Eating My Way Through Seville

Eating in Seville

Seville Trip 2018: The Food

Visiting Seville was one of the most delicious trips in my entire life (my mere 22 years of life). Don’t plan on visiting if you’re watching your carb intake, but if you’re a fan of bread, pasta, and desserts, you’re in for a treat. The food is to die for.

Seville Food Blog

Allison Munder, Adelante Abroad Digital Marketing Director

My friend, Rosanna, and I had a layover in Barcelona where we had our first taste at tapas. They were welcomed with large Sangrias, well deserved after our long flight to Spain. We had no idea how big or small the portions were going to be, accustomed to the large plates served in the United States. Since we were in the city, we assumed the prices would be a little higher. La cuenta (the bill) was about 22 euros, which is about $24. Not too bad.

Food in Seville

Rosanna Ramirez, Social Media Intern, and Allison Munder, Digital Marketing Director, grabbing some gelato after dinner.

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Tapas in Barcelona: Mini Sandwiches

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Tapas in Barcelona: Papas Fritas with Mayo (French Fries & the typical dipping sauce, mayo, in many countries).

First Meal in Seville

It was a different story when we arrived in Seville. As soon as we settled into our apartment, we walked the streets of Seville, at 11 p.m. which is quite the early night for Sevillanos. We walked into a pizza place around the corner of our apartment (everything is close by) and I ordered two slices of pizza, an empanada, and a soda for only 5 euros, almost $6. I can barely get a cheeseburger for $6 back in California, you could say I was in shock.

The pizza was incredible. This slice, light sauce, the cheese was out of this world, and it was my first taste at Spanish ham. Jamon Serrano is dry-cured Spanish ham and you can find it at practically any corner in Seville. My expectations for pizza are high and Spanish pizza has American pizza beat. Sorry, not sorry.

Pizza in Seville

Thin crust, light sauce, creamy cheese, and Spanish ham.

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Chicken Empanada

Breakfast like a Sevillano

The next meal I got to experience was breakfast. Typical for a Spaniard is to have toasted bread with butter or oil and tomato spread. By the way, you don’t eat on the go, you sit down and enjoy your meal with a cup of coffee or orange juice. Orange juice at practically every cafe is freshly squeezed and was one of the best parts of my morning. Breakfast is served well past 11 a.m. Many workplaces allow their employees to take a break and grab a quick plate at a local cafe. Breakfast plates include eggs, sausage, toasted bread (not your regular sliced bread), and tomatoes.

Breakfast in Seville

Toast with avocado and salmon.

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Fresh squeezed orange juice & coffee with sugar.

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Scrambled eggs, sausage, tomato slices, and toast.

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Yogurt, fruit, and granola with fresh squeezed orange juice.

Traditional Dishes of Seville

There are several typical tapas and dishes we had the opportunity to try during our time in Seville. Seville is known for its jamon and fish! I tried fried sardines (ate sardines for the first time) and it was, to my surprise, very delicious. Fun fact, the bones in sardines are digestible and has nutritional benefits for pregnant women. During your lunch break, it’s not out of the ordinary to get a glass or two of beer and eat a ham sandwich as well. Drinking in Spain is about being social, not getting drunk, as long as you’re eating and drinking at the same time, you’re in good hands.

Tapas in Seville

Spanish Ham Sandwich with chips and a local beer.

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Croquetas de Pollo (Minced chicken with cheese, coated with flour, egg, and bread crumbs. Fried and served) with french fries and mayo.

 

Food in Seville

Ham Sandwich with fresh tomatoes and lettuce. Toasted baguette with basil mayo. Served with chips.

El Mercado: Eating Local

One of my favorite places to visit in Seville was the Mercado Lonja del Barranco, Seville’s most modern Mercado, open next to, ironically, Seville’s oldest Mercado. The building has large glass windows and an outdoor eating area, as well as several tables inside, but I definitely prefer the view outside.

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Mercado De Triana is the oldest mercado in Seville.

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Fresh baked pastries and desserts.

