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Cuba

Intern, Volunteer, Study Spanish or Salsa - Cuba

Embark on a meaningful travel experience with this opportunity provided by BEST Programs in La Havana, Cuba. Participants have the chance to study the Spanish language, get...

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Spain

Save on Intern and Study Spanish in Madrid, Barcelona or Seville

Come with a Friend and Save 300 USD by mentioning this notice on your application. Internship program in Madrid, Barcelona or Seville with Spanish companies for candidates...

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Spain

Professional Internship in Hotel Management/Tourism

Come with a Friend and Save 300 USD by mentioning this notice on your application. Spain is Europe's most visited country for long-term tourism and many spots' main industry...

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Cuba

Learn Salsa Dancing and Spanish in Cuba - Two Cities

These programs are ideal for participants of all ages and nationalities who want added value to your holiday. All of our edutravel options to Cuba guarantee to boost your...

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Cuba

Volunteer in Teaching English - Santiago de Cuba

Teach English in Santiago de Cuba, and get the chance to learn Spanish and have a unique life experience in a new environment. Participating teachers will be attending an...

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Cuba

Teaching English in Santiago de Cuba

Teach English to Cubans, and get the chance to learn Spanish and gain invaluable life experience in a non-academic context. Participants take part in Salsa dancing classes,...

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Spain

Intern Logistics or Engineering in Valencia or Palma, Spain

Come with a Friend and Save 300 USD by mentioning this notice on your application. After an introductory crash Spanish course in Madrid upon your arrival to put you up...

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Spain

Law Internships in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia

Come with a Friend and Save 300 USD by mentioning this notice on your application. After an introductory crash Spanish course upon your arrival to put your language skills...

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Cuba

Teaching English in Cuba - La Havana

NOTE: Come With a Friend Discount of 300 USD. See the Offers section of their website. This program is ideal for anyone wanting to learn Spanish and gain life experience...

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Russia

Internships All Fields St. Petersburg, Russia

This program is ideal for anyone wanting to learn Russian and gain life experience in a non-academic atmosphere while interning in any field of your choice, including NGOs....

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Russia

Study Russian and Intern in Humanitarian Org

Come with a Friend and Save 300 USD by mentioning this notice on your application. BEST will arrange for you to obtain a volunteer post in one of Russia's many non-profit...

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United States

Internships - Practicas - USA

ENGLISH: If you are still studying or have just graduated and want to travel in order to see the world, improve your English and upgrade your résumé through our program....

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Colombia

Intern in any Field: Medellin, Colombia

As Colombia's second largest city with a population of 2.5 million Medellín offers modern services, Latin atmosphere, great climate and great cuisine within a valley 1,600...

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United States

Professional Experience in NY and New Jersey with J1 Visa

Edu-travel USA for Professional Experience Set yourself apart with the ultimate internship experience in the USA! We call our program in the USA, “Edu-travel USA for...

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BEST Programs Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The BEST investment is in yourself

As a participant with BEST PROGRAMS, I completed an internship at the Hotel Claridge in Madrid, Spain. I wanted to improve my level of speaking Spanish in a work atmosphere and offered my previous experience in the hotel/restaurant field as well as my English skills. It was an unforgettable experience working with top notch professionals. It was a challenge that BEST afforded me in as simple and straightforward manner as
possible. I believe all involved, employer, employees, intern, benefited. Now, I am proud to use my skills as an educator and "new" Spanish speaker

Program: Professional Internship in Hotel Management/Tourism

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    9

I wanted to experience the Cuban lifestyle first hand

The first time I visited Cuba was a package programme staying in hotels and travelling with a local tour guide. I fell in love with the Cuban culture and the Cuban optimism, but I wanted to experience the Cuban lifestyle first hand.
While searching for a programme in Cuba, I found out that most organisations had fixed dates, offered only specific lengths, were very political or pricy and had the focus on groups rather than individuals. Since I have been living and travelling abroad a lot, I wanted something more flexible but safe. The BEST team always answered quickly to all my emails and the Skype meetings helped to clear any doubts. I was well taken care of and decided for BEST.
A mixture of weekly activities (dance, percussions, cooking and museum visits) and daily internship (helping during English lessons for adults and having art workshops with children on Saturdays) as well as making local friends and enjoying Santiago’s signs and night life made my experience unique.

