Adelante Abroad

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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.

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Programs from Adelante

  • Scotland
    Interested in enhancing your equestrian knowledge over the summer? Team up with Adelante to study abroad in Scotland in this...
    43 reviews
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  • Spain
    Adelante Abroad's program in Madrid is the most developed international program in Adelante's arsenal with 250+...
    34 reviews
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  • View of Sitges - Intern in Barcelona - Adelante Abroad
    Spain
    Adelante Abroad's internship programs have been provided in Barcelona for over 10 years running and remains one of the most...
    18 reviews
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  • Scotland
    Edinburgh, Scotland- natural beauty and heritage come to mind with this beautiful, green destination. Scotland's cliffs,...
    17 reviews
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  • Scotland
    Unique opportunities await you in Scotland. Valuable experience through Adelante's research and observational programs allow...
    15 reviews
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  • Spain
    Experience Southern Spain and boost your resume while you're at it by participating in an Adelante's International...
    6 reviews
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  • Spain
    Beautiful Seville, Spain awaits! Take your Spanish language skills to the next level at this majestic southern Spanish...
    5 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Chile
    Adelante offers internship programs in Vina del Mar & Valparaiso; two major Chilean cities which have a unique flavor of...
    5 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Mexico
    Volunteer in colonial Oaxaca, Mexico for complete social and cultural immersion. Oaxaca is one of the most biodiverse areas...
    4 reviews
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  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica with Adelante
    Costa Rica
    Costa Rica is one of the world's most breathtaking and lush countries. Why not spend a semester or a summer in San Jose,...
    3 reviews
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  • Costa Rica
    San Jose is the epicenter of economical and political activity in Costa Rica. Based on that notion alone, there may not be a...
    3 reviews
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  • Spain
    Marbella & San Pedro located in the Costa del Sol region are already havens for tourists around the world. If you search...
    2 reviews
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  • Volunteer in Oaxaca
    Chile
    England, Scotland, Spain, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Mexico are enticing summer destinations on their own. Adelante...
    2 reviews
  • Chile
    Healthcare internships with Adelante are located in Spain (Madrid, Marbella/San Pedro) and South America (Chile and Uruguay...
    2 reviews
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  • Intern abroad in a business internship.
    Chile
    Adelante offers International Business internships in Spain and South America! Accounting, economics, consulting, import /...
    1 reviews

Program Reviews

  • Melissa
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Atlanta, Georgia
    9/10
    2 months in Madrid
    04/16/2016

    I had an incredible experience through Adelante! They organized all the details of my internship and placed me at Clinica Cemtro where I had the privilege to work alongside some of the best surgeons! The staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming and I found myself working 12 hour work days because of how much I loved being in the hospital setting. The required amount of hours is 4-5 but I was able to make my own schedule and choose the days I wanted to come in. I was able to scrub in surgeries, not only watch but participate, attend consults, and through this I feel as though it has prepared me and given me a close insight of what it would be like in the medical career.

    Aside from the internship, the best suggestion I could provide would be to live with Spanish roomates as opposed to Adelante candidates. It gives you a chance to branch out, practice your Spanish, and explore so much more!

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    Response from Adelante
    05/09/2016
    Melissa, Thanks so much for the great review! We are extremely happy you were able to maximize your experience in your internship setting. Best of luck to you in your future endeavors, especially if you decide to pursue a career in the medical field! - Adelante
  • Kelsey
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Northeastern University
    10/10
    Pharmacy Internship
    04/13/2016

    I had an amazing 3 months interning in Madrid and would highly recommend doing an internship with Adelante. For the first 2 weeks, I was taking Spanish classes in the language school, Eureka. The grammar section was a great refresher of my previous Spanish knowledge, although I would have loved to have more time in Eureka to do a more comprehensive review. I really enjoyed the conversation class which helped me to become more comfortable conversing in Spanish before beginning my internship. I was housed in a 6-person apartment conveniently located down the street from Eureka and in the heart of the city. My roommates and I all got along great, and had awesome restaurants, shops, and nightlife right outside our door.

    The internship that I was placed in was exactly what I had hoped for. I was working 4 hours a day in a small independent pharmacy. It was an amazing opportunity to learn about the differences in healthcare in Spain compared to the US. Although challenging at first, my coworkers were very encouraging of me practicing my Spanish, and it improved significantly throughout my internship. Everyone was very welcoming and willing to answer any questions I had about various medications, how the pharmacy functions, or Spain in general. Overall, I had a fantastic experience and Madrid and can't wait to come back.

