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What Does The Program Fee Cover For An ILP Trip?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 11/4/17 9:28 AM

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Are you wanting to make a difference, travel the world, grow personally or just start a new adventure? You've probably looked around at a few study abroad programs or humanitarian programs and gotten a bit discouraged when you realized how expensive they can be. It can be daunting and hard to know how to make it work financially! 

The best place to start when researching semester abroad programs is to compare them directly and that will help you narrow down what the best fit is for you. Find out exactly what you're getting with your payment (keep reading and we'll give you that information for ILP's volunteer program) - one big thing that most programs don't include is your airfare so it's important to know what added costs you'll have. Compare the length of the program, how much support your get, and dig into exactly what volunteer work you'll be expected (how many hours per week).

Maybe money isn't a problem, but something else is? Click here to learn how to overcome the common obstacles that prevent people from volunteering. 

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ILP (International Language Programs) has two types of programs:  Exchange Programs and Humanitarian Programs. No matter where you go ILP will cover the same things, but the prices vary a little between the two types of programs.

What's Covered in the ILP Program Fee?

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Visa
  • Training

Roundtrip Airfare. This is covered as part of your program fee! Did you know that a lot of volunteer programs don't include airfare in their program fee which means you'll need to pay attention and think about adding that fee to your overall cost.

When you volunteer with ILP we'll book your flight for you (talk about taking stress off!) and it's included in your program fee. You wouldn't believe the amount of time that goes into looking for the best deal that also has the best flights times. 

Housing. Your housing is covered as part of the program fee. Depending on what country you go to your housing will vary, but no matter what we've got you taken care of. Be it a apartment, dorm or host family, we'll have it all set up for you so you won't have to worry about that.

Meals. Even your food is covered! Your program fee includes 3 meals a day that are provided by the host school or host family where you're staying. Depending on where you volunteer you may eat at the school for all three meals, half of your meals at the school and half with your host family, or receive a spending stipend to get food. The meals are typically what the locals eat so that's another way to really dive into the culture.

Visa. Some of the countries you can volunteer in require a visa. ILP will cover that for you too! As an ILP volunteer you'll receive what's known as a teaching visa and so it's a little trickier to get compared to typical tourist visas, but don't worry because we're working on all that for you. This is something a lot of other programs don't include and can make a big difference in pricing. 

So guys, the ILP exchange program is $2,520 for all of that for an entire semester.

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Have more questions about the financial side of things? Or want to talk more about what added costs you might have? It's different for everyone so an ILP representative can help guide you through that.

Click that button below to get in touch with an ILP representative. They can give you great ideas about fundraising for a semester abroad, let you know about discounts and more!

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