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Cheese Lollipops.

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Cheese cones.

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Toasted baguette pizza and pastas.

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Anitpastas.

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Veggie tapas.

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Ham Sandwiches

 

There were a variety of choices to eat at the Mercado. We made two trips in order to try everything we wanted to eat, and we still didn’t get to everything. We ordered a tray of different desserts and I have never been so in love with sweets. I’m more into savory food but I think I was converted to a sweet lover on that day. I ordered some bolognese for to-go. The pasta was handmade and the meat was properly cooked. The sauce wasn’t too heavy and the cheese on top was the icing on the cake. To die for.

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Bolognese to-go.

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Assorted dessert platter.

The next day, I grabbed a platter of cheese assortments and toasted bread with cheese, with lomo (pork) and tomato. The ingredients for both dishes were fresh, which is expected from a Mercado, and the small meal was memorable. Around the Mercado were drink stations where you could grab anything from beer, vino tinto, or coke in a glass bottle with a cup of ice.

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Toasted baguette, lomo, and tomato spread.

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Assorted cheese platter.

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Spanish Coca Cola.

Eat, Travel, Repeat

Seville is filled with different types of flavors and cravings that require a 12-hour plane trip. I would go back to Seville in a heart beat.

Interested in interning in Seville? Or studying Spanish abroad this summer? There are plenty of opportunities to become an Adelante Abroad candidate. Check out our Seville page and apply now!

Finding a New Passion While Abroad

Pamela B.

Pamela B. – Intern in Madrid

How did you come across Adelante and why did you pick Adelante?

I went abroad with Adelante back in 2006, before the age of social media. I found Adelante through a simple Google search. The combination of foreign language education/immersion and a professional internship stood out to me. I had just graduated from college.

While I was yearning to immerse myself in Spanish and solidify the language skills I had acquired through my studies, I didn’t want to delay my entrance into the professional world. The Spanish classes + internship experience abroad was the perfect combination.

What experiences from your time in Madrid helped you in your career?

Beyond a doubt, the language skills I acquired while abroad with Adelante opened a world of possibilities for me. It paved the way for me to start my career as a translator. I eventually started my own translation company.
My internship experience also really helped me gain confidence to enter the workforce.

I remember thinking when I got back to New York, if I could hold my own at my internship in a foreign country, speaking a foreign language, I have no excuse not to confidently make a place for myself in my own city, in my native language.

Did you have any plans for your career before your internship in Madrid? Did they change after your internship?

The Adelante internship was immensely helpful for me. I studied marketing at the University of Maryland and I always assumed I wanted to work in advertising. My internship taught me that I was not interested in a career in advertising.

It was a critical lesson, and I’m so grateful I discovered that at the beginning of my career instead of putting years into something that I wasn’t passionate about. Instead, I’m fascinated by learning about the language and cross-cultural communication, which eventually led me down the path of translation.

What is your most memorable experience from interning in Madrid?

The first meeting I attended, representing the magazine I was interning for, was memorable because I was intimidated as a 22-year-old American girl walking into a meeting with eight or nine Spaniards. It was a great moment when I had to put all my nerves aside and really test myself under pressure.
Another memorable experience was at a press event for a gourmet Iberian Ham company. When the jamón was passed around, I politely told my colleague no thanks, because I didn’t like ham.

I’ll never forget the look she gave me – needless to say, it was convincing enough for me to try it and realize how delicious it was… I’ll never make the mistake of turning down jamón ibérico again!

What is your current job?

I am the co-founder and lead Spanish into English translator for Curl Translations (www.curltranslations.com). We are a close-knit team of talented and passionate language professionals offering translation, editing and transcreation services to clients across the globe. Ranging from small local businesses to multinational corporations.

What advice would you give to current/future Adelante Abroad candidates?

Go to new places if you can, when you can. Do it even, and especially, if it scares you. The experience you gain through a program like Adelante will provide you with insight on what your dream job is, and will help give you the tools and confidence to get it.

