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Tips For Mesa Community College Students + An ILP Semester Abroad

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/19/21 7:45 AM

If you are an MCC student who is wondering how to make an ILP semester work out, this is for you — everything you are wondering about is right here! 

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Topics: All About ILP + Volunteering, Tips For Your Twenties

All About Seeing Sloths in Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/16/21 8:30 AM

One of the biggest things on your bucket list for Costa Rica is seeing sloths of course! But how to spot these elusive cuties? 

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Topics: Central America

For Perfect Sunsets (And More), Come Explore Granada, Nicaragua

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/12/21 2:16 PM

Tropical, warm, colorful, and a low-key vibe is just a bit about what’s waiting for you in Granada, Nicaragua. 

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Topics: Central America

I'm So Glad I Knew These Things About Thailand Before Visiting!

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/9/21 11:02 AM

Know when (and why) you take your shoes off before going inside, make sure you're picking the right outfit to visit the temples, and a few other things to know before visiting.

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Topics: Asia, All The Travel Tips

Glamping & Cafes in Khao Kho, Thailand

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/5/21 8:00 AM

There's more to this part of Thailand than a gorgeously colorful mosaic temple — come for a weekend of glamping, overlook cafes, strawberry picking, and some of our favorite sunrises. 

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Topics: Asia

Romania Has To Be The Most Instagrammable Country In Europe

Posted by Emily Henkel on 9/2/21 10:25 AM

I’ve been able to see more than a few of Europe’s cities, but here’s why I fell completely head over heels with Romania.

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Topics: Europe

Does Your Bank Have High International ATM Fees?

Posted by Auvi Evans on 8/30/21 11:29 AM

You're bringing your debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM machine while living in a foreign country, aren't you? We highly recommend it. This is the easiest way of handling your finances while living abroad for a semester.

The best way to get foreign currency while living abroad is to bring your debit card and pull cash out of an ATM — but depending on where you bank, you could rack some serious fees if you don't do your research before leaving. 

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Topics: All The Travel Tips, Saving Money + Fundraising

The Very Pretty City Of Timisoara Has Us Dreaming Of Romania

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/26/21 6:15 AM

Out of all the countries I've visited in Europe, I think I love Romania the very most — and a glimpse at Timisoara makes you wonder why Romania is still such a secret. 

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Topics: Europe

You Can't Get Enough Of The Waterfalls In Ciudad Valles, Mexico

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/23/21 7:45 AM

As if you needed another reason to come volunteer in Mexico, these waterfalls will seal the deal. 

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Topics: Central America

How Do I Travel All Over Thailand?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 8/19/21 3:40 PM

Feel like a local with these tricks and tips to get around this tropical paradise.

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Topics: Asia


*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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