If you spend a semester volunteering in Europe, you'll have vacation time to see tons (and tons) of countries, all over — here's how!
As an ILP volunteer, you're guaranteed to have free time, weekends off and scheduled vacation days to explore — which is probably why you chose our program, right?
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And these ILP volunteers in Ukraine decided they really wanted to see Europe. During their long vacation, they were able to see 15 different cities in eight different countries. Here's how:
Pick your "must see" countries
This ILP group wanted to see Germany, Italy, Spain and France (and a few others, time permitting).
We recommend checking many different sources to find the best deals. Our volunteers love traveling by air withthese budget airlinesand also have had luck traveling via the bus and Eurail. Research all of these options and see what works best with your schedule.
Houston's group ended up taking six planes, two night buses, and one train in order to get to all the cities they wanted to see.
Because of layovers, the group was able to add a few more countries into the mix.
Plan Where You Are Sleeping
Our volunteers generally enjoy staying in hostels, or AirBnbs — if you do your research you can find clean and cheap places to stay. Also, you can sleep on an overnight train or bus — fall asleep in Rome and wake up the next day in Venice. Awesome!
The Fun Part: Where They Went, How They Got There, and What They Did There:
The group arrived in Venice pretty early in the morning, and did not waste any time. They got straight to exploring this canal filled city — make sure you take a gondola ride for a true Venetian experience and "force" yourself to eat some gelato.
Early in the morning they arrived in Rome. First, they went to their hostel where the group dropped off their bags and freshened up, then got to exploring the Colosseum, Pantheon and the Spanish Steps, as well as the Vatican ... which is technically it's own country (and it's own city).
Have more time than Houston's group? Here's how to see Rome in 2 days.
Fly from Rome, Italy to Barcelona, Spain. The group quickly found their hostel and then headed straight the beach — which is only one of the things on your Barcelona to do list.
Fly from Barcelona, Spain to Paris, France. Wasting no time, the group dropped their stuff off at their hostel and headed to see some of Paris' top sites: The Notre Dame and the Eiffle Tower! Amazing.
Houston's group stayed in Paris an extra day and for a very good reason: to visit the Louvre — you can spend hours and hours and hours here.
After arriving really early in the morning, the group found their hostel and got some sleep before hitting up Copenhagen! The group rented bikes, which they rode all around the city and out skirts where they saw a windmill, beautiful scenery and amazing old churches.
Early in the morning, the group flew from Copenhagen, Denmark back to Kiev, Ukraine but were able to spend part of the day in Riga, Latvia, thanks to a long layover. In Riga, the group was able to explore old town (it's stunning by the way).
Think you could do this (or see even more?) Come volunteer in Europe with International Language Programs! Come check out the ILP countries and chat with an ILP rep to learn even more: