Take a month and fill up a sketchbook with little doodles that will help you remember your entire semester.
ILP volunteers have a lot of down time. No matter what country you’re volunteering in, you will only be in the classroom or with your kids for 20 hours a week (or less). That means a few hours every day, plus weekends and vacation days to hang out, explore your country, work on an online class or make some memories.
Pst: keeping journals makes our list of things to do in your twenties! That guide is crammed full of adventures and other life tips — we think you might be interested in skimming through some of that advice.
A couple of words to the wise: You think you’ll remember the little details about living abroad but unless you catch them in a video, on your phone, or write them down, they just slip away.
You can try out a scrapbook journal where you don’t have to write at thing if you don’t want to … or let us do the thinking and follow these journal prompts and just answer the questions … or if you’re an artist, we suggest taking this month-long art challenge to fill up a sketchbook full of those moments.
Our 31 Day Art + Travel Challenge
Day 1 — today’s breakfast
Day 2 — what the weather is like outside
Day 3 — draw your favorite way to get around your city
Day 4 — something in your apartment/house
Day 5 — someone who makes you smile (maybe the guy at the empanada stand or someone in your ILP Group)
Day 6 — what you’re wearing today
Day 7 — choose a word you’ve learned in the local language and draw it out
Day 8 — your phone background
Day 9 — something in your room
Day 10 — doodle the shoes you wear the most here
Day 11 — the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your city
Day 12 — a mini picture of what the local currency looks like
Day 13 — the view out the closest windows
Day 14 — what you’re wearing today
Day 15 — a new food you’ve tried
Day 16 — your favorite building, park, cafe, castle, etc. in your city
Day 17 — a map of your country and your favorite places
Day 18 — the school supply your kids love the most
Day 19 — sketch out a few stats: what’s the temperature today? How many days until your next vacation? How many ice creams have you eaten this week? You know, things you’ll want to remember.
Day 20 — illustrate your favorite ILP lesson you taught
Day 21 — your favorite souvenir you’ve gotten here
Day 22 — the one thing you’re so grateful you packed (thank you, Hydroflask!)
Day 23 — something you miss from home
Day 24 — the strangest food/fruit you’ve had so far
Day 25 — your favorite part about today
Day 26 — draw how you’re feeling right now
Day 27 — a favorite treat you like to get after teaching
Day 28 — something quirky about your city or country
Day 29 — draw what’s currently in your backpack or suitcase
Day 30 — draw your favorite parts about your last vacation (Eiffel tower, croissants and a French flag)
Day 31 — what you’ll miss most about living here
Don't get me wrong, I love the souvenirs I brought home from my trips but these little doodles are way more important.
Get more info about the chance to live in Europe for the summer or spend a couple of months adventuring in Thailand with an ILP semester. We have countries all over the world that give you the chance to travel, meet new friends, make a difference, and stamp your passport.
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