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Linguistic Horizons LLC

Why choose Linguistic Horizons LLC?

Linguistic Horizons promotes language and cultural immersion through unique study abroad and customized internship programs. We provide authentic "off the beaten path" experiences. Choosing a less touristy destination provides a more authentic and immersive experience. Programs are available for all majors in a variety of destinations.

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Evan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer program ever!

I had a blast this summer thanks to Linguistic Horizons! A Coruña is a beautiful and safe beach city with delicious food and nice people. Nicole set up an interesting internship, a fantastic spanish class with only one other student which meant very hands-on teaching, and great social activities. I still stay in contact with the people I met at the language exchange event set up through linguistic horizons. I couldn’t have had a better time, thanks again nicole! I will also note that public transportation is easy to navigate and cheap.

Pros
  • Great location
  • Good spanish teachers
  • Great housing
Cons
  • Its a little rainy sometimes
  • Hard to go outside the city (though theres no real reason to)
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Ksina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Pre-Vet Internship and Spanish Course as a Native Spanish Speaker

I chose this program due to reading a positive review! So, here is my honest review!! I HIGHLY recommend Linguistic Horizons for your study abroad experience here is why...

This summer I participated in a pre-vet internship with A Chico Centro Quirúrgico, a Veterinary Clinic in La Coruña, organized by Linguistic Horizons. It was an incredible learning experience that allowed me to gain valuable insights into the field of veterinary medicine and improve my Spanish language skills.

This was my first time traveling abroad and arriving somewhere not knowing anyone. I made so many new friends, quickly learned how to get around the city, and felt safe the whole time. Nicole is so friendly and sweet and definitely helped the whole experience go smoothly. She has organized an incredible program that even when she had an emergency and had to leave the country, the program continued to flow smoothly! I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in a study abroad opportunity. My host family was so sweet and hospitable. They became my family and support system while abroad and were attentive to anything I needed!

I wasn't sure if the Spanish course would be challenging, but it was the first time I'd taken a Spanish course that taught me something new in almost every class. The conversational style of the course was so valuable, that I genuinely looked forward to my Spanish classes as well as our field trips. This was the first time I ever did a presentation in Spanish too, which was really exciting!

During my internship, I had the chance to observe various aspects of veterinary practice, including diagnosis, laboratory work, ultrasounds, surgical preparation, and more. These experiences were not typically a part of my job back home, making the internship even more valuable. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of involvement I had during my internship. I learned how to intubate, assisted with a dental cleaning, and even had the opportunity to assist in the operating room for surgery. This hands-on experience allowed me to apply my knowledge and skills in a real-world setting. Thanks to my personal passion and go-getter personality, I was able to get the most out of this experience.

This internship not only deepened my passion for veterinary medicine but also instilled in me the importance of being able to confidently and accurately practice medicine in Spanish. As I continue to learn more about veterinary medicine, I am committed to also learning it in Spanish, thanks to the invaluable experience provided by Linguistic Horizons.

I am unbelievably grateful to Linguistic Horizons for organizing such a wonderful program. I hope to have another similar experience in the future, and I highly recommend Linguistic Horizons to anyone seeking a unique and enriching study abroad opportunity.

Pros
  • Safe and small city
  • Beautiful beaches but also a city with a rich history
  • Kind, honest, and friendly staff and teachers
Cons
  • Windy and sometimes cold (70's)
  • Slight challenge eating out if you are vegetarian/vegan but there definitely are options and you can always cook at home.
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Evan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Program Ever!!!