Interested in interning abroad like Pamela? Check out our Madrid page and find out if it’s the right city for you!

Living in Spain as a Woman of Color


Living in Spain as a Woman of Color

Traveling as a Woman of Color

Before my first visit to Spain, I had been warned of the racial prejudice that exists here. I ignored those warnings. Even though it was proven to be true a few times, I never had any regrets about studying here which is why I came a second time to intern with Adelante Abroad. I could have looked at those negative experiences as a reason to never come back, but I didn’t. Instead, I chose to come back and focus on furthering my career and seeing the world. Through all of the negativity that I have experienced here, there are so many aspects of Spain that are beautiful and many people who do not have that same mentality.

Madrid, Spain

People of Color Immigrating to Spain

 

It took me some time to realize that immigration is relatively new to Spain, the surge of immigrants from Africa, Asia, and South America only began in the early 2000s. Of course, this doesn’t excuse any racial bias, but it has allowed me to better understand where these people are coming from especially the older generations. When locals ask me “Can all black people sing and play basketball?”, I know not to immediately get offended, but to use that as a teaching experience. Showing them that the things on T.V. aren’t always accurate. Like how Spanish people don’t always siesta and dance flamenco all night.

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Don’t Let Anything Stop You

I’m hoping that whoever reads this blog and is second-guessing whether or not they should come to Spain (or travel anywhere else) for fear of racism, will really think if they want the ignorance of other to get in their way of seeing the world and pursuing their dreams. Coming back to this country that I love, even with its imperfections, has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

 

Chynna P. is an Adelante Abroad candidate from Northeastern University. Chynna was an Environmental, Horticulture, and Ecology Intern in Madrid, Spain. Interested in interning abroad like Chynna? Visit our Intern in Madrid page and learn about the different sectors we offer.

Adelante Abroad HQ Sevilla Trip

Adelante Abroad HQ Sevilla Trip: Rosanna’s Experience

Written by Social Media Intern, Rosanna Ramirez

Intern in Sevilla

Traveling to Sevilla with Adelante

Where do I start? Sevilla was absolutely beautiful! I’m grateful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve had here with Adelante Abroad since starting as an intern this summer. We explored Sevilla the way a candidate would experience traveling abroad and it was phenomenal! Unfortunately, time flies when you’re having fun. I can honestly say I left hoping that one day I’d be able to go back and become a candidate with Adelante. Sevilla is definitely the perfect destination to intern or study abroad!

The streets of Seville are filled with colors and the neighborhoods have fascinating architectural styles. It was mind-blowing! It would take a minute to sink in just how beautiful everything was from left to right. Every building, street, or business looked like it came from a perfect picture. From left to right, top to bottom, the view was breathtaking. Sevilla allows you to forget about all of your problems and be filled with wonder as you walk down the street.

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Walking the Streets of Sevilla

I can’t express how fulfilling this experience was. Stepping outside of your comfort zone may sometimes be scary but in the end, you’ll be glad you did. Sometimes you have to go for it and it’s not every day that you get an opportunity to do so. Every day was a new adventure, to visit a new place and explore life in the streets of Sevilla. Getting around was extremely easy, walking distance was fairly 20 minutes or you could use the metro line that was not confusing at all, compared to LA and all the traffic.

Getting lost through the streets of Seville turned out to be the best adventures. Right around the corner from our apartment, there were many places to eat tapas and have a cold beer, and roughly with a 10-minute walk, you would be able to go the historical structures and wonderful places.

Sevillanos: Voted the Most Welcoming

Everyone in Seville is really kind and welcoming! Whether it was to go out to grab something to eat or explore the city, people would greet you and offer to help. One time as I stopped by the Plaza Jesús de la Pasión for some ice cream and crepes, the gentleman there began a very pleasant conversation and even offered some recommendations. Of course, the Spanish Institute team in Seville was beyond sweet and welcoming, as they showed us around some must-see sites of the city.

