Adelante Abroad

Program Reviews

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Claire
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exactly what I was looking for

I spent an amazing one month and one week in Barcelona and had the time of my life. While abroad, I studied in a small language school called Kingsbrook Idiomas and met so many different students from all over the world (over 12 different countries to be exact). The school had a variety of students from young to old and we all became fast friends. I took classes twice a day, 5 days a week with the most wonderful teachers and explored the city through different excursions once a week with my class. From beach days to bike tours, we did it all! Being a part of this program has given me the opportunity to improve my Spanish in both an educational setting and in a social one. It was amazing to be able to talk with people from all over the world and know that it is Spanish that has allowed us to connect. I was placed with awesome room-mates and the living space was average but comfortable. Traveling through Adelante was a very pleasant experience; from airport pickup to providing living accommodations and classes. I would recommend taking the leap to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity, and don't forget to soak up every minute because time sure does fly when you're having fun.

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Joe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime experience!

I was put in a place to succeed even with very little prior Spanish skills, Adelante was very accommodating throughout the process! Everything about the program was great: the 2-week Spanish course, the internship, the housing and of course the wonderful city itself all made for a perfect experience. I highly recommend this program to anyone that loves to travel, would like the chance to immerse themselves in a new culture, or even simply someone looking for meaningful work experience (though I guarantee you will get more out of your time here than that!)

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
First arriving in Madrid with very little Spanish speaking experience. I was so relieved once I got to Seville and a program coordinator met me! I recommend brushing up on your Spanish as much as you can before going, but I was put in a position where my poor Spanish skills were still enough to get by thanks to Adelante's support and fantastic planning, and have come out a much better speaker!
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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A rewarding and challenging experience

I absolutely loved my experience living in Sevilla through the Adelante Abroad program. This is not your typical study abroad program in which they hold your hand throughout the entire process. You are expected to be completely independent and self-sufficient, and the contacts that you have in your city are simply there for any questions or support that you may need. I loved the structure of the Adelante program because it enabled me to really immerse myself in the city like a local rather than only learning about the surface level/touristy aspects of Sevilla. The only Americans that I interacted with in my 3 months were my roommates and of the friends I made were from all around the world. I don't know of another program where I would have had the opportunity to completely make my own experience.

The simplicity of the program (in which they find you housing and internship placement and then leave you on your own) is also what makes this one of the most affordable abroad experiences. My university has a 5-week program in Sevilla that was 3 times the cost of Adelante and not half as immersive. That being said, if you are planning on doing an Adelante Internship you should be aware that the lack of structure in the program means you have to figure out everything on your own--food, travel logistics, budgeting, safety, socializing, etc. Your program is completely what you make of it, so make sure you are prepared to be pushed way out of your comfort zone. For me, this was the perfect program and if I could go back in time I would have done the exact same program over again.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-racking moments were definitely during my internships because I had to speak completely in Spanish and it was sometimes embarassing when I messed up. These also ended up being the moments in which I grew and improved the most!
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Asia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible Program!

Adelante provided me an incredible experience. This past summer I went to Madrid for the months June and July. It was my first time in Europe so naturally I was nervous, but the staff helped with all my questions and concerns. I had a ride when I got to the airport. They set me up with a beautiful apartment was in the city with a view and right next to the metro station. I absolutely loved the Spanish Class at Eureka. Ángel is literally and angel! He helped me so much and made my transition to Madrid to smooth! I learned so much from my internship and I got to meet so many amazing people from all over the world. Highly recommend!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! When visiting a new country, immerse yourself into the culture! Try the foods, learn the history, go site seeing, and learn the language!
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Katja
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Ultimate Experience

During Summer of 2021, I lived in Quito for two months as a veterinary intern. As the title suggests, it was the ULTIMATE experience. Because of Adelante, I can confidently say that I have grown not only as a person, but also as a professional. Throughout the duration of my stay, I learned skills and gained knowledge that I would have never had the opportunity to obtain in the states. Come time to return to the U.S., I didn't want to leave. The people. The scenery. The FOOD. Everything was a dream and I didn't want to wake up (I know. It's corny... but it's true.) To anyone looking for an international internship- I can't recommend Adelante highly enough.

