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Adelante Abroad Observation/Research Assignments in Scotland
Dr. Raymond Barclay built and now oversees both the Study Programs (Equine and Ecology) and the Internship Programs (Research & Observation) in Scotland. Previously, he worked with the University of Arkansas for 20 years, with offices in Scotland for 15 years serving as Director of Global Studies. He is a former Fulbright Fellow and has evaluated technology and communication programs in Bolivia, Ireland and Scotland. He has conducted lectures in Bolivia, England, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Romania. Travel is second nature to him, and he feels it should be like that for most. He tries to make sure that everything in Scotland is prepared for program candidates, although they also do plenty on their own to truly grow during their time abroad!
What makes interning in Scotland a unique experience for participants?
Raymond: The Research Observation program in Scotland is designed for the mature independent student at the junior, senior or graduate level. Adelante Abroad matches the student's research interest with a relevant project or activity. Supervisors on-site in Scotland expect a full day from the student actively participating in rigorous hands on projects in their field (say Veterinary or Psychology or Childcare or Horticulture or Nutrition, for example).
What can you tell us about the workplace culture in Scotland?
Raymond: Adelante's Research Observations in Scotland are not the typical internship. Projects are carefully reviewed in advance with the student and their in-country supervisor. Students are involved daily with on-going research, review projects, visit related agencies, attend seminars or workshops and are actively participate in activities.
Is prior work experience required? How does Adelante guarantee a rich learning experience for interns on this program?
Raymond: Adelante interviews students in advance to discuss the activities related to each placement. Students selected usually have a strong academic resume or background of experiences related to these Research Observations. Adelante promises a sturdy European addition to one's resume upon completion of this program and the ability to network with expert professionals in ones chosen fields.
What are some extra-curricular activities participants enjoy while interning in Scotland?
Raymond: Scotland has an outstanding national tourism organization called Visit Scotland. Students have the opportunity to discover Scotland from the highlands to the lowlands, experience the exciting Highland Games, visit historic sites and castles through numerous half day or full day coach tours. In this program, the trips and tours are not included - candidates are busy! We facilitate information on best or preferred activities and excursions and it is up to each person what they choose to do in their off time.
What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering interning abroad in Scotland?
Raymond: Research all you can about Scotland and places of interests. Carefully plan your weekend travels in advance, as these six-week Research Observations go by quickly. Since most students spend their first and last weekends in their city of location, you will have four weekends to explore other parts of Scotland, take a train to London or a ferry to Ireland.
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.