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See You Soon, Sevilla

This experience was definitely one of a kind and of course one for the books! It opened my eyes and soul to more than I imagined (across the world to say the least). There’s so much to see and live outside of our daily routines and local destinations. Since there are days that we become so immune to what is happening around us, a quick breeze outside of our daily routines and comfort zone is necessary to appreciate the smaller things in life.

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For me personally, the small things are what make you feel, live, think and understand new things. Because at the end of the day it’s those experiences and memories that you create that you will cherish in life. There’s a whole world outside of your window waiting to be explored! So thank you Adelante Abroad for this one in a lifetime experience and, Sevilla, I promise I’ll see you again soon!

 

If you’re interested in traveling and interning in Sevilla, check out the Sevilla page where you can find several sectors that are popular and more! Thinking about applying to intern abroad Spring 2019? It’s not too late!

Studying Abroad

Trabajando Con Esteban: Studying Abroad

Studying Abroad

Candidate Esteban C. is a Healthcare Intern in Madrid, Spain. This isn’t his first, or second, time studying abroad or learning abroad. He has studied and interned abroad three other times before coming to Adelante Abroad. His time in Madrid has opened him up to new experiences and the LGBTQ culture in Spain.

Thinking About Studying Abroad

So, you’re debating whether or not to study abroad? Going away to a new location can be frightening for sure, but can also be incredibly rewarding. The chance to immerse yourself in a new place, in a new culture, meeting new people is something most don’t get to experience. Being abroad allows you to explore the world and discover things about yourself that you otherwise would not be able to. Despite this, there is a certain nervousness about going abroad. This can stem from living in an unfamiliar place, being out of the country for the first time, leaving behind family and friends, being lonely, or leaving a comfort zone. Yet, these exact fears are the reasons you should be going. Don’t you want to learn how to deal with these challenges?

Esteban C.

Learning Outside of the Classroom

Studying abroad can allow you to experience things that you could not in a traditional classroom. Taking language classes are great, but realistically they teach you mostly technical information, such as how to read and write, but little emphasis is placed on the conversation. Going to a place where the language is not your own forces you to adapt and learn quickly. Immersion is widely known as the best way to learn anything, especially a new language. You can observe what natives say, how they say it, and thus adapt your vocabulary to be more genuine.

Academically, you can take classes from other professors with varied backgrounds, which allows you to have a unique perspective on the subject offered. Many courses have more hands-on activities which strengthen the material as well as exposes you to more environments that hone your skills. It may be easier, depending on your field, to work abroad than at home, which leads to valuable experience you can bring back. You meet people from all over the world, as well as natives wherever you go. Many of these friendships last for life! Being abroad allows you to travel to a new, exotic place, where you can explore by yourself or others.

Esteban C.

Studying, Traveling & Discovering Yourself

Although daunting, there are tons of reasons to study abroad! You also don’t need to go for a long time, as programs can last from a month to multiple years. Many programs have financial aid, and there are plenty of grants to apply for if money is an issue. From taking marine ecology courses in Belize to working with LGBT rights in Spain, from researching sharks and rays in the Bahamas to studying urban ecology in Singapore, I have had the opportunity to see the world. I really believe that because of my own study abroad experiences, I have learned more about how the world works and been exposed to things that would be impossible to see in a traditional classroom. If you have the time or opportunity to go abroad, take advantage of it! It is definitely worth considering.

 

If you’re interested in Adelante Abroad’s Study Abroad Programs, check out our Seville Semester and Summer Study Abroad pages. Interested in expanding your resume? Scroll through our internship sectors, including Medical and LGBTQ, and see what we have to offer.

Trabajando Con Esteban: Healthcare Work in the LGBT Community

Esteban C. is currently a healthcare intern in Madrid for a local LGBT organization. The work he is doing for the LGBT community in Spain is impacting the locals. 

Adjusting to Spain

LGBT Spain

 

It has been two months since I landed in sunny Madrid, and I can’t believe my time in this city is coming to an end. The insight into the Spanish culture, language, and lifestyle are unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The people I have worked with, the places I’ve seen, the food I’ve eaten have left lasting impacts on me. I came into the program a little anxious, and to be honest, the first few weeks were difficult. It was difficult adjusting to the time difference, the transportation system, a new internship, and being alone in a new place.