Pro Tips:
1) Ecuador is cold during U.S. summer months... bring a jacket. It also rains. A lot. Bring an umbrella.
2)Your Spanish doesn't have to be perfect, as people are typically patient, but be prepared. Little to no one speaks English.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment happened when my roommate and I traveled to Baños. We were walking toward one of these beautiful waterfalls when we came upon some other tourists. They were enjoying the view. In an attempt to respect their peace, I tried to step off the trail and walk around them. However, my valiant effort turned into a clumsy disaster. I fell- not once- but FOUR times, and not in the graceful "Pardon, I must have lost my footing" kind of way, but in the "My entire body hit the ground and I'm now covered in mud" kind of way. Needless to say, my roommate and I laughed about the incident for days to come.
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Katja
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Ultimate Experience

There's really no way I could fully articulate my experience in Ecuador. Interning in this stunning South American country was... life-changing (I know- cliché- but it's true).

For two months, I had the absolute privilege of interning at a 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic. There, I learned skills and clinical information that I would have never gained in the states. When I wasn't working, I was cooking with my host family or exploring the local landscapes.

Come time to leave... I just didn't want to.

What was your funniest moment?
There was never really a dull moment in Ecuador. However- if I had to pick one- my funniest moment happened during a trip to Baños, Ecuador.
Long story short- my roommate and I were hiking a trail to a waterfall. Along the trail we came across two other travelers who had stopped to take pictures. In an attempt to not ruin their photo op, I tried to walk around them. Albeit a noble attempt, I managed to fall- not once- but FOUR times in front of these other travelers. Within a span of just seconds, I was absolutely covered in mud... my roommate and I laughed about this for DAYS.
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Lily
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A good starting point

I signed up to do a Journalism/Social Media and Marketing internship with Adelante Abroad. Unfortunately, I wasn't placed with a magazine which would have been preferable, however the language school I worked at gave me free lessons alongside my internship which was a huge bonus and definitely improved my Spanish. I also took on responsibilities alongside writing articles in marketing and administration which will be good for my CV.
Accommodation was probably where the experience fell down. Don't expect to get the full package: a central location, other international students and a level of cleanliness. This isn't Adelante's fault, more the agent they work with and the pandemic that has reduced their pool of accommodation, but it is something you should bear in mind if you're used to living in "style".
However, I made lots of great friends and lived in an amazing city for three months. It's really boosted my experience and career and was a gateway into Barcelona.

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Autumn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exploring Ecuador: 2 Month Internship

Working for a civil engineering and architecture firm in Ecuador was the best way I could have spend the summer before my senior year of college. The program staff did a great job of preparing me for what my experience was going to be like abroad. My time in Ecuador stated with two weeks of one-on-one Spanish classes which dramatically improved my ability to speak the language. I lived with an Ecuadorian family which also helped improved my Spanish skills. My host mom cooked incredible traditional food and informed me on the best places to visit throughout my time. During my internship, I learned specific vocabulary necessary for working in a construction field, learned the differences between construction and engineering requirements in Ecuador and in the States, and learned how to communicate professionally in Spanish. I spent all of my weekends exploring different cities and places in Ecuador and learning more about their culture. These two months were an incredible experience and I cannot wait to return to Latin America.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
One of the traditional Ecuadorian foods is cuy, or guinea pig. I was very hesitant to try it, since guinea pigs are pets in the United States. My host mom took us to her friends house where the grandmother, father, and uncle prepared us roasted cuy in a potato soup. While it was a little unnerving to see a small hand while eating a meal, the cuy was delicious and one of my favorite things I tried here in Ecuador.
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Aisha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

didn't want to leave

This experience proves that even if you are an experienced professional, there is ALWAYS something new you can learn in life. My thanks to IberEnglish, my manager was incredible, their environment is wonderful, I felt comfortable, supported and safe there. Help was always there for me, both by Adelante and Eureka, whenever I needed it. The people in Spain are so warm, so kind and so generous. Truly, I know for a fact that I can be very happy living in Madrid, which is why I would love to come back. I need to work o my Spanish! Overall, a wonderful experience, especially with so much uncertainty due to COVID, going to Spain was the best decision I ever made.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
For me, the most surprising thing I did was horse back riding in the mountains of Madrid!! I am not an experienced rider, but due to the fantastic host of the horse ranch, I got to experience riding a horse in the mountains! The views were exceptional!
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Thomas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

3 Month Business Internship in Oaxaca

I had an incredible 3 months doing a business internship in the beautiful city of Oaxaca.
Oaxaca is one of the best places in the world, you will fall in love with the city very quickly. The food is amazing, the weather is hot, the people are incredibly friendly, the city is safe and the scenery is 10/10 everywhere you look!

Over the 3 months I have gained valuable experience in business and in learning Spanish - it is genuinely the best way to learn! My colleagues were incredibly accommodating of me and I feel like I have gained a lot of experience from working with them.

Adelante organised everything very quickly and the communication was great whenever I had a concern or a question I needed answering. I cannot recommend it enough!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would stay for longer!! I have fallen in love with Oaxaca.