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Adelante Abroad

About

Internship, Volunteer, Semester & Summer Study Abroad Programs define Adelante Abroad's menu of offerings and expertise. Choose to intern overseas in Spain, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, or Scotland. With year round start dates, Adelante is sure to provide a travel program that's right for you!

Our affordable internship abroad programs include airport pick up, 2 (or 3) weeks of intensive Spanish language classes, orientation, an internship in your sector of interest, housing, and 24/7 access to your Program Director Abroad.

Candidates enjoy their own private room in a centrally located shared apartment. We have staff on site full-time. 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 into your new country & home.

For more information, email us at info@adelanteabroad.com or call 562.799.9133

Reviews

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Jennifer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great internship program!

I did a legal internship in Oaxaca for three months with Adelante and it was an incredible experience. I made lifelong friends both from the program and locals. I was extremely happy with my internship placement and the family I lived with. My spanish has definitely improved and it really helped with my university application and I will definitely be returning to Oaxaca!
I learnt so much from my internship which will help me in my career but also had enough freedom to get to know the city and do other activities as well as learn new hobbies and develop other interests.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Chapulines! It was very strange at first and I had not heard of this before coming, but I ended up bringing some home for my family to try.
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Amber
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Social Media and Promotion Internship

I completed Spanish courses and a social media and promotion internship with a Spanish language school in Maldonado, Uruguay right near Punta del Este. I lived in the school residence for 3 months. I loved the neighborhood and being so close to the beach!

The work environment I experienced was very flexible, which is a plus as I mostly made my own hours and worked from the garden of the school. The negative of this was that it sometimes lacked structure and feedback. I do think my language skills improved through writing in Spanish for posts and a newsletter as I was provided with corrections.

I also was able to meet other international travelers learning Spanish and speak with them, which was super interesting. The clientele of the school was mostly middle aged people and not so many university students, so that's something to keep in mind.

Uruguay is a beautiful country with a lot of different places to explore. My favorite weekend trips were to Colonia del Sacramento, a cobblestone street city lined with bright colored buildings, and Cabo Polonio, a secluded beach town with a lot of sea lions. I highly recommend coming to Uruguay!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Asados are a part of Uruguayuan culture, and they're a time for friends and/or family to come together and eat a lot food! There is a parilla or grill that people cook on, typically red meat but people also make fish, chicken, vegetables, etc.

I tried sweetbread and different intestines of a cow at an asado. I can't say it tasted good but I'm glad I tried a bite to be able to say I did!
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E
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fall Semester in Seville

I really enjoyed my time abroad in Seville and especially at UPO! My host mother was wonderful and Seville is a fantastic place to live. Everything is within walking distance or easily accessible by the metro, and it's very safe (even at night). There are a couple of things I wish I had known before coming, though - international students typically don't take classes with Spanish students and are actually on a different semester schedule, so although there is the opportunity for language exchange partners, it was a lot harder to actually be immersed in Spanish than I expected. Additionally, the add/drop dates for classes are very short, only 1-2 days of class, so it's hard to switch Spanish classes if you end up in the wrong level. That being said, all of my professors were wonderful and we also had Fridays off every week, which meant we were able to travel much more easily!

Adelante did give us the wrong semester dates during the summer, which meant I had to switch my flights after coming to Spain, but they did send me a refund for those additional costs. However, they also recommended that students not apply for visas after the semester dates had been extended, which I was uncomfortable with given that we stayed past the 90 days allowed for tourists. I ended up getting a student visa regardless and am glad that I did (and would also recommend future students to do so)! It's also worth noting that a couple of things advertised on Adelante's website or in the orientation packet didn't end up happening, like the first-week meeting with the on-site director.

A couple of other things to note are that the 2 meals provided are usually either breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner, so I would definitely recommend bringing a container or two for lunch and some packable utensils. Meals at the cafeterias are around $5, so although they're decently cheap on occasion, they're less affordable on a daily basis. Seville also does get cold, so I would recommend packing warmer clothes! It stays a lot warmer than most of the US, but because a lot of buildings and home stays don't have much indoor heating, it can still be really cold indoors. Also, everything outdoors is built to channel wind so it stays cool enough during the summer - which is great, but means the fall/winter can be freezing if you're outside!

