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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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!

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Best Spanish Learning Apps and Websites

 

Tools and Apps to Learn Spanish Easily - Adelante Abroad

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

 

Free Spanish Learning Apps

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Duolingo

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

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Memrise

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

 

Paid Spanish Learning Apps

FluentU

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

 

Best Websites To Learn Spanish Online

TakeLessons

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

BaseLang

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


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Feria de Abril in Seville: A Guide to One of Seville’s Most Popular Festivals

Feria de Abril in Seville - Adelante Abroad

Here at Adelante, we highly encourage our candidates to engulf themselves into new cultures. Whether they participate an internship or study abroad program, there’s always something to explore and experience for the first time.

Spring is one of our favorite times of the year due to the festivities held around Spain and South America. One of the most popular spring festivals is the Seville Fair, or Feria de abril de Sevilla.

 

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Adaeze C. preparing for Feria de Abril

What is Feria de Abril?

Feria de abril de Sevilla is held in Seville, Spain about two weeks after Easter Holy Week. The events run from Monday all the way to the following Sunday, but it’s very common to see festivities begin as early as that Saturday.

The first official night, Monday night, is known as “La Noche del Pescaito” or “Fish Night.” During the evening, fish is traditionally served for dinner while the Mayor of Seville switches on thousands of lights at midnight to emphasize the beginning of the festival.

By Tuesday, the festival brings in horseback parades filled with carriages, riders, bullfighters and breeders. Women wear their favorite flamenco dresses and dance with men dressed in traditional suits.

The rest of the week proceeds with more festivities as well as bull fights. Shows are held at the Plaza de Toros, and the top bullfighters appear during this week. You can easily participate in local activities and enjoy street food, circuses / carnivals, and dancing.

 

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Adaeze C. and Adelante’s Seville Program Director, Catherine

What is the origin of Feria de Abril?

The traditions from the Seville Fair can be traced all the way back to the early 1800’s, where a cattle fair was held and continued every year afterward. Each year, more and more people joined in to celebrate and socialize together in Seville, which brought in ‘casetas’ for food, bars and music. By the 1920’s, Feria de abril became one of Seville’s biggest fiestas.

Looking to celebrate in Seville? If you missed this year’s Seville Fair, there’s still plenty of festivities and celebrations going on in the next few months!

There are also other celebrations happening in other parts of Spain, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay! Apply now to take advantage of Summer start dates!

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6 #HowToAdult Realities When Going Abroad

HowToAdult Realities - Adelante Abroad

We All Have Had Those #HowToAdult Moments

Whether you’re 13 or 30, you’ve been through some kind of stage in your life where you had to start doing things without the help of your family. It’s definitely tough in the beginning, and you may not even realize how tough it was going to be. But eventually, it starts to become second nature.

The same reality goes with travelling abroad. Whether you choose to intern or study abroad for a few months, here are the realities on #HowToAdult when going abroad.

#1: You’re in Charge of Everything

Unfortunately, your parents or guardian can’t come with you to your abroad program. I mean, they could, but is that really what you want? Weren’t you trying to travel so that you could get away and explore on your own? Sooner or later, you’ll learn that you have to take charge of everything while abroad; fortunately, many programs provide you with some helpful resources prior to your travels.

Did you know that Adelante Abroad gives you a pre-departure orientation (PDO) packet a couple of months before your trip? That packet provides plenty of information on the area that you’ll be living in, plus helpful tips on going to different places. It can be a great resource to show you the next step in your travels.

#2: You Need to Learn How to Cook

While some internships are based in large urban cities, many programs are centered in rural areas, where grocery stores and restaurants are not as close by. What does that mean for you? It just means that you’ll have to experiment with local ingredients and mix them up in a kitchen pot. Yup, that’s right. You’ll need to cook.

Never cooked before? That’s alright. It is strongly advised to practice some basic cooking skills before travelling. Even if you’re not interning or studying abroad and just travelling on your wanderlust journey, cooking could save you hundreds of dollars on your trip.

You don’t have to be a culinary major to understand the foundations of cooking. Check out this WikiHow on cooking, or check out these 30+ dishes that anyone can make (quick tip: pasta is a great dish for starters).

