This year I did an exchangeyear in America, and it was the best experience ever!! Couldn’t have asked for a better host family, community, or school. EF was with me all the way, and I participated in camp in the beginning of my exchange, and that was awesome, and I made friends I stayed in contact with, from all over the world!!! Best year of my life
Review by Hennings Bodilis3 months ago
I've been with them 2 times, one in Hastings, the other one in Brigton, I lived in a residence in Hastings, and on a campus in Brigton (they're essentially the same, I barely noticed any difference). The locations are very different, in almost every way. In Hastings, I lived close to everything, the center of town was not even half a kilometer away, same with the school. In Brighton, I had to travel by bus every day just to get to school, and the beach, where most of the exciting things go on, was at least a 15 minute bus ride away. Both of the trips were pretty good, and I'm contemplating a third time.
Review by Galdys Ezulike4 months ago
EF is a good way to be more confident and the staff is so friendly. The experience has been one of the best in my life.
Review by Shx4 months ago
I am currently on an exchange year in USA and although my host family is really nice, my program advisor is terrible. My program advisor called me out of nowhere to hear about a situation that was already solved and talked down to me and then gave me a strike. She was super rude the whole call, she was not neutral and she did try and see my perspektive. Absolutly terrible. I hope my strike gets undone because this is just straight up unfair.
Review by Ishali5 months ago
I was an exchange student with EF back in 2012-2013 where I lived in a small town in Minnesota. I ended up with the best host family possible and I'm so grateful for EF who was with me the entire year and always made sure, that I was having a good time and feeling okay in the new surroundings. I was truly the best year of my life and I'm thankful for my new host-family but also for the EF-family I gained in the other exchange student, when I lived in The United States.
After I came back from my exchange year I became an ambassador and later on started working for the organization as an interviewleader and responsible for the informations meetings in Jutland. Working for EF has given me the chance to share my own experience and inspire young and hopeful student to study abroad with, what I would call, the best organization out there.
Review by Caizin11 months ago
Traveling with EF has been everything i wished for and i have gained a bunch of experiences throughout my exchange year as well as relationships and more. Ef has since day 1 been a support both from their Office in Denmark to the staff in the states.
Review by Darrold11 months ago
I honestly think EF Denmark is great. I have been traveling with EF for a whole year and I always knew they would help me no matter what. The people at the office are so nice and I could highly recommend EF to others. They really mean it when they say "EF all the way"
Review by Jonita1 year ago
EF has been really good at helping me throughout my exchange year. If I ever had a question they were ready with an answer, and they do a great job at matching families and students.
Review by Lucybowden Marcelia1 year ago
EF is not just a traveling firm, but afterwards becomes into a small family. They make sure you’re okay at all times, and traveling is easy cause you feel a sense of security when you’ve booked through them. But it’s all the small things they do outside of the package that makes it worth it. The sense of having a family with the people you travelled with. And the general idea that they care about your experience too, so even if there was something you weren’t found of. They’ll be sure to improve on that for your next travel, or the next years students. Do yourself a favor and pick EF
Review by Larhona Tilborgh1 year ago
EF Danmark is an amazing organization that I went to the United States with. I had an amazing experience, and EF was with me the whole way. I like the fact that EF doesn't believe that an exchange year ends after the year away. There is plenty of stuff to do when you get home related to your exchange.
Review by Elezabet1 year ago
When EF says, “EF all the way”, they truly mean it! I love my experience with EF and wouldn’t change a single thing from my exchange year in the US. EF is there no matter what, and they’ll help you with even the smallest things, both before, during and after your exchange year! They gave me an amazing opportunity to develope myself into the person I am today!
Review by Viivi Lillesand1 year ago
My experience was absolutely fantastic and I definitely felt like I was in great hands. My trip was dealt with amazingly by both the Danish and American offices. I spent 10 months in the USA where I got to know myself through a completely new culture. I definitely felt like I became more aware of who I wanted to be and how I wanted to get there.
