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Scotland

Equine Summer Study in Scotland

This four week program includes two sophomore level courses, equine anatomy and physiology and equine fitness, as well as hands on experience with English style riding. It...

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Spain

Internships in Madrid

This is Adelante's most developed International Internship Program with over 250 participating companies. Placements are available in nearly every field you can think of;...

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Spain

Internships in Barcelona

Barcelona is an ideal site for an international internship; Barcelona serves as a tourist, cultural, and economic hot spot while heavily influencing the region's commerce,...

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Scotland

Ecology Conservation Program in Scotland

Natural beauty and heritage come to mind when one thinks Edinburgh, Scotland. Inland cliffs, freshwater streams, woodlands and grasslands provide a bountiful habitat and

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Scotland

Internships in Scotland

Take advantage of Adelante's observation and research assignment placements in Edinburgh, Scotland (sectors listed below). Edinburgh is the nation's capital and boasts all...

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Chile

Internships in Chile

There may not be a better place to spend an internship abroad. Adelante offers programs in neighboring cities, Vina del Mar and Valparaiso. These two bustling yet majestic...

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Spain

Internships in Seville, Spain

Adelantes programs are meant to be an equal balance of cultural immersion and work experience. This is exactly what you'll be getting in Seville, Spain. Seville is one...

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Costa Rica

Semester Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world's most breathtaking and lush countries. Why not spend a semester or a summer in San Jose, Costa Rica's radiant capital? Immerse yourself in...

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Mexico

Volunteer in Mexico

Adelante Abroad offers low cost volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields(listed below) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Newly added sectors include ecology, accounting, psychology,...

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Spain

Semester in Seville, Spain

Language acquisition and cultural immersion are always at the forefront of Adelante Abroad's programs. In Seville, Spain, students are sure to develop their Spanish language,...

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Spain

Internships in Marbella/San Pedro

Through Adelante Abroad, you can now LIVE and INTERN at this beautiful Spanish haven. Gain real, international work experience at this sweeping coastal town. It's hard to...

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Uruguay

Internships in Uruguay

Internships in Uruguay - Programs begin with three weeks of intensive Spanish courses.Then, your internship assignment begins (see Intern Types below for internship sectors),...

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Costa Rica

Internships in Costa Rica

San Jose is the capital of Costa Rica and the epicenter of economical and political activity in the country. For these reasons, there may not be a better location to begin...

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Summer Study Abroad in Costa Rica

San Jose is the radiant capital of Costa Rica, one of the most lush and breathtaking countries in the world. We can't think of a better place to spend a summer. Dive into...

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Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

2 months in Uruguay

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 International House 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?
Overall, it's been a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Program: Internships in Uruguay

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

Great abroad experience (and so-so internship) with help from Adelante

My trip to Barcelona was a fun one, and one that would not have been possible without Adelante Abroad's affordable prices. I would tell those looking at this program that you do get what you pay for. It's not exactly the fanciest or best internship jobs, but if you're looking to do some work abroad while also enjoying the experience on the cheap, you've got the right company. I'll list my pros, cons, and tips below.

Pros:
- Very affordable program
- Friendly staff; while small, if you call them up during business hours they are quick to help you/inform you about things.
- The people you meet on the program are all very wonderful. You have a sense of camaraderie because you're all in the same boat, and going through the language school together really helps.
- The internship can often be very relaxed, which gives you a lot of time to explore where you are and really enjoy your time abroad
- I loved the language school; Kingsbrook was a great place with many new faces and people to meet, and was a great way to really gear up for my stay.
- I had a great experience with my housing. Marta was very sweet. Housing can be a bit of a mixed bag though, depending on your situation. Adelante is a smaller program than you think, so it is much more likely you'll live on your own with the apartment owner, or with one other roommate. I lived independently with the apartment owner and had a good time. Two of my other friends had to switch though because of this woman name Rosa who had previously gotten bad reviews from other people. But everyone else had relatively chill experiences with their apartment owners.