#3: You Won’t Have a Cleaning Maid

You may have a host or hostess who comes in every so often to fix leaks or cracks where you’re staying, but they won’t be picking up dirty laundry for you. Although many of our parents teach us the importance of keeping a clean room or doing the dishes in early adolescence, not having someone remind you to clean up on your own may be a new experience.

Even the most seasoned college students and those who have lived alone for years can often forget a pile of clothes on the floor or even to vacuum the carpet from food crumps and dirt. Did you really think it just vanished magically?

Cleaning does not have to be difficult. Set up a reminder once or twice a week and dedicate a couple of hours to straightening up the house. You’ll be surprised what 20 minutes a day can do for an apartment. Look up “life hacks” online for quick tips on keeping your place looking nice and organized with little effort, too.

#4: Without a Budget, You Probably Won’t Last Too Long Abroad

If your parents have given you money before, and you’ve spent it all in less than a day, then this trip may be the best thing for you. Travelling abroad means being away from family, meaning being away from your constant cash flow that you were used to back at home.

It’s completely okay if you’ve never set up a budget for yourself before. Do you know how many adults in their 30s and 40s STILL don’t know how to budget? There are some easy ways to ensure that you don’t spend your entire savings halfway through your trip.

Do some research before you leave to determine how much money you need to save up. This includes cost of food (groceries and going out), transportation (bus and train passes, etc.), and souvenirs for yourself and your family.

Add some additional funds for emergencies (you never want to go without a backup). Then decide how you will split up your money each week. Write down what you spend and try not to go over your weekly budget.

If for some reason you end up spending more than planned, or there was an emergency, do not be afraid to contact your family for help. They may have extra money saved up for situations like these. However, this, of course, is a last resort.

#5: You Will Make Friends from Different Cultures

Here’s a shocker – you’ll probably meet other people just like yourself when you travel. And you’ll also probably meet people NOT like yourself when you travel. And that’s totally okay!

As you continue with your travels, you are going to meet people that you like a lot and people that you don’t like a lot. Your journey going abroad will bring these obstacles, but you will learn how to make friends with people from all over the world, many of which you might have not attempted to be friends with if you stayed at home.

You’ll learn different cultures and languages (especially if you’re in one of our Spanish countries), and those friends will be helpful as well in your journey as you learn to adjust to your solo travel life.

#6: You Will Learn How to Be Independent

If you haven’t figured it out by now, you will probably have to do everything on your own. Congrats! You’re officially “adulting”!

By all means, we encourage you to be as independent as possible. Not only will you master your adulting skills faster, but you will have a far better experience once you learn the ropes. And if you still need help, you can always ask your family (and your Adelante Abroad team) for some assistance. We’re always here to help and want to make this “adulting” abroad experience the best one ever.

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5 Bad Travelling Abroad Advice You Might Receive

5 Bad Travelling Abroad Advice - Adelante Abroad

Travelling abroad is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is looking to try something new in their life and engulf themselves in a different culture. Many of our candidates have heard from family and friends about why they shouldn’t travel, and we’re sure that you will start hearing that as well when you begin your plans. Here are common advice that you will receive before travelling abroad – ignore them!

There’s Not Enough Time

pocket-watch-adelante-abroadThere’s only 24 hours in a day. Perhaps you’re only travelling for a week or two, and you’rebeing told that you won’t be able to do everything that you want during your travels. Make every moment the best moment when abroad.

Plan your trip ahead of time with things that you would enjoy the most. If you believe that your time may be limited, stick with what you’re the most interested in. You can even take advantage of making friends with locals by asking them for suggestions on great places to visit.

You Don’t Have the Money

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There are several ways to save money or make extra income for your travel plans. Did you know that you could save almost $2,000 a year on average for opting out from buying Starbucks every day?

Many travelers have taking extra part time work to save up for their trip. Others have budgeted all of their expenses for savings and even held garage sales for items that they no longer need. There are even some jobs that will allow you to work remotely while travelling – you could get paid while travelling!

You Won’t Finish School on Time

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There are several ways to travel while continuing your studies! You can look into study abroad programs for a semester or part of summer, or you can look into an intern abroad program related to your major area of study. This may even help speed up your college program, rather than prolonging it!

Even if you choose not to do either program, you can spend summer or spring break travelling abroad, which is a peak time of travel for several other students your age!