I'd recommend travelling with EF because there was always someone behind me. Someone I could talk to and I felt like they never left my side if I needed them to be present. My journey definitely ended up being great because of what I made it to be but also because I had someone to always look up to, talk to or rely on.
This trip has changed me in so many ways that I wouldn't be able to explain them all in this. EF made me feel welcome in a small community which has still been a huge priority in my life after returning home 5 years ago. I hope everyone choosing EF has the same succes on their travels as I did.
Review by Lahti Serwaa1 year ago
“Ef all the way”
I went to the United Kingdom with EF on a exchange year. I have gained a bunch of experiences and learned a lot about both tje english culture but also myself. I grew a lot as a person, and got more independent, because of the year I had with EF.
I always had the support from the people working for EF in the country but most of all the people in the Danish Office.
It has definately been an amazing year
Review by Ghosthack1 year ago
EF exchange year is pretty amazing. I went to WI in the US in 2017-2018, and it was simply amazing. One thing is going on exchange which is pretty cool, but then going with EF who has U all the way is something a little more special.
Not only do you get close to the staff but they also introduce you to other exchange students that you will get a really close connection to. I had a girl from Japan that I still text with every single day.
Even now, after my exchange I'm still involved in meetings and talking to the upcoming exchange students.
And my experience abroad was simply unforgettable and just like in the movies with a little twist. EF introduced me to a great way to adapt to the new culture, family and friends I made.
It was the greatest year of my life.
Review by Barcan1 year ago
As the title reads, I was a course leader working for EF during summer 2017.
I were sent to Torquay, a town in south-west England. It was great, for me as well as for the students that I was responsible for. Certainly, the main objective is for the students to obtain a better understanding of the English language. However, there's much more to it than "just" language study. As a person you'll develop as you spend between 2-4 weeks in the company of other students from many different countries. Further more it makes you more confident at speaking English and you'll meet new people from the rest of the world.
To me, this was a great travel. I had an amazing time with my students. They got progressively better at speaking English, and became more confident at it.
If you are in doubt whether you should go or not; then do it, go! You will not regret it. The experiences you get there will stay with you forever.
Review by Arfian Hammarstr2 years ago
I was in Brighton for 3 week and it was the best summer ever. I will love to travel with EF again. I stayed on a campus. It was a great room, and a great school. The food was not the best, but it didn't matter because it was not about that it was about friends, english and experiences. It was an unforgettable trip with a lot of experiences. I will recommend EF.
Review by Chitrangada2 years ago
Had an amazing exchange year with EF. The support was great! You always felt like there was a safety net of contacts behind you if anything went wrong or if you needed someone to talk to and the effort EF puts into finding and screening their host families is really impressive. I would definitely recommend!
Review by CamSoda2 years ago
Sending my Daughter to Munich for 2 weeks, started very bad, host family was from India, and spoke "hindu" with each other, and when she arrived they were not even home. We talked to EF in Munich and told them that was not satisfied since she wanted also to learn German culture besides the language. Same day she was moved to a college and 2 nights later they found a new family to her. She had a wonderfull time in Munich and the new host family was very committed to her, and took her in with open arms and kindness.
Review by CustomerSouth5 years ago
I was travelling with Education First (EF) from the 29th of June 2014 to the 19th of July 2014. I flew directly from Copenhagen to Manchester, because this was my 1st and 2nd time to fly, ever.
By Helle Blomberg Schacht
This is what to expect when travelling with EF:
• No information as promised
• No person in the airport (and if, they are complaining)
• Host family not getting paid (and if, not enough)
• Staff drinking alcohol
• Alcohol parties at residence
• Spanish not English
• New location so no information
I was promised to get the details about my host family 2 weeks prior the trip, but I got nothing, I gave them 3 extra days because I thought they might have some problems, but nothing happened, I called them, my mom called them, and later that day 1.2 weeks prior the trip I finally got the information. My host mom told me they hadn’t even known her 2 weeks prior the trip, because she was so new in the system.
