In 2005, Tri-Valley Learning Corporation (TVLC) in California established charter schools ranging from elementary school to high school. The high school is Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory (LVCP). About 90 foreign exchange students attend the school. Investigations into irregularities (see below) started February 2016. As a result of these investigations, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) withdrew LVCP’s accreditation*. The school district denied LVCP’s petition of charter renewal December 2016. LVCP is no longer listed as having SEVIS F-1 certification. The school has said that they will stop their student exchange program from July 2017.
3rd February 2016 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) sent the Governing Board of the TVLC a Notice of Violation (NOV). Among other things, the NOV concerns the below violations with regards to LVCP’s exchange students.** Media got hold of the information and several in-depth articles about this issue can be found on the net.
16th February 2016 two students were involuntarily transferred to a school in Stockton. Livermore Police Department and Stockton Police Department intervene. As more information comes to light the police begin investigating matters at LVPC. Alameda County District Attorney began investigations into allegations of fraud, mismanagement of its foreign exchange program and child endangerment.
I 2014 dekket Metroexpress saken om en utvekslingselev som hadde betalt ekstra for å slippe å bli sendt til Utah.
Utvekslingseleven meldte seg på hos danske Speak High School* ni måneder før det nye skoleåret og foreldrene til utvekslingselven betalte ekstra (2012: Dkr 75000 + 7000) for at han ”under ingen omstændigheder” skulle havne i Utah hos en mormonfamilie.
Det varte og rakk før familien fikk vite hvor eleven skulle reise. Avreisen ble utsatt og etter skolestart i USA viste det seg at han skulle til en liten by i Utah. Småbyer i Utah består nesten bare av mormonere og det var en svært troende familie han havnet hos. Representanten hans i Utah var også mormoner.
Utvekslingseleven dro og det gikk som foreldrene fryktet. Det viste seg at Aspect bestilte time hos en ”physician assistant” i et forsøk på å få legen til å gi utvekslingseleven en diagnose som ville føre til hjemsendelse. Men den eneste ”diagnosen” eleven fikk var teenage syndrome. Denne utvekslingseleven er langt fra alene om å bli behandlet på denne måten av Wollebekks utvekslingsbyråer. Etter hjemsendelse begynte familien det lange arbeidet med å få en unnskyldning og kompensasjon for det utvekslingseleven opplevde. Jeg traff dem i den forbindelse og vi har holdt kontakten fram til nå. …
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KRIM 2016-12-29 T17:16:15Z”
De tre fjortonåriga tjejerna skulle åka på sitt livs resa – en språkresa till England.
Kort innan avresan fick de en värdfamilj att bo hos.
Det visade sig vara en grovt kriminell familj, med både mord och mordförsök i bagaget.
Tillsammans skulle de tre fjortonåriga tjejkompisarna från Stockholm åka på drömresan – en tre veckor lång språkresa i Brighton, England.
Den 17 juni skulle äventyret börja. Kort dessförinnan fick tjejerna ett brev från arrangören, Student Travel Schools, STS. I brevet berättade STS att det nu var klart med flickornas värdfamilj, alltså var kompisarna skulle bo under Englandsvistelsen.
Knivhögg 15-åring till döds
Barnens föräldrar sökte på värdfamiljens namn på internet, och gjorde en fasansfull upptäckt.
Värdfamiljen i Brighton visade sig vara minst sagt problemtyngd. För tio år sedan dömdes familjens tonårsdotter för att ha knivhuggit en femtonårig flicka till döds på en födelsedagsfest, eftersom 15-åringen råkat trampa henne på tårna. Familjedottern dömdes för mord till 14 års fängelse. Dagen efter att domen meddelades hittades hennes mamma svårt knivskuren, och pappan efterlystes, misstänkt för försök till mord.
Enligt artiklar i brittisk media högg mannen sin hustru med en 15 centimeter lång kniv i magen, bröstet och armarna, och lämnade sedan henne blödande i köket. Först fyra år senare, 2010, greps mannen i USA.
Både dotterns mord och pappans mordförsök fick stor uppmärksamhet i brittisk media, inte minst eftersom att det i båda fallen rörde sig om knivvåld, något debatterades häftigt i England vid tiden för brotten.
Familjen har tidigare varit värdfamilj ……
Julieta Chiquillo, The Dallas Morning News
A former elementary school teacher has been charged with having an improper relationship with an 18-year-old exchange student whom she and her husband were hosting at their Houston-area home.
Nicole Allyson Jakubiak, 36, is accused of having sex with the Swedish teen between March and May of this year, according to a criminal complaint.
Court records show that both the former teacher and the student acknowledged the relationship.
The teen was a student at Cypress Ranch High School and Jakubiak a first-grade teacher at A. Robison Elementary School at the time of the alleged encounters. Both schools are part of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.
State law forbids teachers from having sexual relationships with students in the school district where they work.
