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What If I'm Interested, But Still Deciding If I Should Volunteer With ILP?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 4/24/17 11:56 AM

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It can be hard to decide whether or not you'll spend a semester abroad. There is so much good and so many amazing opportunities you'll find as you volunteer, but there is also a lot of unknowns and it's a big commitment which can make it hard to decide if and when it's right for you! 

We want to help you feel comfortable during the whole process leading up to your semester, as well as during your semester if you decide International Language Programs (ILP) is a good fit! Don't worry, we've got your back!

Speaking of having your back... Click here to learn about some of the ways ILP takes care of you during your semester!

Take time

It's important that you have time and are able to make the decision that will work for you! We know that there is a lot that goes into making a decision and we understand it takes time! So we recommend taking time to think about it, pray about it, or whatever you need to get your answer. 

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Start your application

That being said, we do recommend that you start your application even if you're not sure! It can be time sensitive and we want to make sure you are moving forward so that if you decide to go ahead and volunteer, you have a great chance of getting a spot in the country that stands out to you. 

So, start your application and do everything you need to get that done. There's no commitment in the application process other than a non-refunable $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 the fee (or get it waived by talking to your rep!) and we can quickly get you through the acceptance process and in line for getting assigned to a location. Location spots 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.

If you have decided to go but are not sure where you want to go yet - start your application! Again, moving forward will help you get where you want to go. Start you application now and decide where you want to go later. 

Ask Questions

The more you know, the easier it is to decide! Do you know that we have awesome reps in the office and one of their main jobs is to talk to YOU and answer your questions?! Really. Call the office (801) 374-8854 and ask to talk to a representative.  Another reason we recommend starting your application soon is that when you do, you'll be assigned your very own representative. They'll work with you one-on-one to answer your questions and to help you out.  Getting answers to your questions is usually a huge piece of the puzzle when you're deciding if volunteering is the right path for you.

Everyone who works in the ILP office has been abroad with ILP at least once, which means you usually can even talk to someone who has been to the country you are looking into. They are an awesome resource and can tell you all about their trip and why they decided to volunteer with ILP.

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Ready to start that application? ILP has 10 countries waiting for you to make a difference in! Click the button below and you're one step closer to an opportunity of a lifetime! 

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Topics: Semester Preparation, ILP Basics

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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