Essential Links & Documents
Cool & Useful Sites For Your Adventures Abroad!
First thing’s first, you’ll need a passport! These links should help you out:
Keep in mind, routine applications take about 4-6 weeks so make sure you’re giving yourself ample time! In some cases, you can get them expedited in 3 weeks or 8 days at a travel agency.
FundMyTravel is an online crowdfunding platform specifically built for individuals who are looking to study, intern, or volunteer abroad! Trust us, this site is legit. In fact, it is powered by Go Abroad, a renowned company in the industry and one that we work with closely. Through FundMyTravel you can create a custom campaign highlighting your destination, program type and reasons for wanting to study, volunteer, or intern abroad. Aside from setting an overall goal amount, you can also set individual itemized goals for donors to specifically contribute towards. You are also able to post updates and link campaigns via social media. Get started with FundMyTravel today! Another option is the more mainstream crowdfunding platform, GoFundMe.com
College Loan Corporation
College Loan Corporation offers lots of useful information about loans and financial aid. Another site, www.studentbank.com (now edvisors.com), provides further resources for financial planning of a study abroad experience. Another useful site is www.privatestudentloans.com which gives more information about private loan funding.
Global Horizon Project, Inc. Yasmin S. Moorman, + (212) 726-1899
GHP is a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging students to identify and learn about ways of internationalizing their career aspirations. We offer a annual $1000-$4000 Summer Sponsorship Award for students interested in working overseas. Our Award is need and academic-based, and targets college students of color who are a) interested in careers in business, finance, non-profit management, marketing, law or journalism and b) seeking to complete unpaid or underpaid a summer internship that is directly or indirectly related to these fields.
For more help with funding your trip overseas, visit the American Gap Association website for some good information about financial aid, scholarships and grants.
FIND A SCHOLARSHIP FOR A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
We’ve taken the liberty of curating this great list of opportunities for scholarships for study abroad programs. Browse through each and find ways to chip away at your program abroad expenses!
International Internships Scholarship
Scholarships offered from $100 – $500! Must provide a letter of recommendation and two essays and possess a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Fund for Education Abroad
This scholarship was designed to open doors for deserving students who wish to seek education abroad. FEA awards funds for students planning to study abroad on any academically rigorous programs in English or non-English speaking countries.
LIVFund – Learn, Intern & Volunteer in Latin America
The LIVFund Scholarship has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] abroad in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance to offset program or living abroad expenses. We are proud to award two scholarships per month in the amount of US$500 each to people studying, interning or volunteering abroad in the following 21 Latin American countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela. LIVFund believes that the exchange of cultures makes the world a better place, and they are working to spread this mission through the LIVFund Scholarship.
Candidates coming to Latin America with an organized program, such as Adelante, designing their own program or still waiting to be accepted to an abroad program are all eligible to apply. Students, interns and volunteers who are already abroad are also eligible to receive funding. Candidates may apply for the LIVFund Scholarship up to six months in advance of their program start date. Applications are accepted year-round.
The scholarship competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 interested in learning, interning or volunteering abroad in Latin America. For more information, please visit the LIVFund website http://www.livfund.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Tutor Scholarship
This scholarship contest awards $1000 monthly and is based on a short essay. Eligibility: Ages 16 and up.
PRACTICING SPANISH BEFORE GOING ABROAD
TakeLessons – 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.
Baselang – At BaseLang.com, you get unlimited one-on-one Spanish tutoring with professional teachers, over Skype, for just $129 a month.
As advised, all intern abroad candidates are required to have basic medical insurance coverage. For those of you that prefer to secure this once abroad we have had good results with past candidates using the company GeoBlue.
ASA, Inc. is an insurance provider that has worked with Adelante candidates. ASA, Inc offers International travel and health insurance products and services. These can include medical costs, lost baggage, missed flights and more. Click here for a free instant quote.
Travel Insurance 101 Tutorial – A useful article from Travel Insurance Review can help with your questions about travel insurance.
HEALTH HISTORY FORM
Each prospective Adelante candidate is required to complete a health history form, click on the link below for a sample form!
TRAVELING WITH MEDICATION: DO’S AND DON’TS
Traveling with medication can be a tricky thing, especially if you’ll be gone for an extended amount of time and need to pack a month’s supply (or more) with you. Read this article (2015 OSAC white paperTraveling with Meds(edits)) for best practices on what to do (or don’t do) if you need to travel abroad with medication.
SAFETY ABROAD/LIVING ABROAD
Tips for Traveling Abroad from the U.S. Department of State gives some useful advice for anyone traveling or living abroad.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) – this is another resource from the U.S. Department of State for anyone traveling to or living in a foreign country. Registering will enable you to get routine information from your nearest American Embassy or Consulate while abroad and they will be better able to assist you in an emergency. Adelante Abroad recommends that all our U.S. candidates register in this program.
NAFSA’s Brief Guide to Legal Issues Overseas – this article provides some useful information about following the laws and how to deal with legal issues when living abroad.
GoAbroad.com is the comprehensive on-line source for study abroad, language schools, overseas internships, international volunteer positions, teach abroad, jobs abroad, us universities, eco-travel around the world, and a whole lot more!
We provide the best fares for Multi-Stop International air travel including Around-the-World, Circle-Pacific, Circle-Asia, and Circle-Atlantic itineraries. AirTreks makes it easy and affordable to do more and go further when you fly internationally.
Adelante Abroad is a member of the Diversity Abroad Initiative (DAI). The DAI is an alliance between DiversityAbroad.com, colleges, universities, education abroad program providers. The goal of the DAI is to increase the number of underrepresented students (mainly minority and low-income students) who participate in international study and travel programs. DiversityAbroad.com allows students to get answers to their questions and concerns about going abroad, learn about the benefits of study abroad and scholarship opportunities.
COOL & USEFUL TOOLS FOR YOUR INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE!
Travel Nerd – A great site to find tips on ground transportation, detailed terminal maps and more at airports around the world.
Currency Converter – Convert any currency
Curl Translations – Translations company founded by an Adelante Abroad alumna.
Verto Education – Digital Marketing Director, Allison Munder, had the chance to interview the Program Director at Verto Education. Verto Education is a learning program that takes students abroad.