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How Your ILP Experience Can Help You With An Elementary Education Degree

Posted by Kayla McGill on 3/9/16 10:00 AM

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Want to get some Elementary Education experience for your major? Come volunteer with ILP! 

International Language Programs (that's us) wants to be as helpful as possible, before, during and after your semester, even if that means helping you out with your Elementary Education major. 

Something that lots of people find when they are volunteering abroad with ILP is that they end up loving their kids more than they expected (even more than the travel part!). This is especially true if you are volunteering to get more experience for your Elementary Education major. Here are all the reasons why it is SO awesome to get the ILP experience, especially if you are going into Elementary Education. Here are some tips to help you out: 

Let It Help Your Interviews

Looking for a job can be stressful once you graduate and interviewing can be a bit scary.  Lucky for you though, you'll have your time living abroad as an ILP volunteer to talk about. It's pretty unique that you've lived for four months in another country, so interviewers are pretty likely to bring that up.

If you can talk about teaching kids English in a foreign country during your interview, you definitely will stand out from the crowd.

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Get School Credit While Volunteering

You can sometimes get school credit which can be directly applied to your degree ... think about it: If you are working with kids 20 hours per week (basically a part time job!) and teaching lessons that you planned, you are getting a pretty good taste of what teachers do for their career. Universities love to give internship credit to Elementary Education Majors who are going on ILP.

ILP is not affiliated with any university directly, so you will need to arrange any credit or internship you might receive through your school. Typically you'll just want to go to your advisor and ask what can be worked out.  If you go to BYU-Idaho , see how you can get BYU school credit for your semester abroad.

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Find out if you actually want to be a teacher!

Last but not least, you get to see if you like teaching and get some great hands on experience! We have heard many stories from ILP volunteers who came home and changed their major (like Brianna) because they found out that they actually love teaching and want to keep doing it or they found out that wow, I actually don't think teaching as a career is right for me!

Getting that hands on teaching experience really shows you what your skills are and it's easier to see if that's something you really want to do.

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Can you see why going abroad with ILP can help you improve your resume, but also give you a leg up when it comes to your major? Yep — there are some pretty cool perks you get with a semester abroad in one of our countries ... plus, you'll also get time to travel around and vacation in some pretty dreamy countries. 

Ready for all of that? Come fill out an application!

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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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