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Madrid 2012 Adelante Abroad Program Review
I would recommend Adelante Abroad for students seeking an independent internship experience abroad. The program offers not only internships in many fields, but complete cultural immersion that helps develop not only foreign language skills, but interpersonal and life-building skills as well.
Angel's personal feelings were too visible to the students. When something did not work out the way that he wanted or planned, he got frustrated with the students. Also, he was very slow to respond to my request for internet in my apartment. I was told that I would have internet access, but when I arrived, the internet service was very poor. It took one month to get fixed, and even then it only worked for one week and then did not work again for the remainder of my stay.
I did not arrive to a clean apartment. My bedroom appeared clean, but there was a layer of dust on the ground and on the desk, armoire and nightstand, which was problematic for my allergies. Also, the apartment itself was extremely dirty. There were at least three bags of trash that had not been taken out, dirty pots and pans in the sink, old food on the counter, the refrigerator was completely full with rotting food, and the bathroom was very dirty. There was water, dirt, and hair covering the entire bathroom floor and dirt and hair in the shower. I think it would be beneficial to have the apartment cleaned thoroughly before a new student moves in because the people who lived there when I moved in did not make the effort to clean before my arrival or at all during their stay.
I believe that the cultural immersion part of my trip was amazing. However, there are some things that I would change. First of all, I think that it would be beneficial to have an initial meet and greet for the Adelante students to meet each other. If one was unfortunate enough to not meet any friends during the two week classes at Eureka, he or she could easily spend their entire trip without making friends. In my opinion, it is much easier to make new friends when you have one or two friends already. Also, it was unclear that the Eureka excursions were mandatory. I had entered the program thinking that the excursions were optional, and when I missed one due to an interview with my internship advisor, I was reprimanded. If I knew that the excursions were mandatory for Adelante students, I would have planned accordingly.
I felt safe in Madrid, but not because of Adelante. I did not feel Adelante's presence at all actually, so if they want students to feel safe in their program, they should make more of an effort to contact students during their stay or have Angel check up on them at varied times during the program.
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My tip would be to read some of the Doctor's books before going, it's very helpful.
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