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.

4 Ways That Interning Abroad Helps Women Become GirlBoss Leaders

4 Ways That Interning Abroad Helps Women Become #GirlBoss Leaders

4 Ways That Interning Abroad Helps Women Become GirlBoss Leaders

Who run the world? #GirlBoss

Women are smart, talented, and powerhouses on so many levels. With this notion, there are consistently fewer women taking on leadership roles than men in business, politics, and tech industries. In an already competitive workforce, women are still making just $0.78 to every dollar that a man makes in the same position. Let’s change that.

There are still challenges and gender barriers in the 21st-century workplace, and for the modern woman starting her career, an international internship can help face some of the biggest problems in the workplace.

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There is one area that young women are dominating – travel. A whopping 75% of our candidates in 2017 were women, and almost 80% of our 2018 candidates abroad are also women from all over the world. Going abroad is very popular among female college students and young women who are finishing their degrees and beginning their careers.

The key to making your travel stories stand out in your interviews is to show some work experience abroad. While some universities and programs require an academic internship, many of our candidates take on the opportunity to explore several possibilities of professional development overseas.

Here are a few ways that an internship abroad helps women gain quality leadership skills needed in male-dominated roles:

 

Reason #1: Confidence

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While not everyone has an issue with confidence, it tends to be a huge challenge for women, especially when it comes to interviewing for a significant position in their career, negotiating salaries, and asking for a promotion.

Getting placed in an internship abroad helps our candidates practice their hard and soft job skills while learning how to adapt quickly to a unique environment. Many of our partner companies provide their interns with various opportunities to learn different skills, take on an international strategy for the team, and boost their resume and self-esteem.

Outside of your internship, you’ll learn how to move in and around a different country, new culture, and even a new language (having a second language is a HUGE resume booster). Being able to blend in like a local and immerse yourself in life abroad can be a reminder of your professionalism and maturity, boosting your confidence for any challenge moving forward.

Don’t be afraid to share with your future employers what you gained from your internship and how it’s helped you with the skills needed to take on a role in their company.

 

Reason #2: Being Direct With Peers

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We do it all the time. “I was thinking…how about we…would you be interested in…I’m sorry to interrupt.” As polite as these phrases may sound around friends and family, it can, unfortunately, come off as insecure or inferior in professional environments. When you’re in another country, speaking another language and working in a new culture, you have to be direct with what you want or need.

With language and cultural barriers abroad, young women learn very quickly how to be clear with their requests and, consequently, become effective communicators with their team. It’s something that a #GirlBoss has to possess in any industry to get exactly what they want. With language barriers abroad, there’s no room for wishy-washy requests and being too shy to ask for something. You’ll come back home with new vocabulary and become unapologetic of your plans and goals.

 

Reason #3: Global Perspective

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Man or woman, an international internship teaches every intern two important skills for the global economy: intercultural communication and critical thinking. With ever-growing globalization in all businesses today, most hiring managers look for these in their employees, and some are even paying their teams to be educated in these areas.

Coming into an interview with a resume possessing these skills will not only keep your chances of getting the job high but also show that you’re a valuable asset for the years to come (hello, corner office!). Interning abroad helps you understand different cultures but also help you and your team adapt resiliently to new environments and diverse perspectives.

Having a global perspective is in high demand for most major businesses and industries, and women who possess these skills will have the leg up in the next leadership roles.

 

Reason #4: Building a Stronger Network

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Women are empowering women, ya know?

It doesn’t matter how amazing you are in your craft; in the professional world, what matters the most is who you know and who knows you. As a young woman beginning her career, it’s important to grow and join a tribe of strong, powerful women and female mentors who are willing to guide you in advancing your career and manifesting your passion.

Interning abroad creates an opportunity to finding mentors, whether it’s for language assistance to finding professional connections locally and globally. Many of Adelante Abroad’s program directors are female business owners or are partnered with female business owners who love mentoring our candidates. Outside of your internship program, you can also join networking groups in your city through professional programs or sites like Meetup.com. You never know who you’ll meet abroad who may know a company in your hometown who is looking for a #GirlBoss (nudge nudge).

 

Becoming a female business leader and #GirlBoss is a journey. You’ll be spending the next 5, 10, even 20 years growing your skill sets and becoming a powerhouse in whatever industry you work in. Taking an internship will help spark those skills into your life, give you the experience that you’d never have at home, and help grow your influences and relationships with professionals all over the world.

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Let’s face it. Women can do just as much as men can do. So let’s show them who’s boss.

Should I Go Abroad for 1 Month or 6 Months - Adelante Abroad

Should I Go Abroad for 1 Month or 6 Months?

Should I Go Abroad for 1 Month or 6 Months - Adelante Abroad

The obvious answer is you should go abroad for as long as possible! Everyone wants to travel abroad, that’s a no brainer, but obviously you clicked this blog post because you are trying decide between one or six months.

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A one month internship or study abroad program is usually a faculty-led program by your school, volunteering or teaching English. All of those choices are very good options and one should consider those if you have the time and money. However, you are really limiting yourself to learning about the culture and living like a local by only going for one month. You might have a week or two of language courses, depending on where you go and your program, and that leaves you two weeks to really be immersed in the culture. To me, a one month program is like a sample at Costco. You get a taste of it and you leave wanting more.

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If you were to consider taking a one month program, you should do it as a way to earn college credit. A faculty-led program is expensive but you do get to earn that credit abroad, which is always a nice thing to experience. Plus your course will be taught in English! So you don’t have to worry too much about being completely lost in the textbooks.

