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COVID-19 Program Updates

Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, Adelante Abroad has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

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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

We’ve updated our refund & cancellation policy to allow for flexible booking due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 we are suspending all April to June programming. July programs are on a case by case basis. August and Fall 2020 programs are on schedule. We are extending our deadlines for all other programs, in case April, May, or Summer applicant chooses to defer. We are offering ongoing flexibility with program payment deadline extensions.
Founded
1999
Headquarters

101 Main Street, Suite B
Seal Beach, CA 90740
United States

Reviews

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Kyla
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved Spain! Adelante made it affordable and easy to study abroad, they were very accommodating and helpful. Great experience even with covid cutting it short!! If you can study abroad do it!! And if you want a cheap program that still delivers a good experience, go with adelante. I can't wait to go back and visit spain as soon as possible. I had so many adventures and made friends and memories I will never forget....

Great time, great food, great music, beautiful city, good classes, lots of helpful people.. My Spanish is so much better!!!

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Marianne
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The teachers I had in the first 2 weeks were great and shared useful tips on local hot spots. I found this to be an invaluable introduction to my time in Oaxaca and a great way to meet new people.

Equally my internship at a printing studio was fabulous and I feel it greatly contributed towards my competence in Spanish.
The housing with Irma, Octavio and Leti the cleaner was one of my favourite things about my experience as they made me feel so welcome and really helped me settle in with ease.

Oaxaca is a beautiful place, just the right size to explore and close to many other must see locations. I would love to go back!

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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was a great experience for me. Adelante made things fairly straightforward when it came to applying to the program and getting set up with an internship in Madrid. The staff at Eureka Academia de Español was also wonderful and helped a lot in my time abroad. I thought the language classes there were extremely helpful. There was a learning curve with the internship, both for me and my employer, because they had never had an intern before. So, it took a few weeks to really figure out my role in the company. But, in about a month, I really felt like I was fitting in at Amapola Biocosmetics and was contributing to the company. My Spanish improved a ton in the 5 months I was there. I loved that there was always something to do in Madrid. There was always a new museum, bar, restaurant, cafe, club, or street to see. I met good friends in and out of the program. I loved my little apartment, which was right in the center of the city, so it made it easy to get everywhere. And I was able to travel around Spain as well on the weekends. I even made it to Morocco one weekend! A wonderful opportunity, and one that I will not forget anytime soon. I was lucky that I was able to complete my program before Coronavirus shut everything down!

What would you improve about this program?
I only had one issue with this program right at the beginning. It took a long time to find out where my internship would be. Finally, Adelante gave me the name of the company I would be with; however, the company had not actually confirmed if I would be able to intern there. Then, because it turned out the company had moved, I was placed with a different company. I realize this was out of the control of Adelante, but I do wish I had been kept more informed all the way through the process and been told why it was taking so long to place me. In the end, it worked out great, but in the week leading up to leaving, I was left feeling nervous that I wouldn't be placed!
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Heidi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The months leading up to my high school graduation were very difficult because I felt like I couldn't really decide where I wanted to go to school. I had always thought about taking a gap year and traveling. But the question was, how I could find a company that could fit my needs. I felt as though Adelante was a very fitting program for me. I was able to do an internship at a hospital. This gave me time to learn more about the medical field, learn Spanish, and get real world experience. Being interactive with patients and being able to enjoy being at work. I was able to learn more about nursing and be apart of the practice before diving straight into college after high school. Not only is there amazing internship opportunity but all aspects of the program. They set you up with housing. I was housed with a host mom and I highly recommend this to other people who are thinking about housing options. It gives you an insight on Spanish culture, you have to constantly speak Spanish(which only makes you better), someone who is there for you and can help you when you are lost about something. They are experts of Spain and are there to help you. It gave me a sense of security. Another amazing aspect is the first 2 weeks you are there, you go into a language school which helps you get a refresher of Spanish and will help you to be more confident in the Country you are in. The school also is an amazing opportunity to meet friends from all over the place. It was easy for me to make friends and spend time and study with some of these individuals. The culture and beauty of Sevilla is spectacular and definitely something that is worth experiencing. Meeting friends for tapas/dining around, walking throughout the beautiful city and the tiny streets, warm weather pretty much all year, and the welcoming environment. If someone asked me about studying/interning abroad in Sevilla, Spain... I would absolutely recommend it. I have recently just left Sevilla and I cant wait to go back and plan on visiting many times in my life. Sorry this post is long, but hopefully it helps you make a decision.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace the culture and the language and you will begin to realize how amazing the life is there. Also be open minded about every situation including meeting people, trying foods, going to events, trying things that make you uncomfortable.
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Madhu
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adelante provided me with the resources to grow both personally and learn more about my field in a different country. Adelante staff prior to departure were quite helpful and answered all my questions as best as possible. Unfortunately, they only gave me information about my internship about two weeks prior to leaving and I would have preferred if they had more information earlier on to ease my mind. However, throughout my time in Spain, the staff in the US regularly checked in with me via email and sent me resources to better my transition. The two week course at Eureka was great and very laid-back; the teachers are fun and helpful and all of them actually want to teach, so it is a great way to review your Spanish before working. As a pharmacy student, I was given a position at one of the many farmacias in Spain and helped patients find the best medication for their illness, rang out patients, processed orders, and completed paperwork for the pharmacy. While the work got repetitive, I still learned a lot (especially about the Spanish healthcare system) because my coworkers were kind, interested in helping me improve and learn as a student, and explained anything I did not understand. I would suggest this program for those who are at least at a low intermediate level of Spanish because I was spoken to only in Spanish at my position and I know many positions at Adelante that are very similar. While there were no issues to report at my job, I would have felt comfortable reaching out to any of the Adelante staff if I did have any problems because they made it clear that they were there to help me. Adelante does a great job with housing because of its location in the center of Madrid and because they find a solution to problems or maintenance issues relatively quickly, especially if you physically speak to Angel who is the director of the Eureka language school.

What would you improve about this program?
I do wish the program was more hands-on about helping Adelante students living in the same city meet each other. While I did make many friends in Madrid mostly because I went out of my way to do so or got lucky with some of my roommates, I know that there were other Adelante students living in the city who I didn't have a chance to meet because we weren't in the same language class or apartment. I would suggest Adelante to maybe host an orientation upon arrival, a monthly potluck, or a monthly dinner to help foster friendships.

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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.

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.

Job Title
Adelante Co-Director of Programs

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.