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Jen King

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How To Insert A SIM Card Into Your iPhone

Posted by Jen King on 8/16/17 7:03 AM

If you're preparing for an international trip (like a semester volunteering abroad with International Language Programs!), but your cell phone provider doesn't have the best of options for international data...you probably want to do a SIM card. 

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips, ILP Basics

Pro Tips For Your Trip To Jiuzhaigou Park

Posted by Jen King on 7/25/17 4:51 PM

Planning a trip to Jiuzhai Valley National Park in China? Lucky you! This is one of my favorite vacations in China. That being said, there's several tips to make the most of your experience.

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

How To Get To & Around This Turquoise Blue Lake National Park In China

Posted by Jen King on 7/25/17 1:07 PM

This is another incredible vacation spot to add to your travel bucket list...and dare I say one of my top 3 favorite China travel destinations?

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

How To Get The Cheapest Flights In Thailand

Posted by Jen King on 7/14/17 9:04 AM


If you're headed to a semester volunteering in Thailand with ILP, then you're probably already thinking about all the places you're going to see right? Hammocks on the beach, kisses from a baby elephant, fresh mango smoothies...it's all waiting for you. Now you've just got to get there.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Thailand

Going Back To See "Your Kids" Again

Posted by Jen King on 7/6/17 2:01 PM

One of the biggest things that ILP volunteers say after they return home from a volunteer experience abroad is that they miss the children they taught - they miss "their kids". If you're lucky enough, you may get to see them again!

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

Travel The World With Your Spouse!

Posted by Jen King on 6/27/17 4:04 AM


Looking for memorable adventures with your spouse? We checked in with Joe and Ivy Wilson who have been living abroad, volunteering, and traveling the world for the better part of a year to see how they did it.

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Topics: Russia, China, ILP Basics, Making a Difference, Finding Your Best Self

How To Wake Up With Your Positive Pants On

Posted by Jen King on 6/20/17 3:05 PM

We're all seeking happiness. More joy. More adventure. More fulfillment. So how do we get there?

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Topics: LDS, Finding Your Best Self

3 Mistakes To Avoid While Backpacking Europe

Posted by Jen King on 6/19/17 12:00 PM


Is it just me or is everyone traveling to Europe right now? I don't blame them! If you've got a trip abroad to Europe in your plans, check out my tips to help make the most of your adventure abroad.

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

5 Books To Help Overcome Self-Doubt & Inspire Your Best Life

Posted by Jen King on 5/17/17 9:04 AM

Looking for some inspiration? Some personal uplift and empowerment? These 5 books are right up you alley!

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Finding Your Best Self

Try Restaurant Fundraising!

Posted by Jen King on 5/8/17 1:40 PM

Looking for ways to fundraise your semester abroad? There's lots of different ways and so you just need to find what works for you...here's another option to check out!

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Saving Money

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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