Sending a child to volunteer abroad for a semester can be difficult on many levels. Not being with them and trusting that they're being taken care of and in a good environment is high on that list. We want to make it as easy as possible, so we've put together a little guide to show you exactly what you're volunteer will be up to and what is expected of them!
If you travel a lot (especially abroad), you know the many, many options you have when looking for a place to stay for the night and the pros vs the cons. Some are pretty obvious, like hotels will be the most expensive, but what about hostels and Airbnbs...Do you know the difference?
Eating healthy can be a challenge in a couple of different ways. Mentally — just because junk food just tastes better (does anyone else's diet always start on Monday?) — and financially. Most people think that to eat healthy, you're going to have to break your grocery budget. But that's not always the case.
Nothing builds your testimony quite like the familiarity of your faith while you're living in a totally unfamiliar faith. Attending a church can do that! There is one downside to attending church in another country though...trying to sing along when you don't speak their language.
The Eiffel Tower is the most iconic landmark in Paris (really all of the world ... everyone knows where the Eiffel Tower is) and if you don't get a picture with it, did you really even go to Paris? Make sure you take advantage of this photo op and get the perfect Instagramable photo -- even if you're not a photographer!
If you've been accepted to volunteer abroad with ILP, you know that we recommend the ISIC insurance card for all travelers. Now, you -- and many other future ILP volunteers -- may be wondering if this card is actually worth paying for.
If you've ever lived in a foreign country before and you don't speak the language, you know how valuable Google Translate can be. Did you know they have an app now that makes it even easier?
We all know the saying, "Paris is always a good idea", but it's really only true if you know how to get around without breaking the bank. There is a few different ways to pay for public transportation and they are not all equal!
When you hear people talk about their experiences traveling the world, they really only tell you the highlights of their trip (because that's what they remember). Rarely will you ever hear the hard side of traveling. It's important to know that traveling abroad isn't all sunshine and rainbows and can be hard at times -- it's still totally worth it, so don't worry!
There are many benefits to volunteering abroad with ILP and getting your own ILP group a big one! While it's awesome to get a group to travel with, it can also be kind of nerve wracking not knowing who you're going with.