PINC International LLC Participant Reviews
Learned more than just a few new Spanish words..
Submitted by Heidy Rosario - Palm Beach State College | August 07, 2017
If you gave me thirty seconds to explain my time abroad with PINC, I wouldn't find it difficult. Yes, it's worth mentioning that the food was delectable, the culture was beautiful, and around every corner was a perfect insta-worthy snapshot. However, with only thirty seconds to explain and probably only 12 of those seconds are of your undivided attention, I'd like to share the most important thing I took away. I have big dreams and PINC was part of the reason why I decided to chase them rather than sleep in them. It might seem over simplified or cliché, but during my time abroad I realized how reachable things were when I took the time to break things up into baby steps. The moment you begin doing and stop saying is the moment you begin to live life as the reality you chose to live instead of the dream you say you wish. PINC has taught me to be proud of my childlike imagination and look at my role as visionary as a serious attribute to the world. I had no idea I would actually go on this trip because I had never taken a dream and broken it down to my reality, and now that I have, it makes me feel like I can do anything.
10/10 would recommend for an amazing summer
Submitted by Shawna - Ohio University | August 01, 2017
As a person who has done multiple study abroad programs, I can honestly say PINC was by far my favorite. I am the type of person who spontaneously makes big decisions and signing up for this program was one of my best. The program gave me the freedom I needed in order to thrive in a foreign country. We had city managers that acted as our big sisters to show us the ropes of Madrid, but we were always allowed and encouraged to explore on our own.
I did not know anyone going into this program and I was nervous about meeting everyone; however, I was able to meet life-long friends that I know I will see in the future. I feel that this program attracts all different types of personalities. My group had people who have seen the world and people who were first time travelers. Additionally, the personalities ranged from the cool chill girl to the girl who laughs at bad puns and is obsessed with memes (I am allowed to say that because that’s me). The beauty of this is that we were all able to meet and become friends. Living in the apartments, which were amazing, gave us the opportunity to get to know each other.
My goal during this summer was to gain work experience to put on my resume and to explore Europe. I can say this was accomplished and exceeded my expectations. During my 8 weeks in Spain, I traveled to Ireland, Rome, and Paris during my weekends. Additionally, I was able to gain work experience that I can put on my resume that I know will catch the eye of future employers.
The memories make this experience amazing
Submitted by Cierra - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | June 15, 2017
I loved traveling to new places. Ever since I was younger I have been able to travel all around the US with my family. I knew when I was younger that I wanted to see more of the world and visit Europe. Finding this program was a miracle. If it wasn't for Lisette coming into a Sunday evening chapter meeting with my sorority, I would have never thought to look for a program abroad. I never researched anything for travel before so when this opportunity came up I knew it was time to do something for myself and branch out without the comfort of family or friends. I went into the immersion trip alone and not knowing any of the girls. Leaving this trip, I have gained travel friends across the country and memories that I will never forget. This trip was something that changed my outlook on the world. Being in Madrid was the happiest and culturized place I've ever seen. It was worth the long flight. It was worth the time. It was worth the price. This experience was an amazing start to my travels and I will always have the memories of Madrid and Barcelona.
This Is what dreams are made of.. ❤️
Submitted by Bianca Garcia - University of Illinois at Chicago | June 15, 2017
As a 21 year old first generation Latina going abroad was never really an option rather more a dream. To be able to travel abroad and open up my horizons was life changing. Before this trip I had never traveled outside
the U.S. because I was scared of leaving my family behind, but I knew that I had to do it and grow as a person. So I took the opportunity. PINC Int'l gave me a sense of independence and power to be my own person and immerse myself in a whole new different culture that I was not accustom too. I got to meet inspiring young women that have now became some of my
closest friends and new travel buddies. From learning to new Spanish slangs to the history of why Madrid is the beautiful city that it is today. This trip opened up my eyes to take risks and put myself in situations that I not may be comfortable in because at the end it's an experience that shaped me into the woman I inspire to be. Thank you Lisette for always being there for us before the program as well as during because you made my separation anxiety go away and fully enjoy myself.
A trip to remember!
Submitted by Nicole Nicolas - - | June 14, 2017
Having just graduated from college, going on this trip was honestly one of the best decisions. Throughout my stay in Madrid, I had the opportunity to fully experience and immerse in the Spanish culture, from its culinary offerings, to its historic landmarks. Moreover, I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and force myself to interact with the locals in Spanish, a language I had no previous experience in. With the help of the Spanish classes provided in the program, I gained more confidence with every interaction I had. I also had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful and strong women on this program, who are now my good friends and new travel buddies! Overall, I had great time on this journey, and its all thanks to Lisette, who went above and beyond to make sure everyone was comfortable and happy. If you want to expose yourself to something new and different, I highly recommend going for this program! You won't regret it!
