“Becoming world-ready is not an enrichment experience, but a necessity.”
– Heidi Hayes Jacobs, PhD, Colombia University
It is our mission to encourage our candidates to move beyond their comfort zone. Take a moment to reflect on some of the most meaningful experiences you’ve had in life. We’re willing to bet most took you outside your comfort zone, didn’t they? Here at Adelante Abroad, LLC, this concept lays the foundation for all of our organizational values.
A firmly held tenet that colors all components of this corporation is that international experience, in the form of an internship or an academic program abroad, should be part and parcel of everyone’s education. Regardless of your class standing, age, or whether you’ve graduated or not… we firmly believe that living, working, and studying abroad is paramount to your educational and life experience.
Living and working in another country may sound daunting and, in many ways, it is. Setting this as a personal and educational goal takes courage and a solid backbone. That’s where we come in. The main objective of all of our Intern Abroad and Study Abroad programs is to help you not only achieve this goal, but gain the necessary experience to succeed in all of your future goals as well.
Adelante began in 1999, with the Intern in Madrid program. Kimberly Haber, Adelante’s founder, had lived and worked abroad, throughout Europe (primarily in Spain) for five years after graduating from The University of California, Santa Barbara. She learned and experienced a lot, much of it the hard way. Upon her return, her conversations with family, friends and employers alike, revolved around her time living abroad. This encouraged her to write a book about it. Shortly after, while pregnant with her first daughter, Kimberly decided to take action. She realized that many brave and intelligent people were craving a similar experience, but were unable to take that first step. Thus, Adelante Abroad was born.
The goal of Adelante Abroad is to provide that same life changing experience – beyond just a touristy visit, but rather complete cultural immersion and building a new life abroad – without the huge risks involved with doing it alone. The program follows a simple formula – airport pickup and orientation to assist in your arrival; a good, clean, safe place to live; intensive Spanish classes to practice and improve your language skills; and an internship placement in a local company working with Spanish people in a real workplace environment. Simple and efficient. Adelante Abroad provides candidates with the essential components needed to live abroad while allowing them independence to find their own way in a new city and to create their own unique experience.
Adelante Abroad headquarters is based in California, USA. Adelante Directors operate full time and year round in each city and country where we have built programs. All our US-based staff, front office and tech team, are seasoned travelers, most having lived abroad for two years or longer at some point in their lives. Our in-country staff have been with Adelante since its inception, in most programs. Our “rookie” is our Uruguay Director and she has been with us since 2009! Most speak multiple languages (including English!) and have experience with foreign visitors and the education and tourism industries.
Following the successful launch of the Intern in Madrid program, Intern in Barcelona was created. Then came the University Study Abroad Program in Seville and Intern in Sevilla. Since then we have moved into Latin America, increasing our locations to include Intern in Mexico, Intern in Costa Rica, University Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Intern in Chile and Intern in Uruguay. Then, befitting the pioneering company, Adelante Abroad veered off their Spanish business model to open up two extremely successful programs in Scotland – Study Abroad: The Equine and Ecology / Habitat Management programs & Intern Abroad: The Research Observation work assignment placement program.
Adelante Abroad finds a specific, unique internship for each individual candidate. For this reason, our annual candidate numbers are never in the thousands (as with some other study and language programs) but rather in the 100’s. We truly customize our programs to you, our candidates! On average, we send anywhere from one to ten candidates to each of our international Intern in or Study Abroad programs every month. While the majority of participating candidates are aged about 20 to 26, we have had a growing number of younger ‘gap year’ candidates, plus a steady number of older candidates who wish to experience a city in a different way than as a typical tourist.
The Adelante program illuminates the language, personal, cultural and corporate aspects in a way that no other program does, through work assignments and independent living situations, so candidates experience life abroad much like a local. The program is more than the four hours each day of studying or interning, it is also about absorbing, experiencing and learning the life and language of the host city. We provide this amazing ‘open door’ and what each candidate choses to do upon walking though it is largely up to them.
Initially, candidates see everything based on their own cultural expectations. As part of the learning process some lifestyle adjustments may be necessary and by the end of your program, whether you intern, study, teach or volunteer, you are sure to return home (IF you decide to return home!) with a different set of values – a blend of who you were and the new person you’ve become.
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