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Programs and Reviews
What were you doing in 1999? That is when Adelante Abroad sent its first candidate to Madrid, Spain, to do an International Internship Program there. She participated in a 6 month program, in a graphic design internship with a mid-sized company and lived, at first, on her own in a great little downtown apartment. By the following month we sent over two more candidates and have never looked back.
Internship, Semester & Summer Study, Teach and Volunteer Abroad programs define our menu of offerings and expertise now. Yes, you have your own room in a central, shared apartment, but meals are typically not included because we want you to grocery shop in your new country. Yes, we have staff on site full time but do they call you every day to check in? Nope. They are there if you need them but are trained to give you space to bump into things, make mistakes and finally find, on your own, how you fit in to your new country & home.
With a worn out passport but a very nest-y home in Seal Beach, California, she oversees Adelante Abroad, LLC. Kimberly speaks Spanish fluently, is working on Mandarin and earned a BA in Economics from UCSB. Pulling from US work experience with a professional baseball team (The Anaheim Angels) and the education franchise industry, as well as International work experience (5 years living abroad in Spain), Kimberly & crew create a network of contacts to build un-copiable programs in Spain, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Chile and Scotland.
What position do you hold at Adelante Abroad? What has your career path been like so far?
Kimberly: I am the Director of Programs at Adelante Abroad, so I get to work with all our candidates once they are screened and accepted into our programs. This position also requires that I travel to each of our Program destinations at least once every 2-3 years, which is getting harder to do as we add more cities! No complaints here though: who wouldn't want to "have" to go to Madrid or Costa Rica or Scotland?! Career path seems so far away since I have been doing this now for 15 years, but a key component to landing where I am now was living and working in Spain. I graduated UCSB and then began travelling, since I wasn't able to study abroad during college. That trip lasted about 9 months, and then I eventually went back and settled in the south of Spain, which was my favorite place visited during my original travels. I did try working in a non-international education setting for a while, doing a stint with the California Angels baseball team and after that, with franchise company, but my heart was always in things international.
What are the core principles Adelante Abroad strives to achieve?
Kimberly: Our main core principal is affordability. We want to provide a quality internship and abroad experience, without a lot of bells and whistles. For this reason, we do not send thousands of candidates abroad each year: each person will create, with us, a customized program that will change their lives in ways that simply cannot happen "at home".
What separates Adelante Abroad from other internship providers?
Kimberly: This company is far and away the true "internships specialist" out there - and further, we do it cheaper than anyone else. That is our goal and we pretty much meet it each year. What also separates us from other providers is our long list of participating companies in each of our international cities. We work hard to cultivate that list and it benefits our intern and study abroad candidates directly. We find each of our candidates an internship in their desired sector, based on their field of studies, past experiences and language level. We put them in rigorous classes and find them their own room in clean, safe, centrally located housing. We have local staff that live full time in all of our program cities.
What does the future hold for Adelante Abroad?
Kimberly: China. Organic growth. We have added Scotland a few years back, now that is going extremely successfully, we will add China in 2013. After that, probably Ecuador. Adelante Abroad prides itself on our boutique mentality - we will not be going corporate any time soon!