Andégo Internships Abroad

Andego Internships Abroad

Why choose Andego Internships Abroad?

Share your culture and knowledge as a Gap-Year English Teaching Assistant or on a short-stay language homestay with Andégo Internships Abroad! All of our programs provide full room & board and a local host family to experience linguistic and cultural immersion. We know that intercultural connections and immersive experiences are the key to more fulfilling and unforgettable visits abroad. Don't choose between exploration and professional growth, have both with Andégo Internships Abroad!



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Yes, I recommend this program

The decision to intern abroad with the Andégo was the best I’ve made!

The decision to intern abroad with the Andégo Program was the best one I’ve made yet. To say that I am heartbroken that there was an expiration date would be a gross understatement. This program opened up so many doors for not just myself but my fellow friends from the program. We got the opportunity to build relationships with our students and our co-workers, as well as the host-families we were placed with. Also, having the opportunity to explore other countries was an added SUPER bonus. I can’t speak for all the other Andégoites in this aspect as I don’t 100% know their experience, but I got to travel with the 2 other interns in my region to 3 different countries, as well as numerous parts of Paris in exploration and food searches, and that was amazing in itself. To have other you can relate to and share adventures with was gratifying. These are connections and relationships I know I will have for life.
But of course, it wasn’t all roses and daisies. In the first couple months I questioned my choices and wondered often if I’d made a mistake, and there were plenty of days during the year when I just felt out of sync with everything, my family, my co-workers and just my surroundings in general. And though the check-ins with Andégo and my family helped, I feel like it was a learning experience that needed to happen on my own, in order to understand that sometimes it’s just life, and not everything will be as perfect as we expect it to be. So I would say to someone that is considering this program, it’s okay okay to ask as many questions as you want and be as cautious as you need to be a well, also, try not to put too many ‘what if’s’ I to your thoughts. Don’t even expect it to be the most perfect experience of your life, either. Just go with the flow, because there will for sure be days you don’t expect to overcome, and things you didn’t think you’d need to deal with. But those days will be few and far between, and with them you gain a little more knowledge of yourself and the world around you, with a little French cherry on top! xp

  • • Meeting new people
  • • Host family opportunity
  • •Not extremely expensive
  • • Communication between school/host families could be a little better
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Throughout this year I learned so much about myself, this program changed my life!

During the 11 months that I spent participating in this internship, I visited 6 countries, learned how to take on the role of a teacher, made lifelong friends, made professional connections, learned how to be a good roommate, how to balance social life with work, and learned who I want to be. While there are many challenges that come with living abroad, it is also an invaluable experience that I encourage everyone to take part in at some point in their lives. While I was initially nervous to make such a big life change directly out of high school, I quickly adapted to the French culture and lifestyle in order to immerse myself as best as I could.
Traveling was something I found easy to plan throughout the year as I could simply take a train 20 minutes away from where I lived, and there was a new place to discover. Being open-minded is very important when taking part in an experience like this in order to really explore a new place. I really enjoyed solo traveling for the first time but I also think it was great to find friends to travel with who were interested in similar experiences. Finding a good group of people is key to making an abroad experience work.
My colleagues were incredibly helpful and welcomed me to their school. They helped me throughout the year both in and out of school settings. I still communicate with many of the teachers I worked with even after being back in the US. Teaching was something that didn’t necessarily come easy to me when I first started. I did a lot of lesson planning and tried to figure out how to cater towards different age groups. By the end of this program I realized that the “fake it ‘til you make it” mentality really worked for me. Faking the confidence I didn’t have in front of a group of 30 plus students led to developing real confidence in my lessons by the end of the first few months. I found that as long as my students were having fun, asking questions, and learning at least one new thing each day, I felt that I was doing my job well. Collaborating with other interns and teachers was something I also found to be useful.
I think the biggest thing that I took out of this year was learning more about myself and what I want to do with my future. Before I left for France, I had no idea where I wanted to go next or what I was going to study. While in the end, I did realize that I don’t want to be a teacher, it was still great to participate in this program. The most valuable things I learned were how to become independent and how to adapt and be open to change. This program changed my life!

  • I would do it all over again the same way if I had the get to immerse yourself in a new culture, as well as become a part of the culture
  • You meet new people and make valuable connections, while learning how to take on a new role
  • If you know you want to become a teacher this is the perfect program as you will learn so much about the role early on
  • Being far from from family and friends can be very difficult and culture shock can be difficult to adjust to at first, but I think this is part of the process of moving to a new country
  • the role of an intern was not clearly defined for the school I worked at and I would say I did a lot more from the beginning than the role of a typical assistant
  • It was difficult at some points in the year to be teaching my own class and creating my own curriculum, but Andego staff was incredibly helpful throughout the entire year with any issues.
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Part of me is French now

The Andego program offered me something I never would have thought would ever happen to me in my life. I never would have thought I would be going abroad. I am so happy and grateful that I was given the opportunity to go to France because now I have Friends all over Europe. I now have a family to go back to in France. I made life long friends who I can now call family. Also now I speak French! My French is now so good that French people think I am French! Teaching was so much fun as well! My most valuable memory would have to be when my students began to speak English while I spoke French to them. Overall a very great experience and I would do it again! Merci Andego.