The relationship came to light after Jakubiak revealed it to two colleagues, who reported it to her principal, according to the complaint.
A colleague told a police officer that when she asked Jakubiak how she met the man she was having an affair with, Jakubiak said, ”Well, it’s not hard when they live with you.”
On her school website, Jakubiak wrote that her family hosts an international exchange student every year. …
- STS Education Holding AB (2005)
- STS Student Travel Schools Aktiebolag (1962)
- Language Study Centres Ltd (1999)
- STS Education AS (1995)
- STS High School, Austria
- STS Kielimatkat OY (1989)
- STS Sejours Linguistiques SARL, France
STS Sprachreisen GmbH (1988)
- STS Sprogrejser Aps (1989)
- STS Foundation Inc., NJ (1986)
- AFP Global Exchange, CA (2013)
- USA: STS Global Studies (2008)
- STS Language Schools
- Cross Cultural Exchange, DE, USA (2012)
- STS Foundation Pty Ltd, Australia (2001)
- Fondation des Échanges Étudiants STS Student Exchange Foundation, Canada (2014)
- Stichting STS High School Foundation, Netherlands
- STS Global Studies Inc. (2008) Florida
- STS Student Travel Schools GbmH, Switzerland 2000
- STS Student Travel Schools S.R.L., Italy (1989)
- STS Student Travel Schools Foundation, Beijing, China
- STS Interway SA, Spain (1991)
- STS Student Travel Schools Aktiebolag (1962)
- Der Janus Hotelbetrieb GmbH
- STS Alpresor AB 1976
Owner: Lars-Olof Christer Magnusson
Translation of: 2011/2012 STS KOKEMUS (CANADA)
The Helsinki District Court sentenced STS Kielimatkat to refund €6.505 (US$7.105) to Finnish Salla Rautiola due to unfair dismissal and numerous other breaches of contract in their exchange student program.
Sallas case has been mentioned and partly presented in MOT documentary, «Vaihto-oppilas heitteillä«, «Exchange student neglect exposed». Let Salla’s exchange experience be a warning about what an exchange student year can be like in reality.
16-year old Salla Rautiola signed a contract in January 2011 with STS Kielimatkat for an exchange student year in the French-speaking part of Canada.
STS promises a carefully screened host-family, school placement and local representative and support persons in the exchange-country. They also promise to take into account the health information given in the application form when choosing the host family. Salla had reported that she is allergic to dogs, cats and pollen.
STS provided the host family information in July 2011, one month before the departure date, but withheld the information they had received the day before from STS CANADA that STS could not fulfill the French-speaking program. Instead, Salla would have to be placed with an English-speaking family.
As a host family, STS had chosen a 62-year old single Jamaican immigrant who for the most part socialized with her own relatives and culture and who spoke only Jamaican creole. The Canadian life-style or traditions were not present in any way in her filthy and moldy house. In the Helsinki District Court, as STS witness, a former male exchange student, who had lived in the same house a couple of years earlier, told the court that the host mother never cleaned. He witnessed that it was his and another exchange student’s responsibility to clean the house. At that time there was still a vacuum cleaner in the house. During Sallas stay there was no vacuum cleaner in a house with wall-to-wall carpet. This witness also told the court how the basement was used as a living room where they watched TV and used the computer. STS Finland country manager, Mira Silvonen, continued insisting that the condition of the home was suitable for an allergic person and gave up to seven different explanations (move, cellar, store etc.) for the pictures Salla had taken of the house. The shocked child protection officials in Finland stated that they would not even temporarily place a minor in conditions like that. Responsible for this host family’s approval as a host family for an allergic minor for ten months was area representative Sandra Hanniman/STS Foundation Canada.
Within two months, Salla started to get allergic reactions from all the dust and mold (picture). She could not go to school, but the host mother did not let the school know about Salla’s absence as required, something STS later blamed Salla for and issued her a warning about. Because of her strong allergic symptoms, Salla asked both the host mother and the area representative, Sandra Hanniman, to take her to see a doctor, but the host mother stated that: «The doctors don’t know anything» and the area representative said: «Let’s see». As parents we had to get the medicine here in Finland and mail them as express to Canada. Instead of helping Salla get to the doctor, STS Canada area director Kim Berry decided to issue a warning to Salla regarding her host mother not informing Salla’s school about her absence. Salla was invited to STS Canada office 14. Nov. 2011. Salla had written a four page complaint about all the problems and failures on STS’ part so far:
There was no school placement arranged by STS when Salla arrived. Salla was turned away from Gisele la Londe-school, because they had no knowledge of the exchange student. It took almost a week to arrange a school placement.
The host mother left for five days leaving Salla alone with the allergic symptoms. The host mother did not leave any contact information to Salla and strongly forbad Salla to inform STS about her absence.
The host mother did not check her mailbox despite Sallas request. Salla had no key to the mail box. The expensive medication we had sent from Finland lay in the mail box nine days before Salla finally got them.
