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.
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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…
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.
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!
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.
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!