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

Blog - Top 5 Countries for Internships Abroad in 2018 - Adelante Abroad

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

Gwen V - Translation Internship in Madrid - Adelante Abroad

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

 

Internships in Montevideo Uruguay - Adelante Abroad

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!

How To Afford An Internship Abroad Part I - Adelante Abroad

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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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.

 

4 Tips to Become Fluent in Your Spanish Internship - Adelante Abroad

4 Tips to Becoming Fluent in Spanish During Your Internship Abroad

4 Tips to Become Fluent in Your Spanish Internship - Adelante Abroad

When preparing candidates for upcoming internships abroad, Adelante generally recommends tips such as taking a Spanish class in college, practicing on language apps such as Duolingo, and even hiring a tutor to talk 1-on-1 with students. If you’re still unsure how learning Spanish can benefit your life, check out this article from our friends at TakeLessons.

However, nothing will prepare you for learning a new language than immersing yourself in a Spanish speaking culture. Not only will you master your fluency faster, but you will also learn the culture. What better way to become fluent in Spanish than to spend a few months in Spain or South America?

Here are 4 tips to becoming fluent in Spanish during your internship abroad:

1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

The biggest thing that is in the way of you becoming fluent in Spanish is the fear that you will make a mistake. Maybe you’re worried that you’ll be laughed at, or perhaps you’re worried that you’ll be misunderstood and upset someone.

Strike up a conversation with a stranger – you’ll get a sense of “street smarts” needed to maneuver around the city, and you may even make some friends along the way.
The truth is that you will never become fluent without being willing to make grammar and vocabulary mistakes, and that’s ok! Don’t worry about upsetting a local because your Spanish is still improving. In fact, locals will be impressed by the fact that you are making an effort to learn Spanish.
Learn to laugh at your mistakes too. Something you say may sound funny to a local, but often times it’s not meant to be mean. Instead, laugh with them! It may help break the ice in a conversation!

 

2. Make Friends (And Familia)

What better way to practice Spanish than to speak it with your new friends abroad? There are plenty of opportunities to speak Spanish, but the trick is to find a group of people who are there to help you along the way.

At Adelante Abroad’s programs, many candidates live with a homestay family or a shared apartment with other international students. This has been proven as a successful way to practice Spanish on a daily basis as well as a great way to make lifelong friends (and family) while abroad.

If you’re new to the city and want to kick it up a notch, make a goal to speak Spanish wherever you are. (Repeat Tip #1 with talking to strangers and making friends)

 

3. Take Plenty of Notes

While many Spanish language books have the literal translation for words you need in the city, there are many slang terms and phrases only local to your international city or neighborhood. Bring a small notebook with you while out of your house and don’t be afraid to take notes about words or phrases that are still new to you.

By the end of your program, you’ll have your own personal dictionary and more insight on how multicultural your Spanish-speaking city truly is!

 

4. Explore

Who else agrees that the best way to learn another language is by eating local grub? Look for excursions that include cooking classes and opportunities to cook with local foods. Get to know local shops and markets to learn how to get good deals on produce and treats!

Aside from eating local food and learning where it comes from, do some extra exploring and get lost (literally). Explore a totally different town, take the wrong train, or even just make a plan to try something new that day. You’ll learn how to adapt to brand new environments and survive on your own. Plus, you might have an exciting story to tell friends and family back home!

Learning Spanish doesn’t have to be daunting or difficult. Throw yourself out there and face yours fears! Don’t worry too much though, Adelante Abroad programs include two to three weeks of intensive Spanish language classes to help you adjust during the beginning of your journey.

Ready to take one of our Spanish-language programs? We have plenty of internship opportunities in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Seville), Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, and Uruguay. Apply now and take advantage of some of THE most affordable programs out there!

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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!

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Top Internship Fields in Ecuador

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For those who don’t know, Adelante recently opened a new program site in Quito and Ambato, Ecuador. We’re very excited to not only open a new site but to also provide unique internships in some of the top industries in South America.

Internships in Ecuador are year-round, with program start dates on the first Monday of every month. Housing, meals and two weeks of intensive Spanish language courses are included in program costs as well as some fun excursions during the first two weeks of your program.

We are offering several internship fields for this program, but here are the top five sectors that we picked out as the most unique.

Top Internship Fields in Ecuador

  1. Human Rights Internships

Work with one of our well-established partner institutions that works to defend human rights and women’s rights in the capital of Ecuador. These internships help ensure that the community is providing rightful funds and economic rights while banishing discrimination.

This program is perfect for law students, psychology majors or counselors, but it can be open to anyone interested in assisting local organizations defend human rights.

 

  1. Veterinary Internships

There are several unique veterinary programs available to our candidates interested in working with animals. These are not just for your average domestic pets – local clinics in Quito can expect to see up to 60 animals (domestic and stray) every day.

But don’t let that scare you! Vet interns will be educated and receive hands-on instruction during their program, something not possible in the United States for undergrads. You’ll be heading home with plenty of experience that you can bring to the table with your degree.

Adelante Abroad also has an Equine Veterinary internship available for those who want to work with horses. The program is very similar to our program in Scotland, with lots of travelling to farms and stables and tasks varying between check-ups, surgeries and even emergency operations.

 

  1. Marketing Internships

For this internship program, candidates get to work with a successful marketing research firm in Quito, Ecuador’s capital. Big clients include Toyota, Kraft, Bayer and several multinational banks.

This program is perfect for anyone interested in International Business, Marketing, and even IT/Technology. Interns will work with market analysis, consumer and market demographics, and brand strategy. As Ecuador’s infrastructure for total internet access grows, so will more opportunities in social media as well.

This is a perfect mix of traditional marketing and digital marketing for the right candidate.

 

  1. Medical Internships

Our medical internships in Ecuador are unique because they are centered in a Municipal Hospital in the city of Ambato. This hospital has several openings for various majors, including Medicine, Dermatology, Physical Therapy, and even Psychology.

Unlike the state-run hospital in Quito, we want our interns to join the hospital in Ambato in order to be placed in a less chaotic and more organized environment for them. This gives plenty of opportunities for the doctors, nurses and lab techs to give hands on shadowing!

 

  1. Work with Street Children

Like our human rights and medical internships, this program is open to candidates with backgrounds in Social Work, Psychology, Teaching English, and Child Development. Successful interns will be self-starters when working with underserved kids in Quito.

Although the neighborhood is a bit rough, the Center for interns to work is spacious, clean and organized. Candidates assist with teaching English, helping children with their homework, and helping the faculty create new activities for the kids on their free time.

 

Don’t see a sector that you’re searching for? We offer several more unique programs in Ecuador as well as several other locations in South America and Spain.

Apply now for Summer internships! Deadline for the June start dates are now extended through April 15th, and candidates looking for July or August start dates still have plenty of available opportunities before Fall! 

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Letter from 2001 EMT Internships Abroad

Where Are They Now - Medical Internship - Adelante Abroad

We received an email last week from a past candidate who joined our EMT internship program back in 2001. It’s always a pleasure to hear from our alumni and learn how taking an internship with Adelante has impacted a candidate’s career.

If you were a past candidate and wish to share your experience after your Adelante internship, please feel free to contact us and share your story!

Dear Adelante,

I decided to do a random internet search on Adelante to see how far the company has come since I participated in my Adelante internship ~16 years ago.  After my graduation from Duke University in 2001 with a degree in History and Spanish, Adelante offered me the opportunity to pursue an internship as an EMT in Spain.  This seemed like a perfect fit for me as I was applying to medical schools upon graduation.  I not only got to spend time with the EMS service in Spain, I also was able to take the basic EMS course during my internship; I even passed the course while some of my Spanish classmates weren’t as successful as I.

In addition to the EMT internship, I signed on to teach English to Spanish adults while in Spain.  In many ways, I was able to do 2 internships during my time in Spain.  A few other Americans (6 of us in total) participated in a variety of internships through Adelante while I was in Spain.  I have stayed in close touch with Brian S. who also did the EMT internship.  As Americans, we shared one common, unique experience back then – we were in Spain on September 11, 2001.  Kimberly came to visit us not long after 9/11 to check on us while were there.

I have had many experiences since my internship with Adelante.  I completed medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill, completed residency at the University of Michigan, and completed fellowship training in Chicago.  I’m married, and my wife and I have a 1 year old little girl.  I’m in private practice in NC as an allergy specialist.  I’m also currently about half way through completion of an MBA degree through UNC-CH.  (Of note, Brian S. completed dental school at College of Dental Medicine-Arizona and after a a few years in practice as a dentist has actually gone back to school to complete an MD degree at Chicago Medical School.)

The reason I’m sending this email is not actually to describe my accomplishments over the past 16 years.  Rather, I thought I’d let you know that since my internship with Adelante, I have competed countless interviews in my career.  And while I feel that my CV could take an interviewer in any number of directions, almost every interviewer has asked me, “I see you interned as an EMT in Spain; tell me about that.”  For whatever reason, It has been a talking point that has saved me on so many levels throughout my career.  Brian and I have talked about this over the years, and he has expressed the same experience in interviews.

Just wanted to say thanks!

Sincerely,

Colin F., MD

 

Interested in learning more about our internship programs? We’re still accepting Summer internships abroad for 2017, and we offer programs year-round – our candidates can intern from 1 to 12 months duration in various countries of choice.

If you were a past candidate and wish to share your experience after your Adelante internship, please feel free to contact us and share your story!