Tools and Apps to Learn Spanish Easily - Adelante Abroad

Best Spanish Learning Apps and Websites

 

Tools and Apps to Learn Spanish Easily - Adelante Abroad

Living in a foreign country means being immersed into a different culture and a new language. Many of our candidates who travel to Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, or Chile are nervous about relying on an unfamiliar language with their limited speaking or reading skills. Trying to learn Spanish can be a difficult feat for anyone. However, we have Spanish language tools and apps to help you brush up on your skills or even take your learning to the next level!

 

Free Spanish Learning Apps

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Duolingo

This app is completely free, for apple and android, and is a great tool for learning Spanish. It breaks down all information into sections, helping you understand everyday phrases and key terms. Our favorite aspect of Duolingo is the microphone use. This is unique because you cannot move onto the next section unless you can pronounce words and phrases correctly. When you download this application be sure to approve microphone use in order to take advantage of this one of a kind feature.

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Memrise

Memrise is another free option for apple and android users. It remains free for the most part, besides offering some in-app purchases. The best part about this Spanish language tool is that it repeats the words multiple times and gives answers in multiple choice format. Seeing the words mixed into different phrases is more challenging but also extra beneficial. Get this app, turn up your sound, and start learning!

 

Paid Spanish Learning Apps

FluentU

Available to Apple users, and soon available to Android users, FluentU is a Spanish learning tool that is accessible for $15 a month (Be sure to take advantage of the free trial before committing to this tool). This application is unique because it offers a special type of training. FluentU focuses on an online language immersion technique, turning music videos, TV shows, and commercials into a learning experience. This is exactly why FluentU is on our top list of Spanish language tools. This app helps users to understand everyday words and phrases by using a type of language immersion. Download FluentU and start studying Spanish today!

 

Best Websites To Learn Spanish Online

TakeLessons

If you want the option of learning the Spanish language face-to-face with a teacher, TakeLessons is the best option for you! TakeLessons.com offers paid lessons online or in person with local language teachers. These language experts will help you learn either online or at a local destination. Prices generally range from $15 to $50 per 30 to 45 minute session (Keep in mind prices will range by length of session and the skill of your teacher). What we love about TakeLessons is the flexibility of location (online or in person), schedule, and price. This is one of the only websites that offer face to face lessons online or in person, so take advantage of this amazing tool and schedule your lesson asap!

BaseLang

At BaseLang.com, you get unlimited one-on-one Spanish tutoring with professional teachers, over Skype, for just $129 a month. This program focuses on helping beginners to learn and practice to become conversationally fluent. Classes are online and unlimited, meaning that you can take 30 minutes a day if needed or even 4-5 hours per day to become fluent in as little as 1-2 months.
We have listed some amazing applications above. Be sure to take advantage of these Spanish language tools and begin learning today. If you are interested in putting your Spanish to use, or learning in a country where you will be fully immersed, check out our internships abroad in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, and Uruguay.


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The 6 Best Internships for College Students - Adelante Abroad

The 6 Best Internships for College Students

The 6 Best Internships for College Students - Adelante Abroad

There are many reasons to participate in an internship and even more reasons to engage in an international internship, before, during or after college. Whether it’s gaining relevant work experience to add value to your resume or learning a new language (or even just getting out of your parents’ house for a few months!), finding an internship abroad has proven to provide extensive benefits.

We explained which majors absolutely NEED internship experience (read that article here). But which program do you choose? If you’re not in one of the majors that require an internship abroad, there are still programs that can help compliment your career path.

 

Medical and Healthcare Internships

There is a high demand for doctors, nurses and medical specialists on a global scale. Several programs are now being offered for medical internships all around the world, with various backgrounds.

Adelante Abroad candidates have varied in medical internship placements ranging from busy hospitals in the middle of Madrid to small village clinics in South America. Options for medical and healthcare internships are available in many fields as well, from pediatrics and surgery to pharmaceuticals and gynecology. The options are endless, and you’ll be able to make a difference in any that you choose.

 

Internships in Architecture and Design

Architecture is not just for skyscrapers. Think of all of the ancient foundations throughout the world. Whether it’s the study of gargoyles, iconic steps, or grand cathedrals, there is plenty to observe and learn outside of the classroom (and your own country).

