May 27th, 2007

Neko (lofulah)

AlticTeaching.com? TeachingChina.net?

I was invited to a "Get Paid to go to China" group by Gordon. Here's the group description as of 5/27/2007, 2:13 AM EST:
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And the group's recent news:
If you successfully recruit a person for our program, we will pay you $300. If you are doing our program, we will deduct $500 from your deposit. Please contact us before you start recruiting at John@AlticTeaching.com.


Now, I do know Gordon IRL (as most people here know) and he actually posted a bit in the group discussion regarding going to china. Here's what he said:
"There are many ways to go to China, but most involve worthless tours with Westerners and expensive study/intern abroad programs (especially with GW Tuition)! ALTIC is a one-of-a-kind deal that integrates you into urban Chinese society without all those expensive fees. If you think now your future involves China, you can do yourself no greater favor than taking advantage of this opportunity and sampling real Chinese society and culture. Find out first if it's right for you, without breaking the bank.

The author resided in Beijing for one semester as a CIEE student, another as a Peking University student, and a summer as a researcher. He is not affilated with ALTIC."


Here's my reply:
[EDIT] Reply removed upon request.

[EDIT 5/27/07, 23:14] Domain lookup information removed. If you want it, go look it up yourself. I'm retracting my statement of mistrust. See below.[/END EDIT]

[EDIT] Statement retracted - see end of post for details [/EDIT]

Links:
Facebook group: http://uillinois.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2379756120
Website: http://www.alticteaching.com/
E-mails: Info@ALTICteaching.com, John@AlticTeaching.com, robyn@alticTeaching.com, TeachingBeijing@gmail.com

[EDIT 5/27/07, 23:14]
Ok, I'm retracting my statement of mistrust. Gordon called me earlier and has informed me that he knows John Holsapple personally, and that the program is quite legit. It is completely new, hence the lack of any other references to the program.