The Awesome Things: FirstPlace Inc, vs. IRE services

Monday, September 8, 2014

FirstPlace Inc, vs. IRE services

To all of you guys out there who wish to apply for internship in the USA, may this post serve as a warning to all you guys so you will not be a victim like me of this horrible agency called FirstPlace, Inc. My friends actually warned me never to apply to this agency because their experience was just terrible. Aside from 1M Pesos worth of bond (Land title) they will just rip you off your money. I've applied through this agency because I was so stubborn and I didn't listen to my friends and since I didn't know about IRE services before. Boy! I certainly did the wrong move just because I didn't listen.

Here's a comparison between the two

First Place, Inc:

  •  Price for placement is about $3900 this does not include the airfare and accommodation though.
  • You still need to pay P5550 for registration
  • They require a bond of 1M worth of Land title if you wish to choose their internship program while it's P500,000 for work and travel participants
  • There was one intern I know whom they did not give back their land title just because he didn't keep his pay slips even though he actually returned to the Philippines. (Yes, the parents tried to sue them for that.) 
  • The sad part is that I actually applied for this agency and already paid the P5550 and another $600 dollars for placement with a host company. I waited for 7 months for nothing! They just kept on telling me that they will endorse my application but they never did. They absolutely ignored me! What a rip off! I had to cancel my application with them and shift to Ireservices. Guess what, they only refunded me the $400. they kept the $200 dollars for themselves even though they did absolutely nothing but list my name in their database! This agency is the worst! My friends who joing their Work and Travel Program were not happy with their services at all.
  • My other friend who was already in the US also had a problem with their employer and they contacted Firstplace asking for help but the agency just told them to contact the program sponsor instead because there was nothing that they can do. (How helpful, NOT!)


  • Good thing my friend introduced me to this great agency who processed by application for only 4 months. I applied April 2014 and I arrived in the US at Aug 2014. 
  • Their application fee is only $3200
  • They don't have a bond whatsoever!!
  • They're all very warm and accommodating, they'll really do their best to place you in an awesome company as soon as possible because it's their goal to help you reach your dream. 
  • Their staff Ms. Andrea Wright is the one who interviewed me and she seems very friendly and smiling. 
  • Their team is equipped with wonderful employees with over 9 years of experience in the things that they do. 
  • I strongly recommend this agency for their awesome service and great team. Go!


  1. Hi! Im planning to have my internship as a culinary student in the US and im currently looking for a good and trust worthy agency who can help me. One of my friend/co trainee told me that firstplace is a good agency, good thing i was able to saw your blog. Can i ask about the contact information of IRE? And hows your experience with them, is there any other fees aside from 3200 usd?

    1. My experience is absolutely wonderful with them. No hassles, no bond and it's the cheapest one in the market. I say, go for it!

  2. Hi, @Ree Mabano : I've read your blog, and I was so interesting with the IRE services. Could you help me give some information about how did you process? Thank you

    1. Well, I had a friend who recommended the agency to me, so I just emailed them and that's how the process started. 4 months later, I'm in America, having the time of my life. That's it.

  3. What program are you applying for in FPI? Thank you

  4. Can you share the website of IRE services please..

  5. Check them out. They're legit so no worries


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