You’ll have to Travel Alone

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So what? Solo travel has had many positive stories from veteran travelers. Not only are you able to do whatever you’d like without asking someone else, but it helps you learn how to enjoy being by yourself.

If your family is worried and does not want you to travel, remind them that eventually you will have to leave their nest and be on your own – so why not now? Research all of the ways to stay safe during your travels, and check in with them when you have a chance to lessen their worries while you venture out on your own.

It’s a Different Language

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There are several resources, both online and off, that can help you learn a language. What’s the quickest way to learn a new language? Go to a country that speaks it, grab a language book, and start a conversation with a local! You will make many mistakes in the beginning, but you will be an expert in no time! Plus, you might even make a new friend or two!

So what’s stopping you? Apply now for one our internship programs!

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Dealing with Loneliness Abroad

Dealing with Loneliness Abroad - Adelante Abroad

Considering studying or interning abroad and worried about being away from home for too long? Loneliness abroad is a completely normal feeling, and anyone can have some discomfort while in a new place, whether it’s culture shock or being on your own for the first time.

Here are some ways to ease your transition when living abroad:

Put Yourself First

Allow yourself enough space and comfort when adjusting, and give yourself a break if you need to. Your physical and mental health are the most important; taking care of yourself always comes first.

If you’re feeling under the weather in any way, give yourself some time to rest – use Adelante Abroad’s resources provided during your trip if you feel the need to visit a local doctor in your city. Use common de-stress methods such as breathing exercises, yoga, writing in a journal, or even soaking up in a bubble bath. Do whatever you can in order to feel “at-home” in your new place abroad.

Search Online for Other Expat Blogs

Chances are that someone else has travelled to the same city that you’re going to (okay, pretty high chances). Our team provides you with as much information as we can about the neighborhood you’re staying in and the resources available to you with your package; however, there are several websites and blogs made from expats currently living or have experience living in the same area.

Adelante also provides you with access to a private Facebook group before and during your travels so that you can network and potentially meet up with other Adelante Abroad candidates staying in your city.

Join the Club

Outside of working or studying within your program abroad, you can join fun clubs or groups in your neighborhood area, where you can mingle and network with locals who share a common interest with you. Try looking for a group on Meetup, for example; you might even discover a new hobby while abroad!

Take a Class

You may sign up for any classes offered locally during your free time while abroad. Take up an art class with other like-minded locals, or even take tours in nearby museums to learn more about your city’s culture. You can learn something new while also meeting someone new!

Get Uncomfortable

If the above ideas are not available, you can go out and introduce yourself to new people in the city. While this may be a scary thing to do for you, getting out of your comfort zone may be the solution to your homesickness. Ask the locals about the best places to purchase lunch or dinner, offer to spend time with someone, or even give a simple gesture to a stranger.

Please note: Make sure to follow any resources provided to you before and during your trip about safety when going out alone in the city. By staying safe and following city guidelines and tips, you’ll have no problems meeting new people and having a happy experience.

Get Used to Being on Your Own

Being homesick is a feeling that should be taken seriously, but it can also be temporary. Many candidates abroad experience this for a couple of weeks and then adjust to their environment soon after.

Set weekly and daily goals for yourself, such as creating a routine before your internship or classes, or making at least one new friend each week. Focus more on absorbing your new environment and less on reminiscing with people back home (maybe call your family here and there to let them know you’re okay).

Going abroad is an amazing opportunity, but it is okay to go through regular ups and downs while travelling. Remember that this is only a temporary part of your once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Staying Connected While Abroad

BudapestLosing connection with your loved ones is not something that has to happen while you are away. Having an international internship will be a great experience whether or not you decide to talk with friends and family back home.  Here are our tips for staying connected while abroad. 

First things first, bring your cellphone! You can use your phone any time wi-fi is available, which is almost everywhere! When you do this, make sure to avoid charges by turning off your data & turning airplane mode on. After this is done you can use your phone to contact friends and family wherever there is internet (at home, the mall, cafes, etc…). Also, avoid problems with theft by purchasing phone insurance and keeping it password protected. 

