in touch. We work (0+ / 0-)

      with young people in Serbia and also network with local organizations throughout the region.  

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Thu Aug 18, 2011 at 11:12:08 PM PDT

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