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How To Apply For ILP Without Making Payments Right Away

Posted by Jen King on 1/15/20 1:13 PM

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Sometimes it feels like the only thing standing in the way between you and a semester abroad is money — we can help you out with that.

International Language Programs (ILP!) is really affordable when you look at everything that is covered, but even then it can be hard to pull everything together and pay at once ... which is why you can  get accepted without paying a thing. 

But first you'll want to send in your application
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Once you're accepted you can make monthly payments so you don't have to pay all at once. Here's how.  

Waive Your Application Fee

When you first submit your application to be a volunteer, part of the process is paying a $30 application fee. You can pay the $30 or we can waive it for you!

To get it waived all you need to do is refer 4 friends (give us their name, phone number and email) who may want to learn more about ILP. That's all. $30 that you get to keep in your pocket. (After you submit your online application we can help you with that.)


After being accepted as an ILP volunteer, there will be some additional things you need to get ready so that you can officially be assigned a spot in a specific country. One of those requirements to secure your spot is paying a $270 deposit (this is actually part of your total program fee cost  — it's not an hidden extra cost or anything like that).  

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Monthly Payments

You can get a $100 discount if you pay your program fee all up front, but if not, we have a few different payment options to help work with your situation. 

Payment plans start 5-7 months before your departure date, which leaves you plenty of time to start saving up before you need to make payments. The payment amounts do vary, so you can choose which one looks best for you.

So, for example let's say you want to make sure you get a spot for next summer which happens to be about a year from now  —  you would apply right now, get accepted, but then you don't need to start making payments until about 6 months from now (and 6 months before you leave).  That means you can get a spot and still have plenty of time to save up before your first payment!  

We don't want you to wait to apply until you have everything saved up, because the longer you wait the less options you have of where you can go (because spots do start to fill up!).

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Get Financial Help Via Fundraising

Tell family and friends you are saving for a semester abroad and a lot of times you'll find there are many people you know who want to help if they can  —They can even call ILP directly and make a donation to you if they want. We'll keep track of when people do that so you know how much you still owe.

We see really great success with fundraising and definitely recommend that you try it. We have had volunteers who have had enough money fundraised that they owe half of their program fee or even have had others pay their entire semester fee. Pretty awesome, right?

Here's all you need to know about fundraising. 

So How Much Does ILP Cost?

Your program fee covers your roundtrip international flight, visa, housing, meals, and training and support for the entire semester. The price depends on the program you choose:

Option 1 — Exchange Programs
This is set up to be the most budget friendly option for those who want to travel affordably. Essentially the way it works is that the kids you're teaching pay a fee to attend your classes, and we're able to subsidize your cost of living that way ... which makes the program fee cheaper. The kids you teach in this program are often from middle to upper class families who can afford an after school program like this.

Option 2 — Humanitarian Programs
This program is set up to serve children who come from families with limited means. You're often teaching in underprivileged areas, and the volunteer work you do is a gift to the community. The children you teach do not pay an extra fee to attend ILP classes. So what that means is that your program fee is not being subsidized and that's why this program fee is higher than in Exchange programs.

So what's the cost for each location?

Head here to check out all of the countries ILP currently has programs in and what the cost is to volunteer there.

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Ready to get started on your application?

Because spots are limited, we always say the earlier you apply the better! We can help you through the process, and remember ... you don't have to pay right away.

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


*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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