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Where Can I Find Ideas For My ILP Lessons?

Posted by Lindsay Hall on 12/9/17 12:54 PM

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One of the most challenging parts of volunteering abroad with ILP is lesson planning. The actual lesson planning part is super easy, but finding those good ideas that are going to translate into super fun classes can be the challenge. We get asked where to find ideas all the time, so we compiled a list of the best ways to find them!

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ILP lesson plans are very simple, but coming up with new ideas every week can be a hassle is you don't know how to find them. These are the most helpful ways to find lesson plans we have found:

  • Pinterest
  • Lesson plan in groups
  • My.ilp.org
  • Review old lesson plans
  • Children's activity books
  • ILP blog posts


Pinterest is probably the most popular way for ILP volunteers to come up with new ideas. I mean, there are thousands and thousands of ideas out there, so why not take advantage of it? All you need to do is type something like "activities for kids" into the Pinterest search bar and more ideas than you could ever need will pop up. You'll find lots of ideas that sound fun but don't completely fit what a typical ILP lesson entails (you'll learn all about what you need for an ILP lesson after training and during your semester as your head teacher continues to train you) or maybe it calls for supplies that you don't have on hand. But that's okay! Just get creative and tweak it a little bit to fit what your goals are. 

If you don't have a Pinterest account, make one before you go. It will be a life saver! 

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Lesson plan in groups

You will have an ILP group with you and your fellow volunteers are all going through the same struggle, so why not use each other. If you plan in groups, you will be able to bounce ideas off of each other and plan faster. You know what they say, 2 minds (or 3, 4 or 5 minds) are better than 1! 

Bonus: If you AND your group are all stumped, ask in the ILP Facebook group for your country. You have access to so many past and current volunteers who may have ideas of lessons that worked awesome for them. I bet they'd be willing to share. 

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Did you know we have an awesome website (that you will get access to after to after you get accepted) that gives you details about your group and city? It also has a bunch of lesson plan ideas for you!

So here's what you do. Go to my.ilp.org and log in. At the top, hover over "Teaching & Training" and then click on "Teaching Resources". If you're teaching Primary (or the young kids), scroll to the bottom and you'll see "Lesson Ideas" and we have 6 sets of PDF books full of ideas for you. Check it out when you're needing some inspiration.

Review old lesson plans

One thing many people don't consider is looking over your old lesson plans and just modifying them. The kids won't catch on if you take an old lesson plan and put new characters or games in place of the old ones. Don't do this all the time, but when you're in a pickle, pull them out!

Children's activity books

Lesson plan books are a little old school, but so useful. Most ILP schools have a least a few, but it may be something to add to your ILP supply list. There are a ton of these books out there and most have 100 + ideas for small children. Hit up Barnes and Nobles, Wal-mart, Amazon, or even a second hand book store and get you some! 

ILP blog posts

Guess what! We've written a few posts that might have some ideas in there for you. Just click on those links below to help you plan your assignment for that week.

Lesson ideas for teaching...



Arts & Crafts




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Don't let lesson plans stress you out. We don't want you spending a ton of time on your lesson plans, so make it easy on yourself and use all the resources out there!

Want some more tips and tricks? Check out the ILP blog and read all about things like the Shanghai Wild Animal Park, the best souvenirs in Moscow and L'viv Chocolate Factory in Ukraine! 

You can also follow along current volunteers' journeys on the ILP Instagram or click below to get some more information! 

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