Spanish is my first language so I did not take the Spanish classes offered. It left me lonely and prevented me from meeting any fellow travelers. I had trouble with figuring out how to get around, and since I did not know anyone I was nervous to go out. This fear was unlike me, as I am an incredibly social person, but for some reason, I felt uncomfortable. This led to an almost debilitating anxiety that kept me in my apartment most days after work. Once I became a little more confident with the Spanish, the metro, and living on my own I was able to get out and take advantage of all Madrid has to offer.

Healthcare in the LGBT Community

LGBT Spain

 

I came to Spain to work with a Health internship with an LGBT organization called Fundación Triangulo. I worked different hours depending on the needs of the organization, from scheduling rapid HIV tests to tabling with the Spanish Red Cross on the street. Spain takes its summer vacation in August, so when my internship location closed for 2 weeks, I worked with another organization called COLEGAS, another LGBT group, and helped educate the local community about LGBT rights as well as volunteered at a food stand to help during the Fiestas de Lavapies, one of three religious festivals celebrated for the first 2 weeks in Madrid.

Through this work, I was able to work closely with members of the LGBT community as well as local citizens and develop my interpersonal, educational, and organizational skills. Being able to observe how HIV tests are done and the struggles that Spanish members of the LGBT community still face was eye-opening and something that would have been difficult to do in the United States. I was given a glimpse into how a local NGO works and the intricacies that come from the day-to-day job. Since one of my majors is Global Health, I was able to apply what I learned in my classes and experience working in the public health sector, albeit in another country.

The Culture

LGBT Spain

While I worked hard from Monday to Friday, I still took the time to enjoy myself. I tried tons of new food, visited tons of museums, met many new people, and even traveled a little around Spain! Through weekend trips through Barcelona, Toledo, Seville, and Granada, I learned more about the rich culture this country has to offer. Surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself and did things I never had before. Like staying in a hostel and going to a music festival alone. The travelers I met and the great times I had will stay with me forever.

Madrid is a bustling city, combining old architecture with the hustle and commerce of a modern city; however, it’s this juxtaposition which creates its unique flair. Overall, my summer has been a wild ride, but certainly a welcome one. If you are looking to travel abroad, Spain is the place to do it!

Learn more about Adelante Abroad’s Madrid, Healthcare and LGBTQ programs at www.adelanteabroad.com.

The Dos & The Don’ts of Traveling in Spain

 

You need to know the Dos and the Don’ts of traveling in Spain if you’re planning to blend in, or at least attempting to. Traveling is very exciting but there’s a lot of planning and packing that has to get done. Yet, sometimes we forget to do one of the most important parts… research on the culture! It is important to have cultural knowledge of the specific place you’re traveling in order to avoid any international trouble as well! We’ve all heard stories…

Here’s What You Need to Know…

1. Passports must be valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure date. You may be denied boarding and/or denied entry to any of the 26 European countries in the Schengen area. Make sure you’re not left behind!

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2. Leave regionalism and religion out of your discussion topics:

Regionalism and religious topics are very sensitive for Spaniards. Avoid swearing and using God’s name in vain, it may offend the people around you.

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3. Catalonia has its own language and culture – They really take pride in their own language and culture, again be cautious about bringing up regionalism topics.

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4. Don’t even think about walking around the city streets with a swimsuit. It is illegal in cities like Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, and Barcelona. Unless you are on the beach or surrounding streets, you may end up with a fine! It’s not worth the Instagram post… make sure to bring a cover-up.

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5. DO Dress accordingly- If you are visiting a sacred place, a monastery or church make sure to dress accordingly to avoid any trouble. Spaniards follow seasonal fashion rules! Leave those shorts back home if you’re planning to go during winter.

