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Emily Henkel

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Get Cheap Flights In Mexico With These Airlines

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/29/22 6:45 AM

Hey, hey Mexico! We love that we can jump from town to town, exploring a new spot every weekend on a budget because of the really affordable bus system. Because the country is so expansive, there are several spots that are best accessed by flight. But you know us ... we love a good deal!

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Topics: Central America

Spend A Day Surrounded By Flowers In Atlixco, Mexico

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/25/22 7:30 AM

Atlixco is a charming town surrounded by volcanoes and wildflowers, not to mention that it's one of the top destinations in the state of Puebla! If you're coming from the city of Puebla, you're just a short drive away, making it a perfect town to go explore for the day.

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Topics: Central America

30+ Beaches Are Waiting For You In Huatulco, Mexico!

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/17/22 12:14 PM

With miles and miles of golden sands, snorkeling, catamaran trips, and more we're all too happy that this part of Mexico still feels undiscovered. 

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Topics: Central America

Take A Break From The Beach + Visit The Mountains In Constanza

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/13/22 11:02 AM

Rolling green hills and temperatures cool enough to snow? Visiting Costanza in the Dominican Republic feels like visiting a totally different country. 

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Topics: Caribbean

Explore A One-Of-A-Kind Hiking Spot Just Outside of Phitsanulok, Thailand

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/9/22 7:45 AM

Untold chapters of history, tiered waterfalls, and a landscape that will make you feel like you're walking on the moon can be found in central Thailand in this National Park. 

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Topics: Asia

What A Typical Day Was Like While I Volunteered in Uganda

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/2/22 11:37 AM

"I spent a whole semester living in Uganda and I got asked all the time — what was living there really like?"

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Topics: Africa

Heading To Nicaragua In The Spring? Get Ready For The Best Week Of Celebrating!I

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/2/22 7:15 AM

If you're headed to Nicaragua for the Spring semester with ILP, you get to be in the country for one of the best weeks of the year — Holy Week. 

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Topics: Central America

We're Chasing Waterfalls Around Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/31/22 8:15 AM

We are spilling all the secrets about these truly hidden cascades, complete with cave camping, zip lining, and more. 

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Topics: Central America

You Need This Handy Costa Rica Vacation Planner

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/23/22 9:45 AM

Know if the best beaches are really that close to the thundering waterfalls you want to hike to.

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Topics: Central America

Why We Love La Rejoya Waterfall (+ A Guide To This Dominican Adventure)

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/20/22 7:15 AM

Photo @carlostorresrd

The blue cascades of La Rejoya Waterfall are an easy day trip if you find yourself in Puerto Plata or Cabarete! 

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Topics: Caribbean


*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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