Adelante Intern and Study Abroad

Read what past Program Candidates have to say about their experiences


The testimonials are divided by location but we recommend you read about people's experiences in each of our programs.

Barcelona

  • Everything is going really great here. I'm loving my housing situation. The ladies I'm living with have been incredibly welcoming and accomodating. My workplace is also really wonderful and has been giving me further insight into where my passions lie and what I may want to include in my future plans. This city and experience has actually exceeded my expectations :)

    Daniela G, MA

  • I gained so much from my three months in Barcelona with Adelante Abroad, both personally and with regards to my future. They make it much less daunting to work abroad as everything is very well organised before travel, including excellent accommodation in the centre of the city (opposite 'la Sagrada Familia!), 2 weeks intensive language lessons and a work placement. I had a great time becoming more independent and experiencing the amazing local culture...also I feel living here and making friends with locals is the best way to learn Spanish and Catalan. Weekend were spent visiting all of the amazing sights Barcelona has to offer, getting in the thick of the local food, music and culture and taking trips to Montserrat, Sitges and other parts of Catalunya. I do think the work placement could of been more challenging but it was still a great investment in my future. I really enjoyed it!! I gained so much from my three months in Barcelona with Adelante Abroad, both personally and with regards to my future. They make it much less daunting to work abroad as everything is very well organised before travel, including excellent accommodation in the centre of the city (opposite 'la Sagrada Familia!), 2 weeks intensive language lessons and a work placement. I had a great time becoming more independent and experiencing the amazing local culture...also I feel living here and making friends with locals is the best way to learn Spanish and Catalan. Weekend were spent visiting all of the amazing sights Barcelona has to offer, getting in the thick of the local food, music and culture and taking trips to Montserrat, Sitges and other parts of Catalunya. I do think the work placement could of been more challenging but it was still a great investment in my future. I really enjoyed it!!  

    Rob A, UK

  • It has been almost 2 months since my crazy Spanish adventure ended and I’m not quite sure yet how I feel about the whole thing. A part of me keeps wondering if it happened at all. Back home in sunny South Africa (Cape Town to be more specific) I’m busy sending out my CV to loads of exciting job prospects (naturally full of boast about my international internship scholarship … ooh, fancy!) and the eclectic, ever-buzzing city of Barcelona seems a distant yet definite buzz in the background. Actually – it feels like I’ve awoken from one of the deepest, most amazing afternoon naps, having dreamt of a faraway place that is both magical and challenging. On occasion find myself responding to someone in Spanish, or ordering a café con leche (coffee with milk), or even greeting someone in Portuguese and I just chuckle like a madman and make as if it’s the most normal thing on earth.

    In my four month journey in Europe I was lucky enough to visit four countries: Portugal, Spain, Andorra (yes, it’s a country…) and Holland. And that was the most amazing aspect of the Adelante scholarship: the fact that I could visit four countries in one go. I literally hopped from graffiti-filled crinkle-cut streets in Lisbon to a buzzing ants nest in Barcelona to a cheesy, snowy and very Dutch Amsterdam.

    Apart from that, I now have a very extensive photographic and writing portfolio. I have literally seen the inside of almost every social hot spot in Barcelona – from quaint little coffee shops to crazy drag bars to sports loving beer gardens. Yep, I’ve seen it all…

    Sara – I am ever grateful for your kindness and patience with me over the three months I interned at PartyEarth. You have pushed me, challenged me and ultimately helped me become a better writer, and, more importantly helped me face some of my fears. Thanks to you I have experienced some of my best nights in Barcelona and met some of the craziest, coolest people. Thank you.

    Kimberly, Ellie, Joanna and Alicia from Adelante – a thousand and more thank you’s for choosing my application for the Adelante internship scholarship. I don’t think you will ever realize the extent of how much this opportunity meant to me. Thanks to you I was able to see the world and go on a much needed journey of self-exploration. Thank you for your constant support and advice during the internship and especially your keen interest in my progress.

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    Ernst Brocker, South Africa

  • Adelante provided me with an exciting internship, a comfortable living area, and an international experience I will never forget. Interning at the gallery enabled me to understand the art world on an international level and helped me  decide how I want to manage my career in the future. But most of all, I value the irrevocable sense of independence I gained living and working abroad on my own.

     

    Amy M, Annadale, VA

  • Loving life here in Barcelona! Time is unfortunately flying by, but I really feel lucky to work with my company. My company is creating a Spanish/English website similar to Flickr or Shutterfly.... basically a social networking site for photos and videos! My job is to decide on the domain name and to create a theme that works in Spanish and English! The company also creates memory books (for example for weddings photos) and year books, where every page is a year of a persons life... I take the photos for the pages, whether it be antiques, or games from the 80's they use them as elements on the pages.. I also take photos of textures from buildings, street signs and stuff you would see only in Barcelona for the background of the pages ... so about twice a week, i head out into the city to take photos (can't get any better than that huh?) I also spend a lot of time photoshopping the photos! ....so life is good. I'm really close with friends I entered the language school with and we have overcome many obstacles together! We are also really enjoying the newest group from Adelante! Great energy, great people, great times! We all went out for sangria last night for someone's birthday :)  

    Alison T, Fenton, MI

  • This experience was a great introduction to Spanish and to living in another culture.  For anyone who doesn't think their language skills will benefit from living in another culture because they haven't tried it - you will be surprised. The difference in my ability to communicate and my motivation to study the language improved immensely as a result of the experience provided by Adelante Abroad.  In addition, the cultural opportunity to make friends within the country I was visiting (Spain) as well as with other students from all over the world was invaluable.  The support and organization the staff at Adelante provided was exceptional.  Not overbearing, so that you have the opportunity to build independence and become self-sufficient, but always available and attentive so that you knew you had someone you could rely upon both in the United States and abroad.  In short, the staff was fantastic.  I now work as the director of an American School in a Spanish-speaking country and in many ways I can credit my later success with the initial support provided by the Adelante Abroad experience.  Besides, studying abroad was one of the most fun experiences of my life.

     

    Erik Y, New Milford, NJ