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6. DO Learn about their culture- Myths and beliefs they have, like not passing the salt shaker from hand to hand. According to Spanish belief, it is bad luck to do so! Don’t forget to leave a cactus on your window, it will ward off evil spirits from entering your home.

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A little superstitious…

7. Friday the 13th? Nope, it’s Tuesday 13 – Don’t even think about leaving bed.
Tuesday= bad luck. Their saying for Tuesday is: En Martes, ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes – which translates to “On Tuesday, don’t get married, don’t board, don’t leave the house.”

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Late dinner is the new late night snack

8. Don’t expect dinner before 9 PM. Don’t plan to have dinner before 9 PM, restaurants won’t open before. Trust me, you don’t want to be THAT person.

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Don’t think you’re the only one who is late…

9. Be patient, don’t rush! Expect to wait 15 to 30 minutes. Spaniards typically are not strict about punctuality so, if you’re running a bit late, relax! DO take your time.

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10. El Coco- Who hasn’t heard about hundreds of stories about the Boogieman? In Spain, children refer to the Boogieman as ‘El Coco’, the terrifying creature that eats or kidnaps kids who misbehave. According to legend in the 20th century, ‘El Coco’ was Francisco Ortega, El Moruno, who was sick of tuberculosis and was told the cure was to drink children blood, so he did, by kidnapping a 7-year-old boy. Don’t leave your naughty children unattended.

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At the end of the day, make sure you make friends while abroad. They might give you a few tips that are hard to find on the internet. If you’re interested in interning abroad in Spain, read more on Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville.

Candidate Blog Post: Nathan’s Adventures in Uruguay

 

I am currently wrapping up my two months in Uruguay and it’s left me with so much knowledge of the language and the culture of the area in and around the Rio de La Plata. I often have thought that I adjust very well to new environments, but my first few days here were overwhelming without a doubt. The weather change, the language, learning the city, and just learning how things are done in a culture takes time, but I wish, looking back, that I hadn’t been so timid. I felt like everyone was watching me when I went out and I was so afraid of taking a wrong step so it took me a while to get in the habit of getting out and about regularly when in reality, there was nothing to be afraid of.

The people in Uruguay were very welcoming, I was lucky to make a friend that spoke good English who showed me around the city and I found the culture to be very relaxed. My Uruguayan friend uses the phrase “Manejate” to describe the culture here, which more or less translates to “Suit yourself”. Uruguayans are very relaxed and friendly so if you’re considering an excursion here, I would highly recommend it. The professors who taught my classes were extremely helpful and friendly and I met many other international students at the school who I became very close with.

All the advice you hear about these types of trips is true, the sooner you get yourself getting out and meeting people, the better your experience will be, but it’s easier said than done. I have taken so much from my trip here so far beyond my internship and I would recommend it to anyone considering such a trip. Cheers from Uruguay!

If you’re interested in interning abroad in Uruguay like Nathan, check out our Uruguay page.

Scotland from a Candidate’s Perspective

The Scotland Abroad Program spots fill up fast because of how organized and affordable the program is. Our two programs, Equine and Observation & Research, include housing, transportation from the airport, meals throughout the week and more! These programs allow you to expand your resume with international experience and give you the opportunity to travel the beautiful landmarks in Scotland.

Scotland – Equine Program

The Equine Program is a special four-week program available for animal science and pre-veterinary students. Candidates are enrolled into two courses, Equine Anatomy & Physiology and Equine Fitness. These two units will give you six hours of US credit and are fully transferable towards your degree. When future employers look at a candidate’s resume, they find interest in their experience abroad because it reassures them that the candidate is capable of working outside their comfort zone. Candidates take advantage of this learning experience and travel on the weekends to nearby locations, which tends to be affordable.

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Scotland – Observation & Research Program

The Observation & Research Program is aimed at serious students with academic observational and research assignments in different sectors, which include agricultural business, ecology and conservation, psychology, speech and hearing sciences and more! This six-week program, like the Equine Program, begins in mid-May and is one of our most popular summer programs.

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Candidate Spotlight – Natalie M.

