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Emily Henkel

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Good Luck Picking Adventures While In Leon, Nicaragua!

Posted by Emily Henkel on 5/18/22 10:30 AM

Are you here for sunrise volcano trekking or volcano boarding? Surfing lessons or sea turtles? Busy markets or picturesque churches? In any case, a trip to Leon has more than enough to keep you busy! 

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Topics: Central America

The Most Perfect Island Getaway: Nicaragua's Corn Islands

Posted by Emily Henkel on 5/17/22 10:30 AM

Who knew you could find the prettiest Caribbean turquoise beaches and sandy shores in Nicaragua? 

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Topics: Central America

What Is It Like To Fly Right Now?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 5/9/22 8:45 AM

If you're thinking about taking a trip or your upcoming ILP semester, it's probably a question on your mind (especially if you haven't flown since the start of the pandemic). 

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

Find The Prettiest Mountain Views, Flower Fields, And Waterfalls In Ban Mung, Thailand

Posted by Emily Henkel on 5/6/22 9:30 AM

Looking for a weekend full of beyond beautiful views and hiking to hidden waterfalls, all in an undiscovered corner of Northern Thailand? We have the details on a weekend trip to Ban Mung, just for you.

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Topics: Asia

I Only Have A Couple Days In Italy! Which City Should I See?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 5/2/22 11:01 AM

You could probably spend about a month in Italy, and never even get close to seeing all of the highlights. However, if you're like me (and short on time), you'll want this guide to help you pick the perfect city for your visit!

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Europe

We Found The Most Magical Butterfly Hike In Mexico

Posted by Emily Henkel on 4/30/22 2:36 PM

Picture standing in the forests of Mexico, surrounded by millions and millions of golden, Monarch butterflies — then easily make it your reality with all the insider info. 

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Topics: Central America

Escape To German Towns, Lush Mountains, Waterfalls And More In Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Posted by Emily Henkel on 4/27/22 10:53 AM

Welcome to Matagalpa, a place full of secret waterfalls, rafting adventures, and green hillsides dotted with coffee plantains. In a country that’s under the radar, we just love a place that’s even more off the beaten path.

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Topics: Central America

Soaking Up The Best Views On Top Of The World, In Puerto Plata DR

Posted by Emily Henkel on 4/25/22 8:00 AM

Whether you take the tropical hike up or admire the views below via cable car, you won't want to miss this viewpoint!

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Topics: Caribbean

Some Of The Best Snorkeling Is Around Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Henkel on 4/20/22 11:23 AM

Take a swim to see sea turtles, schools of colorful fish, dolphins, and more, or keep busy with all the other adventures waiting for you around Drake Bay!  

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Topics: Central America

Top 10 Things To Buy At A Market in Mexico

Posted by Emily Henkel on 4/11/22 4:02 PM

We love the beaches and jungles and ancient ruins of Mexico, but we also love the shopping ... and coming home with souvenirs from our

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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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