Not interested in building the next major monument? Adelante Abroad offers programs for Interior Design candidates as well, where you can work with global design teams giving character to buildings both inside and out.

 

Internships in Psychology

With the increase of anxiety, depression, and mental illnesses around the world, there is a high demand for psychology and therapy.

Engaging in an internship abroad in psychology gives you the experience of communicating in new cultures, as well as studying different methods that other countries are using to help their patients. Similar to a medical internship, you have the option of working in a therapy clinic or producing research needed for psychologists to determine new and better treatment for patients.

 

Tourism and Hospitality Internships

Tourism and hospitality interns are placed in some of the hottest destinations around the world. You can intern abroad at a boutique hotel, European chain, or a larger golf or tennis centered hotel.

Adelante candidates gain experience in a variety of departments, from guest services to catering, room service, administration or event planning. You can even work with a travel or tourism agency and show off your Spanish language skills with vacationers!

 

Law Internships

Law internships are not limited to just business law and civil law; work assignments vary from country to country. You can work with a small legal firm or represent a larger company, depending on your career goals.

One of our candidates in Ecuador just began a law internship with a non-profit to help support human rights in Quito (read about his story here). There are several ways to build your resume prior to going to law school while still making a large impact in the community. In other words, you’re not just sitting behind a desk with these internships.

 

Internships in International Business

International Business is a bit broad, but that’s the magic of it! Students who take on an internship in International Business and International Relations have the chance to learn more about other countries and how they all work together.

Sectors range from globalization to sustainability, with employment opportunities in these fields growing exponentially every year. These internships help provide expertise in bringing diverse cultures together with effective communication. Plus, you may end up making international friends in high places!

 

Still not sure which Internship Field is right for you? We offer internships in a wide range of fields, and we can help create a customized program just for you! Click here to learn more about our different programs.

 

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What Majors NEED to Consider an Internship Abroad?

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Internships. Every one of your friends, family, professors and advisors mention is at least once when conversing about college and job prospects. It feels like every club you join or career workshop that you show up to says the same thing: You need to take an internship if you want to get a good job right out of college.

Even if it’s not required for your major, there’s no doubt that it creates exponential value on your resume. While less local internships are becoming available close to home, internships abroad are booming with the increase of resources and globalization throughout the world.

Internships abroad not only provide you with the experience that employers want to see on your resume, but it also gives you the opportunity to travel and immerse yourself in new cultures. Plus, you’ll come home almost fluent in a new language (another awesome addition to your resume).

While every major can benefit from taking an internship abroad, here are 4 majors who absolutely NEED it to get their foot out the door in their career:

 

Business

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It’s no longer just bookkeeping and Sales for today’s business person. With the increase in technology, globalization, and eCommerce, there has been a major need for international business models and communication throughout all global markets.

By interning abroad in Business, you are not only showing your future employer that you understand the basics (i.e. financial analytics, marketing, etc.), but you are also able to interact with different cultures and overseas markets.

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • Accounting & Auditing
  • Finance
  • Banking
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Consulting
  • Agricultural Business
  • Communications
  • International Trade

More Info: Business Internships Abroad

 

Conservation

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There are plenty of private companies, research institutions, and even non-profits who are happy to bring in interns to assist them in Conservation. The opportunities are endless in this sector due to the need for sustainability as well as protecting the environment.

This is a great program that helps Biology and similar majors get their feet wet and work alongside professionals in their field. Plus, you’re helping the environment (a major plus on all levels).

There is an increasing need for international interns to assist programs in Mexico, Uruguay and even places such as rural Scotland (no Spanish required for this Adelante program).

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • Biology
  • Marine Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Horticulture
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Forestry
  • Wildlife Sciences

More Info: Environmental, Horticulture & Ecology Internships Abroad

 

Political Science

Political Science Internships - Adelante AbroadThe United States isn’t the only country with a government system (I’m sure that you already knew that though). Every country has their own rules and regulations within a justice system, and many of their methods enforced are a strong part of their culture.

Political science majors should not only understand their local government policies but also understand how it works together with international agreements, alliances, etc. And, just like our home country, you get to learn how different communities hold different opinions on various topics, such as women’s rights, LGBTQ, etc.

Students in this sector not only become familiar with foreign policies but also work toward increasing tolerance and decreasing discrimination issues in other countries. It shows future employers that you successfully held an internship AND made an impact within that community.

