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What ILP Countries Can Married Couples Volunteer In?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 5/24/17 12:41 PM


ILP China

ILP isn’t just for when you’re single — we have countries all over that you can volunteer in with your spouse! We even have one country where the both of you go for the price of just one person. Score. If a one week honeymoon doesn’t seem quite long enough, think about volunteering with ILP! We have several countries that married volunteers can apply for, one of which has a serious discount.

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We could go on forever about why volunteering with your spouse is such a great idea (things like making amazing memories together and learning about your partner in such a new atmosphere comes to mind) but we’ll leave that for later (or you can just read about how Ivy and Joe have traveled the world together through . Let’s find out where you can go…good luck choosing between these amazing countries. 

  • China
  • Haiti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ukraine
  • Russia
  • Romania
  • Costa Rica 
  • Nicaragua 
  • Uganda


If you are looking for the best deal, this is your country! ILP is currently sending married couples to China for the price of one. Yep! You and your spouse just pay one program fee for the whole semester.

It’s a serious steal of a deal — you both get the chance to sharpen up your chopstick skills, teach beyond adorable Chinese kids, camp overnight on a  World Wonder, explore mountains like this, all with our buy-one-get-one deal.

This is actually where the majority of our married volunteers opt to go and that's because you can't beat that 50% off discount. 



Haiti is ideal for married couples. There’s housing for couples in the orphanage complex you and your spouse would live at, which is also right where the darling children live. Seeing your partner serve and love these children is an experience that not many married couples get, but is one that would strengthen your marriage in sooooooo many ways.

Imagine the two of you loving and helping kids like this together, soaking in the Caribbean sun while practicing your French (which just happens to be one of the most romantic languages ever). Sounds pretty perfect to me. 

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Dominican Republic

If the island life is calling your name, you might want to check out our humanitarian program in the DR! Volunteers here all share space in a house, but  we've got a room of that house where you and your spouse can stay together (don't worry, it's private), while still enjoying the dynamic of living abroad with a group of new friends. 

Our favorite part of the Dominican though are those cutie kids in the neighborhood who run up to you on the street wanting some hugs and to play. Adorable.

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Since all volunteers live with host families in this country, it does depends if ILP can coordinate with a host family who is able to accommodate host the two of you for the semester you're applying for, so availability may change semester to semester but often works out. 

If we can, be sure you and your spouse get ready for a semester full of stunning cathedrals and Ukrainian culture! Be sure to visit the Big Mama statue, explore the depths of the metro and of course, think about where else in Europe you’d love to travel during your vacations. We think places like Greece are on your bucket list. 

ILP Ukraine


If you and your partner are wanting to go to Russia, apply ASAP. We have some limited spots available in this fantastic country, so you'll need to quickly fill out your application. 

All our ILP volunteers love exploring all the things in Russia  — spend weekends hanging out at Red Square, come home with a zillion pictures of St. Basil's cathedral, and of course, travel all around Europe. Our volunteers in Russia love visiting everywhere from Italy to Estonia. 

ILP Russia


Romania is a very unique program for ILP - here you don't serve in the classroom by teaching, but instead you serve by helping in an orphanage, or a local hospital. Volunteers also get the unique experience to volunteer in a group of apartments owned by the orphanage, where children from the orphanage live before getting ready for adoption. 

If helping children to grow by providing one-on-one attention and support is your thing, Romania is the humanitarian program for you guys!

*Currently only available for married couples during the Summer semester. 

Costa Rica 

If you and your spouse are into hikes through dense jungles, adventure through waterfalls, hanging out on white sand beaches and exploring all the rainforest has to offer, Costa Rica is for you.

We're thrilled to add it to our Humanitarian program and let married couples know that you can volunteer in Costa Rica and have a packed semester of adventure. Favorite vacation spots also include places like Mexico or Panama, letting you really experience Central America during your time abroad. 

ILP Costa Rica


Nicaragua is meant for the adventurous couple who are looking to go off the beaten path and have some thrilling adventures, all while making a difference. Nicaragua is the hotspot for volcanoes — you can hike 'em, kayak in the craters, camp on the slopes, peer over the rims to see boiling lava for yourself and even slide down the side during an afternoon of volcano boarding. 

Nicaragua is also full of rainforests, miles of gorgeous coastline and high adventures, like ziplining and canyoneering. Want beaches? Head to the beyond dreamy Corn Islands for swaying palm trees, soft white sand, and blue water. 

ILP Nicaragua


Come spend a semester in Africa! Married couples will join an ILP group for a few month of service and safari — spend your time teaching English, working to repair springs to provide fresh water, and exploring what the country of Uganda has to offer. Safaris full of big cats and speckled giraffes, adventures like white-water rafting down the Nile River, and hikes to thundering waterfalls are what's waiting for you. Vacation wise, plan on flying over to Tanzania for a dreamy week or two on the perfect beaches of Zanzibar. 

Spots in Uganda are dependent on housing, so apply ASAP if you're eyeing a spot here with your spouse! 

ILP Uganda

Do you both have your passports ready?

You will have a tough time trying to decide what sort of international honeymoon you and your spouse want...and if you need a little more help deciding, come talk to an ILP rep who can answer your questions and get you a little more info!

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