The host mothers fierce mood swings raised questions. She could be laughing and dancing by herself, but in an instant lose her temper and throw dishes to the floor. Once Salla saw a ziplock-bag on the kitchen table and the host mother told her not to touch it and that it was marijuana. As parents we became worried about that and asked STS to investigate. Despite the pictures taken of the supposed marijuana bag, STS only threatened to issue another warning to Salla for spreading unfounded rumours. The local representative, also the host mothers best friend, stated that she did not believe it was marijuana. That was all STS did. Case closed.
The rest of the article may be read at CSFES Norway
Speak Holding ApS (2007)
- Combank IT Systems (2000)
- Language Education ApS, Denmark (Aspect High School) (1993)
- European Language Group, USA (2003)
- ELG: European Language Group, Sarl (2004)
- Language Education Norge AS (Aspect High School) (1988)
- Speak Norge AS (2000)
- Speak Education Nordic AB (2006) (Language Education Sverige)
- Speak Cultural Exchange UK Ltd. (2007)
- Advisory Board ApS, Sweden (2011)
- Lars Henrik Wollebekk = LHW = main character
- Carl Eivind Wollebekk = CEW = LHW’s father
- Vibeke Timm Gunthe Wollebekk = VTGW = LHW’s wife (?)
1988: ASSE Norwegian Educational Travel AS (948 156 989) is established in Norway by Svenska Statens Språkresor AB. It continues as Sweden’s international education project until 1997. At that time ASSE Norwegian Educational Travel AS is sold to Aspect Education Ltd. in the UK.
Joca Eiendom AS (868 061 642) is established in Norway in 1993 as a property management firm. Later on it becomes part owner in some of the companies below. Its main owners are CEW and JW. At this point in time LHW works for EF Education, up until 1999.
LHW takes over as managing director of the Danish subsidiary of Aspect Education Ltd., Aspect Education Denmark AS in 2000 and changes its name to Language Education Denmark A/S. At the same time LHW establishes Speak Europe AS (882 354 512) in Norway. Its original purpose was to arrange language courses, language travels and student exchange programs and other activities. Owners are LHW and Joca Eiendom AS. LHW also establishes Speak Norge AS (982 671 884) in 2000. Speak Norge AS is the public face of Speak. Its current manager is LHW and European Language Group Sarl its current owner.
In 2001 the Norwegian branch of ASSE changes its name to Aspect Education Norway. LHW takes over management of the firm in 2002 and the name subsequently changes to Language Education Norge AS. While this remains its official name, Language Education Norge/Danmark/Sverige are currently known as Aspect High School. and its owners are ELG Sarl.
Speak Europe AS changes its name to European Language Group AS in September 2003. CEW becomes manager and Chairman. VTGW is member of the board. Lars no longer has a visible role.
LHW kicks off European Language Group (US) LLC (200311510070) in California in 2003. The Swiss branch of ELG is founded in 2004 as ELG European Language Group Sàrl (CH-660.1.042.004-9). ELG Sarl becomes management firm for the various concerns managed and owned by LHW. LHW is, in 2004, main shareholder in ELG Sarl. LHW later becomes only shareholder until he transfers all shares to Speak Holding Aps (below).
Joca Ejendom Danmark Aps (30584244) is founded in Denmark in 2007. CEW remains manager of both the Norwegian and Danish branches and his email continues to be listed as firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time LHW expands his company to England. In 2007 Speak Cultural Exchange UK Ltd. is established. Currently (2016), their offices are located in Margate, Kent. They are a subsidiary of ELG Sarl.
The financial crisis that hits the world in 2008 also affects LWH’s holdings. Slowly, sites that were available on the net disappear. ELG (US) and Speak Language Travel are listed as suspended in official papers.
In 2009 ELG AS changes its name to Combank IT Systems. Combank continues the function as management firm for the Norwegian branches of Wollebekk’s various companies. Main stockholders at this time (2016) are LHW and Joca Eiendom.
2013 Speak Holding Aps (34891192) is established by LHW in Denmark. 2013: LHW tranfers his shares in ELG Sarl to Speak Holding Aps, yet remains in management in ELG. Speak Education offices are established in Denmark.
Why Wollebekk ties into Kaplan, Inc. in these phone pages I’m not sure.
(This article was updated March 14, 2016, and copied from CSFES Norway)
Father and son are also member of and chairman of Sameiet Holmenkollen 103 board.
Media / Student experiences:
2007/2008: Spionert på, mye kjeft, gikk gjennom tingene
2011 Oct 16: – Jeg var to minutter fra å reise hjem
2014 Feb 07: Far: Min søns udvekslings- rejse var et mareridt: Paid extra to avoid Utah and Mormons. Was sent to Utah and Mormons.
- 2014 Feb 07: Go Speak / Speak Education Danmark / Aspect High School / Language Education Danmark / Speak High School / Language Group
2013/2014: Religionspress, mishandling, dobbeltrolle