I had paid them to pick me up in the airport, as this was my first timer. I had asked the sales office in Denmark what to expect, how the person that would pick me up would look or wear, but the only thing they could tell me was that, the person would have a paper with my name or a pink shirt on. When I arrived in Manchester I looked around and saw lots of names on papers but not mine. I waited for 15 minutes as I thought he could be late or a human mistake, but nobody came. I called the transfer number I was given before leaving Denmark, and the man who picked up had no idea what I was talking about, so I did the second thing I was told if the person weren’t there, so I went to the information and got the person called over the speaker, waited another 15 minutes, nothing happened, and once again did they call him, 15 minutes more, nothing happened. I called the transfer number again, and a really sweet woman picked up this time, I was talking to her for 10-‐15 minutes to explain the situation and she stayed on the phone until the person arrived, after 40-‐55 minutes he came. No pink shirt and no sign with my name, instead he had a big pink lollipop. I told him, I thought he was a little late, and he started complaining about, that he had to pick up 40 students and that some where really late, and some had lost their luggage, I told him it wasn’t really my problem, and that I thought they had given me a really bad first impression.
I got the sweetest host mom someone could ever wish, although after a week when I got a roommate, she came to me and told me that she had to charged her and me 5 pounds for laundry and 5 pounds for the Wi-‐Fi and that EF had told her to do it, after 2 weeks. We decided that my roommate and I should go to the office at the school to talk to them, and they told us that it was normal, we went home to talk to our host mom and she said it might be, but they hadn’t told her until now, she was sweet and told my roommate and I that we didn’t have to pay her, but the next students had to, because otherwise she wouldn’t earn money on
having students living there, only loose them because EF didn’t pay her what they had promised her to begin with.
Through out my stay I went on some trips with EF, but something surprised me, they kept telling me I was a child because I was 17 years old, and that I should wear a key hanger all the time with my student card, so if anything happened they could see who I was, the idea is fine, but then on the weekend trips, the staff was drinking alcohol. They told me I was a little child and that I had to check in where I was, and had to be home on time, but to a person who has been drinking alcohol? Its not because I think you get drunk from one or two beers it’s the principal!
The staff on the trips were people you hadn’t seen before on the school or anything, sometimes they hadn’t even the pink EF shirt on, you just trusted a random person who could have come directly from the street.
EF had a residence, which was fine, and we only had to keep the laws of the country we were in, which say that you can drink alcohol when you are 18 unless an adult companies you. At the residence, while I was in England, they had alcohol parties, and if you weren’t taking part in them you was kind of “out of the group.” Which for some people seemed difficult because they were alone, in the school they didn’t really do much to make people connect, if you aren’t a social person, you wouldn’t have much of a chance to make friends.
Throughout my stay there where a lot of people from Spain, and that’s fine, except the fact that most of them kept speaking in Spanish, the staff at the school only said they had to speak English in the classes, but on trips or in the reception they didn’t say anything to them. I told one girl that it wasn’t okay, and that it was really rood of them, and she just said that I had to understand that it was difficult to speak a whole day in another language, and I got really mad at her, I was the ONLY one from Denmark I didn’t have a choice, and I couldn’t take part in much because they spoke Spanish, because I don’t understand it. Luckily I got friends there, who spoke English, although they could just have been speaking Spanish if they wanted to, and the EF staff didn’t to anything to prevent this, they even hired a man who could speak Spanish when we were on trips, non of the staff could help me in Danish.
Every time I asked the sales office in Denmark about the place the school was located, they couldn’t tell me anything, because it was a new location so they didn’t know. Then when I evaluated them in Manchester, and I said they couldn’t even tell me where the nearest ATM machine were, which was really important for me while it wasn’t in every store I could use my debit card, and they just told me, it was probably because it was a new location, and I told them, then exactly because it’s a new location they should be able to answer questions like that, because I couldn’t ask anyone else.
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