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • International Relations
  • Human Rights
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Women’s Rights

More Info: Law Internships Abroad and Non-profits Internships Abroad

 

Healthcare

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Medical school alone is a rigorous process, and sometimes grades just aren’t enough. You must diversify and find a way to make your resume stand out against the crowd in this sector more than any other sector!

Medical internships are available in many foreign countries, and healthcare students are able to specialize in many programs abroad. By the end of your program, you might decide that being a surgeon wasn’t your calling and learn that you enjoy working with pediatricians, for example. You might even be interested in Equine Veterinary care!

Healthcare internships abroad can allow students to work in different environments, from a busy emergency room in the center of Madrid to a remote village in Oaxaca, Mexico. Here is another opportunity to learn the trade and make an impact.

Other Majors that Can Benefit from an Internship Abroad:

  • Public Health
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutrition Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary / Equine Veterinary

More Info: Medical Internships Abroad, Pharmacy Internships Abroad and Psychology Internships Abroad

 

Looking to boost your resume? Want to travel, make an impact, and gain work experience? We currently have openings for our July internship programs for all of the above majors! Apply now to save your spot before they fill up!

3 Ways an Internship Abroad Can Boost Your Resume - Adelante Abroad

3 Ways an Internship Abroad Can Help Boost Your Resume

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Adelante Abroad has been providing guaranteed internship abroad placements for candidates since 1999. With the increase in college students trying to start their career right after graduation, there’s much more competition for that dream job you’ve been thinking about since you were a Sophomore (or even earlier). 

In a 2014 article in the Huffington Post, statistics showed that students who take on internships have a significantly higher chance of getting a full-time job right out of college. That was regardless of college GPA. Sort of puts a damper on the work a student had to put in to get that magna cum laude.

The truth is that many of Adelante’s candidates take on internships just for that reason. They want to show potential employers that they have international work experience, master a new culture (and often times a new language), and travel out of the country. But what makes an international internship stand out from others?

Here are three ways that an internship abroad can help boost your resume, followed by tips on how to present it at your next interview:

Cultural Fluency and Teamwork Skills

What is cultural fluency? Cultural fluency is the familiarity and relationship with other cultures outside of your own. It gives candidates a competitive advantage over other people applying for the same position, especially if the position or business requires communication across different countries and cultures.

Being immersed in a new culture through an international internship will help people gain cultural fluency. It also shows employers that you are capable of adapting and working within a multinational project or company. An employee with cultural fluency is able to work with other team members with different backgrounds and nationalization (both within and outside of the United States). With an increase in globalization and international businesses, this is a trait that is not just wanted but now expected from employers.

Interview Tip:

Talk about a time when you worked together with one of your coworkers in your international internship. Emphasize what you learned from it and how you have continued to use your teamwork skills since returning back home.

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Independence and Confidence

Most employers, when seeing international internship experience on a candidate’s resume, will perceive the candidate as more confident and able to work independently. Confidence and independence shows employers that you are able to solve problems on your own, especially in a fast-paced environment.

Anyone who has worked abroad understands the amount of independence and confidence needed to handle the culture shock and language barriers encountered during the first few weeks. It also teaches you how to adapt to new environments quickly and with confidence.

Let’s face it, if you can find your way around Barcelona tourist spots in the summer, then you can find the confidence to handle any fast-paced environment.

Interview Tip:

Provide examples or stories of times when you had to solve something quickly on your own and what it taught you. Bonus points if you had to do it with a barrier of some sort (such as not being fluent in a language at first).

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Newly Developed Skills and a Stronger Resume

When a candidate decides to take on an intern abroad, they become exposed to more practices and paradigms that they would not have experienced while working locally. With these new practices, candidates are much more likely to have learned new skill sets, such as a foreign language or a new method of efficiency.

While not all people have the opportunity to intern abroad, having international experience on your resume helps your credentials stand out more to employers. With more students leaving college with similar degrees (business, communications, etc.), getting a job is becoming more competitive and requires a little extra “push” for candidates nowadays.

Interview Tip:

Let your future employer know what skills you learned while abroad and how it has benefited you for future jobs. Explain what you did to ensure that you had mastered that skill for the company (practicing a new language, joining a training program, etc.). If any of your new skills required a certificate, be sure to include that in your resume or portfolio for them to see.