A six month internship or study abroad program is something I would highly recommend and encourage people to take. Six months is a long time in a country you’ve never lived in and – to me – that is so exciting! You have that adjustment period of about a month (it’s different for everyone) and after that you have five months to really just live like a local and be completely immersed in the food, culture, traditions and festivals! In six months, you will be knowledgeable about the city and country you are living in. It’s a no brainer you’ll adapt to your surroundings but it’s the most rewarding when you get to say you’ve experienced life abroad for six months.

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People will be in awe and will ask you tons of questions about your time abroad. If you’re there for a month you’ll leave saying, “I wish I stayed longer,” or “I wish I picked a six month internship instead.” Do you want to sound like that? I know I wouldn’t.

I was featured in a video with Alexandria, Adelante’s digital marketing specialist, discussing why you should take an internship for more than three months. There is some useful information in that video and reiterates some of the points made in this post. Take a look and see why it’s important to take an internship or a study abroad program for more than three months.

Regardless, the decision to go abroad is a huge one! You should congratulate yourself for just wanting to study or intern abroad. Do what makes you comfortable. If going for a month is your thing, then by all means sign up for a month! But if you’re looking to really experience life abroad, a six month program would be best.

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Social Media & Marketing intern for Fall 2017 and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.

4 Ways to Convince Your Parents To Let You Intern Abroad - Adelante Abroad

4 Ways to Convince Your Parents To Let You Intern Abroad

4 Ways to Convince Your Parents To Let You Intern Abroad - Adelante Abroad

So you’ve been accepted into a program OR you’re interested in going abroad and you’re wondering what to tell your parents.

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Don’t worry. I’ve been through this process and I’m going to tell you everything I did and why I did it. You probably won’t be as scared like Spongebob, but it is a little nerve wrecking.

The most important thing you must do before you approach your parents is to have a plan! I can’t stress that enough. Although, some parents may not even care about the logistics and are just happy to see you go abroad. Every parent is different, but my parents like to see things in front of them and look at what I’m getting myself into. BUT! Before you can sit your parents down, you should have a plan even if your parents don’t have an interest in it.

Having a plan is not only helpful for your parents but also you. Here is what I did for my plan:

Research. Research. Research.

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This is the most important step, like many jobs or projects, research helps you understand what you signed up for. Looking at the school you’ll be going to or the destination you’re going to be working at helps give you a sense of the surrounding area. Gives you an idea of what to do around there, how long will it take to get from A to B, helps figure out total costs, etc. I can’t stress enough how important this step is when presenting a plan to your parents.

Having done all this research not only helps you get leverage to go but it reassures your parents knowing you took the time to find all this info about the program, city, location, living situation, etc. Your parents just want their baby to be safe and financially stable while abroad.

This step will make or break it for you. Having this research has so many benefits and I know it sounds god awful to do more research outside of school…but this opportunity doesn’t come often. Some of these research benefits include:

  • Reassurance for both you and your parents
  • Preparation for when you get to your destination
  • Have a better sense of your residences, work location and the city.
  • Transportation – if they have good access, monthly cards, student discounts, etc.
  • Travel – weekend getaways? How far? How much?
  • Events and activities that occur during the time of your stay. Embrace yourself in the culture and expand your knowledge of the world.
  • How to budget for your travels and excursions.
  • Currency conversion rates.
  • Miscellaneous things like cellular data plans, WiFi, etc.
  • Cost of living comparisons.

Just to name a few!

Once you’ve done some research, whether you’re studying abroad or interning abroad, you should have an idea on where you’re living. After you’ve looked through the different neighborhoods, apartment styles, etc., you can now reach out to others for living situations.

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Like many other companies, Adelante provides free housing with the our programs. Airbnb, VRBO, Facebook, Reddit and local housing websites are also good places to start for a living situation. However, we strongly recommend using the provided housing as it has gone through inspections and is centrally located for your convenience. Don’t settle for less, but you are mainly only there to sleep and shower! You don’t need to be spending big bucks on a place when you should be out and about exploring the city!

Having your living situation set or in the works helps your case to go abroad. My mom was concerned about my living situation. I reassured her where I would be living is safe and provided by the home university.

Financial stability is another HUGE aspect to anyone going abroad. It’s great you got into a program abroad or you want to go abroad, but do you have the funds for it?

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  1. SCHOLARSHIPS go a LONG way for those studying or interning abroad. It’s free money. DO IT.
  2. FundMyTravel or GoFundMe are also great resources for you to use. They do charge an admin fee, so take that into consideration. I used this, didn’t get much traction as I started too late. Start this immediately if you want to go abroad! Check out our blog post about funding your travels!
  3. FAMILY! Ask your family for help! Christmas money? Birthday money? Easy cash!
  4. Find a part-time job abroad! It’s easier than it seems but depending on your destination they may require a specific language. It isn’t impossible though!

Now you’ve completed research and finding a home. The next step would be to present your plan to your parents, which in all reality isn’t hard so long as you have done your research.

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You should present your parents with this plan when you have time together – lunch, dinner, relaxing at home, etc. Go through the different parts of your program so they get an understanding of what you’ll be doing, where you’re going and what they should expect. My mom kept asking if there was something she needed to do and I had done everything already. All she had to do was give her stamp of approval.

Go through costs. This is also important. How will you pay for the program? How would you get money if you need it? Do you have money saved? This is the biggest concern as it was for my mom. She wanted to make sure I had enough money to get there and back with added excursions. To solve this issue, you can always get a part time job. Some places will hire you to pick fruit or be a restaurant server. Jobs that aren’t hard but people won’t do, that’s where you come in!

