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Skijaybo97



Joined: 19 May 2008
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Location: Long Island, NY

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 3:24 pm    Post subject: WARNING - Palma Language Institute/ Reply with quote

Hi all,
I have been contacted by the Palma Language Institute but it seems too good to be true so I'm thinking it is. However I'm keeping hope alive, possibly foolishly, because it would be an awesome situation. So I was hoping some of you would be kind enough to give me feedback on this contract.
They have offered:
4400usd/month
round trip ticket
I pay for the visa processing (I'm an American w/out EU passport and I understand most schools in Spain are not willing to get Americans in) They also wanted me to send them 700+usd for the processing.
Free housing
Free health insurance
Thanks,
J
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a scam. 100%.
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Skijaybo97



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks...just needed to hear someone else say it
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pm sent
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MO39



Joined: 28 Jan 2004
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Location: El ombligo de la República Mexicana

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's safe to say that any "job offer" that requires you to pay a bunch of money for "processing" your application is a scam.
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SirKirby



Joined: 03 Oct 2007
Posts: 250
Location: Barcelona, Spain

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely no question: it's a scam! Just about any .tk page is a scam!

I imagine that's the page you are looking at:
http://www.palmalanguageinstitut.tk/

That's ripping off the content on a 100% genuine language school, IH Palma:
http://www.ihes.com/pal/spanish-school.html

There's NO WAY IH Palma would make an offer like that.

I'm personally familiar with another person who was scammed by the same outfit.
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jonniboy



Joined: 18 Jun 2006
Posts: 693
Location: Riga, Latvia

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed. Palma de Mallorca is a very popular place with tourists and a desirable place for English teachers. With so many EU teachers on the ground why should they pay $4400 a month for an unseen teacher when they could get a local teacher for less than half that amount without the need to pay for accommodation, air fare and health insurance?

Unfortunately these scum bags areincreasingly targeting TEFL. Golden rule: never pay to do a job!
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BOBBYSUE



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ski

who was it who offered you this role, exactly....do they have an email address?

by the way it is absolutely a scam
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sundstromcis



Joined: 19 Jul 2006
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Location: United States

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 10:59 pm    Post subject: Should I be leary of accepting this position? Reply with quote

Received an e-mail from a small, private school in Spain. What has sent up a red flag is the requirement that I participate in a "training" program facilitated by the following group: europe.immigrationservice@consultant.com
This is the first mention in our e-mail conversations about such a program. The contact person I've been communicating with writes that the program fee is 250 euros. What do you think?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scam. They can't get you a work permit.
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sundstromcis



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
Scam. They can't get you a work permit.


Thanks spiral78. Do you mean the school can't get me a work permit or that this dot-com group the recruit person noted can't get me a work permit?
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pr455



Joined: 08 May 2011
Posts: 135
Location: MADRID, SPAIN

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sundstromcis wrote:
spiral78 wrote:
Scam. They can't get you a work permit.


Thanks spiral78. Do you mean the school can't get me a work permit or that this dot-com group the recruit person noted can't get me a work permit?


The entire thing is a scam. Stop while you are ahead.

There are ways to come to Spain and work in a school in the bilingual program. Do a search for NORTH AMERICAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE ASSISTANT PROGRAM and you can work in Spain on a student visa and you are not asked to pay for anything.

Cheers,

Shawn
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Do you mean the school can't get me a work permit or that this dot-com group the recruit person noted can't get me a work permit?


Neither one can. Shawn's right; short of marraige to a local, the programme he mentions is basically the only legal option.

The dot com can't get you a work permit.
The small private langauge school can't get you a work permit.

The only way for a school to get a non-EU teacher awork permit is for them to file paperwork with the national government demonstrating that you have some necessary skill that no EU candidate for the job has. At CELTA+ level TEFL, this obviously doesn't fly; private language schools simply haven't get any genuine need for specialist qualifications - it's general work by definition. And there are officially considered to be plenty of EU teachers to fill these positions - no need to import workers from outside the zone.
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