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    Response from Adelante
    05/09/2016
    Kelsey, Thanks for the awesome review! It sounds like you had a fantastic experience in every aspect, we are so glad to hear that. Although there were minor challenges, you were able to work through them no problem. We hope you do end up in Madrid in the future, best of luck to you in your career! - Adelante
  • Chris
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Hamilton, Ontario
    10/10
    Awesome
    04/11/2016

    My time is Costa Rica was fantastic. The social scene was phenomenal, and my host Family was wonderful. The school itself was quite nice and the campus was beautiful. The only problem I had was the staff at the University itself. It was mildly frustrating to deal with them. Adelante was fantastic and were very helpful and cooperative. They will work around your schedule. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking to study abroad.

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    Response from Adelante
    05/09/2016
    Hi Christopher, Thanks so much for the great review. We are glad you had a fantastic experience overall. Thanks for recognizing that we do all that we can to ensure you are getting the best experience possible. Best of luck to you in the future! - Adelante
  • Leah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Stanford, CA
    Stanford University
    9/10
    Highly Recommended
    03/27/2016

    The Adelante Internship program in Sevilla was incredible. I knew coming in since I wouldn't be in classes, it would be harder to make friends and meet people. Thankfully, Adelante gave me three weeks of an intensive spanish course before my internship began with kids from other universities in the US. It was an amazing way to meet new people!! My homestay was also INCREDIBLE. The couple had a really nice and modern apartment in the very center of the city and my host mom spoke pretty good English, which was very helpful. They let me do my own thing, but we would always spend a couple hours eating dinner together and talking about Sevillian culture. Sevilla is a very homey city, beautiful, and very culturally immersive because almost no one speaks English! My internship was OKAY. Granted, I was working in the medical field, so i realize it is harder for it to be hands on. I mostly just sat and watched the whole time. However, i feel like I learned a decent amount and the hours were really great (boss was understanding of travel on the weekends). Program highly recommended.

    How could this program be improved?

    Make sure the internships are more hands-on. It would also be helpful if the intern supervisor was able to explain more things in English, because sometimes it is more difficult to understand technical terms in Spanish.

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  • Cody
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Seymour, WI
    University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
    10/10
    Marketing Internship experience in Barcelona
    01/24/2016

    I participated in Adelante Abroad's international internship program from September 2015 to November 2015. I can say that it was a very very very beneficial experience in personal growth as well as gave me a great way to diversify myself when searching for jobs.

    If you don't know much Spanish, this program includes 2 weeks of class, for a total of 40 hours. I thought I would be ok and the classes wouldn't teach me a lot of new stuff, boy was I wrong. Upon arrival I realized I needed to learn more. The classes definitely helped. I wish I would have continued to take them after the two weeks was up.

    My internship(s) went quite well. I originally was working with a sports company, and my MOU and documents stated my duties would be working on marketing campaigns for FC Barcelona. Needless to say, I was excited and told everyone. Upon beginning work, I wasn't really doing what I was told, and when I brought this up, Adelante realized they made a mistake and sent me the MOU for a summer student. I was quite disappointed as my expectations were crazy high going into this. I told them I would have selected the other option they gave me, had I known I'd be working the afternoons (not allowing me much time during the day to discover and do things in the city) and had I known what I would be doing(lots of busy work)I would have chosen the other internship they discussed in my preliminary phone calls over summer. I stuck with the internship for a few more weeks, as Alicia worked with me to find me another company.

    She found me another, which I transitioned into. For a few weeks I was working both internships, so those were long days. Once I worked myself into just this company, my days opened up a lot more and I could experience the city better. I had a wonderful experience with this company and was very sad to leave when the day came.

    Housing was great, the apartment was quite large and Luisa was such a wonderful lady. My roommate was awesome and we still keep in touch. I also met people at language class who were in other internships, students who were studying abroad, and my going out and experiencing what the city offered.

    My weekends I spent with my roommates, friends, or solo, and explored the city, the surrounding areas, and did some traveling (Oktoberfest, Paris, Rome) and there was never a shortage of something to do.

    How could this program be improved?

    Include some excursions on weekends. A lot of the study abroad programs did those and I heard the students talk about them, looked like fun.

    Also, double check the MOU's when they are sent out so no misunderstandings happen.

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