Linguistic Horizons

Linguistic Horizons

About

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.

Winter Break in Peru!

We are still accepting applications for our Winter Break in Peru programs! Choose from an Internship in your field or our Nutrition and Natural Medicine program!
Founded
2013
Headquarters

340 S Lemon Ave.
#3533
Walnut, CA 91789
United States

Reviews

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Brenda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I couldn't have asked for a more unexpectantly unique opportunity. Nicole and Soraida from Linguistic Horizons were able to find me an internship in psychology that would be very difficult to obtain on my own. Internships in healthcare are very complicated to obtain, as most are only open to students who already have more than a bachelor's degree. Nicole and Soraida arranged for me an internship within a physiotherapy clinic where they allowed me to construct my own psychology interventions under the supervision of the physiotherapists and occupational therapists from the clinic. Though difficult at first, I learned so much and it helped me gain more trust in my knowledge. In addition, this internship helped me decide to pursue a master's in psychology, something I was still not sure whether I wanted to do. Linguistic Horizons also helped me find a very comfortable and accessible place to live and arranged literally everything for me so that my move abroad was as smooth as possible. I had an amazing and super unique experience, and it was all thanks to the incredible help and support from the staff of Linguistic Horizons. My internship placement was in A Coruña, Spain which was also a very unique place to be and best of all, it was not a typical touristic place, so it is a full Spanish language and culture immersion. The city is cozy and has beautiful landscapes with amazing views to the Atlantic Ocean.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Ask all the questions. Don't assume it can't be done.
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Cecilia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved my experience in Spain. I made some great friends that helped me figure out how to live independently, and gave me some great life advice. Being the youngest one of the group, I was afraid at first, but after meeting everyone and finding my way around the city, I felt very comfortable with everything. I loved my Spanish classes as well, they were fun and interesting, as well as helped me grow my language skills. When I became familiar with the city and the people around me, I came out of my shell and am definitely a different person than I was when I left, which is absolutely a good thing.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Believe it or not, going through TSA in America. I was entirely separated from my parents and anyone I knew for the first time. I was scared but I needed to show myself that I could do it, so I did.
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Sincere
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Not only was the director and founder, Nicole Berry, great help with finding my perfect internship but she was a kind-hearted, genuine, and caring person. Linguistic Horizons helped me understand what I want to do in life; which is being an ESL teacher in different countries. The two weeks I spent in Peru with that company were two weeks that I will always remember. The bonds I made were as life-changing as the program itself. If had the means to do it all over again I would. I could talk for years and years about those two weeks. I will never again experience something so soul-cleansing and professionally beneficial as Linguistic Horizons.

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Robert
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Really great opportunity to learn Spanish in a professional setting. I gave a general idea of what kind of internship I was looking for, and Nicole got back to me with a few ideas. I liked the Emilia Pardo Bazan museum, and I got to intern there for a month. The staff were extremely welcoming and helped me grow as a Spanish learner and an employee. Communication was extremely clear from beginning to end. Along with the internship, there was a Spanish conversation course that was useful to practice Spanish in a less professional and less stressful environment. It was great that both the internship and the course counted for college credit and accredited by the University of A Coruna.
The city is wonderful. There is a great beach that is always full of people in the summer. There are great landmarks to visit. The city center is beautiful, and Nicole personally guided us through the city on numerous occasions to see churches and landmarks.
Nicole also set up housing for us, and was more than willing to accomodate any issues or concerns. She chose locations that were close to our internships, making it easy to walk over. She also sets up trips to other parts of Spain for weekends, as well as other day trips to places outside of Coruna like Santiago and a beach farther away for surfing.
A really wonderful and unique program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Speak Spanish. Make friends with whoever you can, especially your housemates. Don't be afraid to adventure out on your own. Nicole has great suggestions for places to go, and she's always willing to talk.
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Nathalie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No matter where you would like to intern at or visit, contact Nicole! What I loved most about my experience overseas was the internship opportunity Nicole was able to find and organize for me. I wanted a place that was rich in culture, participate and immerse myself with the locals, try new foods, improve my Spanish, and gain experience in a work environment that catered to my education. La Coruña was all that and much more! The places we visited were so gorgeous, the other people in my group were just as involved, class was very helpful since we were fortunate enough to have such a small class size, it all worked out so wonderfully. Not to mention, interning with Linguistic Horizons is very affordable! As compared to other programs I was looking into at the time, Linguistic Horizons not only offered a lot more, but also gave individual attention to everyone! The whole schooling and interning were so very well organized that it leaves you feeling very safe and comfortable with being so far away from home. Thank you, Nicole, for the experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
PLEASE add on the Portugal visit when applying for the summer! Such a beautiful place! The weather is unpredictable, so take advantage of the sunny beach days.

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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.

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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