Our Scotland programs are one of the most popular programs for our summer candidates. We like to receive feedback and stories from our candidates about their experiences during the internship/study abroad program itself. It gives you, the reader, a better understanding of what you could possibly do in the future.  Our Observation and Research candidate, Natalie M., wrote about her time in Scotland and gave us more insight on what it’s like to be an intern abroad.
Check it out!

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Interning Abroad after Graduation

Why Should You Intern Abroad after Graduation?

For most seniors, graduation is just around the corner, thank goodness. The instant panic of “What am I going to do now?” hits you real quick. You feel like you haven’t learned enough to step out into the “real world.” What happened to the confident junior who was so ready to graduate? Not here. You’re looking through job applications, ready to send in your mediocre resume, when all you want to do is try new things and do something adventurous before getting stuck at a 9 to 5 like the rest of your friends. Who wants to hire a recent graduate?

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Interning abroad gives you the opportunity to work AND travel, it’s the best of both worlds. There are many benefits to interning abroad, especially after graduation. Pack up your things and do something for YOU. You’ve worked too hard these past four to five years not to treat yourself. You’re not just wondering around in a different country; you’re doing hands-on work and making use of that brand new degree.

Work Experience

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An intern abroad means you’re going to be working part-time for a couple of days during the week. You finally have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned these last few years and apply them to real situations. As an intern, you’re placed into the workforce without having the pressure of long-term commitment to the job, and you get to learn a little bit of everything. It’s the dating version of relationships, who would have known.

Internships give you the opportunity to learn what you didn’t have the chance to learn at school, or probably couldn’t learn from just going to school.  Hands-on experience is more fulfilling than sitting in a classroom, and you learn more about the work environment while adjusting to daily challenges and learning how to handle new situations. You’re no longer just “adulting” because you’re an adult (somewhat).

Future Employment

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Future employers want to know that you’re capable of handling the work in your industry and keep yourself professional. The first thing they’re going to check on your resume is your past work experiences and for how long you were there. An article released by Psychology Today showed how 82 percent of hiring managers wanted to see a formally completed internship on resumes. They’re practically a necessity, and it’s a struggle for students to find internships nowadays because the demand for them is high.

If interning improves your chances of getting hired, can you imagine how good it looks when you’ve interned in another country? By completing an internship abroad, you’re exposing yourself to growth far outside your comfort zone. An internship abroad shows employers that you’re open to new things and have experienced a global perspective of the industry you’re working in. You’ve interacted with people from diverse backgrounds, and it makes you stand out. So many cookie points.

Taking Chances

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When was the last time you tried something different or did something you’ve never done before? Think about it. As humans, we try to put ourselves into a routine because it feels safe. For once in your life, don’t place yourself into a routine.  When you’re abroad you don’t have a set routine; you have to learn how to adjust to the new culture and surroundings. It’s not a bad thing.

Travel

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Travel. Travel. Travel. Everyone talks about how much they want to travel but they never actually do it. You don’t want to regret not visiting half of the world in your 20s. This is your chance! You might be working, but there is such thing as weekends.

As an intern, your work hours aren’t as intense, and you have more time to do things, things you weren’t able to do when you were going to school. Try new food. Oh, all of the good food you’ve seen in travel shows and movies where the main character is living their best life in a new country. The time to travel is now, so stop pushing it aside.

Self-Growth

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You’re finally out on your own. Experiencing the world without anything tying you down is fulfilling. It’s an incredible feeling. It might seem scary, being in a new place without your family or your friends. Trust me, you’ll make some new friends, and this new place will feel like home. Independence opens you up, and you learn more about yourself than you imagined.

You also get to learn what it’s like to work in an industry you’ve studied. Did you make the right choice? If not, you have the chance to learn what you do like to do. You become a lot more confident because you know yourself a more now. You’re basically having your own Eat Pray Love moment, and that’s fine.

 

Don’t doubt your capabilities. After graduating, grab your passport and explore the world, yourself, and the career you see yourself having in the future. It will have more of a positive impact on you than you realize.