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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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Lizzette
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Internships in Seville

Meeting new friends from all over the US and overseas was a unique experience. Meeting people from Seville was lovely too! The culture, the food, and the beauty of the city are amazing. Having the opportunity to internship abroad is quite an experience, knowing Spanish but learning new words and of course, another pronunciation was fascinating. Adelante abroad in Sevilla answered all of my questions when I had one, they were very helpful and friendly as well. While in Seville, I also had the opportunity to travel around Europe.

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Christian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Law Internship with Adelante

My experience was unique because when I first got to Madrid I was still uncertain about how I felt about a law career. I was scared and unsure about how who I wanted to be as a professional. "Was Law really my calling?" I thought. However, I took everything with a grain of salt and decided to get the best out of my experience regardless. When I first Fernando Fanego, the attorney I was interning, I felt a connection to him. He had an attitude and a mentality that I admired as a businessman and a professional. Working alongside him was impressive, he had so many connections with people all around Madrid and I respected the fact that he took me in as his ward everywhere he went. He introduced me to countless of people and gave me an incredible experience, one that I will never forget.

Pros
  • New Experience
  • Practice New Language
  • Gain experience of life in another country
Cons
  • Missing home
  • Not confident in new language yet
  • Travel to internship
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Amanda
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The real Uruguayan experience

I loved the ability to explore Uruguay on my own terms, which I think is unique to this study abroad program. My internship placement at a law firm was perfect, and I had great exposure to Spanish coming back to the US nearly fluent. The beach was great and I felt safe the whole time.

A complaint worth noting -- the head of Adelante, Kimberly, was hesitant at first to let me do the program solely due to my mental health diagnoses. I have been fully stable for years, so it was extremely demeaning to hear my abilities be questioned based on these conditions (and I think that's illegal too?)

Pros
  • Independence/freedom
  • Internship placement
  • Spanish language exposure
Cons
  • Falsely advertised housing
  • Mental health being questioned while applying for the trip
Response from Adelante Abroad

Amanda, thank you for taking the time to leave this very good review about your three-month Legal internship with us in our Intern in Uruguay program. To your only complaint, our Director of Programs is required to inform our candidates who have mental health diagnoses about the possible pitfalls inherent in international experiential programs. She asked you, due to the results you specified on the Health History Form part of the application, to do some homework and to provide 3 tools, that you can articulate, that you would use abroad when triggered. This is our business model and there is no hesitancy at all, rather it is quite simply a requirement. You are not alone in this requirement: your therapist stated that you were "cleared with conditions" and any and all candidates with this statement from their therapist are required to do the same. We are sure that everything you learned in this program will be valuable to you both personally and professionally, and we wish you the best of luck in all future endeavors! Team Adelante

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Lydia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Opportunity

I did a 4-month program with Adelante at a small software development company in Viña del Mar. Learning new coding languages while still getting used to Chilean Spanish was really hard at first, but everyone in the office was super patient with me. Of course there were some awkward moments where I couldn’t understand what they were asking me or telling me to type, but we all laughed through them together. I now feel confident that I can work in software in any Spanish-speaking country.

The Adelante program coordinator in Viña del Mar, Pamela, is incredibly nice and supportive. About halfway through my internship I felt really stressed with my progress at work, and when I told Pamela she was immediately ready to talk it through with me and adjust my role. That ended up not being necessary since I talked my fears through with a coworker, but nonetheless I felt like Pamela was really in my corner.

Viña del Mar itself felt almost like a perfect city to me. Super walkable, filled with shops and restaurants, right on the ocean, and an overall relaxed way of life. Viña and Valparaiso were great locations for learning about Chilean culture, especially compared to fast-paced Santiago. Everyone I met in Viña was kind and welcoming, from the enthusiastic teachers in my dance classes to the ice cream shop employee who memorized my order. If you’re looking to have an awesome experience abroad, I can’t recommend this program enough.

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Andrew
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing time studying abroad!

During my time studying in Spain, I was able to not only gain relevant work experience in my field, but also connect and make friends with people from all parts of the world, put my Spanish skills to the test and grow as a person. I highly recommend everyone to take the chance and go out of their comfort zone by studying or working abroad. You will learn so many new things not only about yourself, but also about different cultures. I would have to say my favorite part was meeting all these new people who will be my friends for many years to come.

Pros
  • Practice a second language
  • Gain work experience
  • Learn about new cultures
Cons
  • Lower living conditions
  • Sometimes hard to find a job placement in specific fields

Programs

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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.