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Jen King

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What To Know About Exploring Puerto Plata

Posted by Jen King on 1/14/22 8:00 AM

If you'll be a part of ILP's humanitarian programs in the Dominican Republic, you'll most likely be spending your Saturdays exploring nearby Puerto Plata!

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Topics: Caribbean

Finding The Best Elephant Parks In Thailand

Posted by Jen King on 12/30/21 7:15 AM

If you're traveling to Thailand and want to hang out with some elephants, make sure you're going to the right parks.

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Topics: Asia

Sosua + Alicia Are Some Of Our Top Picks For Nearby Beaches In The DR

Posted by Jen King on 12/9/21 8:15 AM

It’s hard to choose where our favorite beaches are on the north coast of the Dominican Republic is … but we're here to talk about a couple that consistently make their way into ILP volunteers' top picks.

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Topics: Caribbean

We Planned Your Trip To DR's Dudu Lagoon, Rio San Juan Beaches + More

Posted by Jen King on 12/3/21 1:08 PM

This corner of the Dominican's northern coast makes for one of our favorite day trips, especially for our volunteers who live just outside of Puerto Plata. There's a ton to do, so good thing you have weekends free to come see it all!

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Topics: Caribbean

We're Loving Day Trips To Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Posted by Jen King on 11/18/21 11:10 AM

Cabarete is beyond popular with tourists, and after visiting, you can easily see why this beach is one of the best places to spend a Saturday. 

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Topics: Caribbean

The Only Gift Guide You Need For Anyone Who Loves To Travel

Posted by Jen King on 11/15/21 6:23 AM

Looking for a few gifts for a travel lover? We talked to the travelers we know about what they're asking for Christmas, graduation gifts, birthdays, and more — here's the complete list!

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Topics: Get Ready For Your ILP Trip, For The Parents

All About How To Do A Facebook Fundraiser

Posted by Jen King on 9/23/21 12:15 PM

Getting ready to start up a Facebook fundraiser to help you afford your semester volunteering abroad with ILP? Awesome! Here is all the info you need to know about choosing the right kind of fundraiser, and how to get started. 

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Topics: Get Ready For Your ILP Trip, Saving Money + Fundraising

Can My Mom Mail Me A Package While I'm Living Abroad?

Posted by Jen King on 7/27/21 7:15 AM

Here’s what you — er, I guess your parents and friends — need to know about sending a package to you while you’re living abroad. 

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Topics: All About ILP + Volunteering, For The Parents

Visiting The Motherland Monument, Ukraine's Big Mama

Posted by Jen King on 6/29/21 7:00 AM

Did you even go to Ukraine if you didn't spend time with Big Mama? She’s hard to miss, holds tons of his tory, and is an iconic landmark.

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Topics: Europe

All About Hiking + Snorkeling In Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park

Posted by Jen King on 6/3/21 8:15 AM

Spotting sloths and swimming with turtles ... after a trip out to this peninsula, one ILP group said, "IT'S A MUST DO". Okay, we're convinced — let's chat about this jungle-filled corner of Costa Rica.

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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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