The Global Work & Travel Co Reviews
29 ‘The Global Work & Travel Co’ Reviews
Global Work and Travel will not only ghost you as a sponsor but they do not have the networks of schools and agencies as they lead you to believe. It is one big lie. Do not pay them as they will not offer the services promise. This company will not only put you in a vulnerable situation but potentially a detrimental and dangerous position.
I thought I did my research. I called to inquire and instantly they ask you for a deposit and try to hype up your trip. . Everytime you give them money they continue to try and add something. . Then when I got to Korea I found out that my insurance was included with my contract. It is so easy to go work overseas just go research schools yourself because these people could not care less about you. They demand your paperwork and money right away and they do absolutely nothing other then pass you off to another company in the country you are trying to teach in. Shame on you Global! Terrible company!
Happy I found these reviews. A lot of positive reviews from Global deleting all negative reviews probably. I am glad I trusted my instincts with them. Today I looked online for prices for volunteer programs and they don't list them online so they ask for your email. I put it in and they called me an hour later. I asked only about prices on the phone and this lady was really rude and automatically told me I didn't qualify. Excuse me...what? I asked her why and she said because they want serious people that care about volunteer and not just travel. What a judgmental assumption. She doesn't know me and that's rude. I have volunteered with International Student Volunteers twice (I had no problems with them), was a representative and worked a good job to pay for those trips myself and she says I am unqualified? Just because I asked about prices? I am glad I didn't go further when I talked to the manager who was defending her and no help. This woman is obviously not qualified for her job. It says on the website that there is no such thing as a stupid question well I guess from their perspective pricing is. Once I found out they don't list their prices online I had a feeling they were a scam. This is the only volunteer and travel company I have seen that does not list prices on their website. I have visited many websites too and this seemed a bit strange to me. The fact that they were being that difficult about pricing really makes me think they are a scam. So happy I did not give them money. Will be spreading the word about them!! Bad first impression right from the beginning!!
We chose this company because they promised to give us 24 hour support, should an emergency arise. They also promised us a job. While we did have a job upon landing, the gig was not at all what had been advertised to us, the pay was severely under the Australia minimum wage, and when our “trial period” was up, we called the company to ask for a relocation and not only did the emergency hotline not work, but their response was an automated email that listed four websites that amounted to the Australian version of Craigslist. All of this went down within one month of our trip and from that point on we knew we were on our own in this game. We also felt like there was a lot of illegal activity going on at the place where we worked.
Later in the trip I heard that the company was giving away “travel vouchers” in exchange for essays and photos of our trip. Being a blogger, I immediately applied to several of these contests, in hopes of making back some of the huge chunk of dough I had already wasted with this company. Fortunately, I won about five of these contests and earned over $900 in travel vouchers. I was ecstatic! How nice it would be to fly home on these vouchers once my trip was finished. I was relieved to know I had one less thing to worry about.
Unfortunately, when it came time to book my flight home, the company said the travel vouchers were only good for other trips abroad through this company. This was after I sent them an email which quoted my personal representative of the company. She had clearly explained that the vouchers were good for any trip or activity booked through the company. There was no mention about it having to be an overseas work and travel trip. While I did my best to argue, they simply didn't budge and not only did I have to scramble to find money for a flight home, but I also lost over $900 worth of earnings for my personal essays and photos that were now public property of this dreadful company I wanted no part of.
So i am in Australia at the moment, i arrived 2 months ago, and they left me stranded on a random island in the Torres Straits.. When i arrived they booked me into a backpackers in Surfers Paradise for 7 days. When they first talk to you, they make it sound like they will be supporting you every step of the way, regular check ins and endless support. It is a complete scam. All i did was request more information from their website and got bombarded with calls and emails, when i finally spoke to them, they pressured me into paying the deposit. They really don't care what kind of financial position you are in. So i had my orientation and they had this job which i had never done before, but hey, might as well give it a go. I had 2 days to book my flights and get to the island (which was really expensive! And they didn't help me at all). During working my manager and i decided that it wasn't the best place for me to be working and i didn't really have the experience. They refused to help me find another job. The manager even explained to them that it wasn't my fault and that i had done nothing wrong. They still refused. They left me with no support on a random island. My manager was nice enough to let me stay working there until i had enough money to get back to the mainland. I am now in Sydney, applying for jobs, very low on money and basically i am stuck here on my own. The Office of Fair Trading are investigating them again. All your money does is pays for their lavish offices. Seriously, do not book anything with them, it is a complete scam and they prey on vulnerable adventurous young adults.
I've booked up with the Global Travel and Work & Co for a working holiday to Australia in a couple of weeks but have been reading several reviews on here which state frequent occurring incidents with people and truthfully revealing how much scamming takes place. I paid the deposit of £295 in early November and (without my permission) they took the remaining balance of £600 from me. At the time, I was convinced, like many other companies, it was money well spent and an adventure worth taking until discovering the real truth behind it.
I'm currently going through a moment of shire panic!
Whats the best action to take before I land myself in this hole? (I'm getting an idea to cancel the company but travel alone and find a job with my visa alone, despite having already paid £995!)
Any help is much appreciated.
!!!ATTENTION!!! Anyone taking a gap year to travel and work overseas, DO NOT go to this company, their a bunch of lying rats who try and steal young vulnerable adventurous teenagers money!!! They will say "you have to pay the $700 deposit today to secure your spot", and make it seem like al other traveling companies are booked out and that their your last and best resort. Bunch of bullshit mate.
I sent my 16-year-old daughter to Sri Lanka in August 2014 on a "turtle conservation project", and my experience was UNBELIEVABLY BAD (although my daughter had a grand time when she was there, despite this Global outfit). My complaints are far to many to post here, so I'll just post a few: I probably exchanged 100 emails with various people in Australia and Vancouver, and they honestly couldn't do anything right - asked for a deposit up front and then immediately demanded the balance before doing anything; didn't know anything about the project when I tried to ask; booked a flight scheduled to arrive two days after the "program" was scheduled to start (there was no program - anyone can arrive on their own and volunteer with the turtle project); I eventually saved literally $1000 by booking her flight on my own, but still had to pay these shysters a $400, I think it was, admin fee - if you do get sucked in by this outfit, buy your own ticket and save yourself some money; when she did arrive, her pickup took her to the wrong place, so she missed her week-long "orientation" in Kandy, only doing it later because she insisted, and she wasn't reimbursed for the cost of the travel to Kandy and back to the coast, which she had to arrange herself; her food and lodging was supposed to be paid for, but the food was so bad and so meager (and she'd backpacked in India before, so she knew what to expect) that ALL of the volunteers ate all their meals out - I suspect the locals pocketed the money, if the Global shysters paid them at all (or maybe paid them peanuts)... I could go on and on. Expect NO support before, during, or after (we've never heard from them again). The contract you have to sign at the start, after you've left your hefty deposit, is all about Global ensuring you can't weasel out and protecting them from any sort of repercussions - NOTHING about their obligations to the earnest traveller (OK, there might be something, I don't have it in front of me). This outfit should not be in business.