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Hey Zhongshan! We Found The Ideal Weekend Getaway

Posted by Emily Cummings on 2/10/18 1:49 PM

Anyone living in Zhongshan or headed to Guangzhou on one of your ILP vacations? There’s this rad city just tucked away in the dramatic countryside that has some ancient watch towers you shouldn’t miss.

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Topics: China, Hidden Gems

Only China Would Have A Bruce Lee Theme Park

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/25/18 2:01 PM

Oh volunteers in China … you know you have to see this place in person.

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Topics: China, Hidden Gems

Beijing’s Olympic Park Has The Coolest Waterpark

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/19/18 8:43 AM

As if the city of Beijing, China didn’t have enough cool things to do, the waterpark nestled right in the historic Olympic Park really is an experience like nothing else. If you’ll be traveling or volunteering in China soon, you’ve gotta check it out.

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Topics: China, Hidden Gems

You Gotta Visit The Tamul Waterfall in Mexico!

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 1/15/18 9:27 AM

In my opinion, Mexico is one of the most underrated places to travel to from the U.S. I get it...traveling across the world is more glamorous than taking a short flight down to Mexico, but if you don't want to have major life regrets, give Mexico a chance! Take advantage of it's hidden gems like the Tamul Waterfalls!

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Topics: Mexico, Hidden Gems

Visit This Spa Town While Volunteering In Lithuania

Posted by Auvi Evans on 1/13/18 5:26 PM

While volunteering in Lithuania you probably should take a relaxing weekend trip to this little charming spa town.

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Topics: Lithuania, Life Abroad, Hidden Gems

How To Get To The Leshan Buddha

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/10/18 11:38 AM

Anyone want to see the biggest Buddha in the entire world? It’s massive, it’s enormous, it’s impressive, and it’s definitely worth seeing. Here’s the easiest ways for our ILP volunteers to get there and see it for themselves.

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

Visit The Magical Alice In Wonderland Park While Living In Ukraine

Posted by Auvi Evans on 1/7/18 11:07 AM

Visit this Alice in Wonderland themed park while living in Ukraine. It's funky, unique, and a pretty good memory for a Saturday afternoon living abroad. 

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Topics: Ukraine, Hidden Gems

Go Island Hopping At This Chinese Weekend Getaway Spot

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/5/18 1:33 PM

Ever wanted to see 1,000 floating lakes? Sounds like something that you can only see in Thailand, but any ILP China volunteers can definitely make this dreamy weekend getaway a reality.

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Topics: China, Travel Destinations, Hidden Gems

Things To Do Around Weihai, China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 1/3/18 1:59 PM


Assigned to volunteer in Weihai and wondering what to do when you aren’t in the classroom teaching English to cutie Chinese kiddos? Good thing there are tons and tons and tons of things to do there. 

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Topics: China, Hidden Gems

Explore This Chinese Village Covered In Ivy

Posted by Emily Cummings on 12/28/17 4:33 PM

Just know that if you spend a semester volunteering in China, your Instagram feed needs this mysterious village.

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Topics: China, 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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