I initially got in contact with Adelante because of a lack of graduate student internships offered in my Master’s program. When I heard that they had so many different types of internships, specifically a dedicated translation internship (I’m currently getting my M.S. in translation) I decided I had to take the leap and just go for it.
I had really wanted to live abroad again but wanted to experience Europe this time and on my own terms (I studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina during undergrad). Madrid is an absolutely amazing city, I would 100% come back here. Adelante took care of all the housing and internship placement which was SO nice. My apartment was much bigger than the apartment I have back home and it was in the perfect location.
Although I was initially hesitant about why I had to attend Spanish classes at the language school I was really glad the 2 weeks were required. The teachers were all really nice and just tried to get us talking while teaching us in a very practical manner.
I know from experience how hard it can be to find reputable international internships, I get it. Honestly, I got so lucky that I found Adelante. They did all the planning, apartment-hunting, interviewing and arrangements for me so that I could focus on just enjoying my experience. The internship was great, I learned so much and now I have something truly impressive to put on my resume when I get home. If you want a truly unique summer experience and a rigorous internship, Adelante is for you.
I participated in the ecology and countryside management branches at the SRUC Oatridge campus. The lecturers that provided me with projects were so incredibly helpful. Anytime I needed help or had a question there was ALWAYS someone there who went above and beyond to make sure my question was answered. Throughout my time there, I learned a lot about the ecology of Scotland and how it differs from the environment that I am used to at home. I also made some lasting friendships with some of the locals that I met while staying in the dorms. Scotland is full of experiences for any type of person, and it was an experience that I would urge more people to take part in.
I would recommend this program to anyone. I actually ended up extending my stay a few more weeks because I fell in love with the country and the culture. The staff did a very good job of helping each student adjust to a new culture. The planned trip we took were amazing and gave us a great overview of Scotland. This help us plan our own trips to various cities around Scotland. The academics were also good. They pushed us to learn, but I never felt overwhelmed with work. The anatomy and physiology class was my favorite because of all the different things we learned. The fitness class was informative, but some of the assignments felt like busy work. The riding program was also incredible. The instructors pushed each rider to improve our riding. The horses were sweet and super responsive, however they still pushed the riders to improve.
During my internship in Barcelona I had a fantastic experience. The city is amazing with a lot of fun and things to do. You cannot like it in here. Housing was quite good although it was far away from my internship company.The work experience in my internship was really useful. I got a lot of contacts that will help me in my future career. I met a lot of important and interesting people. I learnt a new language and culture thanks to visiting a lot of cultural events. I spent 4 months in Barcelona. I suggest new students to do their internship for the longest time possible. You will not be disappointed . Adelante stuff was helpful, I did not have any problem and if so they resolved all of them. Also the Spanish course at the begging of the internship is interesting and useful. It helps you to get used to Spanish.
Adelante Abroad was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I got an amazing internship experience, improved my Spanish, and also made some great friends and connections abroad. Adelante provides support for you before and during your trip with anything you made need. I did a graphic design internship and was able to add a lot to my portfolio and work experience in general. There were also many opportunities to travel outside of working that really helped improve my experience. Spain is just amazing!
I had a great time in Madrid! I already speak Spanish, so I was able to live with four girls from various countries and communicate entirely in Spanish (some of them didn’t speak English at all). My internship shadowing [a local doctor] was wonderful and I learned so much about psychology and psychiatry. I sat in on most of [their] sessions, received lessons during free time, and even conducted a few one-on-one sessions with patients on my own. The social-life was also great, I fell in love with Madrid as a city and can’t wait to go back as soon as possible!
As a side note (this is neither good nor bad): I wanted to be very independent on this program and I was able to be. I lived abroad for almost half of my life growing up and have been to over 35 countries so I loved that, but I would caution others who might not feel as comfortable navigating a new city/language/culture to live in non-Adelante housing because you receive a lot less support [compared to Adelante’s housing and program].
Maya attended Adelante’s Gap Year program in Madrid with a 2-month psychology internship.