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A year I will never regret and I feel has changed me forever

It’s hard to imagine that this time last year I was beginning my gap year journey and now I am writing about it in hindsight! This past year has been fun, exciting, scary, hard, sometimes lonely but at the same time filled with so much love. I couldn’t have anticipated all the places this year would have taken me. Honestly, going into it I thought teaching English would be a breeze…how hard could it be, right? There were definitely many challenges that came with teaching that I had to take on as I went along, but so many rewarding moments. I loved all of my students and I couldn’t have asked for a better group. But standing in front of a bunch of teenagers waiting for you to teach them something was incredibly daunting at first and I doubted my ability to even do so. Then slowly, day after day, week after week, and after every funny, silly and endearing conversation with my students, what seemed impossible became second nature. On top of that, I was fortunate enough to make a group of amazing friends who I will never ever forget. There is something so special about the friendships you build during these types of experiences. We’re all so far away from home and in a weird and exciting place in our lives so they quickly become like your family. We travel together, experience things for the first time together, eat, laugh and cry together and make beautiful memories. This experience is something I will never regret and I feel has changed me forever. I learned new things about myself and did things that I never thought I would or even could do, that I will now carry with me into the future. I can’t wait to tell these stories to my family and friends in years to come.

  • You don’t have to worry about finding accommodation
  • You have reliable people you know to call up or text if you need anything
  • You don’t have a lot of choice over what school you are placed in
  • You’re not a teaching assistant but a teacher in many aspects
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Teaching English in Annecy

I met many amazing people and was able to learn a lot about the French culture. One thing that I learned that made my experience more unique was how important protests were to the French citizens. I was able to participate in a lot of demonstrations for things I believed in and was able to travel around France to partake in them with my friends. We went to Lyon for a few protests and also hiked in the mountains to bring awareness to problems with climate change there. I was even able to play my trumpet there for people and they danced and everyone had a lot of fun.
This experience was incredibly valuable to me in terms of personal development and growth. I became a lot more independent and am more outgoing and confident now. I am comfortable exploring on my own and love meeting new people and experiencing new things. I could tell that this trip changed me when I got back and one of my friends immediately said that I seemed more mature. When traveling on your own and living in a foreign country, I would say it definitely makes you more mature. I am very grateful to have had this gap year and I learned so much from it.

  • learning more about the French culture
  • becoming a better French speaker
  • growing a lot as a person
  • It was hard at times to find people my age to connect with
  • sometimes the school days would be very long.


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Alumni Interviews

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

Emma Kahl

Emma is currently a Sophomore at the University of Oregon where she is studying journalism. She spent a year abroad participating in the Andego Abroad English Teaching Internship at a middle and high school in France.
Emma Kahl


Why did you choose this program?

At the end of my senior year of high school, I had no idea what college I wanted to be at or what I wanted to study. I felt really lost in what to do next until I started researching gap year opportunities. I chose the Andego program because they gave detailed program information that looked really appealing to me. I already had experience in studying French, and I had worked in schools for over three years, so I felt that I would fit well into the position they were offering. Reading through the Andego Abroad webpage made me really excited to apply for the opportunity, and after that, everything just kind of fell into place.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Before the program began, Andego provided the assistants with pre-departure checklists, meetings, packing lists, and lots of communication and support. The main thing I was tasked with was booking my own trip to France, but once there, everything was set up for me. This included train tickets to meet up with the group, room, board, and meals during in-person orientation, and the rest of my connections to the school I was working with.

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

I think the best piece of advice I could give is to always say yes during your abroad experience. If a coworker invites you over for dinner or someone asks you to go to an event, try to always do it. Pushing yourself to do new things can be so important, especially when you're in a new country. You will end up meeting new people and creating new memories. Some things may not appeal to you, or sound fun, but can end up being really impactful. Of course not everything will end up being fun, but you'll end up with a lot of new stories.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Typically I was teaching about 2-3 classes a day between the two schools I was working at. I would start my morning off by going through my lesson plans for the day and then walking to whichever school I was working at. Typically, I would spend time in the teacher's lounge to catch up with the English department and other coworkers. My classes usually went for about 45 to 90 minutes. Whenever I was done for the day, I would meet up with my roommates at our local cafe, and end the evening by finishing up other lesson plans for the week. Typically every week I tried to have some kind of plans for the weekend, whether that be traveling somewhere new or meeting up with interns from other cities. In my free time, I was tutoring, reading, journaling, and trip-planning.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was being far from family and friends for so long. Initially, it was pretty tough but this fear was also balanced out with the excitement of the start of the abroad experience. I found that once you get a hang of the time difference, I had no trouble frequently communicating with people back home. I also think that finding people who are going through a similar experience was a good way to get through this.

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