Cons:
- Perhaps the most notable of my experience was that the small staff seemed to be a bit disorganized, particularly when setting up my trip experience. I was not informed of my housing placement until 3 days before I left for Barcelona, when I was according to their website supposed to be informed no later than two weeks before I left. This goes double for my internship placement; not only was I informed late about that as well, but it turned out to be a completely different internship than I had requested. That second part was fine and partially expected (they had not promised I'd get my first choice) but it would have been easier to plan for had it not been so late.
- My internship was not as substantial as I would have hoped, but it's kind of a mixed bag depending on what you request. I worked for an LGBT group, but because it was in Barcelona, the heritage and importance of the group in particular was that it was a Catalan group. Adelante advertises Barcelona as if it is a place that Spanish is used commonly, I believe they say it is "the language of business." While I was able to communicate in restaurants and around town, don't be fooled: Catalan is EVERYWHERE and you will be having to parse it out a lot of the time. If you don't engage in Spanish first, people will speak to you in Catalan. They are proud of their culture/language and will use that first and foremost. This proved to be kind of odd at my job though, because that was a big part of their heritage and pride, so myself and my friend were the odd ones out for not speaking Catalan. That made the placement a bit weird as well.

Tips:
- In Barcelona, expect to speak Catalan and here it/see it everywhere.
- It is advertised/said that you'd probably be staying with a lot of people in your apartment, but it's much more likely you'll live on your own
- Reach out to Adelante by phone rather than by email during their office hours; it's quicker that way.
- Have lots of fun!

Improvements:
The biggest complaint myself and others had was that Adelante seems to "puff its chest" a bit by making it seem like a larger program than it is. If Adelante was a bit more humble and honest about its advertising, I think the people on the program would have less issues. Because of how the program was depicted to us, we were expecting apartments where we would share rooms with people on the program, which would let us make friends and socialize much more easily, and that there would be a LOT of people in the program. At the time of my program, I had about 8 people consistently in Barcelona for Adelante, TOTAL. This wouldn't have been a problem had we understood the scale of the program a bit better. Also, the internships were really talked up but a lot of us were underwhelmed by what we ended up getting. Perhaps being more transparent about the internships/who they are partnered with and what the internship will be like would be more helpful for the people applying.

Overall though, for what I was seeking (a cool time to explore abroad while also improving my Spanish over the summer) I got what I personally wanted. You should see if this program is right for you.

Program: Internships in Barcelona

  • Adelante International Internships and Study Abroad responded to this review August 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Dear Jordan, thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. Glad there were so many Pros and of course I'd like to address the Cons here. In all of our programs the housing is your own room in a shared apartment, and in the Barcelona program only do we try and make sure that at least one roommate is a local. This was market driven by our candidates years ago who wanted to make sure English was not spoken in the housing! And because our program is not a study abroad, with everyone arriving on the same date and ending on the same date, rather an intern abroad program with rolling start dates, roommates can change over the time you are in our program. Lastly, we choose the housing based on where each persons internship is so the commute makes sense vs. putting all candidates in the same housing for social reasons. So, in some cases one apartment is full and in others, less full. Definitely not a group program and we do try and stress that in all of our materials and communications.
    In regards to internship placements, we ask each candidate to give us a "Plan A" and a "Plan B" so we can ethically guarantee your placement in our program (e.g. if our Director abroad cannot find a placement in your first choice, we go to your second choice and this way you know you have a guaranteed placement no matter what) Your internship was at a historic LGBTQ entity that has been around for 40 years. It is non profit organization and often those will have less structure than a for profit entity. Also, you were with us in summer and I'm sure in July you began to feel staff looking forward to their vacations, which is also something we stress to all our short term summer in Spain candidates (that August is a VERY big vacation month and that will affect your internship) It is part of the culture, as is the Catalan. Officially, Castellano is the language of business and also Catalan is widely spoken - it would be near impossible to intern and live in Barcelona without hearing Catalan! However, learning Catalan for a two month summer program is unreasonable, not to mention every person in Barcelona who speaks Catalan also speaks Castellano, or "regular" Spanish.
    It sounds like you had certain expectations and that is always a bit dangerous, especially when this is your first time abroad. It is hard not to have expectations, however Adelante is transparent (you know where you are interning and have a contract with them prior to arrival, same with housing) and does provide all things listed in our program - what we cannot do is know how each individual candidate will do in each separate company or organization. This is why we emphasize that we provide an open door for our candidates, and what they do once they walk through that door is largely up to them. And we agree with you and also stress to inquiring candidates and in our published materials that this program is not for everyone! Thank you again and good luck in all future endeavors - Team Adelante

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    1

  • Program Administration

    4

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    10

An amazing summer

I did marketing in an office for a winery and at first I had decent amount of work to do and then everyone started going on vacation and I had to make up work for me to do. This helped me to be independent and to become decently educated on wine which was something I did not know much about. The Spanish course with Eureka was extremely helpful and the staff there was amazing. They also had excursions to different museums and cities. This was my first time in Europe so I went on different excursions to different countries and it was the best time of my life and I met people from all over the world that have beautiful and interesting perspectives on life. I would say the only downfall was the that the staff from adelante were not helpful at all when I had any problems and were not responsive. I thought it was their job to reply to our problems but they were very lazy dealing with certain issues. I think interning abroad with any program will look amazing on a resume and will be an experience of a lifetime the way it was from. However I would not suggest adelante due to their capabilities of solving issues.