Free Applications: There are many international communication apps available for Apple and Android devices. After using these we have found the ones that work the best and those that still need some work. Our favorites include Viber, IMO, and Google Hangouts. All of these are easy to use and offer texting, calling, and video chatting through wi-fi. We suggest you use these to keep you connected with your family & friends as well as our program directors. Another form of communication that we use often is Skype. Skype was originally made for video chatting, making it one of the best. (Tip: If you are able to get to a computer, the quality on Skype will be much better than the other phone applications). An application that is still working out the kinks is Facebook Messenger. Through our experience, we have found that Facebook is harder to use than Viber, IMO, Google Hangouts, and Skype. We have experienced longer lags and louder echoes through this application. (Tip: Be sure to use headphones if you are going to rely on Facebook Messenger). Try all of these applications and find which one is best to help you stay connected while abroad.

Other Options: If you aren’t worried about spending some money, you can buy a cheap phone and the service to go with it. In some countries options are available to purchase just the service as long as you provide the phone. Types of service vary by price from affordable to expensive. The most basic service is usually for short distance calls within the country you are visiting. The more expensive service can include data plans in addition to long distance phone calls. When you purchase data, you will be able to use the international communication apps anywhere in the country. This may sound like a great idea, but be sure to keep your eye on the price. Fee’s for going over data or making long distance phone calls can be unpredictable and very expensive!Mail Abroad

Be Old School! A fun way to stay connected with family & friends is through mail. Many times people forget about our post system. Take advantage of it and write a letter or even find a cool postcard from your favorite place. Be sure to include where you have been, what your job is like, and how much you are enjoying your time abroad. Your family will be elated to get a surprise piece of mail from another country!

There you have it, keeping in contact with friends and family at home is easy! There are many options from free to expensive and electronic to old fashioned. Intern abroad with us to use these communication applications first hand!

Tips For Booking Your International Flight

Tips for Booking Your International Flight | Adelante Abroad

Booking an international flight can be quite costly if you’re not careful. Check out these helpful tips for booking your international flight so you can save as much money as possible. Our hope is to free up a little more cash for you so you can fully take advantage of all that your destination has to offer.

  1. Make sure your passport and visa issues are all squared away – Before you spend a dime or input your credit card information, make sure you’re good to go with your travel documents as it pertains to your trip. Remember, with passports, some countries require it to be valid up to 6 months AFTER your travel date. Example, if your trip to London is on April 10, 2016 and you return at the end of April but your passport expires on May 25. 2016… you definitely need to renew your passport.
  2. Research and buy tickets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays – The best time to buy is typically on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Airfares tend to be the cheapest on these days of the week but do your research week to week if you have  time and are well away from your travel date.
  3. Look at and compare prices on as many websites as possible – There are a ton of places out there to get decent prices on airfare. A lot of the time, the best prices depend on how flexible you can be with departure times, days, and long layovers. Some of our favorite sites are cheapoair, kayak, skiplagged, Google flights, and Ryanair (for great flights in and around Europe). Kayak in particular does a good job of comparing the best flights/prices across several sites like Expedia, Travelocity, etc. Once you’ve found a flight you’re happy with, run it against Skyscanner as a last check to make sure you’re getting the best price.  
  4. Go Incognito during your search –  These days, search engines are pretty crafty and know when you’re trying to compare prices. As a result, since they know you’re searching, you may not always find lower prices especially when looking at the same dates/destinations over and over. Take measures like turning on incognito browsing, clearing your search history, deleting cookies, etc. You can even go so far as to search flights from different computers (library, school, friends laptop).
  5. Embrace the layover – Layovers can be a pain but they can significantly lower your airfare. Depending on the length and time of day of your layover, you can even get some abbreviated exploration at your layover destination. Travel experience within the travel experience.
  6. Buy well in advance – The farther in advance you buy your flight the better, in most cases. Booking around the holidays may be an exception as families/friends tend to be together and make plans to travel this time of year. Otherwise, the closer you get to your travel date, airfare will gradually increase. If you aren’t able to book months and months in advance, 6-8 weeks from your depart date is usually the best time to buy.
  7. Check out the baggage policies – Make sure to do your research about checked baggage policies. A lot of time, international flights have different policies than the ones we are used to on our domestic flights. It may be beneficial to pre-pay for checked baggage services in advance. A lot of airlines can jack up the price and hammer you with increased fees once you are at the airport.

Do you have any tips of your own for booking an international flight? Let us know if we missed anything!

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