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Blind trust in exchange organisations

You would not send your child to a house at the end of your street if you knew nothing about the person living there. Yet on the strength of a glossy brochure, the payment in some cases of vast sums of money, and an assumption that someone else has asked the right questions, we send our children thousands of miles across the world to stay with strangers.

The companies, organisations and individuals that abuse this blind trust cannot be allowed to continue to profit from it and we must all take responsibility for the care and safety of our young people. (Chris Gould)

2008 Mar 27: Thinking of Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student?

… don’t host a student if you are short on money. Hosting a student costs at least a few hundred extra dollars per month. If you can’t spare that, then don’t host. Don’t put a student in a situation where you are always pinching pennies. You will also tend to resent that unknowing student, and that’s just not fair to them. Most of these exchange programs cost many THOUSANDS of dollars for the student and his family. Many scrimp and save for years or have to ask a rich uncle to help them out. This is a big thing for them. Don’t blow it for them, and be prepared to be somewhat generous. I think many host parents don’t realize the costs involved going into this (both in time and money), so I just wanted to get that out there so you can mull it over! (Life of a Military Wife)

Forte (Group) International, Inc. / Forte International Exchange Association / Astar Education Institute

Forte Group International, Inc (FGI)

  • Astar Education Institute
  • Forte International Inc.
    • Forte International Exchange Association (FIEA)
    • Forte International Travel Inc.
  • Forte International Enterprise, Inc
    • Forte Shanghai Office
    • Forte Guangzhou Office

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History:

Forte International Inc. (DofC: 930278: 1993)

  • Business trips for private and public sectors in China and the US.
  • Owner: Mubiao Chen

National Press Building, 529 14TH ST NW # 270, Washington DC 20004
Telephone: (202) 628 8180 / (202) 833-4167 / Fax: (202) 296-8685

DC: 1901 Pennsylvania, Ave. NW. # 406, Washington DC 20006-340
Phone: 202-833-4185 / 703 237 1688 / Fax: 703 237 0889
Email: forte@forteexchange.org / forteusa@aol.com

    Mubiao Biao Chen

 

Virginia: 7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22043
Telephone: 703-237-1688 (Shared with FIEA)
Website: http://www.forteusa.org / http://www.forteintl.com

  • President: Mubiao Chen
  • Helen Yang (Virginia): 202-628-8226

Bonmen International, Inc. (VA: 0518861: 1999)

In 2000 its fictitious name became Forte Group International, Inc (FGI).

  • Forte’s import/export business is dedicated to introducing goods and products into the Chinese market through branch offices in China. Bonmen’s principal office is at:

15080 Gaines Mill Cir Haymarket, VA 20169-4500
Tel: (703) 754-1606

  • President: Jean Chang: (703) 754-1606
  • Orion Richardson: (202) 833 9876 / (202) 628 8226 / (202) 296 8685
  • The Astar Education Institute shares office address.
    • Telephone: (703) 368-6838

Virginia: FGI (VA: 0735443, 2011)

Management firm for its subsidiaries.

7864 Donegan Dr., # 168, Manassas, VA 20109
Tel 703-368-6838 / Fax 703-368-6837

  • President: Jean Y. Zhang
  • Director: Ping Zhang
  • Pingzhang Llc

Also found at this address is:

On its website FGI lists as its USA Head Office:

  • National Press Building
    529 14th St. NW, Suite 270
    Washington, D.C. 20045, U.S.A
    Tel: (202) 628-8180
    Fax: (202) 296-8685
    Email: info@forteintl.com
  • Beijing Office:
    Room 117, Building B, No. 40 Liangmaqiao Road, Beijing 100016, China
    Tel: (86) 10-6464-1516
    Fax: (86) 10-6466-4815
    Email: fortebeijing@gmail.com
  • Shanghai Office:
    Shenergy International Building, No.1 Middle Fuxing Road 1903, Shanghai 200021,China
    Tel: (86) 21-6390-0890 / 6390-0896
    Fax: (86) 21-6390-0987
    Email: forteshanghai@gmail.com

Forte International Enterprise, Inc. (FIE) (DC: 230487: 2003)

1901 Pennsylvania, Ave. NW. # 406, Washington DC 20006-340
Phone: 202-833-4185 / 703 237 1688 / Fax: 703 237 0889
Email: forte@forteexchange.org / Website: http://www.forteusa.org

  • FIE’s license in District of Columbia has been revoked.