Hopefully you took the time to follow these basic steps on how to convince your parents to go abroad. It’s an opportunity that people should consider because you get to learn so much about yourself and the world. It’s truly a beneficial opportunity to experience.

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To put it simple: your parents want you to be safe and reassured that everything will be or is taken care of. Your parents don’t want to worry about a thing while you’re gone, except that you’re alive and being healthy.

Your parents have every right to be concerned about you going abroad alone. Wouldn’t you? So just make sure you have everything set or have an idea of what to do. Do NOT go and plan on a whim. That works if you’re backpacking through countries but when you’re studying or interning abroad, it’s a rookie mistake. A mistake that may cost you more money and that is not fun. With that my friend(s), I hope your parents were thoroughly convinced to let you go abroad! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Be smart. Be safe. Go explore.

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante Abroad

Drew is Adelante HQ’s Social Media & Marketing intern for Fall 2017 and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antarctica.

Should You Take a Gap Year - Adelante Abroad

Should You Take a Gap Year?

Should You Take a Gap Year - Adelante Abroad

I bet you’ve stumbled upon this article because it had “gap year” in the title. I can also bet that you will or have already thought about taking a gap year at some point in your life.

The good news: taking a gap year between high school and college is becoming increasingly popular amongst the up and coming generations. Taking a gap year is nothing new; as a matter of fact, people have been doing this for quite some time already!

But now that travel has become such a huge aspect for people’s lives today, it is definitely easier to find a means to get to where YOU want to go. There are many opportunities for people to take a gap year. Travel has become such a huge aspect in our culture that there are hundreds of travel companies that focus on gap year adventures, assistance, programs, etc. Adelante Abroad offers some gap year options for those seeking adventure in Spanish speaking countries!

 

Why Should You Take a Gap Year?

By now you’ve probably asked yourself these questions many times:

“Should I take a gap year?”
“What are the benefits of taking a gap year?”
“Will I have money?”
“Where would I go?”
“How do I get there?”
Etc. etc. etc.

It’s a lot of questions to be answered, but that’s normal. Sometimes you just have to take the leap and figure it all out on the way. But the one question that may or may not be burning in your mind is “WHY?” Why. Why should you take a gap year? Why would anyone?

Taking a gap year has many benefits and (if you keep scrolling) I’ll go over some of the benefits that our past and current candidates love about it!

 

Who Can Take a Gap Year?

ANYONE can take a gap year. That’s right, you read that correctly.

An. Eee. Won.

Seriously, your parents could even take a gap year and leave you to fend for yourself (not that I’m saying they will because let’s face it, that’s messed up), but it reiterates my point: ANYONE can go! Whether you’ve just graduated high school and don’t want to dive right into college just yet, or you just want a break from the crazy adult workforce world, go and find yourself!

There’s no age limit or certain background you have to meet to take a gap year. Taking a Gap Year is meant for people to take a break from their lives, to drop (almost) everything and discover what they want to do in a career and who they’re meant to be.

Alright alright. You made it to the part of this post where you get to see what you gain out of taking a gap year. The good stuff. The stuffing to the turkey. The peanut butter to ya jelly.

Anyway…

 

What Traveling Does For You

Let’s stop for a moment. Bare with me.

Before we move on, I want you to think of a time where you had the opportunity to travel. What was your experience like? How did you feel the first couple of days? Did you like the environment, culture and people that surrounded you? How did you feel when you came home after your travels?

Answering to these questions helps answer a portion of why you should take a gap year.

Traveling exposes you to parts of the world you may not ever get to experience at home. To be fully immersed in a culture is a beautiful and, sometimes, an intimidating experience! It really tests your limits and your ability to survive in an environment that is completely new to you.

One of the things that you can take away from traveling is getting out of your comfort zone. Being able to get out of your comfort zone allows you to grow as an independent individual and rely on your social and survival skills. It tests your ability to make decisions, to become more knowledgeable of the world and to gain more confidence in yourself knowing that you were able to successfully break down the barriers between you and the outside world.

(Plus, Mom and Dad would be super impressed that you did your laundry and washed the dishes without anyone reminding you.)

I must say, you may also catch a particular bug while traveling. That creature is the travel bug! Once you get a taste of the outside world, all you’ll ever want to do is explore some more. Guaranteed.

Wouldn’t you want your Instagram page to look dope with some awesome travel pics??? I know I would.

 

What You Can Gain from Taking a Gap Year

There’s a bunch of stuff you gain from taking a gap year. I mean, for one, your Instagram feed will be looking fuego (that’s um… Spanish for “fire” if you didn’t already know). Imagine all the nice aesthetic photos you’ll be taking and posting on your page! Ugh. That’s the dream!

Besides having the best Instagram page, you gain knowledge about the world and different cultures, you learn about yourself through different levels of stress and experiences, you meet new and different people from all walks of Earth, and your skillsets get revamped and you gain new ones!

Taking a gap year will open doors for you, but it’s up to you whether you want to risk it or not.

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post about taking a gap year and why you should. It talks about what you gain and what it does for you as a person. It gives you 10 reasons why you should take a gap year. Read it. It made me want to go.

Here are MORE reasons why you should take a gap year from the 2015 National Alumni Survey, IRB Approved, and done in collaboration with Temple University, the Institute for Survey Research, and researched by the great Nina Hoe, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania:

  • Gap Years teach students about personal responsibility & critical thinking.
  • Gap Years foster a clarity that supports outstanding academic achievement, minimizes the time spent “lost” and maximizes the sense of personal drive.
  • Gap Year graduates consistently outperform their peers in terms of GPAs; more commonly take on leadership roles; more financially savvy; more employable (soft skills).
  • Gap Years (aka Bridge Years) offer a profound opportunity for students to learn about their neighbors – both global and local – and help to heal the divide in our country.

