Wondering how you can visit dozens of cities and countries all over the world, for just a few hundred dollars a month? Come volunteer with ILP.
You might have heard about taking a gap year, but may not know how to make that actually happen. I mean, sailing around castles in Lithuania, riding elephants in Thailand or zipling through the jungle in Mexico? Yep, that could be your life.
Pst: Gap years are easy with this gap year guide.
Do all that (and way more) by volunteering with International Language Programs — or, ILP for short. You don't need any experience to teach English with us or to volunteer in an orphanage. You'll get a semester of travel, growth, experience, and life-long memories while you make a difference around the world.
Still have a few questions? We've got you covered —
Actually, it is affordable.
When you read stories of people who travel, you might be confused about how they afford to do it. Travel is expensive right? Yes and no. It all depends on how you do it.
As an ILP volunteer, you have the opportunity to be a head teacher (a group leader) after completing your first semester. As a head teacher, not only is your program fee waived but you'll receive a stipend for your spending costs as well. That means you could potentially pay for one semester (mostILP countries have a program fee of $2,520) and go for another semester without any costs!
Even if you spent around $1,500 on your extra traveling excursions, souvenir shopping, and just treating-yo-self on top of your program fee ... that comes to just over $300 per month to live abroad for the entire year! I don't know about you, but to me that sounds like a decent deal compared to living in the U.S.
And, it's an investment in your future.
Whether you're taking time off of work or school, we have a feeling your future potential employers won't be disappointed to see a significant amount of volunteer and international experience on your resume — it really helps you on your resume.
The things that you gain during a volunteer semester abroad are priceless. It'd take forever to list all of them, but we do talk about some of the highlights — here's how a semester abroad helps you with school right here, how it can help you professionally here, and just a few things of how it can help you personally right here.
Here's what one ILP volunteer had to say about spending a year abroad
Hannah spent not one, but three semesters abroad as an ILP volunteer in three different countries. She took a break from life by traveling the world — living in Russia, Ukraine, and China and visiting surrounding areas while with ILP.
"Personally I think the longer you travel or the longer you’re even in one place the more you learn about it and the more you’ll be able to get out of it. I got to travel so much and meet so many new people that I became such good friends with! The longer I was gone, the more places I was able to go! I got to go to 15 different countries just in one year and experience so many different cultures and meet and talk to so many different people. I love seeing how different each part of the world is and actually being able to experience that first hand rather than just hear stories and rumors. Especially with ILP and being able to go back for free as a head teacher it makes it so much easier to be able to stay out for longer periods of time.
"I actually originally just applied for Russia, and while I was in Russia I applied for Ukraine, and while I was in Ukraine I applied for China. I think traveling internationally the first time is the hardest part! After that you just realize how cool it is and then it hooked me and if I could I would always be gone!"
-Hannah Hansen, ILP volunteer
Curious about making a gap year happen for you ... but still have a couple of questions? Come talk to an ILP representative who can help you make it happen: