What Happens After I Apply, Step By Step?
Once you apply online, and there is no charge for this, we send you a link to our calendar to schedule an initial phone or Skype assessment interview. This takes about 30 minutes, and in it our Program Director determines if you are a good fit for the program, and you determine if what the program offers, you are wanting to do. Once both parties have mutually assessed positively, then we send out a Letter of Acceptance (for those looking to receive credit for their time abroad, this is a good document to show any academic Advisor) and a set up date for a second, longer phone or Skype interview. Prior to this second meeting, you will be emailed a link to confirm your spot in the program via a $250 PayPal confirmation fee. For the second interview, bring all of your detailed questions and be ready to take a lot of notes! We then check two of your references. Next step is to send your file to our team – Director and Intern Advisor – in your program city abroad. They begin presenting your file to our participating companies abroad, in your desired sector. Once the best company for your specific program parameters chooses your file, we then contract you, with them, for your international internship. You will sign this contract, too. Concurrently, we 1) coordinate the housing you have chosen (shared apartment usually, homestay in some cases); and, 2) enroll you in the two or three week intensive language course / module you will take upon arrival. We like to be done with the entire step by step process by no later than about 30 days prior to your program start date. So, candidates will know both where they are living and where they are interning long before they arrive abroad.
Is housing included in the price of the program?
Yes – You will have your own room in a shared apartment with other Adelante candidates/international students or you may choose to live with a family in a homestay. The homestay option provides you with true cultural immersion and includes laundry services and two meals per day. Inquire about the price difference for the homestay. If you choose an apartment, plan on doing your own food shopping and your own cooking, quite an eye-opener that first time in a Chilean grocery store! The apartments are in sought after, working neighborhoods in Chile, near to public transit. All apartments are fully furnished, with bedding, fully equipped kitchens, washing machine, sheets, towels, pots, pans are also included. All apartments have Wi-Fi.
What Spanish language classes are included?
For the first three weeks, you are enrolled in an Intensive Spanish Language course for 4 hours per day, 5 days per week (approximately 40 hours). This course takes place at a prestigious private language institute and your level is determined by a placement test. Each level course is no more than 10 students.
How much should I budget for living expenses per month, above and beyond what is included in the program fee?
For Chile we suggest approximately $125 USD per week, and this covers normal expenses like groceries, metro money, some going out and one or two nearby excursions a month. The price goes up when you start going out at night more and when you begin to travel further abroad (which we do encourage!).
Is there an Adelante contact in Chile?
Yes – We have two Adelante Directors for this program: Pamela Briceno and Oscar Berdichevshy. This team will coordinate your housing, internship placement, and whatever else you may require during your time abroad. You will be meeting with Pamela during your first week of classes before your internship starts. She speaks English and you will be given Spanish contact info and emergency contact info to reach her at any time. Both Pamela and Oscar have ample experience in the education abroad industry and are successful professionals.