Looking for memorable adventures with your spouse? We checked in with Joe and Ivy Wilson who have been living abroad, volunteering, and traveling the world for the better part of a year to see how they did it.
You can do a honeymoon with your spouse, but that's usually just a week. In a week you can't fit in seeing multiple countries (Joe and Ivy explored so many places like China, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Austria and many more). You also can't fit in the experience of really living in another part of the world: learning to lean on each other when you get lost in a new city, laughing together as you try new foods you didn't even know existed, creating memories like when the old man on the train tried to get to talk to you with his limited English skills, and having the experience of serving together while you teach young children.
Ok so you're on board to volunteer with your spouse right?
Here's how you make it happen:
1. While looking for living abroad programs, sign up for an organization where you can volunteer as a married couple. Not being biased or anything, but I think you should sign up right here: ilp.org/how-to-apply.
Married couple volunteers with ILP (that's us!) have their own living space, so you won't be sharing a room with anyone else in your group. You're only volunteering part time, so you'll have free time to explore together plus you'll have vacation days to travel around, just the two of you.
2. Pick an awesome country to volunteer together in. You can check out all of the location options ILP has for married volunteers, but we recommend China! Why? Because we have one of our biggest discounts there. Married couples can currently get a 2-for-1 deal in China. That means 50% off of your flights, visas, housing, meals, and all the support of an established program like ILP.
3. Go and live your best, most adventurous semester together.
Joe and Ivy volunteered with ILP first by teaching English in China and are currently teaching in Russia. We talked to Joe about what it's been like...
Where are some favorite places you traveled to or favorite activities you've been able to do?
"There have been far too many amazing places we've visited to name just one. From the Great Wall of China, to the Red Square of Moscow, we have seen some breathtaking places.
Any favorite memories from your overall experiences living abroad?
What advice would you give to a couple who's interested in volunteering abroad together?
Have more questions about what the ILP experience is and how you can travel the world with your spouse? Schedule a call today to speak with one of our representatives. They've recently volunteered abroad with International Language Programs and can answer your questions to know if this is the right volunteer program for you.
"ILP is one of the best ways to travel, and is highly recommended. You travel for cheap, and then get to go back to kids who adore you and think you're the coolest! All of this while living in a foreign country. It's a great program, and we have loved it!" - Joe Wilson