I was a candidate in Adelante’s Chile program for three months in early 2017. At the risk of sounding hackneyed, the experience was utterly transformative, thanks in large part to Adelante.
After a friendly chat with the feller sent to pick me up from the airport, I arrived to the candidate apartment. Strangely, it was way nicer than it looked in the pictures. Classes at the International Center […] started a few days later. They were daily group lessons taught by the wonderful Marcela, who took us on excursions in Viña and Valpo as part of the lessons, and advised us extensively on where to buy meat, how to navigate the streets and slang, etc. The International Center crew was not only extremely communicative (and able to speak English, in large part), they took us out and were generally good buddies. I was traveling alone, so that gracious friendliness kept a certain amount of loneliness at bay.
[…] My internship assignment [97.3 FM Radio Valentín Letelier] was spot on. Marcela made sure I knew how to get there and who to talk to (although the beautiful madness of Chilean Spanish made it difficult to chat at first). I was allowed to work [Journalism internship/reporter] at my own pace and take as many tourism days off as I needed. The staff was endlessly cool… if you end up in the area, I recommend you tune in to Radio Valentín Letelier for a (really) broad mix of alternative music.
There are countless wonderful details about the experience that I don’t have time to impart, but I gotta mention the excursions to a local vineyard (the first included as part of lessons, the second offered for free when my parents came to visit me) and Charlie (a sweet street dog often accompanied by “the yellow dog,” both of whom followed me into supermarkets, churches, and anywhere else). Generally, the atmosphere of the Adelante/IC was one of helpful kindness, and that made good things happen.
I’m omitting a lot of difficult experiences, which were equally essential to the emotional and lingual growth I achieved down there, but none of those were Adelante’s fault. In retrospect, I’m awfully grateful for those negative experiences, but pleased to say that they didn’t stem from the organization to which I paid $4000*.
Adelante is trustworthy and Chile is indescribably worthwhile. Buen viaje, folks. Pick up a slang dictionary on your way.
*Arlo participated in a 3-month program and chose a homestay option, which includes all meals/laundry.
I arrived in Montevideo in February 2017, I started by taking 3 weeks of Spanish classes to refresh my Spanish and then with the help of [Adelante] I completed a 3-month internship at a travel agency in the city center. The three weeks of intense classes at the beginning of my stay were invaluable in helping me to achieve my goals of improving my confidence in my spoken Spanish.
I was sad when classes came to an end but also excited to get into a new routine working at the travel agency. I had an initial meeting with my boss Ana who briefed me on the company’s current goals and missions and we spoke a little about how I would be able to help them achieve those goals. I spent my first week going on some of the tours that the company had to offer – this helped me to get to know the city better and see exactly what the company offers to tourists.
From my previous experience travelling around South America, I was able to take notes and report back to my boss on how their tours and customer service could be improved. Other tasks that I was responsible for included creating a questionnaire for use of the customers after the tours. This was invaluable to the company as a way of providing feedback so that they could better understand the tourist’s needs and desires.
I also worked on a project which involved carrying out market research using interviews to find out about the tourists and what they are interested in doing/seeing during their stay in Montevideo. This research led the company to be able to devise and add 3 additional tours to those that they already had to offer.
“Loved this experience! Going abroad is something that is on everyone’s bucket list, so why not learn something while you’re at it? Adelante does a fantastic job providing a great experience abroad along with a great internship. The Spanish class that came with my program was a surprise but definitely my favorite part.
The internship itself (medical) was great as well- very enlightening. Traveling in Europe is fairly affordable and with all the extra time you may have from work, it’s worth it to get out and explore! I would do this program all over again!“
“I have to say that the internship set up was convenient and the application was easy enough to complete. The cost, in comparison to other abroad competitors, was quite affordable considering I was posted literally 400 feet from in the exact center of Madrid.
I would do this again if there was another opportunity to do so. However, I immediately suggest that whoever is looking into this program to plan, at minimum, 6 months ahead to get all the requirements settled. After all, I ended up having more fun than expected. Every penny is worth it and the people I was with were nice enough to help me with anything I needed.”