Program: Internships in Madrid

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best summer of my life In Madrid

I interned in Madrid for the past two months through the Adelante Abroad program. Adelante essentially sets everything up for you prior to arrival including your internship placement and housing and then you are basically on your own. My girlfriend and I both took part in the Adelante program and were able to live together in an incredibly nice apartment set up by Adelante in a very nice neighborhood of Madrid. It was definitely a relief having an apartment with zero issues, making Madrid instantly feel like home.
The Adelante program starts off with two weeks at the Eureka language school where you are completely immersed in Spanish, with zero english speaking allowed in the school. Having very little Spanish background prior to this summer I was definitely overwhelmed in the first 15 minutes at Eureka, but that went away by the end of the first day and I really enjoyed the school and lessons. I actually wish there was someway that the program could work in additional time at Eureka into the 8 week program rather than just the two weeks in the beginning, but I understand that would be difficult with the internship hours the last 6 weeks.

I have a fairly unique major in college, making it somewhat difficult to find an internship placement in Madrid, but Adelante placed me with Sotavento Consultores, a financial consulting firm doing market research analysis and I was very happy with my experience at Sotavento. I was basically independent on my own projects for the entirety of the six weeks interning at Sotavento, allowing me to take on as much as I wanted in terms of workload. The work place is certainly different in Spain than the United States, but Im very grateful to have had the opportunity to see how business is conducted in Spain and to give insight on business in the United States.

I did a significant amount of research before traveling to Spain and decided to purchase an Eurail pass for traveling on weekends and I am incredibly glad I did. I was able to spend two weekends in Barcelona, a weekend in Valencia, San Sebastian and Granada as well as a day in Segovia all without worrying about the cost of point to point train tickets. My time traveling on weekends was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, and I would recommend other Adelante candidates do the same as you will have plenty of time to explore Madrid during the week days after your internship and in the one or two weekends you spend here when not traveling. Spain is a beautiful country and each region looks and feels entirely different, definitely something worth experiencing.

While Madrid was not my favorite city I visited in Spain, I was very glad I chose to do the Adelante program here rather than another city for several reasons: 1)Spanish is much more common in Madrid than other cities. From my experience, it appeared that Madrid had much less English speakers which made learning and speaking Spanish much more important and necessary, something I definitely wanted from an abroad program. While in Barcelona I felt like I heard more English than Spanish or Catalan, definitely not the case in Madrid. 2) Madrid is centrally located in Spain. It was very convenient to be within a 5 hour train ride of every city I wanted to visit, making it possible to see as much of Spain as I did. 3) Madrid is the heart and hub of Spain. From a professional point of view, Madrid definitely had the feel of a big business city most similar to what a businessman is likely to encounter while leaving home for work in the U.S, giving me additional experience in how best to navigate big cities, which is infinitely different than what I grew up around.

The Adelante program is definitely not the typical summer abroad experience from what I read about from other programs online prior to choosing Adelante, but that is not a bad thing. The cost of Adelante was definitely cheaper than any other programs I came across, and this is probably due to the independence the program includes. You will feel as connected to Adelante or as independent in a foreign country as you choose. My girlfriend and I essentially had no contact with Adelante aside from the weekly or biweekly emails they send, and I was completely okay with that, while I understand others may want more of a structured program. If structure is what you are looking for than Adelante probably isn't the right program, but if you want to get a real world experience in a foreign city where you can basically do what you want when you want to do it then I would recommend Adelante. I was a big fan of not having oversight while abroad as it forced me to figure everything out on my own. Adelante was definitely the best program for the best price for what I was hoping to get from a summer abroad, and without a doubt the most valuable experience I've had in my life. Having never been abroad aside from the Caribbean, I was very nervous to leave the U.S, but as im getting ready to leave Spain in another day I cannot wait to figure out where I will travel to next.

Program: Internships in Madrid

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Interning in Madrid!

This summer I was able to intern in Madrid through Adelante Abroad who set up my placement & housing in this beautiful city. Even though my original placement was not what I wished to do, they were able to find me another placement that fit my needs better & that I could intern at. Overall, my experience was great & I would recommend interning at Madrid because of its great atmosphere & enriching culture!

Program: Internships in Madrid

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