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Emily Cummings

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The Best Beaches On The Amalfi Coast

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/19/17 11:42 AM

If you’re headed to Italy (you lucky ILP Europe volunteers!) you might want to check out some of the stunning beaches along Italy’s Amalfi Coast. As a head’s up, you're not going to want to leave.

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Travel Destinations, Romania, Poland

The Most Instagrammable Spots In China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/16/17 11:02 AM


After living in China for a semester, you can’t really go home unless you put every single one of these places on the ‘gram. 

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Topics: China

We Found The Best Day Trip In Poland

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/15/17 1:14 PM

So far, we haven’t run into things about Poland we don’t like (you lucky ILP volunteers!), but this hidden lake may take the cake — it’s ideal for all your sunny afternoons abroad.  

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Topics: Hidden Gems, Poland

How To Visit China Without Speaking Chinese

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/14/17 11:18 AM

So you want to visit China but you don’t speak a word of Chinese — turns out, that’s not even a bit of a problem! Seriously — I actually lived in China and got by just fine.

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

The Best Places to Zipline in Mexico

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/10/17 4:35 PM

Zipline into a water filled cave, into dense jungles or over towering waterfalls when in Mexico!

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Topics: Mexico, Hidden Gems

What Does It Take To Be An ILP Volunteer?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/9/17 4:16 PM

Maybe you’ve heard a little bit about the ILP Program and it sounds great … but you’re not exactly sure what is actually means to volunteer abroad with us — and that’s OK! We’ve put together some more info on what you might be worried about so you can know what it takes. 

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Topics: ILP Basics

Are You Still Making A Difference If You Do The ILP Exchange Program?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/6/17 4:00 PM

If you didn’t know, ILP has two programs: Exchange and Humanitarian. While they do have some similarities (both programs let you give back and make a difference!) there are some differences that can help you figure out what country and what program is going to be the best choice for you. 

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Topics: ILP Basics, Benefits of Volunteering, Making a Difference

Why Aren’t We Talking About Thailand’s Grand Canyon?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/5/17 4:26 PM

Turns out Chiang Mai is more than markets, lantern festivals and elephants — this city in Thailand also has one rad water theme park!

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Topics: Travel Destinations, Thailand, Hidden Gems

The Easiest Way To Book A Train Ticket In China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/2/17 2:45 PM

Headed to China but have no idea how to actually book a train ticket (or even speak a single word of Mandarin?) Not a problem — we promise! 

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

Random Ideas To Help You Study ANYWHERE

Posted by Emily Cummings on 10/26/17 12:26 PM


Studying isn’t just for the library! You’ll probably be able to study a lot more if you knew you could study anywhere you go with these random ideas.

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Topics: Student Hacks

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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