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Vacationing While Volunteering: How It All Works With ILP

Posted by Emily Cummings on 10/24/16 12:24 PM

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Volunteering abroad is great, but having vacation time to explore other places is even better!

ILP gets that you want to see more of the world so our volunteers get every weekend off and about 2 weeks of vacation time throughout your semester. Not bad, right?

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There’s a lot to do when you are living in a foreign country, but living in Europe means you can find cheap flights and spend a long weekend to Prague if you wanted to. ILP sends volunteers countries around the world and wants you to have time to explore, hence the free time, weekends off and vacation days. 

Here’s how vacation time works with during your semester abroad: 

  • When Are My Vacations? 
  • Where Can I Go? 
  • What About Exploring? 

When Are My Vacations? 

Every volunteer at every school gets 2 weeks of vacation time spread throughout your time abroad. It usually works out to be a solid week off or so of school, and a few 3 or 4 day long vacations. You can also vacation when you aren’t teaching, so weekends are free game.

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Where Can I Go?  

Because everyone gets a long vacation (about 7-10 days), a lot of volunteers choose to visit several different cities during their time off. When you are in Europe, you can certainly see a lot. One group saw 15 cities in just 10 days. 

Say you’re volunteering in Romania; you can plan a trip to go to France, Italy, and Greece before coming back home. Our other European volunteers - living in Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland and Russia can do the same. If you’re in Mexico, a 5 day trip is the perfect time to fly to Cancun to check out beaches and ancient ruins.

Headed to Africa? We're not going to lie, because the idea of spending a few days going on safari in some world class safari parks to hang out with lions, spot giraffes, and be on the lookout of for a cheetah is probably the coolest way to spend a vacation. 

Volunteers living in Thailand can take a short flight and be at one of the country’s most beautiful islands like Phi Phi or hang out on Phuket. Or, considering hopping over to Cambodia for 3-4 days.

Those teaching English in China can take a trip to Beijing for 2-3 days to see The Great Wall and do some serious shopping. Longer vacations mean more time in places like Yangshuo or Zhangjiajie!

Anyone volunteering in Central America (looking at you, Costa Rica and Nicaragua) are also spoilt for choice. Head up to Mexico and hold sea turtles, island hop in the Caribbean or maybe take a trip down to Panama. 

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What About Exploring?

Vacation time is pretty awesome but you can still do lots during the week even when you are teaching. Volunteers are only teaching English to kids around 4 hours each day, so you can certainly get some exploring in while you aren’t teaching. Plus, you have every weekend off so doing an overnight trip in a nearby city is totally doable.

ILP Volunteers are usually surprised at how much free time they have in their day, so start making your bucket list


Want to live in Africa for a semester? 

Or how about Central America or the Caribbean? Start stamping your passport and make a difference by volunteering with ILP.

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