 

Who You Are Before, During and After a Gap Year

It’s wonderful to reflect on an adventure as you sit in your squished economy airline seat. Whether you’ve traveled for a week, two weeks, a month or a year, it is always nice to record your journey before, during and after.

I usually like to recommend taking photos as a sort of visual diary, a.k.a. Instagram. Sometimes a photo is all you need to recall a memory or a time in your life that you experienced the feeling of joy, wonder, excitement, fear, confusion and even regret. Who you are before your trip and after your trip may or may not shock you. It all depends on how much you step out of your comfort zone.

If taking photos is not your thing, a journal works just as fine! Maybe even a little better? Writing down notes, experiences, feelings, etc. will help you realize how much you’ve changed as a person after your travels. Part of Adelante’s program requirements is filling out reflective exercises during the first week of the internship. This will lead to writing down more reflective pieces down the line, which make the program, yourself and your employer look good! I can smell a letter of recommendation cooking.

It’s important to remember that traveling is great and it’s wonderful to experience the world, but if you don’t gain something out of it that has changed you in some way, shape or form, you should try and break from your shell. It doesn’t hurt every once in awhile to break down your walls and show the world who you truly are! There are six billion people on this beautiful planet we call home, what makes you think you’ll see any of the people around you again? Live a little. Explore. Live your life to its fullest.

 

What About Jobs? Colleges?

There are three different scenarios that come to mind when I think about a Gap Year for those who are interested:

  1. The high school graduate who isn’t ready for college.
  2. The college student looking to find his/herself.
  3. The salary job employee feeling stuck.

Good news if you fall into one of these categories: taking a Gap Year can happen at anytime!

For the high school graduate who isn’t ready for college, find a job, save money, and travel! Colleges will look at someone who has explored the world and has gained some knowledge outside of their own society valuable to their campus. Traveling can and will do that to you.

For the college graduate finding his/herself, taking a gap year will not only help you search for the person you truly want to be, but it’ll also look extremely appealing on your resume when you apply for jobs! Employers are looking for someone who isn’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone, who has embraced many cultures on their travels, taken the risk to go abroad, and you grow so much as an individual that your personal skill set improves.

For the salary job employee feeling stuck, traveling will help you grow as a person that you may find another path. Sometimes it’s a good recharge of the batteries and you come home refreshed and ready to go. But if you’re feeling stuck now, you’ll feel stuck later. Take the gap year to really find yourself. You’re not going to get unstuck staying in the same place in the same city in the same state of mind. Just sayin…

Look at this article that talks about how taking a gap year helps students grow, both high school and college. It links studies on how taking a gap year helps students who aren’t ready for college and how it helps guide you a bigger future. Read it. Read it! It will help you make decisions on taking a gap year.

 

You’ve made it to the end of the post. For those who did read until the end, thank you and I hope that this helped in any decision you may have about taking a gap year. It’s important to understand that taking a gap year has many benefits for anyone no matter the age or stage in life. It gives you the opportunity to grow and learn about yourself in ways you wouldn’t be able to do in your hometown. It’s best to go out and explore the world that makes you a little uncomfortable because it’s there you really test your limits and your abilities to survive. That’s where traveling becomes the most rewarding.

So take the gap year. Maybe not now or tomorrow, but at some point in your life you should. Go.

 

About Our Contributor:

Drew - Digital Marketing Intern - Adelante AbroadDrew is Adelante HQ’s Social Media & Marketing intern for Fall 2017 and is currently a Public Relations major at Cal State Long Beach. He has participated in a youth exchange program in Dakar, Senegal and an international basketball tournament in Japan. One of his many traveling goals is to step foot on every continent on this big blue planet, and yes, even Antartica.

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part II - Adelante Abroad

How To Afford An Internship Abroad: Part II

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part II - Adelante Abroad

This is a two-part series to help you save and earn some extra money for your internship abroad trip. Part I has tips on saving money for your trip with your current job or cash flow. Part II includes tips on earning extra money without picking up three jobs and sacrificing your studies.

We highly recommend reading Part I first to get an idea on the budget you may need for your internship abroad. If you’ve already set up a budget and are saving money, but you’re looking to earn more money toward you’re trip, then Part II is the best place to start.

So you’ve successfully planned out your internship abroad program and know what it’s going to take to make it happen. This is a big step and shows your commitment to your goals and dreams! However, if you’re still struggling to find enough money for your trip (even with the money you’re already saving), there’s a couple tips to help you earn money toward your travels!

 

Tip #4: Fundraising & Scholarships

If you don’t want to bite the bullet and ask your Uncle Scrooge to help pay for your intern abroad program, then there are several other ways to low-key ask family and friends (or even your school) for money.

We all have that one relative… (GIF Source)

 

Fundraising

Fundraisers no longer have to involve lemonade stands or hot (and awkward) car washes. While they are still up for grabs (just because it’s old school doesn’t mean it won’t work), funding for trips in the digital era is no longer a hassle.

Crowdfunding is a great way to gain travel fund money with both local and distant friends and family. Sites like FundMyTravel and GoFundMe are well known for travelers and college students trying to fund their intern abroad program. The wonderful thing about FundMyTravel is that the creators of this platform understand what it means to fundraise money to travel, study or intern abroad. They’ve been in your shoes and they create content specifically for those in are in the same boat. By creating blog posts tailored to those searching for tips, tricks and answers on how to fundraise money for travel, it sets the potential traveler up for success.

