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How To Prep Your Phone Before You Travel Abroad

Posted by Emily Cummings on 4/22/18 7:24 AM

Here's what you need to do with your phone before backpacking Europe, heading to Central America or anywhere else in the world. 

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Topics: Travel Tips

All The Tips For Visiting 27 Waterfalls

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 4/19/18 8:25 AM

If you haven't heard, the Dominican Republic holds some of the world's best hidden gems! There is one that is particularly amazing...27 Waterfalls. You'll have to trust me on this -- if you miss it, you'll regret it! Just make sure you check out these tips before you go.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Dominican Republic, Hidden Gems

Traveling By Bus In Nicaragua

Posted by Emily Cummings on 4/15/18 8:40 AM


While you’re volunteering in Central America for a semester or just traveling around, you’ll probably be taking a lot on buses. Here’s your go-to-guide about doing just that.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Nicaragua

How I Traveled Cheap (And What I'd Recommend)

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 4/9/18 11:13 AM

Traveling cheap is a learned art and not one for the faint of heart. It takes commitment, dedication to sticking to your budget, and sacrifices at times ... but it is SO WORTH IT!

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Topics: Travel Tips, Benefits of Volunteering, Saving Money

You Gotta Eat Here When You're In Puerto Escondido

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 4/4/18 10:45 AM

We all know that one of the best things about vacation is getting to eat at all the yummy, local restaurants, am I right? If you're like me and find yourself in Puerto Escondido, Mexico ... I got a restaurant recommendation that you're gonna love!

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Topics: Travel Tips, Mexico, Hidden Gems

You Better Know These Thailand Superstitions Before You Go

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 3/24/18 11:02 AM

Everyone is superstitious to some degree (you know, you knock on wood or avoid black cats), but depending on where you live in the world your superstitions will vary. If you're jetting off for your semester in Thailand, you may be surprised just how different their superstitions are than ours!

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Topics: Travel Tips, Thailand

3 Bank Cards With No International ATM Fees

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 3/22/18 10:08 AM

Trips abroad can be expensive (worth it), but why make it more expensive than it needs to be? Some banks, credit unions and credit cards offer ATM cards that don't have any international fees and some charge CRAZY fees just to access your cash (which would you rather have?)!

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Topics: Travel Tips, Saving Money, For The Parents

How Can I Keep In Touch With My Volunteer?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 3/20/18 9:35 AM

Sending your child on a semester abroad can be nerve-wracking, our program directors understand because they've been in your shoes when their daughters volunteered! You probably want to be able to talk to them regularly, so here are few easy ways you can keep in touch while they are volunteering for a semester with ILP! 

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Topics: Travel Tips, Life Abroad, For The Parents

Are You Prepared If Your VPN Stops Working In China On April 1, 2018?

Posted by Jen King on 3/16/18 3:12 PM

There's rumors circling the internet that China is going to shut down VPN use as of April 1, 2018. April fools? Maybe not.

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

Websites That Actually Help You Plan A Vacation

Posted by Emily Cummings on 3/10/18 1:09 PM

You’re set to plan a vacation during your ILP semester but you’re not quite sure how exactly to do that — don’t stress! These tips for newbie travelers will help you out.

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Topics: Travel Tips

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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