Intern in Ecuador FAQ

Click here for General FAQs that pertain to ALL Adelante Abroad Programs.  Things such as eligibility, airfare, academic credit, insurance, and payment questions which are the same for all programs.

Find Internships in Ecuador specific FAQs below

Is housing included in the price of the program?

Yes – You will have your own room with a host, local family in Quito or Ambato.  The homestay option provides you with true cultural immersion and includes laundry services and two meals per day. The family houses and apartments  are in sought after, working neighborhoods in Quito (La Gasca and La Mariscal Disricts) and in Ambato (Mira Flores barrio), near to public transit, grocery stores and shopping. All housing has Wi-Fi, but this is not nearly as common as it is here and the infrastructure makes it spotty often – cyber or “net cafes” are everywhere and for the price of a cup of coffee you can access wifi for hours, too, if needed.

What Spanish language classes are included?
In this program only, we are able to offer one – on – one classes, for a much quicker language acquisition while abroad.  Usually the costs for this are prohibitive, but we have negotiated a great rate with a group of dedicated Spanish language “maestras” for our program.  For the first two weeks, you are enrolled in an Intensive Spanish Language course for about 4 hours per day, 5 days per week (approximately 40 hours). This course – your one-on-one classes,  take place at our HQ language center, which is also your home base while in our program.  Your level is determined by a placement test.

How much should I budget for living expenses per month, above and beyond what is included in the program fee?
For Quito we suggest approximately $60 USD per week, and this covers normal expenses like snacks, bus money, some going out and one or two nearby excursions a month. Remember most meals are included!  This budget goes up when you start going out at night more and when you begin to travel further abroad on weekends(which we do encourage!)

Is there an Adelante contact in Ecuador?
Yes – We have an on-site, 24/7 Adelante Directora for this program: Patricia Fernandez.  She will coordinate your airport pick-up, housing, internship placement, and once you arrive, will be available for whatever else you may require during your time abroad.  On your first Sunday in Quito, plan on a good Oreintation Session with her!  You will then be meeting with Patricia during your first and second week of classes before your internship starts to prepare your for your first work day. She speaks English and you will be given contact info and emergency contact info to reach her at any time. Patricia has ample experience in the education abroad industry and we also have a co-Director, both are successful international education professionals.

What Happens After I Apply, Step By Step?
Once we receive your completed application packet (this is a straightforward online form + one email with required documents as attachments), we conduct an hour long Skype or phone interview, to go over your application and the placement abroad process. Be ready to take a lot of notes here! We then check two of your references. At that point, by approximately 5-7 business days after receipt of your application packet, you are formally confirmed into the Intern Abroad program.  Next step is to send your file to our team in Quito – Director and Co-Director.  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 internship in Ecuador. You will sign this contract, too.  Concurrently, we 1) coordinate the housing, and, 2) enroll you in your one – on – one two weeks intensive language course.  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 working long before they arrive abroad.