I had the opportunity to help out at [Hospital Perrier Rossell] to help tend to newborns that do not have parents to go home to. […] Before Friday, I had never even held a baby before. Quite honestly, I was slightly uncomfortable the entire time due to my lack of experience with newborns. Though pediatrics might not be my specialty of choice, I do believe that it is still necessary to feel comfortable in any specialty. All the nurses […] were there to answer my questions or concerns that I had. I felt very welcome and everyone was very ready to teach.
Nathalie is part of a co-op internship program with Northeastern University.
I had an awesome time with Adelante! This was my first time in Europe and they definitely helped me to have a great time.
All the staff that I talked to were super helpful, both while I was applying and during my stay. The housing was awesome. I was living right in the center of the city, which was incredible, there was so much to do nearby.
It was also really nice having roommates, as they were some of my best friends while I was there. I found the language classes offered in the program to be pretty helpful.
I worked for a financial consulting company that analyzed the US stock market. I didn’t know anything about the market before I came, but working in the office for 6 months definitely helped me pick up a few things, although I would have liked to learn more.
All in all, I highly recommend Adelante. I personally feel that living abroad is an experience that everyone should have, and Adelante is a pretty awesome way to do just that.
From the very beginning eveyone was very helpful and informational. After I applied, I heard back right away and then made my plans to go. I came with my best friend from college which was very important in our serach to find the right program to go through…
Costa Rica was an amazing experience and I would have stayed forever if I could. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning a new language and culture. I am definitely going to take away so much from this experience!
Teaching English in Chile was wonderful! My experience was great from the beginning. I had a really nice driver from the Santiago airport to my apartment in Vina del Mar. Once I got to Vina, I had a really nice stay at a large apartment with two roommates. At my internship, the staff was really nice and helpful, and so were the students. I was really able to focus on teaching the material and helping students master English. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone.
Everything is coming along so well!!! I’m going to go to a Seville football game against Atletico Madrid, Morocco, Cordoba, and Granada. I am so thankful for this opportunity!!! More students from my university need to take advantage of your program. One month in and seriously a life changing experience in terms of my growth and confidence as a student!!
Uruguay is a place like no other. I may have come here at the wrong time of year (it’s winter), but if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have been able to work at a place that really enjoy.
I’m a college student, and most internships that are out there for people at this level just have you shredding papers and getting coffee. At [my internship] I got the polar opposite. They had me observing classes, working with teachers, running workshops, and substitute teaching. I actually have teaching experience now, which is amazing and surprising from an unpaid internship. It helped that I’m a native English speaker, but they actually had me working and were using my abilities and asking for how I felt about the classes and what my feedback was about them. I actually felt like a valued member of the school. How often can you say that you feel valued at an internship?
I have really enjoyed my time here in Madrid! I think this has been an amazing learning experience and I have really grown professionally and personally. As far as working with Accenture I would recommend them to other business students. I believe that I am doing meaningful work that will directly correlate to the work I will be doing when I start full-time. Also they do not usually give me busy work, so if they ask me to do something it directly adds value to what the team is trying to achieve. I have had some down-time especially in August, but I was prepared for this and I used this time to strengthen my excel skills or practice Spanish.
As far as the crazy process, I think the process helped me to learn more about how business is conducted in Spain. I am so happy that I made the decision to intern with Adelante and that I was able to work with Accenture. You all have been a big help in making this one of the best summers ever
I’m sad that 2 months have gone by so fast, but all worth it for the experience I’ve had making new friends and exploring a career field of interest. As an art history and anthropology student from Canada, I had the opportunity to work at the archeological site of Atzompa not far outside of town and even come into close contact with archeological pieces dating back to hundreds of years. I’m really happy to have invested my time with Adelante and working very hard in order to achieve this long-lasting dream. Best luck to all future volunteers and intern takers who decide to come to this beautiful place. Te quiero mucho, Oaxaca!