Whereas GoFundMe is more of a broader spectrum for fundraising, GoFundMe is a great place to start; however, because it’s so broad, we would recommend looking at FundMyTravel first. Go through FundMyTravel blog and look for help or suggestions on how to create a successful campaign for your travels. Both platforms are actually quite similar than they are different, both take 5% of your earnings toward Administrative fees, you can put pictures, information and your fundraising goal. You can also share your links on all social media as well as email, letting everyone online know about your trip for both platforms.

There’s no need to be afraid of fundraising for your trip! (GIF Source)

 

For the purposes of traveling, we suggest FundMyTravel. It’s more travel-friendly and you have a team who has been in your shoes and knows what it takes to travel, intern or study abroad.

If you or a generous friend are creative and artsy, then you can create a t-shirt campaign through Bonfire. This is a great way to fundraise with donations without any startup or inventory costs that you would have to spend elsewhere. Your friends and family will also receive a shirt with your awesome design on it that they can wear for years.

Tips for Crowdfunding

  • Start talking to family and friends before your campaign goes live. Prospective donors who see that you’ve already begun funding before you opened your campaign are more likely to help chip in.
  • Write about your plans when going abroad, where the funds will directly go toward, and why taking an internship abroad is important to you and your future. Add a personal 2- to 3-minute video for some extra feels.
  • Offer “mini prizes” for higher donations. For example, you can offer a personalized postcard from your trip abroad to anyone who donates $50 or more, or you can offer a couple of hours of volunteer work to a local organization that they choose.
  • Most crowdfunding sites charge a processing fee for each donation that you receive (generally 8-10%), so if a family or friend says that they donated $50 to your campaign, you may only see $45 in your campaign. With sites like GoFundMe, you may not even notice the fee anyway, but it’s always good to keep that in mind while pushing for extra funding.

 

Scholarships

Finding scholarships is easy, but finding a scholarship that is specific toward studying or interning abroad can be tricky. However, there are resources out there that will be more than helpful in the hunt for free money.

Here are some helpful tips in finding scholarships:

  1. Narrow down your interested country selections, unless you’ve been selected into a program already.
  2. It would also help if you include your major or type of program you’ve been selected into or are interested in (i.e. marketing scholarships in Barcelona).
    • Utilizing filters will help narrow your options down.
  3. Always check the qualifications or requirements for the scholarships. You may or may not qualify for some! Check before applying!
  4. You can always check your school’s study abroad office for more resources! Most study abroad offices will have some sort of resource for students to find scholarships or a way to fund money.
    • They also have a lot of useful information on before, during and after studying abroad!
  5. Google search scholarships with the country in the search bar (i.e. Chile study abroad scholarships).
    • You should also check country education websites. Some departments of the government offer scholarships or grants for international students.
  6. These websites have been helpful in finding scholarships.

 

Tip #5: Selling & Odd Jobs

Another option for figuring out ways to make money to fund your travels is to do some odd jobs or to sell your stuff! I’m not saying sell everything you own or your organs, but to sell things you may not use anymore – clothes, electronics, furniture, old cars, etc. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

There are people out there that buy and collect old Beanie Babies on eBay… Just sayin’… (GIF Source)

There are plenty of websites or apps to sell your goods, here are few that come to mind:

  1. Craigslist
  2. eBay
  3. Facebook groups
  4. Mercari
  5. OfferUp
  6. Letgo
  7. 5miles

Like always, be cautious when selling things online. Your safety is more important than some dollar bills. Always use your best judgement when making a potential sale.

If you’re looking to keep all your things, then we would suggest downloading a variety of apps that allow you to make some quick cash in exchange for some tasks. These apps work around your schedule, so it’s entirely up to you if you want to make money.

Here are some apps that will help you get started:

  1. TaskRabbit
  2. Takl
  3. Wags!
  4. Uber
  5. UberEATS
  6. Postmates
  7. Lyft
  8. DoorDash

If we got a nickel for every time this question was asked… (GIF Source)

When using these apps, be aware that they normally have some administrative fees (15-30 percent) that are included in your earnings. It is mainly for your protection – financial and physical – so don’t be alarmed when you don’t receive your total amount. Also, some apps require background checks, which may cost you up to $50, it’s normal! Just remember to be safe and be smart!

We’ve been in your position, wanting to travel but funds are low. Instead of pushing those dreams aside, it should motivate you to work hard and to save up for the destination you wish to go to next. Don’t let something as little as money stop you from living your best life. Money will come and go, but you can’t put a price on the memories, the personal growth and the feeling you get when you return from your travels and you feel nothing but absolute bliss.

It isn’t impossible to figure out how to make money or figuring out ways to fund your travels. By looking at some of the tips and tricks we’ve supplied you in this article, you should get a head start or at least an idea on what steps you need to take next. If you’ve got the drive, then there is no telling where you’ll go.

The cost of traveling and interning abroad can add up, but if you know how to work through the ins and outs of the travel industry, you will be fine. BUT if you don’t have no fear. There are plenty of resources and platforms for you to earn, save and fund your travels! FundMyTravel, the various apps and the many tips and tricks in this article will be your guide to exploring the world. So, let’s start filling up those piggy banks!

Adorable doggo not included in program costs. (GIF Source)

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Top 5 Countries for Internships Abroad in 2018

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How many times a day do you wonder, “Man, I wish I was traveling,” or, “I wish there was a way for me to work abroad!” Truth of the matter is, you can! There is a way for someone like YOU to be able to work AND travel abroad – now, tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year! It’s a crazy concept and you might find it impossible, but don’t worry, we are here to help! Would you believe that it is possible for you to work abroad?

