Adelante Abroad Programs
Relish in the sweeping Scottish countryside on the outskirts of the capital city of Edinburgh. The 4 week Equine Study Program includes courses in equine anatomy and physiology...
Natural beauty, inland cliffs, freshwater streams, and grasslands provide a bountiful habitat for our Ecology Study Abroad program. Edinburgh, Scotland has a rich environment...
Expand your research knowledge and skills in Scotland’s hilly capital, Edinburgh. The city features a fascinating blend of Old and New Towns with gardens and beautiful
Seville, Spain, is a beloved destination among tourists. Enjoy a semester in one of southern Spain's most popular Andalusian cities! In Seville, students are sure to develop...
Adelante Abroad Reviews
Summer in Barcelona
Submitted by memphistobarcelona - Rhodes College | August 03, 2017
My summer internship with Adelante in Barcelona was definitely one of the best experiences of my life! The Adelante team worked closely with me before, during, and even after my trip, and their communication is quick and thoughtful. I was nervous working in Spanish all summer but the two weeks of classes at Kingsbrook Idiomas made me feel much more secure, and I left at the end of the summer feeling like I had gained in all areas of my Spanish language mastery. My social work internship was at a summer program for at-risk youth, and I absolutely loved everyone I worked with there. Living in Barcelona also made travel throughout Europe super easy - I visited seven countries in just ten weeks! This summer was amazing, and Adelante and its staff was definitely a huge part in making it happen. I can't thank them enough, and I would highly recommend the program!
Summer in Barcelona
Submitted by memphistobarcelona - Rhodes College | July 31, 2017
I absolutely loved my experience with Adelante in Barcelona. The language classes at Kingsbrook pushed me beyond the work I had completed at my university in the US, and I got to meet tons of interesting people who I might never have befriended otherwise. My apartment was in a quiet, residential neighborhood with the sweetest landlady. My internship was with a program Adelante highly recommended, and I felt supported there. The Adelante staff is excellent at communicating with interns throughout the application process, before departure, and during the internship placement. I could always count on my questions being answered promptly and carefully. Would do this program again in a heartbeat and wish I could have stayed longer!
Human rights internship
Submitted by Roger Dogood - University of Denver | July 24, 2017
I was placed in an NGO that specializes in carrying out human rights projects with a focus in gender issues. Everyone with whom I worked was wonderful. I was placed in 'Corporacion de Estudios DECIDE,' where I was part of a small, intimate, highly competent team. I felt like my opinion was highly valued and had a real impact on project decisions. The experience illuminated what a career in international human rights might look like, especially from an NGO's perspective in Latin America. The only drawback to this approach to trying to self-actualize through civil society is a lack of funds. Most of my work consisted of writing grants in the hope of obtaining money to later carry out projects. It was rewarding to write a grant that received $25,000 in funding from the US Dept of State. Also, having studied political science in college, this experience was like political science applied, which I liked. Finally, I was given sufficient autonomy to help shape what the project looked like instead of simply translating and following instructions. Luckily I was volunteering and not dependent on an income of any sort, otherwise I would not have been able to afford doing such work; in other words, NGO work is not a lucrative career path, but it was morally fulfilling.
Quito is not a city I would live in. Surrounding areas are beautiful, but the city itself is dense, filled with smog, unorganized, and not all together safe. However, the people are fantastic. Albeit a little too religious, they are nevertheless excellent hosts, incredibly nice, and will be some of my best friends for life.
Food is not great. Food is bland and there is not a lot of meat.
Imported products are exorbitantly priced due to protectionist tax measures. Services, such as taxis and laundry, are dirt cheap.
Despite any negative comments above, I would completely recommend this experience to anyone. It is up to the individual to take from an experience what he or she may. And any negative experience can be turned into a positive one with the right thought process. And I imagine those of you looking into this program are not the type looking to spend a week at a beach resort in Cancun, Mexico; this is not that. This allows you to get a feel for how another group of people live, where you can live and breath a different language, learn new history, observe distinct social processes, and grow significantly as a person.
An amazing summer in Barcelona
Submitted by Cassidy - - | July 24, 2017
Wow, this truly was an experience of a lifetime! My program in Barcelona was for two months (June and July). After a difficult first week (cultural transitions can be tough), I adjusted quickly and began falling in love with the city. My favorite part of this experience were the 2 weeks of Spanish classes that you take at the beginning. Improving my Spanish was a priority for me, and these classes were the single most important thing that helped me this summer. On top of learning Spanish, I made many friends from the classes, giving me near instant friendships.
Because my internship was in the language school, I was able to continue to take classes for 6 weeks rather than just 2. If you have the chance to continue with classes, I HIGHLY suggest it. The professors at Kingsbrook Idiomas are fantastic! I hold a psychology degree and am interested in human resources so my internship at Kingsbrook was to collect and analyze feedback from their English professors. I enjoyed the work, but at times I didn't have enough work to do. It was only in these moments that I struggled with the internship.
I quickly began to build a life in Barcelona, and now at the end of my experience, I am very sad to leave. If you are debating whether to go to Madrid, Seville, or Barcelona, just choose Barcelona. You won't regret it! I was able to take a trip to Madrid with 2 other girls from the Adelante program in Barcelona, and while Madrid is beautiful (and worth a visit), I knew Barcelona was better (really the beach just takes it to a whole new level!) I'm so satisfied with my experience here. I did everything I hoped to do and more!
Seize your summer!
Submitted by Gwen - New York University (Graduate School of Professional Studies) | July 20, 2017
My Madrid summer with Adelante was amazing. As a graduate student, I was worried that this program wouldn't be rigorous enough for me but I am happy to say I was wrong. My internship was so practical and, unlike in the US, I was given responsibility on projects and trusted with complex tasks that were presented to clients. My Spanish also improved more than I expected it to and now I feel comfortable talking to any Spanish speaker! Part of the draw of Adelante is all the planning they do for you before you even set foot in the country and it was such a relief to not have to try to find housing or get an interview for the job I worked for. If you want to go abroad, experience a new culture and get seriously good experience, Adelante is for you.