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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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Khong
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Chile Internship

The internship abroad working for a non-profit organization in Valparaiso, Chile was an incredible experience. The Director, Pamela, was responsive and helpful if you have any questions regarding any concerns while you are abroad, changes to your homestay, and travel suggestions. However, I did not like taking the Spanish courses in Chile, coming in as a graduate Spanish major, because I thought it was not worth my time, for example, learning the greetings and grammar. The professors were great, but I would have changed this if I had the chance to start over and started early with the internship. On the other hand, I liked the part about learning Chilean Spanish, the names of their food, and their culture. I thought it was helpful compared to grammar in Spanish. Overall, I enjoyed my time in Chile. I loved my time there!

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Anastasia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Pretty good

Very lovey experience. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the exact internship I asked for (legal). However, I still enjoyed my internship (charity office work). I met quite a lot of new people and had a lot of fun with them. I was really worried before arriving there, but I found a page on Facebook which connected everyone on the Adelante programme. The staff in Madrid were super friendly and helpful. However, in the housing no one had air conditioning, just fans - horrible during the heatwave

Pros
  • Confidence builder
  • Skills learning
  • New friendships
Cons
  • Not the best housing ever, but it was ok
  • May not get the exact internship you ask for - not even plan B or C
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Leyton
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Month in Scotland!

I had an amazing experience in Scotland on the equine program. The anatomy & physiology course was very informative, although much of the non-horse specific content was a review from previous courses. Although initially preparing for the assessment was slightly stressful, the assessment itself was fair and Louise and Rowan well-prepared us for the assessment. Both of the instructors for the course were amazing and I couldn't speak higher praises of them! The fitness course was all new material for me but Jen and Gillian presented the information and provided feedback in a manner that helped us to grow and understand the new field! They were both amazing instructors and helped us to correct our fitness plans and complete our workbook assessment without too much of an overload of new content at once. I loved living in the Scottish countryside with ample hiking opportunities and great food (although there are a lot of chips). The accommodations were private with private bathrooms which was very nice but we still had community areas available to utilize. The temperature was warmer than I expected with an average of 60s Fahrenheit. I wish I had brought more warmer weather clothing than I did. There is no central air in the flats, but I didn't mind the temperature at all. As someone with limited riding experience, I was worried for the riding portion but Sam was always very supportive of everyone and tailored the lessons to your skill level and comfort! During my free weekends, I visited Inverness and the Isle of Skye and Northern Ireland and I highly recommend both locations! One point to note is that the Oatridge campus is in rural West Lothian and it takes approximately an hour to 90 minutes by bus to get to Edinburgh depending on the wait time. We did spend a lot time waiting on buses and taxis which showed up sporadically sometimes rather early or late. The X18 bus into Edinburgh from Uphall was particularly bad at showing up on time. Although I was able to plan my time, I do wish that the full itinerary had been released earlier to allow for more planning and cheaper prices as much of the accommodation and many tours were booked out by the time we had the schedule. Overall, I had a great experience and everyone I met from the faculty and staff to my new friends here have been great, kind, and supportive! I highly recommend this study abroad to Scotland!

Pros
  • Amazing Staff and Courses
  • Great Horse and Riding Experiences
  • Beautiful Locale and Unique Experiences
Cons
  • Location Rather Far and Hard to Access
  • Public Transportation Not Quite Reliable
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Kendra
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Time of your life

I loved the staff at SRUC!! The professors were warm and welcoming and they did a great job at making sure we had a healthy balance between school and fun. This program has a fun aspect of allowing you to choice what you want to do, which i really liked. If there is a tour or a city you want to go to you have the freedom to do so! I really liked the independence. super friendly staff, sadly felt like they tried to cover too many topics in such a short time. Which is a shame since i felt like i had more whistle stop tours on a topic then indepth education.

Pros
  • independence to do more or less
  • FANTASTIC FRIENDLY PROFESSORS
  • fun field trips
Cons
  • a lot of whistle stop tours on the material
  • to many topics, not in depth enough
  • Adelante not good customer support, bad communication skills.
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Shelby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

I recommend this program to anyone interested! I had no horse experience prior to this trip and felt extremely at ease throughout the program with what we were learning and doing. The staff of the campus was amazing. The teachers were phenomenal instructors that showed that they cared about their students. The trainers were so patient and accommodating to the differing levels of experience within the group. Some things that I wish I had known prior to this trip:
-Campus is relatively far from the city. If you use public transportation, it takes around an hour to get there. You can either take 2 buses or you can take 1 bus, walk 20 minutes to Uphall train station and then take a train to the city. Taxis are also an option but can be slightly expensive at times.
-Pack a VARIETY of clothes--light jacket, warm jacket, lightweight pants, jeans, shorts (for good days), TONS of layering clothes! The weather is unpredictable.
-BRING SUNSCREEN and wear it

Pros
  • Gaining experience with equine and the equine industry abroad
  • Immersive to the culture of Scotland--gives you lots of exposure
  • So many opportunities to explore on your own
Cons
  • Far from city
  • Transportation to city could be a problem at times
  • Very fast-paced, although had manageable expectations

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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.