Alumni Spotlight: Amy Borum

What originally inspired to join the Adelante Abroad in Barcelona?

Amy: I had always had a desire throughout college to travel/study/learn abroad and an internship seemed like a perfect way to gain real world experience, refine my Spanish-speaking skills, and learn more about a different culture. I chose Barcelona because of its proximity to the beach, lively culture, and interesting and unique architecture.

Amy in Tarragona, Spain, just south of Barcelona

Describe your day to day activities as an intern in Barcelona.

Amy: I taught English to students in an after school setting in a small town 45 minutes outside of Barcelona by train. The students ranged from age 5 to age 19 (although I did tutor a woman in her mid-40's as well). I worked in the afternoons and rotated through different age group classrooms daily. It was such a unique and amazing learning experience! I definitely honed my adaptation skills and further refined my Spanish-speaking skills more than I expected through teaching English.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Amy: I gained a tremendous amount of self-knowledge while interning abroad with Adelante, as I was forced to adapt to a new culture, new environment, new language, and new job skills. This setting really helped me grow as a person, and allowed me to really understand and adapt in an situation in both a personal and professional setting. My Spanish-speaking skills certainly helped in my career as well. It was an amazing experience and I am so glad to have made it happen - I would definitely recommend it to anyone!