Trabajando Con Esteban: Healthcare Work in the LGBT Community

Candidate Blog

Esteban C. is currently a healthcare intern in Madrid for a local LGBT organization. The work he is doing for the LGBT community in Spain is impacting the locals. 

Adjusting to Spain

It has been two months since I landed in sunny Madrid, and I can’t believe my time in this city is coming to an end. The insight into the Spanish culture, language, and lifestyle are unlike anything I’ve experienced before. The people I have worked with, the places I’ve seen, the food I’ve eaten have left lasting impacts on me. I came into the program a little anxious, and to be honest, the first few weeks were difficult. It was difficult adjusting to the time difference, the transportation system, a new internship, and being alone in a new place.

Spanish is my first language so I did not take the Spanish classes offered. It left me lonely and prevented me from meeting any fellow travelers. I had trouble with figuring out how to get around, and since I did not know anyone I was nervous to go out. This fear was unlike me, as I am an incredibly social person, but for some reason, I felt uncomfortable. This led to an almost debilitating anxiety that kept me in my apartment most days after work. Once I became a little more confident with the Spanish, the metro, and living on my own I was able to get out and take advantage of all Madrid has to offer.

LGBT Spain

Healthcare in the LGBT Community

Healthcare work in the LGBT community in Spain

I came to Spain to work with a Health internship with an LGBT organization called Fundación Triangulo. I worked different hours depending on the needs of the organization, from scheduling rapid HIV tests to tabling with the Spanish Red Cross on the street. Spain takes its summer vacation in August, so when my internship location closed for 2 weeks, I worked with another organization called COLEGAS, another LGBT group, and helped educate the local community about LGBT rights as well as volunteered at a food stand to help during the Fiestas de Lavapies, one of three religious festivals celebrated for the first 2 weeks in Madrid.

Through this work, I was able to work closely with members of the LGBT community as well as local citizens and develop my interpersonal, educational, and organizational skills. Being able to observe how HIV tests are done and the struggles that Spanish members of the LGBT community still face was eye-opening and something that would have been difficult to do in the United States. I was given a glimpse into how a local NGO works and the intricacies that come from the day-to-day job. Since one of my majors is Global Health, I was able to apply what I learned in my classes and experience working in the public health sector, albeit in another country.

The Culture

view of Spain during healthcare work for LGBT Community

While I worked hard from Monday to Friday, I still took the time to enjoy myself. I tried tons of new food, visited tons of museums, met many new people, and even traveled a little around Spain! Through weekend trips through Barcelona, Toledo, Seville, and Granada, I learned more about the rich culture this country has to offer. Surprisingly, I learned a lot about myself and did things I never had before. Like staying in a hostel and going to a music festival alone. The travelers I met and the great times I had will stay with me forever.

Madrid is a bustling city, combining old architecture with the hustle and commerce of a modern city; however, it’s this juxtaposition which creates its unique flair. Overall, my summer has been a wild ride, but certainly a welcome one. If you are looking to travel abroad, Spain is the place to do it!

Learn more about Adelante Abroad’s Madrid, Healthcare and LGBTQ programs at www.adelanteabroad.com.

Share This Post

Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on email
Adelante Abroad alumni candidate spotlight
Where Are They Now?

Alumni Spotlight – 2008 Intern in Madrid

We recently had a chance to catch up with our former intern abroad candidate Trisha Long for our alumni candidate spotlight. Trisha and her husband Travis, from Trinity Christina College, interned abroad in Madrid, Spain with Adelante abroad in 2008. She interned in the non-profit sector for Cam-Cooperacion International. Find out about her experience in Madrid

should i intern abraod in fall 2020
Adelante Abroad News

Why You Should Intern Abroad in Fall 2020 and the State of Travel

There is no question that 2020 has been a troubling year for world travel. As we are reaching the middle of the year, many students have been left to wonder, “What do I do now?”.  The Summer travel season, often the only time some choose to, or can, travel, has been dramatically shortened by Covid-19. 

Learn more about winery internships abroad in South America
Career

Learn About Winery Internships Abroad: Expert Tips and Advice

Explore Adelante Winery Program (Click here for General FAQs that pertain to ALL Adelante Abroad Programs.  Things such as eligibility, airfare, academic credit, insurance, payment questions which are the same for all programs.) I. Is it possible to get a paid winery internship abroad? Unlikely.  It is difficult to get a work visa for Chile (where we

Scroll to Top