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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

Founded
1999

Reviews

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Michelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to advance their spoken Spanish and who loves the outdoors to come to Uruguay! There is a lot to see and do! I had many adventures off-the-beaten-path here which is ideal with the current COVID climate. During my two-month stay, I never got bored. There was always something to do and see. Many cities and towns are 1-2 hours away (or less!) with their own distinct characteristics and uniqueness. I left feeling a lot of love for Uruguay. I plan to visit again in the near future to further explore areas and to reunite with friends I made during my trip!

What was your funniest moment?
I had many lost-in-translation moments, too numerous to count! I will provide one short example which was the first one that occurred within the first week of my arrival. I asked a friend to help me get half-and-half from the store for my tea consumption. Half-and-half translates to "medio-y-medio." I found out Uruguayans do not usually use half-and-half but they do have an alcoholic beverage that is unique to Uruguay called medio-y-medio. I did not understand why my friend gave me an alcoholic drink for my tea until my friend realized I was not asking for their local wine beverage but for a pint of half cream half milk! Ha!
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Belinda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Graphic Design Internship through Adelante Abroad aligned with my values and what I was looking for in a first internship experience.This was an important experience for me focusing more on what I am looking for in my career and the workplace itself. I am grateful to have been apart of this program especially outside of the United States (and in Oaxaca, Mexico) to learn about how it is to work outside of my primary comfort zone. This not only helped me find different ways to communicate with others but also how to work with different types of people.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this all over again, the one thing I would change would be of course when I went on this program. I went to Oaxaca for this internship and my internship ended up being remote. I, of course would have wanted this internship to be in person but in actuality the only reason I was able to have this amazing experience is because of the pandemic.
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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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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.