Take the leap and go for it!
Submitted by Xochilt - - | June 13, 2017
It's important for me to start off by explaining that prior to this experience I had 1.) never traveled outside of the US and 2.) never traveled on my own. From the very beginning of the process, Lisette made herself available for all inquiries and concerns. Prior to our trip, she prepared a Pre-Departure Orientation to fill us in on all the do's and don't's of packing and other traveling details. The first week of the program, was filled with Spanish classes in the morning, workshops in the afternoon and free time in the evening. The second week was filled with a two-day trip to Barcelona , networking events and cultural activities. Overall, my experience was far more than I expected. I got the chance of meeting some of the most charismatic young women and gained a tremendous amount of personal growth. Deciding to be a part of this program was a huge leap for me and I am completely grateful I was given the opportunity!
My summer internship in Madrid 2016
Submitted by Monica - James Madison University | October 24, 2016
Arriving in Madrid for the summer 2016 PINC internship program, I was both thrilled and nervous to embark on an adventure that would ultimately change my perspective, values, and the way in which I see the world. I had thoughtfully prepared for the trip, brushing up on my Spanish and packing every last necessity, but still, would never had imagined the opportunities that awaited me. Upon arrival, I was able to navigate the metro system with ease and encountered only minor hassle while attempting to find my hostel, since I decided to arrive a day earlier than the program started. The program coordinator soon eased the hassle the next morning when we met for our orientation. Lisette took us for a tour of our newfound home, but I would never have guessed just how familiar those streets would become to me. The next week in our LAE Madrid Spanish classes, we were able to receive excellent learning experiences, both in class and in cross cultural immersion activities. Admittedly, I was at first disappointed that my lack of Spanish skills could not find me a placement in the Health industry, I soon found that my internship experience would serve as a truly life changing experience. Lisette connected us with phenomenal mentors, intern managers, flat-mates, networking events, travel opportunities, and much more, providing all the tools we needed to make our experience worthwhile. I have truly learned so much from these individuals and experiences, developing my skills and wisdom. I have since shifted my perspectives and priorities, allowing me to see and develop confidence in myself and others within a global context. I now interpret my classes, interactions, and experiences with a broader sense and more understanding. Living in Spain was an incredible time, and I am so lucky to have had this opportunity! Thanks PINC <3
PINC Summer Internship 2016
Submitted by Jaclyn - Truman State University | August 29, 2016
All throughout my undergrad I knew I wanted to study abroad to further develop my International Business and Spanish degrees, I just couldn't seem to find the right time, place, or option. When the idea of PINC was dropped into my lap, I jumped on it. I immediately emailed Lisette, the founder and CEO, and she was extremely responsive and excited. Her dedication and excitement helped calm any nerves that I may have had during our first phone call.
From that first phone call more than six months before the program, she was easily reachable whenever I needed any question answered or any nerve calmed. When trying to decide on an internship placement for me, she knew all of the right questions to ask and really took into account all of my past experiences and my expectations for the internship. My placement ended up being perfect, and I was able to learn so much about running a small business, while also being able to use and improve my Spanish skills.
The program itself is so well put together and planned out that I truly did not need to worry about a thing. The apartment that Lisette found for us was modern, clean, and in an amazing location. The Spanish classes that we took the first week of the program at La Aventura Española were very well organized, very professional, and we were all placed in the appropriate level. The last week, Lisette offered us a series of professional development workshops, where I learned many skills that I have already incorporated into my life.
I wouldn't take back my experience for anything, and I am incredibly grateful for the connections I made and the lessons I learned.
Internship for the summer
Submitted by Remi - Truman State University | August 09, 2016
Overall, I had an amazing experience with this program. The placement was in an amazing language school that helped enhance my Spanish and also helped me understand and establish a base in Madrid that I can use for the rest of my life. I learned so much about myself and an amazing country in such a short amount of time. I was helped from beginning to the end of the program and never felt alone. I would fully recommend the program to anybody! It is totally worth the dive to go in head first, even if you don't know any Spanish.
Submitted by Stephanie - Western Michigan University | July 26, 2016
I had a great time on the Barcelona immersion program! It was awesome being in Barcelona with the PINC program. I learned a lot and would recommend it highly! I was able to learn about the culture, the language and the people. The Spanish classes were semi-intensive and really fun. I personally loved sight seeing and going to the beach in my free time.