Well – IT IS! If you put your mind to it, the possibilities are endless!

Still not convinced? Yeah, it is scary going to country you may not have been to, but don’t worry. It’s your comfort zone screaming at you in fear – don’t be afraid. Life is about taking risks and being able to learn and explore this beautiful blue planet we are on. You just have to visualize and it will materialize. But before we send you flyin’ anywhere, let’s get down to the nitty gritty to going working abroad.

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Why Should I Intern Abroad?

The job market today has become extremely competitive with recent college graduates struggling to find work they studied for and with the shift in global political views, technological advances and the ever changing planet we live on. Going abroad has become such an important aspect that employers are looking for someone who has been exposed to new places, languages, cultures and people.

Studies have shown that the benefits of those who study abroad include:

  • Increased self-confidence (Black & Duhon, 2006; Chapman, 2011; Dwyer & Peters, 2004)
  • Independence (Black & Duhon, 2006)
  • Global dependency (Dwyer & Chapman, 2004)
  • Open-mindedness and independence (Hadis, 2005)
  • General personal development and well-being (Kuh & Kauffmann, 1984)
  • To name a few!

Another study done by McMillan and Opem (2002), found that 70% of survey respondents who completed an internship abroad reported that their study abroad experience ignited an interest in a career direction. Just another reason why studying/interning abroad has become such an important factor when applying for jobs.

As you can see, it is important now than ever that not only students, but anyone wanting to study or work abroad should go! It is an opportunity that will last a lifetime and you gain skills that you won’t be able to learn in your hometown. Plus the skills you acquire or reinforce will help improve your future and your career! It’s something you shouldn’t pass up!

Who Should Do an Internship Abroad?

You want to know who can go? You, your friend, your cousin, your sister, your brother, your mother, your father, your colleagues, even your grandma or grandpa! Well, maybe not your grandparents, but anyone can apply for our programs! Whether you’re a student, a recent college graduate or age 40, we welcome people from all majors, colleges, backgrounds, cultures, traditions and age!

We, at Adelante Abroad, do not discriminate and we stand tall with those who wish to make a difference in their communities, city, state or the world.

What Types of Internships Abroad Are Available For Me?

Here at Adelante Abroad, we offer a variety of programs from nonprofits to graphic design, medical to winery, chances are, we’ve got you covered! Each country offers different programs, so make sure to double check if the country you want to go to has a program you’re interested in! In the meantime…

Here are Adelante’s top five programs!

1) Teaching English Abroad

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Our most requested program we offer and for good reason! There is no teaching credential requirements, so whether you are a beginner Spanish speaker or an advanced, don’t you worry ‘bout a thing! Our teaching program places participants anywhere from private institutes to K-12 campuses, day camps to universities, this is a program for anyone who is an aspiring teacher or professor!

2) Psychology Internships Abroad

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Ever wonder what it must feel like to be in the shoes of a psychologist? This program allows you to shadow and observe psychologist in their natural habitat. This competitive program has a limited number of spots, so there is no time to hesitate! It’s a no brainer that this program offers you the valuable field experience you need, with the added bonus of traveling! It’s a “kill a bird with two stones” kind of notion, don’t you think?

3) International Business Internships Abroad

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Business is universal and no matter where you go, business is business. Our participants can be placed in nearly all of the cities Adelante has partnered with for international business. Between accounting, consulting, finance banking/financial, marketing and agricultural business, Adelante guarantees an experience that will give you a little something extra for your resume. It’s time to suit up.

4) Equestrian Internships Abroad

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Calling all future veterinarians and equestrian enthusiasts! Adelante has programs just for you! Gain hands-on experience in the field that not only boosts any resume but gives you the opportunity to explore the field you love. There won’t be a dull moment when you’re learning new techniques and taking care animals big or small! Better hoof it, these spots fill up fast.

5) Medical, Nursing & Healthcare Internships Abroad

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Here at Adelante, we believe those thinking of pursuing this field of work should learn from hands-on experience and based on what country you choose, you will get exposure to surgical procedures, physical and occupational therapy, vaccinations, geriatrics, to name a few! This abroad program does require you to know at least beginner level Spanish, so before you apply, immerse yourself in the Spanish language! This is a great opportunity to learn about the medical field in other countries, making you an excellent candidate for medical school! **hint hint wink wink**

Top 5 Countries for Internships Abroad

Now that you may have an idea on what you might want to do abroad, it’s time to look at WHERE! Here are the top 5 locations for Adelante:

1) Spain

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From the Royal Palace in Madrid to Park Guell in Barcelona to the historic Seville, Spain has got the b-e-a-u-tiful beaches, delicious food and (the glorious) siestas! Regardless of which city you pick, you’ll fall in love with España and THAT is a guarantee! Spain offers many fields of work, by selecting a city, you’ll have a better understanding of where you might want to go and what you might want to do for work. 

Game of Thrones fan? Various locations throughout Spain have been featured in the critically acclaimed HBO series. From House Tarly to the Water Palaces of Dorne, Game of Thrones has surely taken over, but have no fear, winter is hardly an issue in Spain. No white walkers here! So winter isn’t coming…

2) Scotland

 

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I hope you’ve brought your boots because Edinburgh is immersed in nature! Take on some breathtaking hikes or simply enjoy a picnic, regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you bring some warm clothes! Scotland offers two programs: Observation & Research and Equine Summer Abroad. Spots for the equine program fill fast and is one of our more popular programs, so you must act quicker than lightning to secure a spot! 

