Horizon Bridge
93% Rating
(4 Reviews)

Horizon Bridge

WHY DO IT?

* Suit in the morning ... Horizon Bridge prides itself on placing college students into the most competitive and selective government training programs in the world, like the PROEXCA offices and cabildo regional network of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

* ... Beach in the afternoon. Every location on each island is strategically and carefully chosen so that Horizon Bridge Fellows can finish their internships early afternoon and quickly change into casual clothes for enjoying the local beach, usually >70-degree weather even in January.

* Comprehensive Excursions. Instead of just being stuck behind a desk or at a computer, Horizon Bridge Fellows get high-exposure internship experiences that involve touring chambers of commerce, glimpsing international trade floors, and meeting local entrepreneurs.

* Tourism. Unlike the United States, where government is relatively low-impact, Horizon Bridge Fellows are embedded in bureaucracies that make up a large segment of the economy (~40%) and involve government control of tourist attractions and marketing them to the world.

* Intensive language immersion. While American college students take years of classes with little progress, those who use it in a professional environment while abroad can learn the language up to 3 times faster through professional immersion.

Locations
Europe » Spain » Tenerife
Europe » Spain
Industry
Accounting
Advertising
Anthropology
Art History
Computer Science
Criminal Justice
Film
History
International Business
Performing Arts
Psychology
Tourism
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Timeframe
Maymester
Spring Break
Summer
Winter
Accommodation
Apartment
Inclusions
Accommodation
Some Activities
Some Meals
Travel Insurance
Visa
Wifi
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Resume
Phone / Skype Interview
Weekly Hours
25
Age Min.
18
Application Fee
$0.00
Deposit
$500.00
Starting Price
$2,999.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
The Fellowship Fee covers all of the below:

* Housing accommodation with other students
* Planned meals weekday breakfasts + 2 group lunch / dinners per week
* Classroom Instruction coordinated by T.C.F. staff
* Travel health insurance via HTH Worldwide
* Local phone (for in-country calls only)
* WiFi access (speed varies by location)
* Professional staff support at host site
* One group excursion per week
* Transport to and from excursions
* Orientation with Arrival Package
* Dedicated pre-trip support from D.C. team

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

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Program Reviews (4)

Dylan
Male
21 years old

Island Paradise

10/10

My overall experience with Horizon Bridge was excellent, and I would highly recommend this program to anybody interested in government, international business, economics, or Spanish. What this program offered that most other programs lack is Spanish language immersion in a professional setting. Instead of simply conversing with locals or taking language classes, we worked entirely in Spanish with city, island, and national government officials. We learned the economic challenges the island faces, and the development strategies it employs in order to attract foreign investment. Much of the island’s economy is run by the local government, so we were given a unique glimpse into the workings of an economic model that is largely unfamiliar to the average American. I had the fantastically surreal opportunity to discuss high-level, important economic issues and strategies--entirely in a foreign language. We also spoke more colloquial, conversational Spanish with the locals, who are generally friendly and have a very easy to understand accent.
In addition to being a fruitful academic and professional experience, the program is held in an absolutely beautiful location. The island, with its verdant yet rugged terrain, offers an abundance of wonderful hikes and beautiful mountains to climb. As somebody from New York, it was blissful for me to swim in the ocean on a 70℉ day--in January! I will never forget the profoundly sublime feeling that overtook me on the last day, as I sat in the sun on a black sand beach and looked out at the menacing, seemingly endless wall of water in front of me. It was in that moment that I fully appreciated that this place is as close as it comes to a paradise on earth.

How can this program be improved?

-Accommodations in Santa Cruz so the commute is not so long
-Opportunity to climb the volcano!

Gina
Female
21 years old
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Cuando en Tenerife...

7/10

Hola todos,

I have been many places in my life so far, but Tenerife was different than all of them. I have done study abroad programs before, but this was unlike any of the others I have done/heard about. When I heard internship, I assumed the usual shadowing, but I did not realize they would ask for our opinions in real meeting rooms, with the government officials of the island. The Horizon Bridge Fellows were just that, fellows, not interns. We were treated as if we were employees and I have no doubt if I had stayed longer, that we would have been helping the government in real time. This tiny island is very ambitious, their passion to make their island a main tourist attraction and port was inspiring. The Spanish there is unique. It has hints of both Latin America and Spain; the best of both worlds.

Once we got off work, we immediately explored the island. The transportation is simple and I do not think you could ever run out of adventures on the island of Tenerife. I wish I could have returned and experienced things more than once. I have no hesitations in recommending this program.

How can this program be improved?

I wish we got more hours of daylight. We finished every day at 14:00. The sun was taunting through the windows of the work days. Although, my program was a week, I believe the future fellows will have several long weekend days. Take advantage!

Caleb
Male
24 years old

Experience outside of the box

10/10

Studying with Horizon Bridge was a fantastic opportunity for me. I was able to be engulfed in another society which allowed me to understand how they view business and government. One interesting aspect about community that I observed is how much they value conversation around food. It was not abnormal to spend hours talking around food. Eye-to-eye communication was used a lot more in the business setting rather than using email. I enjoyed the environment quite a bit. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in seeing how businesses work in other countries. Horizon Bridge has provided great exposure to businesses outside of USA.

How can this program be improved?

A quick meeting in the beginning of the day would be helpful.
A little more organization.
Encourage students who study abroad to come a few days early or stay a few days later so they can explore wherever they go longer.

Natasha
Female
26 years old

Intersection of Education and Adventure

10/10

Studying abroad in Tenerife with Horizon Bridge was a totally immersive experience. In comparison to some other study abroad programs that I’ve done, I felt much more like a local instead of a tourist. My days were filled with meeting government professionals whose goal was to teach me as much as possible about the intricacies of the island’s government. They were willing to answer my questions and challenged me to change the way I perceive island government relations. Before studying abroad in Tenerife, my understanding of island politics was very limited. The knowledge and understanding that I gained on my trip in Tenerife extends far beyond Tenerife in particular, as it will inform the way I think about all islands in the future.

My favorite part of each day was exploring the island with other Government Fellows. My colleagues and I would take advantage of each day after our fellowship and explore popular tourist destinations as well as “off the beaten path” hiking trails.” We even tied our extracurricular adventures into our fellowship. I was able to experience tourist destinations like the beaches, parks, and zoos firsthand. Then, during my fellowship, I spoke with government officials about the importance of those tourist destinations to the island’s economy.

How can this program be improved?

I wish I could have stayed longer, as my program was only one week.

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