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Emily Cummings

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5 Reasons To Explore Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/25/17 10:06 AM



Never heard of Cluj-Napoca? Nether had I … but after a little research, I’m trying to find when I can see this part of Romania ASAP because it’s gorgeous! 

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Topics: Romania, Hidden Gems

The Pros Of Doing A Spring Semester in Romania

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/24/17 9:24 AM

It will be cold during a spring semester in this Eastern European country … but that’s exactly why you should go! We’ve talked to an ILP volunteer who's been to Romania on a few different trips and she thinks that winter and spring seasons are the absolute best to be in Romania —  you’ll travel for cheaper, see the most amazing holidays and come home with the best pictures. 

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Topics: Romania

Try Out These Ways To Explore Your ILP City

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/22/17 9:07 AM

Wondering how to see the most of where you’ll be living? We’ve brainstormed a bunch of ideas so you and your ILP group can go explore and adventure in the foreign country you call home!

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Topics: Life Abroad, Hidden Gems

Visit Valladolid, Mexico On A Budget

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/16/17 1:15 PM



Want to save money, see a charming Mexican city (complete with a chocolate museum), explore Mayan ruins, all without crowds of tourists?  Just come vacation in Valladolid!

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Topics: Mexico, Travel Destinations, Saving Money, Hidden Gems

Would You Visit This Bizarre Forest In Poland?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/15/17 8:56 AM



So the idea of visiting a forest on vacation might not sound like the most popular tourist attraction out there, but what if I told you that this is not a normal forest; there are dozens of trees that are crooked — oddly bent in the exact same way, all pointing north? Oh, and scientists have no idea how or why this happened. 

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Romania, Hidden Gems, Poland

Love To Travel? Keep A Quote Book

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/14/17 9:34 AM



For anyone looking for an easy way to remember your favorite travel quotes and other memories, just write them all down in a quote book. Now you’ve got a way to keep track of where you’ve been and what you want to remember about your semester living abroad … like a journal, but no artsy-ness needed! 

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Topics: Travel Tips

Our Favorite Water Towns Near Shanghai, China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/13/17 8:02 PM

If you do a quick image search of “China”, you’ll come up with some pretty spectacular photos of the Great Wall, dreamy pagodas, pretty gardens and some idyllic mountain ranges … and a few shots of these out-of-this-world water towns. Here are a few of our favorites to visit! 

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations

Unique Ways To Photograph LDS Temples Abroad

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/12/17 10:33 AM

ILP UkraineWe’ve done our Instagram research and have gotten together some of the best LDS temple pictures our ILP volunteers have taken during their semester. Use these tips and tricks for your own travels!

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Topics: LDS

How To Prepare To Live In A New Culture

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/11/17 8:18 AM

You’re just about to leave on a new adventure to a totally different country (um… congrats!) but you’ve heard about this little thing called culture shock: Should you be a bit worried about living in a foreign country? Nah! Here's how to be all prepared to live wherever with these tips. 

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Topics: Travel Tips

Why It Doesn’t Really Matter Where You Go With ILP

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/9/17 1:16 PM

We’ve talked to a couple of volunteers who have been to several ILP countries about they things they love the most about their semesters: *Spoiler* it’s not about the country! 

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Ukraine, Russia, China, ILP Basics, Mexico, Lithuania, Thailand, Romania, Dominican Republic, Poland, Haiti

Exploring The World For Over 25 Years

Over the years of assisting more than 6,000 volunteers in their desire to travel and make a difference in the lives of others, ILP has seen what works and what doesn't.

We've gathered our tips here for making your semester abroad a successful one.

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