Green Lion / Greenway and Real Gap are NOT legal partners of SJ Vietnam (www.sjvietnam.org)
We have discovered that some unfair travel agencies are resolding our voluntary projects in Europe and USA without any agreement of SJ Vietnam since march 2008.
They charge their customers up to 1000 $ / 2 weeks workcamp to receive our contacts or they include our workcamps as an extra one week activity in their touristic tours.
SJ Vietnam works ONLY with national volunteer organizations abroad, as CCIVS member we refuse any direct placement and our participation fees are maximum 180 euro / month.
If you live in England, our partners are the non profit organizations as VAP-UK, VIA, SCI, CONCORDIA and NEVER the profit organization REAL GAP !
Our projects ARE not activities for alternatif tourists, our street children ARE not an attraction for tourists !
About Real Gap (UK) : http://www.realgap.co.uk
About Green Lion (Thailand) : http://www.thegreenlion.net
If you are victim of such travel agencies, please contact immediately firstname.lastname@example.org (+32 495 680 934)
Hanoi, 26 march 2008
Dear Patrick Franssen, manager of Green Lion / Greenway
On behalf of SJ Vietnam, I would like to inform you that SJ Vietnam will officially stop all cooperation in term of our organization and your company as following decision:
- Stop placements of your participants in SJ Vietnam voluntary projects.
- Stop to send you all documentary support and reference to local partners in Vietnam.
The reasons are:
+ SJ Vietnam is a voluntary organization who is a member of CCIVS and we have to respect its regulation which is not allowed to host volunteers sent by non-voluntary partners in the network.
+ We don't have suitable program to host your participants for 1 week because all of our workcamps and projects last from 2 weeks to more than 1 month.
We are sorry for the unfavorable situation.
Thank you for your understanding.
Miss Do Thi Phuc, director of SJ Vietnam (Vietnam)
Mr De Hanscutter Pierre, President of SJ Vietnam (Belgium)
Mail from one Real Gap customer:
Thank you very much for your email. I originally booked my Vietnam trip through the company Real Gap, I paid an extra 300pounds to stay and volunteer for the four weeks. I received no pre departure training, but was told that all food and airport transfers were included. I did not realize at the time of booking that Real Gap did not arrange the volunteer placements themselves. I was thinking about emailing the Real Gap company to enquire and was thinking about asking for a certain amount of my money back to pay for the airport taxi and to make my food budget more substantial. Would you recommend this as a good idea? I do not want to offend anyone at SJ Volunteers if I email Real Gap, I have had no problem with SJ Vietnam itself and have been extremely happy with my co - ordinator Hoia. She has been extremely welcoming and accomodating to my needs. Thank you once again for your email, I hope to hear from you soon, best wishes Kerry Watson (UK)
... Much better value