I had such a blast this summer in A Coruña thanks to Linguistic Horizons! They provided safe and comfortable housing right in the heart of the city with a lovely host family, an amazing internship opportunity with a local business, and fantastic spanish classes! Not only do i feel that my spanish improved immensely, but i was able to grow as a person and experience a world of opportunities i wouldn’t have ever known about if it wasn’t for Nicole. She was so helpful with any question or concern<3

Pros
  • Beautiful City by the beach
  • Full immersion with very few english speakers
  • Great support network
Cons
  • May be out of some people’s price range
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Holle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

After Graduation Adventure

In college I did a semester-long study abroad in Europe through the University of California system and got a taste for solo travel. After graduation I was happy to be eligible to do an internship in Peru through Linguistic Horizons (Summer 2016). I went for 2 or 3 weeks and had a great time meeting other program participants and exploring Urubamba and other parts of the Sacred Valley.
Within the few weeks I was there, we had a range of experiences from being tourist hikers at Machu Pichu and Rainbow Mountain to attending a festival in a remote village. As part of my photography internship I got to travel to a variety of other locations each day to film for a project on the water systems of the valley.
What I witnessed of life in Peru is so different from what I am used to in my own life; so much simpler but so rich. There are reminders of pre-Columbian civilization throughout the valley and even communities of people who still speak the local indigenous language, Quechua.
I chose not to take Spanish classes as I already had several years background of Spanish classes but I probably would have enjoyed the experience just as much even if I didn't know any Spanish.
I remember this experience fondly and would like to visit Peru again someday to share the wonder that I felt there with my family.

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Saskia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable

I loved my time with Linguistic Horizons. Nicole Berry was a wonderful host, looking after all our needs. I split my time filmmaking with Carlos Garavito and the Kai Residence - just a few villages away - on weekdays, and then exploring the sacred valley on weekends. Nicole was amazing at organising our trips - we saw salt mines (Salineras de Maras), did various hikes to visit the remnants of ancient Inca citadels, stayed in Cuzco and had an incredible day trip to Machu Picchu. Staying in Urubamba town is also a wonderful way to fully immerse yourself in Peruvian culture. There’s lots to see, delicious food and you can get a colectivo bus to visit nearby villages as well. I was very lucky to be able to film with Carlos Garavito at the Kai Residency too. He was adventurous and supportive and had great access to the vibrant local community. We ended up making film about the Festival de la del Carmen in Arin, something that’s never been filmed before! We spent time filming the dances, following the processions and then celebrating at the households of the locals. The hospitality was astounding - I’ve never been offered so much food and Chicha! Peru is a beautiful country, with breathtaking views and a rich cultural history. Its myths and legends, so tied to its magnificent landscape, are seductive. I really fell in love with it. Couldn’t recommend Linguistic Horizons more. It gave me exactly what I needed when I went.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I had previously participated in a semester-long homestay program through my university, and I was interested in participating in a similar experience again. However, I couldn't spend another semester away, so I decided to look into summer programs. Linguistic Horizons was the first program that I found, and any other program I found afterward paled in comparison. There wasn't much money that I would be paying that seemed excessive.

Nicole promised to find housing with speakers of Spanish, find an accredited internship in a Spanish-speaking environment, as well as a conversation course. I was definitely skeptical at first to pay someone to find an internship for me, but in the end, it definitely was worth it; I had to put little to no legwork into finding and applying to a ton of internships like one normally would have to do, a process exacerbated by not being in the country itself and by being in a foreign language.

Nicole was extremely receptive and communicative during every step of the process.

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

Nicole found housing, an internship, and classes. She provided information about flights, but I found my own transportation to and from Coruna (I was already in Spain before the program). She also provides insurance during the month, and she can arrange to extend the insurance if you are staying beyond the program. There was no food program, but that was not a problem because all living arrangements come with shared kitchens. I decided to cook most days, but I know others who went out to eat often (something easier and cheaper to do in Spain than in, say, the USA).

Nicole also provides 2 or 3 out-of-city experiences. When I was there, she had trips to Porto, Las Islas Cies, Santiago, Madrid, and Barcelona. There was also a day where she took us to a beach near A Coruna where you could sign up for surfing classes or hang out on the beach.

