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You Should Definitely Have A Mid-Semester White Elephant

Posted by Emily Cummings on 6/22/17 1:08 PM

If you think gift exchanges are just for Christmas, think again. Your group has got to do a crazy fun White Elephant during your  semester abroad — here’s why (and how).

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Topics: Life Abroad

How To Not Get Sick While Traveling Abroad

Posted by Emily Cummings on 6/18/17 8:53 PM

Have plans to get sick while traveling? I didn’t think so. No worries, we have the tips you need to stay in tip-top shape during your travels.

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Topics: Life Abroad

Is It Safe For My Mom To Mail Me A Package?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 6/17/17 5:56 PM

Here’s what you — er, I guess your parents and friends — need to know about sending a package to you while you’re living abroad! 

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Topics: ILP Basics, Life Abroad

Bringing An Instrument On Your ILP Semester

Posted by Emily Cummings on 6/11/17 11:01 AM

So you’ll probably need to leave your piano at home (sorry) but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your guitar, ukulele, saxophone, violin, etc. while you live abroad! We’ve talked to alumni who have done just that to give you a little more info about bringing along an instrument when you travel. 

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, China, Mexico, Lithuania, Thailand, Life Abroad, Romania, Dominican Republic, Poland, Haiti

Keep In Touch Without An International Data Plan While You Live Abroad

Posted by Auvi Evans on 6/9/17 11:29 AM

Lucky for you there are tons of ways to stay connected no matter what your budget it and talk to them while you live abroad. Here are 4 of the easiest. 

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Topics: Travel Tips, Life Abroad

You Gotta Do This Grocery Store Challenge At Least Once

Posted by Emily Cummings on 6/3/17 4:34 PM

It sounds weird but it’s crazy fun. All you need is a bit of money, a foreign country and a grocery store. Oh, and these tips. 


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Topics: Travel Tips, Life Abroad, Saving Money

The 5 Best Editing Apps To Make Your Instagram Pictures Look Rad

Posted by Auvi Evans on 6/1/17 10:11 AM

There's more to traveling than just having really good Instagram pictures, but we know we all want them! Instagram has a couple okay-ish filters... (sorry Instagram!) but luckily there's some easy ways to get the look you're wanting.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Life Abroad

Why You Should Become Friends With The Local Teachers At Your School

Posted by Auvi Evans on 5/22/17 1:16 PM

One of my favorite things about volunteering with International Language Programs (ILP) is the people I have become friends with. There really are amazing people out there and this is a great opportunity to meet them. Some of the greatest I met were the local teachers at the schools I taught at. Here are some reasons why you should become friends with them...

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Topics: China, Life Abroad

How To Show You're Head Teacher Material

Posted by Auvi Evans on 5/20/17 6:18 AM

Did you know you can go abroad with International Language Programs (ILP!) more than once and it's even more affordable than your first trip? When volunteering as a Head Teacher your program fee is completely covered by ILP for most locations AND you get a stipend of spending money to take on your trip. Sounds awesome right? It is! Keep reading to learn how to get this deal.

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Topics: ILP Basics, Life Abroad

Why Is a Semester Service Trip Better Than a Two Week Service Trip?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 5/18/17 9:29 AM

One of the most unique things about volunteering with ILP is that you get to spend an entire semester abroad. A full semester really is amazing but it may seem like a long time at first.  Here are some reasons why you'll love having a full semester to volunteer instead of just a week or two and while you'll be so thankful you did! 

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Topics: ILP Basics, Life Abroad, Finding Your Best Self

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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