Virginia: FIE (VA: F179868: 2009) FIE calls itself a consulting firm.

7115 Leesburg Pike Suite 217, Falls Church, VA 22043
Tel: (703)237-1688 / Fax:(703)237-0889
Email: Forte@fortusa.org

  • President: Mubiao Chen
  • Forte Shanghai Office
    Shanghai Jingan District
    Shimen Er Lu 333/3
    Suite C, 20th Floor, Shanghai, China 200041
    Tel: 021-6258-3347 / Fax: 021-6253-6928
    Email: Fortesh@vip.163.com
  • Forte Guangzhou Office
    Guangzhou Shuiyin Erheng Lu
    Xingcheng Guangchang Plaza, Suite 1506, 15th Floor, Guangzhou, China 510075
    Tel: 020-3759-8640 / Fax: 020-3759-8493
    Email: Fortegz@hotmail.com
  • Forte Beijing Office
    Beijing Chaoyang District, B1207, Zhubang, 100 Balizhuangxili
    Beijing, China 100025
    Tel: 010-8586-5598 / Fax:010-8586-5367

Forte International Travel

Forte International Travel has been advertising since at least 1994 and their phone number is the same as the number for Forte at the National Press Building phone number (202) 833 4167.

  • anita@forteintl

Forte International Exchange Association  (FIEA) (DC: 210958: 2001)

National Press Building, 529 14th St. NW, Suite 270, Washington, D.C. 20045
Tel: (202) 628-8180 / Fax: (202) 296-8685
Email: info@forteintl.com

  • Rebecca Huang: ebecca@forteintl.com
  • Operations manager: Gaosheng Huang

FIEA’s license in District of Columbia has been revoked.

California (reg.no: C2461168):  Forte International Exchange Center was registered by Ronda Hertz in 2002. Its name was changed into FIEA in 2010.

  • President: Mubiao Chen (MB Cher) (keeps books and records)

Virginia (reg.no: F179769). FIEA was registered in Virginia in 2009 by Mubiao Chen. Principal address:

7115 Leesburg Pike, Suite 217
Falls Church VA 22043
PH: (703) 237 1688 | Toll Free: (888) 866 6869 | Fax: (703) 237 0889
Email: Forte@ForteExchange.org / Website: http://www.ForteExchange.org

  • President: Mubiao Chen
  • National Director: Diane Latvala: (571) 334 4779 / fax: (888) 524 8818 / dianel@forteexchange.org
  • Responsible officer: Ava Chen: (703) 237 1688 / avac@forteexchange.org

Forte International at the Astar Institute
7864 Donegan Drive, Manassas, VA 20109.
Toll-free: 1-888-89-FORTE / Tel: 202-628-8226 / Fax: 703-368-6837
Kevin Boyle: kevin@forteintl.com
Elizabeth Marine: elizabeth@astarinstitute.org

Shanghai office

  • Shimen Er Lu
    333 Neng #3, Shanghai Jingan District, 200041, China
    Phone: +86 21-6258-3347 / Fax: +86 21-6253-6928
    Email: fortesh@vip.163.com

AStar Education Institute (VA: 0667243: 2006)

AStar lists itself as a Chinese-American company that offers ETS/ESL/TESOL testing site, citizenship classes, nursing assistant, computer skills.

  • United States
  • National Press Building
    529 14th Street, NW, Washington DC 20045, U.S.A.
    Tel: +1 703-368-6838 / Fax: +1 703-368-6837
    Website: http://www.astarinstitute.org/ Email: info@astarinstitute.org
  • Jasper Yang: jasper@astarinstitute.org
    • Host families receive monthly stipend
  • China
    Shenergy International Building
    No. 1 Middle Fuxing Road #1903, Shanghai, China 200021
    Tel: 021-6390-0896

    • Hainan Provincial Service Center for Scholarly Exchange