Adelante Intern and Study Abroad
Scotland Observation & Research Assignments

PROGRAM FEE

  • 1 month: $2,895
  • 2 months: $3,895
  • 3 months: $4,650
  • 6 week Summer Program 2014: $3,695
  • Non-refundable application fee: $150

 

PROGRAM DATES

 

 Year Round Placements:

  • Start first Monday of the month (see individual assignments for availability)

6 week Summer Program 2015:

  • May - July 

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

 

Year Round Placements:

  • Application deadline is 60 days prior to your chosen start date. 

6 week Summer Program:

  • March 2015

 

  • Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

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Scotland Observation & Research Assignments

Adelante Abroad's Observation and Research Program in Scotland aims to match serious students with academic observational and research assignments in a variety of different sectors. All program assignments are full-time hours, 5 days a week. Weekends are free for candidates to travel and explore the beauty of Scotland.

SIX WEEK SUMMER PROGRAMS

YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS

SIX WEEK PROGRAMS  GO TO INDEX

HORTICULTURE (2 to 3 places available)

Horticulture positions are available in Edinburgh and Pitlochry. These assignments are different in scope and are based in unique gardens with an interesting history and a fantastic array of botanical species. 
Students selected for the Horticulture Research Observation in Edinburgh are placed at one of the world's best botanical gardens where they will participate in a specific research project related as closely as possible to their area of interest and may assist with educational and design projects and other gardening activities. Candidates also will attend one or two weekend or day workshops of their choice related to horticulture, botany, plant science, garden art, botanical illustration or plant photography.
In Pitlochry, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, candidates are placed in a unique public garden, where they will learn its history while observing and participating in various garden procedures and activities. Students will assist full-time in the traditional projects of maintenance, irrigation, mulching, planting and labeling. Candidates also will have the opportunity to visit a number of private and public gardens throughout the Scottish Highlands, including Gardening Scotland, one of Scotland's major horticultural expositions.

Horticulture positions are available in Edinburgh and Pitlochry. These assignments are different in scope and are based in unique gardens with an interesting history and a fantastic array of botanical species. 

Students selected for the Horticulture Research Observation in Edinburgh are placed at one of the world's best botanical gardens where they will participate in a specific research project related as closely as possible to their area of interest and may assist with educational and design projects and other gardening activities. Candidates also will attend one or two weekend or day workshops of their choice related to horticulture, botany, plant science, garden art, botanical illustration or plant photography.

In Pitlochry, the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, candidates are placed in a unique public garden, where they will learn its history while observing and participating in various garden procedures and activities. Students will assist full-time in the traditional projects of maintenance, irrigation, mulching, planting and labeling. Candidates also will have the opportunity to visit a number of private and public gardens throughout the Scottish Highlands, including Gardening Scotland, one of Scotland's major horticultural expositions.

VETERINARY RESEARCH (2 places available)

Note: The Veterinary Observation & Research placements are competitive. Applications are reviewed by the research staff in Scotland for final confirmation.

Assist the head of anesthesiology and graduate students involved in the care of horses and farm animals undergoing major surgery. Candidates will learn new skills and techniques in clinical case management, applied physiology and pharmacology. This position is available for veterinary students interested in a research project with horses and large animals. This assignment is based at an internationally recognised veterinary school a few miles south of the centre of Edinburgh.

AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS AND MARKETING  

We have a variety of placements in the agricultural and food business sector. 

SUSTAINABLE FOOD AGENCY (1 place available)

This agency, based in Edinburgh, is designed to reconnect food producers, retailers and consumers in Scotland to provide sustainable food year round making healthy, organic, local food available throughout Scotland. This placement willl involve learning about the activities of the agency including training, marketing and promoting sustainable food within all aspects of the food business chain and may include onsite visits with local food producers. Specific research projects will vary depending on the current work of the agency.

FOOD CERTIFICATION AND INSPECTIONS (1 place available)

Based in Edinburgh, learn about the assurance and related services for the farming, food processing and environmental sectors. Activities may include a variety of certification programs covering organic foods, crops, livestock, horticulture, auction markets and feed companies. There will be opportunity to assist on specific research projects dependent on the current work of the organization. Candidates may also assist with marketing activities as well as observe the inspections of large and small food processing businesses and review product safety and quality issues.

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY (1 place available)

Students will assist staff at the Rural Policy Center of an Agricultural College in Edinburgh. researching potential issues arising from international agreements relating to the European Union, WTO, climate change, biodiversity and other issues.

HUMAN NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (2 places available)

These are serious research assignments and may include some laboratory work. 

Students will participate in a variety of  research projects at an Edinburgh university, looking at maximizing food intakes through food enrichment. Research may include review of literature about food enrichment and its application in managing under-nutrition in care homes and hospitals, a pilot program called DietPhone which involves mobile phone technology to collect dietary intake data. Other research is in the area of fats and health, in particular omega 3 fats, increasing fish consumption and antioxidants in children. Students also will be involved in the observation of institutional (hospital) food service programs, nurseries, lunch clubs and catering, which will provide insight to nutrition and dietetary practices in the UK.

CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION  (2 places available)

Participate in a childcare program for children age 3 months to 12 years. Candidates will assist in several aspects of the program including program development and training, assisting at clubs, helping with camps. This placement must be considered part of the academic program at the candidate's home university.

This assignment takes place at a well established childcare organization that runs a wide variety of childcare facilities in Edinburgh and the Borders region. They also provide services for children with special needs. The staff manages traditional in-school and after school clubs, breakfast clubs, activity camps and traditional play schemes.

PSYCHOLOGY (2 places available)

Research involves mental health, anxiety and emotional health disorders. One project includes studies on the effects of fear on various memory and language functions.

 

YEAR ROUND PROGRAMS  GO TO INDEX

The following sectors are also available at other times of the year for 1, 2 or 3 month programs. Full program descriptions are given above.

HORTICULTURE

First Monday of the month, March through September. 2 or 3 months. Program must finish by end October.  (limited number of spots available).

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY

Check for availability.

CHILDCARE AND EDUCATION

First Monday of every month, year round.
For placements June through August, candidates have the opportunity to work directly with children. For placements at other times of the year candidates will be involved more with the business aspects of the childcare program.


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