The happy smile on children’s faces, when you bring the colourful markers or other materials to make handcrafts and art projects with them, is simply a priceless experience. I recommend this part of the programme to anyone even if you do not have any experience with children and you are not very arty yourself. You can always find art projects which are suitable for children on Printest. Cuban children do not have many opportunities to enjoy creating art. My recommendation is to bring a lot of materials and donate them after your projects.

Enjoy your own experience ;-)

Program: Intern, Volunteer, Study Spanish or Salsa - Cuba

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Emilia's life changing three months in Madrid

Why did you decide to study and intern abroad?

I have always had a passion and extreme interest in what life is like in other countries. After graduating from Texas State University in May of 2016, I wasn't quite ready for the working world, so I figured there wouldn't be a better time to fulfill my curiosity and find an opportunity to live abroad.

Why did you choose BEST Programs package?

After about two months of trying to find a program I came across Best Programs. In all honesty the first thing that stood out to me was the affordability of the program. Every other program I came across was out of my budget, so when I found Best Programs I was taken back by the price. After a few email exchanges the owner of the company, Jill, gave me call. We chatted for almost an hour about why I wanted to join the program, why I wanted to go to Spain and so much more. My original idea was to go to Barcelona, but after talking to Jill and telling her that one of my main goals was to improve my Spanish, we decided Madrid would be the best place for me. Once I chatted with Jill I was confident and beyond excited that Best Programs was for me!!

What makes the program you participated in so interesting?

What made Best Programs stand out to me was the inclusion of attending a Spanish school at the beginning of my time in Madrid. Prior to my three month stay in Spain my Spanish was...okay. I had an understanding of conversation, and could kind of get by, but I was in need of help. The two week corse I attended at Academa Contacto help me tremendously with practicing my basic Spanish, and helped me really get down the basics. Once I started my internship at Grupo WorkandLife was when my Spanish really improved. I was challenged on a daily basis because I was the ONLY English speaker in the office. At first this was very intimidating and honestly really hard. But after a few weeks of working my Spanish improved from barely being able to have a full conversion to talking almost fluently.

What is the best thing about your program that future participants need to know?

Since I was the only student in Madrid for the program I was forced to get out on my own and meet people. I've always been a very social person, but I was very intimidated by the idea of stepping out of my comfort zone in order to find ways to meet people. Going to Madrid on my own and not knowing a single soul was the best thing I could of ever done for my self. I feel like I have gained a great sense of independence and confidence that I would have never found if it wasn't for Best Programs.

What’s one thing you would have done differently?

One of the perks of working with Best Programs was not worrying about finding a place to live because the housing program was there to help me find a place to live. I orginaly was offered a flat to live in with other students but after some irrational thinking I freaked myself out and decided that I wanted to live with a host family. At first I thought this would be a great idea because I would be really immersing myself in the Spanish culture, however I quickly learned that living with a host family wasn't what I thought it would be and learned from my mistake. Thankfully because of the housing program I was able to move into a student flat after about a month And it ended up being the best decision I made because of the people I met!


Now that you’re home, how has the experience abroad impacted your life?

Before I even departed from Madrid I knew my stay in Spain was not enough time. I started searching for a way to come back before I even left Spain. Once I arrived back home a friend of mine, who is an English teaching assistant I had met traveling in Mallorca, let me know that the Balartic islands were hiring more English teaching assistants for the Spring. I sent my application off and two weeks later found out I got job!! I leave to return to Spain in three weeks and more excited than ever. Returning home was been wonderful - visiting with friends and family. But my time in Madrid opened my eyes to a new world. Best Programs provided me with my first opportunity and experience of living and working abroad and I wouldn't be where I am today without my three month experience in Madrid!

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