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Kayla McGill

Kayla is getting ready to spend her third semester in China and is quite the traveler across Europe as well!

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Tips & Tricks For Packing Fragile Souvenirs

Posted by Kayla McGill on 5/6/16 8:30 AM

Everyone loves to buy souvenirs while traveling abroad. But, what happens when you're ready to come home from your trip to Mexico and you've got a precious, painted, ceramic bowl? No matter how you look at it, it's a bit risky getting it home in one piece. 

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Topics: Travel Tips

5 Reasons Portugal Is Totally Underrated

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/29/16 11:30 AM

There are so many awesome European places you can see while traveling abroad. I mean honestly, Paris, Kiev, Prague, Iasi, Athens, Rome, Venice, Barcelona....but what about Portugal!? Do you even know what you can see in Portugal? Well here are some of the best things about Portugal....we know you will definitely want to visit after reading this!

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

10 Reasons To See Europe In The Winter

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/26/16 9:00 AM

Europe is pretty amazing. Seriously, the food, the sights, history. Once you go there you will probably never want to leave. Because Europe has all four seasons, you're going to get a different experience depending on what time of year you go and one really unique time is during the winter!

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Topics: Travel Tips

What Is The Real Reason for Conflict Between Russia & Ukraine?

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/24/16 9:30 AM

Here at ILP we love both Russia and Ukraine, especially because this is where we got our roots. In the news the past couple of years there has been a lot being said about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. But lots of people don't even know exactly why there is an issue between the two countries, or what the problem is over. 

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, News

What To Do With Your Pet When You're Going To Be Traveling For Awhile

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/21/16 2:00 PM

Anyone who has a pet at home knows how much they miss them when they are gone (even for 1 day!).  So, if you're getting ready to go for a long vacation or preparing to do a semester abroad (like you can with ILP), you're probably really stressed about leaving your pets behind. 

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Topics: Travel Tips

Swim In A Pool 34 Floors In The air In Shanghai, China!

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/17/16 8:00 AM

There are lots of reasons to love Shanghai, but one hotel takes the cake. Why? Glass-bottom pool....34 stories up!

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations

How To Write A Statement Of Purpose For Grad School

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/14/16 11:00 AM

Congrats! You are graduating from college with your undergrad!!!! It's over! Those years of general classes and worrying about your GPA are finally done! You don't need to go to school anymore! But what now? For some of you that means Graduate School and unfortunately you need to write a Statement of Purpose for most grad schools. So here are 5 things you definitely need to avoid doing on your Statement of Purpose to ensure you rock your Grad School application!

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Topics: Student Hacks

The Merry Cemetery - An Extremely Unique Travel Destination In Romania

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/12/16 4:30 AM

If you haven't heard, ILP has a wonderful Orphanage program in Romania. It's such a unique program and lets you meet some pretty special kids! There are many places to travel to in Romania, one of which is the Merry Cemetery! Sound weird? Well read on to find out more about this cool travel destination!

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Topics: Travel Destinations, Romania

Get Totally Pampered In China (For Cheap!)

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/11/16 7:30 AM

Ok everyone, listen up. China is an amazing place, we all know that. Besides the cool places to travel for cheap like we talked about here, or the great prices on everything like we talked about here, you can get a lot of pampering done for SUPER cheap! Here are our favorite things and how to do them!

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Topics: China

Betcha Didn't Even Know Poland Had Mountains Like This

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/9/16 2:39 PM

This is for all the hikers slash explorers out there! In the far south of Poland there is a little town called Zakopane. There are many places to see here from the main shopping street to the gorgeous lift rides and hikes. Read on to find out more about what you can see when traveling through this gorgeous place.

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

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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