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

Try to stay away from the English speakers, try to immerse yourself more with the Spanish speakers, if you're going there to learn Spanish. Although it's difficult because many hours are spent in the classroom weekly, and it's instinct to want to stick with people you already know, I really encourage you to step out of that comfort zone and interact with native speakers. This might mean going out to get a drink with your housemates, going to a bar by yourself and talking to anyone you can (making sure that at least someone knows where you're gonna be! be safe about it), or leaving the city on weekends to get a $20 Airbnb a bus ride or train ride away.

There are also car sharing apps like BlaBlaCar, allowing you to get a car ride from usually a native Spanish speaker to a nearby city. I've seen rides going from the west coast to the east coast for about $20 (much cheaper than a train or bus, and much more comfortable!).

Talk to native speakers and take advantage of the freedom you have. Find cheap ways to travel around the country and meet new people -- they are there, you just have to look a little.

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

During the week, I had my internship from about 9 am to 3 pm. I would go home, cook something for dinner, and then head to class. After class, I would spend some time on the beach, walk around, or find cute stores to visit.

During my free time, I would look into places that I could visit on the weekend, Airbnbs to stay at, and things to do near those Airbnbs. On Sunday, nearly everything everywhere is closed, so I would usually do my food shopping on Friday if I was traveling somewhere for the weekend, or Saturday.

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

Initially, I was nervous that I would stay in my room all day and never go out. But Nicole provided enough activities, in the beginning, to really acclimate everyone to the city, and she provided us with ideas on what to do. Having the internship and classes start immediately also got me out of the house pretty often.

Keeping up the inertia allowed me to look up places to go during the weekends and actually go to those places as planned. Everything in Spain is new to a new traveler, so everything is interesting to see. And in Spain, everything is so old -- there's a ton of history and all of it's beautiful.

What was the most memorable experience on your trip?

During the first week, my friends from home had stayed with me in A Coruna. We walked across the entire coast of the beach and found caves, cliffs, walkways along the cliff faces. We spent the whole day walking across the coast and didn't get bored, and it was one of my favorite days in Coruna.

Take advantage of the beach days; in Coruna, the weather is unpredictable.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Erika Quintana Barreto

Job Title
Peru Coordinator
Erika is originally from Lima, Peru. She has experience in educational project management. She has also managed, developed and worked in publicity for social, cultural and artistic activities for children, youth and adults. Previously, Erika was an Advertising Executive Producer with 14 years of experience in advertising agencies. Since 2018, she has assisted with coordinating the Linguistic Horizons Latin America programs.
Erika Quintana Barreto

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my most memorable travel experiences was when I went to Australia. I enjoyed simply exploring and getting lost in the streets of Sydney! Sydney is so big and different from my city! In general, I love remembering the times I've gone to new places and allowed myself to get lost and discover new and different things.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since I started working with Linguistic Horizons, I have had the opportunity to meet a variety of new people from different countries. Meeting new people from different cultures is always enriching. When the people I meet are also excited to learn more about my culture, it becomes an even more enriching opportunity for mutual growth through intercultural exchange.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

At this moment, I don't have a specific story to tell. Nonetheless, I can say that I am very happy every time I hear something about the experience of each of the participants. The students often leave us feedback either through reviews or notes they've written to us directly. These anecdotes are fulfilling for me.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Since I already know everything about our programs here in Peru, I would choose one of the programs in Spain. I have not yet been to Spain, so for me, it would be an opportunity to experience a new country and a different culture. I think the summer program in Spain would be an interesting one to attend!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think that what makes Linguistic Horizons special as an organization is a detailed preparation and responsible development of each program activity. We believe that these experiences should be personalized, taking into account at all times the needs and interests of each of the participants. This way, each person has a unique and customized experience to remember when they return home.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

There are many factors that go into being a successful company. Perhaps one of the most important is the proper preparation of personalized programs. Additionally, the cohesion between the different people responsible for the development of the activities is crucial. And also, internally speaking, a good team that is friends rather than just coworkers is very important.

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