Adelante Abroad offers international internships throughout the year in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Seville), Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Scotland (Summer only). Free housing, intensive language classes, academic credit, and much more are included in your program. Apply now to save your spot!

Where Are They Now? – Lynn T. (Former Intern Update)

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Lynn T., Former Intern in Barcelona (2011)

From time to time, we like to catch up with our former intern and study abroad candidates. Of course, many have used their experience with Adelante Abroad as a stepping stone onto bigger and better things in their lives. Nothing gives us greater joy than hearing about how their experiences affected and impacted them. The following is an example of this.



architecture-lynn-adelante-abroadWhen I enrolled for Adelante, I was still in graduate school and my visa in London was running out.  I moved over to Barcelona for an internship at a language school for a marketing internship. I had my TEFL certification allowing me to teach English as a foreign language. My marketing internship involved helping set up a website and the growth of how we were going to grow the language school. Because of my TEFL certification, my internship ended up hiring me as an English teacher as well! This was fantastic as I was still in grad school, I had an internship, and I was able to work.

9 months prior to my Adelante internship I had just graduated with my Bachelor degree, and I had already completed 2 internships. Applying for a job was tough. Employers wanted experience, but in order to have experience, you needed experience. It was a never-ending circle. Internships were a great opportunity to gain more experience in the work field that you’re trying to get into. My Adelante internship is the internship that seems to stand out the most on my resume.

When I left Barcelona I had just finished my Master’s Degree. My resume now had 3 internships, a Bachelor Degree and a Master’s Degree yet the thing all employers wanted to discuss, was my internship in Barcelona.

Where Are They Now - Lynn T.When I left for Barcelona, I went alone. I knew no one there, nor speak the language. Barcelona is in the state of Catalonia so many of the people there speak Catalan as well as Spanish- the two are very hard to tell the difference. Spain also borders France, so many of the locals also spoke French. During my time in Barcelona, Adelante put me in a language school to help me with my Spanish ability. I was able to make friends through my Spanish classes as well as through the internship & job.

Adelante was a great company to go through for an internship. I was placed in a house with locals. They were the loveliest people and the house was close to transportation. The language school that I worked at (and had an internship at) was amazing. The people were so friendly and included me in all activities. I loved every minute spent there.

Living in foreign countries provide a whole new prospective on life. You learn and grow so much as a person. My internship was only the start. This was 5 years ago and I am still living overseas.

I’ve been working in the software industry for the past few years and currently live in Sydney, Australia.

Going to Europe is always a good idea. Barcelona is a great location and easy to get around. If you’re going to do an internship in Barcelona, you’re going to love it.

Where Are They Now, Lynn T.

 – Lynn T.

Then: Masters of Organizational and Leadership Studies Management, Azusa Pacific University

Now: International Merchant Sales Specialist, MINDBODY, Inc., Syndey, Australia

5 Benefits of a Medical Internship Abroad

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(former Adelante intern Lucy T. holding retractors during an actual surgery in Madrid!)

A medical internship abroad can provide huge benefits, here are 5 reasons you should seriously consider doing one:

1. Get hands-on experience you simply CAN’T get in North America – Medical standards and practices are different (well, more lenient, for lack of a better word) in Europe and Latin America in comparison to North America. So who stands to benefit from that the most? YOU. You’ll be exposed to so many different things/getting hands-on experience in ways that would be impossible in any kind of medical internship in the U.S. or Canada. By comparison, in order to be a medical intern in North America, you need to complete medical school and already have a medical degree. Which brings us to our next point:

2. Boost your CV and Resume – If you’re still an undergrad looking to apply for medical school, think about how far ahead of the curve you’d be after completing an international medical internship! You’ll have real, working experience in the hospital, doctors office, operating room, you name it! Just by putting that kind of experience on your CV or resume, you’re guaranteed to stand head-and-shoulders above nearly all other applicants. It’s also an ace in your pocket when your interviewing for medical school.

3. Learn, become more fluent in another language – There is a huge need for medical practitioners to be fluent in another language in order to best serve certain populations. Spanish speakers in particular are needed in states like California, Texas, Florida, and Arizona. Becoming fluent just makes you that much more marketable when you’re ready to enter the workforce.

