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Emily Henkel

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Blue Falls Costa Rica Really Does Have The Bluest Waterfalls

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/12/21 10:00 AM

Can you really resist the chance to swim in waterfalls this blue?

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Topics: Central America

We Can't Pick Our Favorite Thing About Geneva, Switzerland

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/9/21 1:38 PM

Come for all things Swiss — stores filled with chocolate, cafes with overflowing fondue, surrounded by spectacular mountain views, and so much more. 

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Topics: Europe

How To Get Cheap Flights From Romania

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/3/21 10:45 AM

If you travel on a budget, that means you're looking to save money on every part of your vacation — especially on some of the biggest costs like flights! Here's how to do just that whether you're in Romania as a volunteer for the semester or heading here on vacation. 

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Topics: Europe

The Most Instagrammable Spots In Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/1/21 8:15 AM

If you’re going to Costa Rica, you should end up with at least half of these pictures in your feed.

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Topics: Central America

What 4 Months Of Traveling In Europe Cost Me

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/29/21 10:49 AM

Right after college, I spent 4+ months living and traveling all over Europe — here’s what it cost me. 

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Topics: Europe, Saving Money + Fundraising

Head To Monte Cristi For Swinging Sunrise Views

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/25/21 10:44 AM

This viewpoint in the Dominican Republic is one of the prettiest we've seen (and pictures from this place kinda need to end up on your Instagram).

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Topics: Caribbean

You Know You're An ILP Volunteer When ...

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/23/21 8:00 AM

A semester abroad gives you some incredible and hilarious adventures ... but you'll only be able to really understand this post if you've volunteered with ILP before. 

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Topics: All About ILP + Volunteering

Fire Festivals + All The Fun Things About Merida, Mexico

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/18/21 12:00 PM


Fire festivals, the most unique chairs around (really), towering cathedrals, and just around the corner from so many ruins ... time to add Merida to your itinerary!

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Topics: Central America

Your Guide To Exploring Teotihuacan — Mexico's 'City Of The Gods'

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/12/21 6:45 AM

Headed to Mexico? Whether you're going for a week long visit or are planning a rad vacation in middle of your semester abroad with ILP,  you'll have to visit Teotihuacan. 

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Topics: Central America

All The Lovely Things About Lisbon, Portugal

Posted by Emily Henkel on 7/5/21 1:51 PM

With cheap flights here from cities all across Europe, you can see why adding this city to your itinerary is a cinch (plus, we love all there is to do in Lisbon). 

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Topics: Europe


*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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