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Lasting Souvenirs You Won't Regret Bringing Home

Posted by Auvi Evans on 12/14/17 4:33 PM

Your time abroad will always hold special place in your life whether that be in China, Romania, Haiti or anywhere else you visit. You'll have the memories you made with you forever and will think about your semester volunteering abroad every day!

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Topics: Travel Tips

Our Chill Travel Playlist For Your Next Flight

Posted by Auvi Evans on 12/2/17 10:45 AM


Getting ready for a train ride, bus ride or flight? Lucky you because you're going somewhere exciting! Unfortunately those long trips can be a bit ... long! Having things to do is key and music can be super helpful to help pass the time  —come check out this playlist we made, just for you.

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips, Life Abroad, Finding Your Best Self

Don't Rely On Gmail In China...Here's Why!

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 12/1/17 2:06 PM

If you're planning on taking online classes or keeping in touch while living in China for a semester, here's one travel hack you don't want to miss. Picking the right email domain can make or break your experience!

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Topics: China, Travel Tips, Build Your Resume

How To Adjust to Another Culture's Food

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 11/18/17 1:51 PM

Traveling abroad is one of the coolest things you can do. You get to experience new cultures, meet new people and try new foods. While trying new foods is fun, when you're living in a foreign country for an extended period of time it can also be one of the biggest challenges because you're giving up the comfort of your familiar meals. Learning to adjust to the new food is key to making your experience more enjoyable.

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Topics: Travel Tips, Life Abroad

How To Visit China Without Speaking Chinese

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/14/17 11:18 AM

So you want to visit China but you don’t speak a word of Chinese — turns out, that’s not even a bit of a problem! Seriously — I actually lived in China and got by just fine.

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

The Best Websites And Apps For Learning A New Language

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

"Learn A New Language" has been written on practically everyone's bucket list at some point. But have you actually completed that? If not, now is your time! Here are the best websites and apps to start learning a new language or even just brush up on that little bit of Spanish you learned in high school.

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Topics: Semester Preparation, Travel Tips, Life Abroad

The Easiest Way To Book A Train Ticket In China

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/2/17 2:45 PM

Headed to China but have no idea how to actually book a train ticket (or even speak a single word of Mandarin?) Not a problem — we promise! 

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

I Only Have A Couple Days In Italy! Which City Should I See?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 10/19/17 11:01 AM

Italy is an amazing country that you could spend a ton of time in and I have a feeling it's on every single traveler's bucket list at some point.

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Topics: Ukraine, Russia, Travel Tips, Lithuania, Travel Destinations, Romania, Poland

How To Read A Chinese Train Ticket

Posted by Jen King on 10/18/17 5:03 AM

When I picked up my life and decided to travel around China for a semester abroad I knew I was ready for a huge adventure because I didn't speak even a tiny bit of Mandarin - yeah I even Googled how to say hello the night before I left.

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Topics: China, Travel Tips

How To Survive The Pearl Market

Posted by Auvi Evans on 10/15/17 4:28 PM

The Pearl Market in Beijing, China is a must visit if you want to find killer deals on basically everything you could ever want. Souvenirs, clothes, makeup, shoes, jewelry, pearls and much, much more!

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Topics: China, 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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