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Why I Decided To Volunteer In China Over Other Countries

Posted by Jen King on 9/21/17 11:25 AM

 

I was an English teacher in China for about 5 months with International Language Programs (ILP). When I tell people that, they always think it's pretty cool that I've traveled but they always ask, "Why China?"
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Topics: China, ILP Basics, Benefits of Volunteering, Finding Your Best Self

Our Favorite Water Towns Near Shanghai, China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/13/17 8:02 PM

If you do a quick image search of “China”, you’ll come up with some pretty spectacular photos of the Great Wall, dreamy pagodas, pretty gardens and some idyllic mountain ranges … and a few shots of these out-of-this-world water towns. Here are a few of our favorites to visit! 

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations

How To Get To The Best Viewpoint In Yangshuo

Posted by Jen King on 9/10/17 4:04 PM

Yangshuo is one of my favorite China travel destinations - and pretty much every ILP volunteer who has spent a semester in China agrees with me! It's also home to some of the best scenes for your Instagram photos and this is a really easy spot to get a great shot.

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

Why It Doesn’t Really Matter Where You Go With ILP

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/9/17 1:16 PM

We’ve talked to a couple of volunteers who have been to several ILP countries about they things they love the most about their semesters: *Spoiler* it’s not about the country! 

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Ukraine, Russia, China, ILP Basics, Mexico, Lithuania, Thailand, Romania, Dominican Republic, Poland, Haiti

Some Of The Best Places To Stay In Beijing

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/28/17 7:13 AM

Headed to vacation in Beijing? While staying there you have a million options for hostels, AirBnbs and other places to stay. Here are a few of the best places because you need a good place to hit the hay after a long day hiking the Great Wall of China or bargaining in the Pearl Market. 

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Topics: China, Travel Tips, Travel Destinations

Your Complete Guide To Seeing Huanglong, China

Posted by Jen King on 8/25/17 7:51 AM

There's this place up in the mountains way deep in central China with cascading turquoise pools...it's the kind of place Pinterest dreams are made of. If you're preparing to volunteer in Asia, you better be considering Huanglong for your travel destination.

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Topics: China, Travel Tips, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

I Bet You Didn’t Know China Could Look Like This

Posted by Emily Cummings on 8/19/17 6:22 PM

China means the Great Wall and well known cities like Shanghai but I’m guessing you had no clue this country could also look like THIS.

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Topics: China, Hidden Gems

Pro Tips For Your Trip To Jiuzhaigou Park

Posted by Jen King on 7/25/17 4:51 PM

Planning a trip to Jiuzhai Valley National Park in China? Lucky you! This is one of my favorite vacations in China. That being said, there's several tips to make the most of your experience.

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

How To Get To & Around This Turquoise Blue Lake National Park In China

Posted by Jen King on 7/25/17 1:07 PM

This is another incredible vacation spot to add to your travel bucket list...and dare I say one of my top 3 favorite China travel destinations?

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

Touch Heaven When You Climb Mount Emei In China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 7/19/17 8:08 AM

We love our mountains in China — and we have just one more to add to your list. Come sleep in a monastery and climb to the top to get as close to heaven as you can on this mountain!

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

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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