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What Happens When I Apply To ILP?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 4/3/18 11:05 AM

ILP Thailand

Maybe you’re kind of interested in traveling and volunteering with ILP, but not totally sure. Should you still apply? Yep! Here’s why:

Pst: We’ll make it easy — here’s the application

So you’ve been checking out the ILP Instagram and think you’re ready to take some rad adventures, meet new people in your ILP group and volunteer in an orphanage or spend some of your time teaching English to a classroom of kiddos. You’ve even read over what it takes to be an ILP volunteer. Now what?  Even if you’re sort of interested but not totally sure, we suggest that you apply for a few reasons: 

  • You Get In Touch With Someone Who Can Help 
  • You’re Not “Locked In” When You Apply
  • Applying Early Helps Your Chances 

You Get In Touch With Someone Who Can Help 

After you start your application, you’ll get your very own ILP representative! They’ve volunteered with us before and can help answer all of your questions about which countries you can volunteer in, what a day is like as a volunteer, tips to help you fundraise and pay for your semester abroad, and anything else you might want to know. 

When I was applying, I had the hardest time deciding between volunteering in Thailand or living in China for a semester. It was so helpful to have someone who had actually been to both countries and could help me make my decision (call me biased, but a semester in China was incredible and I’m so happy with my choice!). 

ILP China

You’re Not “Locked In” When You Apply

The application is basically your contact info and some more details about you and why you’d love to spend a semester volunteering in Europe or Asia (and some character references to help us get to know you). Basically, an application tells us at ILP “Hey, I think I might want to do that!” and now that we have some contact info, we can set you up with someone who can help answer all of your questions. 

There's no commitment in the application process other than a non-refundable $30 application fee.  If you're still deciding, we recommend saving that application fee until you are sure, but the other steps of the application are easy and can help you move forward. If at any point you decide it's not for you right now we can help you put your application on hold.  Once you make your decision, all you'll have to do is pay that application fee (or get it waived by talking to your ILP rep!) and we can quickly get you through the acceptance process and in line for getting officially assigned to a location. 

Spots in your ideal country/countries are first-come-first serve, and that's why we don't want you to wait too long because you may have less options if you wait.

ILP Europe

Applying Early Helps Your Chances

Finishing your application soon means you’re one step closer to being officially accepted. Once your application is done, we can work on the approval process and that gets you a country assignment! Hooray! International Language Programs (that’s us!) operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and we won’t make assignments until everything has been turned in and approved. 

Finishing an application is the first step, so applying early (we accept applications 1.5 years in advance!) is your best bet to getting into the country you really want, or getting high up on your country’s wait list (Head's up —  here’s all you need to know about wait lists

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Easy, peasy right? If you’ve still got a few questions, let us know — come call our office at 801-374-8854 or click that button to start your application and get in touch with an ILP rep who can help you out: 

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