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BYU-I Students: Here's How To Make Your Semester Abroad Happen

Posted by Jen King on 1/20/22 10:30 AM

Each semester,  BYU-I students volunteer with ILP all over the world. If you don’t think you can make a semester abroad fit in with your college plans, think again!

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Topics: Tips For Your Twenties

What Camera Should I Bring On My Trip?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/17/22 10:15 AM

If you ask me, the absolute best souvenir you can bring home after spending four months exploring another part of the world are your photos. The only question is, which camera should you bring?

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Topics: Get Ready For Your ILP Trip, All The Travel Tips

What To Know About Exploring Puerto Plata

Posted by Jen King on 1/14/22 8:00 AM

If you'll be a part of ILP's humanitarian programs in the Dominican Republic, you'll most likely be spending your Saturdays exploring nearby Puerto Plata!

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Topics: Caribbean

All About Fundraising For Your Semester Abroad

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/11/22 12:08 PM

This is your one-stop shop for fundraising (seriously). Get the details on how to fundraise, where to start, and tons of ideas to get you inspired. 

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Topics: All About ILP + Volunteering, Saving Money + Fundraising

My Fav Podcasts (For Long Flights And Everything Else In Your Life)

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/8/22 9:58 AM

I’m a huge podcast junkie when I am driving around, taking a walk around the neighborhood, when I’m cleaning the house, and especially when I'm traveling. … basically, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, and have more than a few for you to check out. 

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Tips For Your Twenties

See What ILP Volunteers Are Actually Up To On This Instagram Account

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/6/22 3:33 PM

Wondering what an ILP semester is actually like? Follow along to see what current volunteers are doing, get your questions answered, and see behind the scenes of a semester.

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Topics: All About ILP + Volunteering, New Stuff

The Dreamiest Places To Stay In The DR (On A Budget)

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/4/22 11:33 AM

Stay in a villa on the beach or up the treetops in a waterfall-filled jungle, all on a budget. 

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Topics: Caribbean

Do I Need A Data Plan For My Trip?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/2/22 1:27 PM

How do you get a data plan? Can you travel without one? How does texting work when I'm in a different country? How do I back up my photos, just in case? 

If you’ll be traveling abroad with your phone, you need the answers to all of this (and more). We have the details you need, below. 

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Topics: Get Ready For Your ILP Trip, All The Travel Tips

Finding The Best Elephant Parks In Thailand

Posted by Jen King on 12/30/21 7:15 AM

If you're traveling to Thailand and want to hang out with some elephants, make sure you're going to the right parks.

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Topics: Asia

Where To Buy Authentic Leather Sandals In Mexico?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 12/27/21 2:17 PM

Our volunteers love packing home a few pairs of these sandals ... but where are the best places to buy them? 

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Topics: Central America


*Because of the worldwide pandemic, travel options are limited and frequently changing. You'll need to do additional research as resources + activities shared in this post may or may not be available at the time of your trip.

ILP volunteers — work closely with your Program Manager who can help you understand current country entrance requirements which will determine what countries you can visit during your semester. 



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We are ILP, a Utah-based non-profit org that has service abroad opportunities for college-age volunteers. We love travel so we're sharing all our tips for making the most of your time living abroad + seeing the world, and how to do it all on the tiniest budget.

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