Are you a fan of Harry Potter? If you answered yes, Edinburgh, Scotland will be your place to be. Edinburgh has the coffee shop where Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, formed Dumbledore’s army. Plus scenery to die for with the Edinburgh Castle and the endless amount of green hills. It almost makes you want to run and twirl like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music.

3) Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park - Internships in Ecuador - Adelante Abroad

Our newest program location – Ecuador – offers an experience unlike any other at latitude 0 degrees! Nestled in the Andes, Quito is the first UNESCO Heritage site and is the highest altitude capital in the world. Your mission, should you choose to accept, explore the surrounding areas from the Galapagos Islands to the Amazon, explore our newest addition to the Adelante family! This unique and beautiful city has much to offer from marketing to teaching English, women’s/human rights to medical. You will be placed in Quinto, a historic but beautiful capital city. You’ll never run out of stuff to see and do! It’s no wonder people adore Ecuador!

4) Chile

Hailey - Tourism and Hospitality Internships in Chile - Adelante Abroad

No, not the restaurant with baby back ribs, we are talking about the beautiful (and with a better selection of food) Chile! Chile programs are offered in Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, cities both on the coast with geographical similarities to Southern California. Just minutes from the beach and a couple of hours to the snow. But be warned, sunscreen is a must here! The ozone and sun aren’t best friends here and we can’t have you looking like a tomato… 

Want to explore? Head out of Valparaiso or head over to Easter Island (pricey but worth it) or even head off the grid to Patagonia! You can always drive a couple of hours toward the mountains to face plant in some snow! Whatever you’re looking for, Chile has much to offer! So it’s a given…go chill in Chile.

5) Uruguay

 

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I’ve got one word and one word only, beach. I hope you love the beach because Uruguay has got the plenty of beaches. However, their seasons are flipped! So if you plan on traveling during summer (Northern Hemisphere) then prepare for some temperature drops! Montevideo is the city you’ll be placed in and it is truly a “loss for words” type of city. From the public artworks to yerba mate (tea), Montevideo has much to do for anyone looking for a good time. In the words of Nicki Minaj, “let’s go to the beach -each, let’s go get awayyyy.”

How to Find an Internship Abroad

Step 1: Do Your Research!

Look on our website for information on the programs we offer and the locations as well! FYI…We offer the most affordable programs out there. We’ll save you some extra cash (and several hours of research).

Step 2: Pick a Program!

Once you’ve some research, it’s time to pick one! Check program deadlines so you don’t miss a thing!

Step 3: Revise Your Resume

Revamp your resume because we do ask for one! As well as references! It’s all mentioned in the process, but make sure everything is set and ready to go before hitting submit!

Step 4: Complete Our Online Application

Fill out our online application and then pay the application fee so we can secure your spot! We also have a Skype video/phone call as part our interview process, any questions can be asked in this step!

Step 5: Grab Your Passport

Make sure your passport is valid and will NOT be expiring before or during your trip! Also, double check the destination you want doesn’t require a visa for your home country!

Step 6: Ready, Set, GO!

Pack ya bags, you’re ready to explore! Packing lists are extremely helpful, but leave some room for goodies and memories!

 

Here at Adelante, we want all of our participants to be able to get hands-on experience, utilize their skill sets, and to explore the endless possibilities the world has to offer. Our programs are designed for participants to learn from mentors in different countries and in different fields so they not only have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity but an experience that will make them an exceptional candidate for the career they wish to pursue. We believe our candidates are capable of exceeding expectations and leaving a mark in a world.

It’s important now than ever that students entering the workforce have some sort of international experience, whether that’s traveling, studying or working abroad. You’ll make an notable asset with the skill set you develop abroad. Most importantly, you will grow as an individual, which is what we hope to see from every participant.

My only question for you is, what are you waiting for? Let’s go. Apply now!

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How To Afford An Internship Abroad: Part I

 

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part I - Adelante Abroad

[This is a two-part series to help you save and earn some extra money for your internship abroad trip. Part I has tips on saving money for your trip with your current job or cash flow. Part II includes tips on earning extra money without picking up three jobs and sacrificing your studies.]

 

Congratulations on making the decision to take on an internship abroad! Whether you’re doing it to gain college credit, gain work experience, or make an impact abroad, this is going to be one of the most memorable events in your life.

With the decreasing resources and scholarships available through college, however, more and more of our candidates are searching for ways to afford their program of choice. So many students will not even apply for a program this year due to doubts about getting the funds in time. It’s totally normal to have these concerns, and we’re here to help you!

If it can happen to Kristen Wiig, it can happen to all of us.

Fortunately, there are plenty of strategies for saving up for your internship that doesn’t have to involve picking up a second job during college. Saving money is a great habit of create during college, but here are some tips to help you grow that savings account to help accommodate for your program!

 

Tip #1: Create a Budget

Preparation is essential. Although most internship abroad programs are here to assist you ahead of time, anything can happen; flights can cancel at the last minute, transfers can be missed, and your luggage can disappear. These are things that we don’t necessarily have control over but can always prepare for.

You should save more than what you think is enough.

Wherever you create your budget spreadsheet (Google Docs or Excel are both a good start), your budget should include the basic expenses.

 

Program Fees

Adelante’s program costs vary depending on which city you want to travel to and how long you want to stay in your program. Check out our Pricing page for more information on this.

Your housing expenses are included in your program, whether you choose to stay in a shared apartment or with a homestay family. In some programs, your meals and laundry are also included in the program. Contact us if you have any questions about specific programs and what they have to offer.

