The Southwestern company
Date: June 17, 2007 01:38PM
"Tell everyone what Southwestern expects these kids to do in order to obtain lodging."
[b:5e06645bff]#1 - the company makes calls to past landlords or host families, starting in early spring, lining up places.
#2 - the company sends letters to alumni for the same purpose.
(We receive both, calls and letters, every year.)
#3 - many students from previous years actually go to the selling areas in advance. This year, a 5th-year student from Europe came to the U.S. two weeks ahead of his friends, got a cellphone local to our state, rented a car, and started lining up safe places for the 30 others. Among other methods, he attended our church to meet people, and lined up several trustworthy families.
That's more than a scintilla of support.
#4 - during the training week in Nashville, these young adults are given the places that are already set up, and/or whom to contact, and taught how to network through them or through the local congregation of their own or a roommate's church or other organization.
Our son who is in Pennsylvania this summer just called his destination area during the training week, and easily lined up a place, by contacting a congregation of our church. (That family could easily check him out by calling a church leader back home.)
I always did the same, way back when.
#5 - if nothing is lined up before they arrive in the selling area, 2 layers of leadership who will be living and working with them all summer, are right there helping them. Are they saying the others in their organization have just abandoned them? We doubt that.
#6 - if nothing else, they certainly have the phone numbers of their managers at the home office.
Once in a while, some students pay no attention to instructions (or don't follow them) and that is their own choice and accountability.
These are adults, at least 18, usually older, who found their own housing while attending college, then voluntarily applied to come to the U.S. with full disclosure of the challenges. (See below.)
"without the slightest scintilla of support from this "company".
[b:5e06645bff] That can't be, unless they are hiding!
Are you saying these college students are just sitting around your place, waiting for someone else to solve their problems?
The real world doesn't operate that way.
What is puzzling to us, is why they haven't taken action.
We only know what you have posted, and it looks as if you have raced to the computer to accuse the company, before the young women have done what they were taught. If they are still laying around doing nothing, get 'em up Sunday morning and hit a few churches, whether you/they are believers or not. Americans love to help, when they hear their accents. What country are these students from? [/b:5e06645bff]
From the website: www.southwestern.com - main page: click "Benefits & Challenges" -
A Southwestern summer is not for everybody. As with any opportunity, there are benefits and challenges.
Personal Growth – Student dealers will gain confidence by facing real challenges.
Communication Skills – Students meet and deal with real people in the real world.
Life Skills – Students gain independence, self confidence, and leadership skills.
Resume/CV – Students will build a resume/CV that shows results, not filler.
Travel/Challenge – Students see a different part of the country and push themselves to a higher level.
Not for Everybody – This program is designed for students who seek growth and challenges.
Long Hours – The most successful students work over 75 hours a week.
Away from Home – From experience, Southwestern has found that students sell better away from their hometown because there are fewer distractions.
No Guarantees – There is no salary or hourly wage. As independent contractors, the students make profits from the sales they generate.
Away from School Friends – Students will leave their “comfort zone” and establish new relationships with other self-motivated students.
No Floor, No Ceiling – There is no limit to the sales a student can make, just as there is no guaranteed income.
It’s Not Exactly Glamorous – Prestige comes later in the form of experience, recognition, and multiple job offers.