Student Ambassador program - is it just me?
My daughter got invited to participate in a "student ambassador program" next year. Here's the info page:
Okay, it looks legit, but why are they hiding the price? I've researched it online and seen mention of $10,000... I get really, really annoyed when places feel they have to play "hide the salami" with the price - really makes me feel that objectively the price vs. value will not stand up under scrutiny, and they feel hte need to corral you with your kid and get the kid all worked up over a "once in a lifetime opportunity" then nail you with the spotlight and the bill.
What do you think? Is there a justifiable reason for hiding the price?
September 6th, 2006 4:36pm
September 6th, 2006 4:41pm
> Is there a justifiable reason for hiding the price?
They want the people who can afford it to pay and then they'll negoriate with the rest to see what's the most they will pay. If they make the price obvious the second group won't make it through the funnel.
son of parnas
September 6th, 2006 4:42pm
Yeah, the last 2 letters are gonna be how she has to earn her keep.
Damn. Saw that when I pasted, hoped it would get linewrapped away. I still don't understand how linewrapping works on here.
September 6th, 2006 4:45pm
I think they should shell out for *real* ambassadors. Cheapskates.
September 6th, 2006 4:49pm
They say in the faq that the prices are not fixed and you should attend the local meeting to see what that particular trip costs...or something.
"hide the salami" -> ROFL.
you know it's gonna be one of those bullshit things that rich proud parents all try to outspend each other on, they are gonna cream so much cash out of you all for the privelege of sending your little darlings to ireland to clean shithouses or something ... oh, for the good of their "characters" ...
September 6th, 2006 4:56pm
the copywriting for that website is just fucking cringemaking ...
September 6th, 2006 4:57pm
[nod] to $--, except I'm thinking it's like one of those "who's who" things where they guilt parents who maybe can't quite afford it into taking out a loan to send little Molly to Europe so they can say they sent little Molly to Europe.
One wonders if their "stringent screening process" involves property tax records...
September 6th, 2006 5:02pm
and I can tell you that that is basically a fairly bog standard back packers holiday, taking in the most obvious tourist diversions along the way. You could do that crap for a *lot* less than 10k. *And* they'd learn to book their own fucking travel tickets in the process.
Got to hand it to them for how many times they managed to work in the words "heritage" and "history" in 800 words though. They know what you fuckers like ...
September 6th, 2006 5:07pm
[shrug] I *hate* package tours. I think they suck. [insert Eric Idle Watney's Red Barrel rant here]
September 6th, 2006 5:09pm
$10k for THAT?
Other than Dublin, London and Edinburgh, the rest looks kinda boring.
September 6th, 2006 5:11pm
the one thing you could hope is that they'd learn to drink some decent beer, in Ireland at least. They'd quite possibly pick up a few other interesting and valuable experiences with it ... jeez, a bunch of American "student ambassadors" in a bar off O'Connell St .... they'd be like fish in a barrel ..
September 6th, 2006 5:13pm
hey fucker, Cardiff ain't so bad these days. You might even have fun in Fishguard (well, if you are a creative type ...)
September 6th, 2006 5:13pm
A Eurail pass and a backpack is significantly cheaper.
September 6th, 2006 5:15pm
More educational too.
September 6th, 2006 5:21pm
Yeah, it is but you have to bring your own salami.
September 6th, 2006 5:22pm
There's no shortage of salami in Europe.
September 6th, 2006 5:24pm
I would take Eural for Salami and Hot Beef Injection. :)
September 6th, 2006 5:44pm