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Melanie
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Worth the Experience

Studying in Barcelona was an amazing opportunity that I will forever be grateful for. The language school we attended, Kingsbrook, was great and I learned so much in my first two weeks there. Kingsbrook is also a perfect way to meet and make friends from all around the world. I did not have the best luck with my internship, it was pretty far away (close to an hour and a half one way), and I really did not learn anything, especially anything that would be beneficial to my career. Some of that is out of the program's control, but I do wish I was met with more understanding when expressing my concerns. The house we were originally placed in was also not clean, as advertised, but this was quickly taken care of by the staff in Barcelona and we were able to find new living arrangements. The experience is definitely what you make it and it's important to explore, make new friends and go out of your comfort zone. Adelante has great pricing for all that is included and a program that I would recommend, I just wish the communication was better.

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Claire
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exactly what I was looking for

I spent an amazing one month and one week in Barcelona and had the time of my life. While abroad, I studied in a small language school called Kingsbrook Idiomas and met so many different students from all over the world (over 12 different countries to be exact). The school had a variety of students from young to old and we all became fast friends. I took classes twice a day, 5 days a week with the most wonderful teachers and explored the city through different excursions once a week with my class. From beach days to bike tours, we did it all! Being a part of this program has given me the opportunity to improve my Spanish in both an educational setting and in a social one. It was amazing to be able to talk with people from all over the world and know that it is Spanish that has allowed us to connect. I was placed with awesome room-mates and the living space was average but comfortable. Traveling through Adelante was a very pleasant experience; from airport pickup to providing living accommodations and classes. I would recommend taking the leap to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity, and don't forget to soak up every minute because time sure does fly when you're having fun.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Durian

Durian is from Colorado, USA and is majoring in botany. She loves spicy food and traveling to places off the beaten path. She is a photography enthusiast and loves making scrapbooks of her adventures abroad.
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Why did you pick this program?

I picked Adelante Abroad-Volunteer in Mexico originally because I wanted a program to improve my Spanish over the summer. When I found this program, I saw that I could get work experience as well! I picked to volunteer in ecology, since I had always been fascinated by the Earth and plants. I was placed with working on an organic vegetable farm that sold vegetables and herbs to markets and restaurants.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

I would tell them to DO IT!!! Going abroad is, in my opinion, the best way to change your perspective and realize what is really important to you.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would tell them to brush up on their Spanish before they get there, as many people respect that you can speak their language.

What's your favorite story to tell about your time abroad?

My favorite story to tell is when I was on my way to the ranch, and I got stranded in a corn field. I had gotten off the bus at the wrong stop, so I thought I would walk the rest of the way, and ended up getting lost amongst all the corn. I was wandering around trying to ask someone for directions, and I kept getting turned around, when suddenly I saw a little motor taxi weaving through the fields coming right at me. I waved him down and got in - it turns out he was taking another woman to her farm. I was able to get to a place where I could call my supervisor and ask for help.

What was the hardest thing about working in a foreign country?

I would say the hardest thing was translating all the work I did into Spanish. The first few weeks it took me twice as long just to get one thing done, but soon I could finish everything with no sweat! It was also hard at first to find my way around the city, but eventually I knew the streets very well.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Patricia F.

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Adelante Co-Director of Programs
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What is your favorite travel memory?

The first time I went to Switzerland -- I saw so many mountains!. It made me like I was in a place so similar to my own country. I did so many new things during my time there, specifically in terms of sports. I used my German language skills on a regular basis.

A very special part of my trip was a motorcycle tour that I took. I also enjoyed the time I spent in German on this trip, as it's a very familiar country to me due to having many friends who live there, and it always makes me feel at home.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I could write a book about all of the positive and great stories I have heard from past students. One of my favorites is the happiness of a student who so badly wanted to work in a branch of the company he was doing an internship in Ecuador.

When he returned to his home in Hamburg, Germany the company reached out to him and he was offered a good position. He is still working there today and is always so happy that his hard work turned into an opportunity.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

This is a difficult choice, however, I would choose a journalism related program as I would love the opportunity to express my ideas and thoughts.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The flexibility that we have with our candidates makes us unique. As does the personal level in which we interact with our students, interns, and volunteers. Our goal is not to keep growing rapidly, we want to continue to offer these special, customized services and experiences to our students.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the size of our company makes us successful. We have the perfect number of staff members to manage the intern and volunteer candidates that we receive and can provide them with the great service and personalized experience that every participant deserves.