4. Gain meaningful experience in a specialty you’re interested in – There are plenty of internships you can do across a wide range of fields; that way, you can make the most of your experience. We’ve placed individuals in nursing, EMT, paramedic, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy internships. In addition, we’ve set up interns with placements where they can shadow surgeons of different specialties.

5. See the world! – If you could travel and see the world while remaining career oriented and working toward your future goals, wouldn’t you do it? Our programs provide a great opportunity to accomplish all of these things!

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Click here for information on our medical internship abroad programs by destination: Medical in Madrid, Spain, Medical in Seville, Spain, Medical in Marbella, Spain, Medical in Valparaiso, Chile, Medical in Oaxaca, Mexico, Medical in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tips to Facilitate Your Spanish Language Acquisition While Abroad

Overcoming the Subtle Difficulties in Your Spanish Program Can Feel Daunting… How Can You Get Over the Hump?

We recently came across an interesting story on how study abroad helped an American Literature and ESL teacher in her career. First and foremost, this teacher cited her study abroad experience in Spain as being the catalyst to her career epiphany. The goal of traveling to Spain was to increase her Spanish fluency, like most study/intern abroad candidates. In the beginning, it was overwhelming and even hopeless at times. She struggled more than she ever imagined. As her program went along, she discovered that the key to increasing fluency is in the process and strategies you use to navigate your way through a foreign language.

Here are her tips:

  • In the classroom, sit in front and minimize distractions.
  • When reading, get the gist and overall idea of a paragraph instead of trying to understand the words individually (the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts).
  • If possible, use context clues… if you can’t, then refer to a dictionary.
  • In conversation, use facial and physical cues… non-verbal communication can help you construct meaning.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask someone to slow down or say it again.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions.
  • Lastly, when you need to… speak your native language! It’s totally fine.

These tips helped guide her through a foreign culture and language. More importantly, these strategies also helped her career-wise in gaining a better understanding of how to teach to individuals who may be going through the same thing she experienced. Yet again, this story is another example of how an experience abroad can facilitate professional growth and provide additional tools to leave you better equipped in your respective career.

– Adelante Abroad

(the aforementioned referenced blog is by Elizabeth Tanzer-Ritter : http://blog.studyabroad101.com/2015/02/but-how-did-study-abroad-help-me-in-my-career/)

How to Convey the Benefits of Studying/Interning Abroad

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The value of studying and/or interning abroad is incomparable. You will learn more than you can ever imagine and grow in ways impossible to do if you remained at home. But how do you convey this to your friends, who might have never left the country before?  To your parents, who might be helping you pay for your program abroad?  Most importantly, to a future employer in an interview setting or to a graduate school selection committee?

Utilize the P-A-R-K Method to help you reflect and verbalize on your new skill set:  Problem or need;  Action(s) you took;  Result(s) you achieved; Knowledge or skills gained.  Some specific examples, that simply cannot be learned while in our comfort zone / at home:  Developing international professional competencies • Communicating across two languages effectively • Solving problems • Balancing work abroad and life abroad • Embracing change • Working effectively in a cross cultural team • Working in a diverse environment • Managing time and priorities • Navigating across boundaries • Acquiring knowledge • Thinking critically.

It can be difficult to articulate what is learned or developed while interning abroad. Make no mistake, such an experience does have a positive effect on your marketability. A study conducted at the University of Michigan (*) sheds clear light on the favorable traits, gained or enhanced by experience abroad, companies are looking for. Specifically, the study showed that 35%-50% of employers surveyed valued traits including:

  • Interacting with people who hold different interests, values, or perspectives.
  • Understanding cultural differences in the workplace
  • Adapting to situations of change
  • Gaining new knowledge from experiences
  • Ability to work independently
  • Undertaking tasks that are unfamiliar/risky
  • Applying information in new or broader contexts
  • Identifying new problems/solutions to problems
  • Working effectively with co-workers

So, when you are entering the work force as an intern or study abroad alum, make sure to highlight the traits above in your resume or interview. Make sure to document many of your PARK situations. And remember, according to Gardner et al. (2008), “The value of study abroad depends on how well the student can reflect on his or her experience”, or what is referred to as ‘Unpacking’ your abroad experience.

– Adelante Abroad

(*) Gardner, Gross, & Steglitz (2008) Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience: Critical Reflection for Workplace Competencies. CERI Research Brief 1-2008. Collegiate Employment Research Institute. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State UniversityT-Shaped