With regards to my psychology placement, I am shaking with excitement to write about this, I am having such a great time in this internship! It has undeniably been a fruitful working experience! I get to apply my knowledge into practical use and more importantly, I have come across a wide spectrum of people that I won’t usually have a chance to meet on daily basis. I managed to speak with the patients who are diagnosed with mental disorders ranging from anxiety disorder to schizophrenia, and also I have counselling experiences in conjugal therapy; with couples who are going through marital problems. I also get to run diagnostic tests for different patients and interview with them individually on my own. I also have consulting experiences to enter with the doctor and listen to Dr Rojas and Dr Ana’s consultation.
It has definitely been a rewarding experience, I am really grateful that Adelante has offered me this great opportunity to work with Dr. Rojas and other practicians in the clinic as well as an intern that I met during the course of my intern experience. I can’t emphasize more on how grateful I am, many thanks to Adelante. Thank you once again for this valuable experience in Madrid.
I can’t believe the program is already coming to an end – it really flew by!! Overall it was an amazing time and my internship opened me up to so many great opportunities. I was very happy with Barcelona Connect and would highly recommend anyone working with them, especially my supervisor Francesca.
P.S. Barcelona is a goldmine of photo opportunities!
The experience was most definitely worthwhile. I gained an understanding of an entire new culture and language – Catalan – and became passionate about a new cause – Catalan independence – that I previously knew nothing about. The experience opened my eyes to how important cultural exchange is, as my interaction with Catalans in Barcelona furthered my understanding of their situation more and more each day. Certainly this learning experience is incomparable to anything I could have gotten in a classroom.
“Chile is a wonderfully unique place. It offers so much to those that are willing to dive in and live as the people do. The Chilean people were endlessly interesting, and their way of life is something that made me think about my own life in the US. I think that the most valuable change that a lengthy international experience provides is the popping of the US student bubble. It is important to see things from a different perspective and be, for at least a short while, on the outside looking in. I found that the people in the program were always at least partially open to the idea of change. We experienced Chile together and came out different, more aware, and more alive. Adelante provided us with a common goal, and gave us a support system that was invaluable and educationally sound”.
Everything is going really great here. I’m loving my housing situation. The ladies I’m living with have been incredibly welcoming and accomodating. My workplace is also really wonderful and has been giving me further insight into where my passions lie and what I may want to include in my future plans. This city and experience has actually exceeded my expectations 🙂
I gained so much from my three months in Barcelona with Adelante Abroad, both personally and with regards to my future. They make it much less daunting to work abroad as everything is very well organised before travel, including excellent accommodation in the centre of the city (opposite ‘la Sagrada Familia!), 2 weeks intensive language lessons and a work placement. I had a great time becoming more independent and experiencing the amazing local culture…also I feel living here and making friends with locals is the best way to learn Spanish and Catalan. Weekend were spent visiting all of the amazing sights Barcelona has to offer, getting in the thick of the local food, music and culture and taking trips to Montserrat, Sitges and other parts of Catalunya. I do think the work placement could of been more challenging but it was still a great investment in my future. I really enjoyed it!! I gained so much from my three months in Barcelona with Adelante Abroad, both personally and with regards to my future. They make it much less daunting to work abroad as everything is very well organised before travel, including excellent accommodation in the centre of the city (opposite ‘la Sagrada Familia!), 2 weeks intensive language lessons and a work placement. I had a great time becoming more independent and experiencing the amazing local culture…also I feel living here and making friends with locals is the best way to learn Spanish and Catalan. Weekend were spent visiting all of the amazing sights Barcelona has to offer, getting in the thick of the local food, music and culture and taking trips to Montserrat, Sitges and other parts of Catalunya. I do think the work placement could of been more challenging but it was still a great investment in my future. I really enjoyed it!!
My cultural immersion experience in Spain has been fantastic. I feel very lucky to have found the Spanish/European/American friends I have made here and to live/intern in a great location in the center of Madrid. I have learned so much about Spanish culture as well as American culture (the good and bad!) and I have chosen to stay in Madrid and teach English for 6 more months to see what it’s like to live on my own here, to gain teaching experience and to continue strengthening my Spanish. I thank Adelante for giving me this opportunity without having had to go through a university or a complicated, super-competitive application process, so I would recommend the program to someone considering it.