 

Airfare/Transportation

Your plane ticket will probably be one of your biggest expenses for your program, but Adelante’s team is here to help you find inexpensive flights. Our social media intern searches for price drop alerts with different airlines and sends the information to our team so that we can let our candidates know. There are several websites, such as SkyScanner or JustFly, that help you search for the lowest costs possible. Airport pickup is included in your program fees, so you don’t have to worry about calling a taxi to take you to your housing.

#YoureWelcome

In major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, buses and trains are one of the best ways to commute and travel to different areas nearby. This, of course, will cost extra, and so it’s wise to determine (once you know your housing) the best ways to your internship and to calculate a good monthly budget. This can also include extra trips that you know you’ll be taking on your free time while abroad.

 

Pre-departure Expenses

Visa(s), passport, health and travel insurance are some extra expenses to consider. You may need to do your research on these items, but Adelante has some free resources to help you begin. It’s very wise to do this as soon as possible to save some money and not have to deal with “rush fees.”

Please note that Adelante does not assist with Visas; however, candidates spending less than three months abroad do not need a Visa. Our team is also happy to answer any questions that we can on rules with Visas abroad.

 

Food

Alas, the food. For most of Adelante’s programs, it’ll be up to you to do your cooking and grocery shopping. #Adulting much?

Before your program, Adelante sends candidates a pre-departure orientation packet that will include some tips on finding food nearby and how much to expect to spend while abroad. Lonely Planet also has good resources on what to expect to spend in your city of choice.

Even if your program offers a couple of meals in your fees, you will still want to save some extra money in case you decide to go out with your new friends abroad or treat yourself to local pastries (because why wouldn’t you?).

 

Personal Expenses

You *do* plan to have fun while abroad, right? Then you’ll need to save some money for that as well. Some excursions are included in your program fees, and your program director can also help you with finding some of the best deals on trips to other fun spots near your city!

You’ll also want to save some money for souvenirs and presents for family, and you’ll want to prepare for some indulgences while you’re there.

#TreatYoSelf

 

Tip #2: Outline a Savings Plan

Once you’ve set up your ideal (and realistic) budget, you want to create a savings plan to ensure that you have the money. The total price of your trip can feel nerve-wracking, but by breaking your savings plan down by weeks instead of months, you can determine what you’ll need to save.

This may mean saving 20% percent of every paycheck or making yourself deposit $200 into your savings account each week. Stay consistent with your plan and ask friends or family to help ensure that you’re adding enough money to your savings.

There are also several apps and online programs available to help you automatically put money into your savings so that you don’t have to keep reminding yourself.

 

Tip #3: Minimize Your Expenses

Let’s face it. Most of us in college do not spend money as wisely as we should. The average person between the ages of 18 and 24 spend $400 a month on fast food, takeout, and dining. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?

Think about how many times you buy new shoes or clothes (or where you get them), or how many times you eat out with friends. Video games are also a major spending issue (unless you’re a famous YouTuber making fast cash off playing them).

If you’re serious about saving money and going abroad, perhaps now is a good time to find out where your current cash flow is going. Start shopping thrifty, track all of your expenses, and keep a weekly budget to ensure that you are saving as much as possible for your trip.

You won’t only save the money that you need, but you’ll learn great spending habits as well. Look online for apps that track your expenses from your credit cards and banks (such as Mint); that’ll help you start looking at your current habits.

Ways to Minimize Expenses:

  • Cook food at home instead of eating out
  • Check out student events that offer free food
  • Go to Happy Hour if you want to eat out with friends
  • Shop at thrift stores or clothes swap
  • Use websites like Meetup to find free things to do

Or you know… keep something like this around your house.

 

Stay tuned for Part II, where we show you how to make some extra cash toward your program!

Interested in learning more about our internships abroad? Click HERE for more info.

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Candidate Spotlight: Internship in Seville – Adaeze C.

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Why Choose to Intern in Seville?

President of Art Museum - Adaeze - Internship in Seville - Adelante AbroadChoosing Seville was easy, after speaking with a close friend who lived in Spain for many years, she suggested Seville because of the warmth of the people and its many festivals and holidays throughout the year like the ‘Semana Santa’ and ‘Fería de Abril’ which she knew I would enjoy. In addition to that, I was sold when she said the people from Barcelona speak a whole other language, Catalan, which may have been a bit difficult for me to grasp since I had only been taking Spanish lessons for two months prior to my leaving.

More About My Internship Program in Seville

Adaeze - Art Museum - Internships in Seville - Adelante AbroadMy internship has been an invaluable experience thus far and a turning point in my life. Besides experiencing independence from my parents (living on my own) for the first time, which I must admit feels amazing, what I am cherishing the most is embracing this new chapter and being present in the moment, experiencing every step towards creating a bright future for my family and country with respect to preserving the legacy of my father. The internship placement at ´Fundacion Pintor Amalio´ was a perfect choice, there are many similarities between my father and the painter Amalio. Amalio was a teacher, artist and poet, who created a foundation and donated ´365 Gestures of the Giralda´ 8 days before his death in 1995. The Foundation is currently headed by one of his daughters María José.

I am learning so much and really cannot wait to implement what I have learned when I return home. I am truly inspired. Spain is a magical place overflowing with love and appreciation for its culture. I believe I am well on my way and eternally grateful to Adelante Abroad for making it possible.

 

 

 

About the Contributor:

Adaeze is currently taking part in a 6-month art internship in Seville, Spain. Hear more about Adaeze’s journey on her blog!

 

Want to learn more about our program? Check out our internships in Seville!

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Best Spanish Learning Apps and Websites

 

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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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