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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

Dive Into This Hidden Cambodian Waterfall

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/7/17 4:20 PM



Who’s up for an adventure deep in the jungley mountains of Southeast Asia? While you’re touring around Siem Reap, come visit this hidden gem called Phnom Kulen … it’s totally worth exploring yourself. 

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Topics: Travel Destinations, Thailand, Hidden Gems

You Gotta See This Giant Sombrero in Mexico

Posted by Emily Cummings on 9/5/17 8:11 AM

Um… who wouldn’t want to take a day trip from their home in Mexico to see a gigantic sombrero and colorful mural? Here’s what you need to know before you see this hidden gem. 

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Topics: Mexico, Hidden Gems

The Top Places To Vacation In Mexico - According To ILP Volunteers

Posted by Auvi Evans on 9/3/17 7:40 PM

You can't truly appreciate Mexico and all it has to offer until you get to spend time there. Yes, the tourist destinations are beautiful and have great stuff to offer, but here are the best places to vacation that will show you the real Mexico and make you fall in love. If you don't want to come home after you travel in Mexico, we understand!  We feel the same way (and so do our ILP volunteers!).

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Topics: Mexico, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

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

You've Gotta Zipline In The Swiss Alps While Visiting Europe

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/15/17 10:13 AM

The Swiss Alps on their own are phenomenal! With amazing views, incredible skiing, hiking and more this is a great stop if you love being outdoors. Let's take it a step further now and make it even cooler and more fun... You can zipline in them (and we highly recommend it!)

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Travel Destinations, Life Abroad, Romania, Hidden Gems, Poland

Pack Your Bags And Come Vacation In Laos

Posted by Emily Cummings on 8/13/17 11:06 AM




We’re not sure how the entire country of Laos isn’t on everyone’s travel radar because it’s one rad place to vacation — especially the capital city.

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Topics: Travel Destinations, Thailand, Hidden Gems

Visit The Breathtaking Marieta Islands In Mexico

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/11/17 8:17 AM

Wow, Mexico is amazing us daily with the incredibly beautiful places you can see. You won't be disappointed when you find yourself in Mexico. Whether it's during a gap year, your semester abroad with International Language Programs (ILP), or just a quick getaway you'll never want to leave. The beauty of The Marieta Islands are no exception! You're going to die when you see how beautiful they are. 

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Topics: Mexico, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

The Cutest Island In Mexico

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/5/17 11:41 AM

Okay, if you're volunteering in Mexico during your semester with International Language Programs (ILP) you're pretty lucky because you can visit Janitzio, which is a total hidden gem not far from where ILP volunteers live. You can find so many of the good things Mexico has to offer on this little island and it's a great place for a weekend trip.

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Topics: Mexico, 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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