International Language Programs (ILP)
Live in Russia for a semester while you volunteer in the classroom! Help children learn English part time and have the rest of the semester free to explore your new home
Help underprivileged children learn English in the Dominican Republic! Volunteer part time hours with children and have the rest of your time to travel, experience the culture,...
Help children learn English in Mexico during your semester abroad! Live with a group of other volunteers and spend part of your day working with children in a classroom and...
Live in China for a semester with a group of other volunteers and help children learn English in the classroom! No teaching experience needed. Our program is different...
Help children learn English in Thailand! Volunteer part time hours with children and have the rest of your time to travel, experience the culture, and just enjoy life with...
Help children learn English in Ukraine! Volunteer part time hours with children and have the rest of your time to travel, experience the culture, and just enjoy life with...
Help children learn English in Lithuania! Teach part-time hours through a methodology that we will train you on. It's more like play as we keep our classroom sizes small
I only left China because I had to!
Submitted by Emily - Utah United States | September 10, 2016
I've always been one to travel, so when I heard about the chance to teach English and travel the world, I was hooked. ILP gave me the chance to not only experience another culture, but to truly be immersed in it. My semester in China left me wanting so much more; I couldn't get enough of the people, the students I taught, or the adventures I had. After coming home, I've not only been inspired to change my career path, but to see as much of the world as I can. ILP gave me the opportunity to give back to the world, experience a part of this planet so magically different than where I grew up, and be a part of the lives of so many students that I miss everyday....I also came home with some mad chopstick skills! Go with ILP- you won't regret it!
Challenging and Charging in China
Submitted by Caley - University of Utah | October 05, 2015
Leaving your home for months at a time isn't an easy thing to do. Let alone go to a place as different as China or Russia. ILP is such a personalized program, and makes it so much easier to transition to another country. There is someone there to help you every step of the way, before and after departure. The in-country training is great and its nice having other Americans with you. The immersion in the country is amazing as well. You work directly with native coordinators and you will make foreign friends everywhere you go! Not to mention the kids you work with are absolutely adorable. They will steal your heart and you will not want to leave by the end of your semester. I have been on the program 3 times and I plan on more trips in the future.
Teaching English in China
Submitted by Dani Gish - Southern Utah University | October 02, 2015
I've never enjoyed living more than during the 6 months I lived in China. Dedicating my time to teaching my sweet students and helping them learn English was so fulfilling. I recommend this program to anyone and everyone who wants to teach abroad. Traveling around China and becoming comfortable in an unfamiliar environment was also a huge growing and learning experience for me.
Life changing experience!
Submitted by Kaitlyn Sorensen - Utah Valley University | October 01, 2015
I grew in so many aspects of my life I had no idea I needed. Every day was an adventure and there was free time and travel days very frequently. I love this program because it attracts my kind of people; Adventurous, down to earth, and fun people who value traveling and I know will be friends for life. I was able to backpack to 5 different countries after my semester with ILP.
Love with all my heart...
Submitted by Maegan - Brigham Young University | October 01, 2015
ILP seriously was one of the greatest opportunities I've ever participated in; which is a bit ironic considering I went there to serve others, but I feel like I ended up getting the most in return.
I went to China with ILP, and honestly I've thought about my experiences there every day since my return. The whole 4 months changed me a lot! Most of my presumptions about China, and other countries in general--as I met quite a few people from all walks of life-- where wrong, challenged, or changed. There was no tour guide to tell us when to get up, what trains to take, where we could eat, where the nearest bathroom was, and I much preferred it that way. It really challenged my independence and decision making, as well as our groups ability to work together and remain positive. And I don't mean that to at all sound negative. Every experience was an adventure; whether we were getting lost, hiking in Yangshuo, or running for a bus/train. I wouldn't change anything about my time there.
From an academic perspective I learned a lot, but as an individual it felt more natural then just dumping information into your brain from a book so you can pass a test. It was an immersive experience, and I loved it all. The people where so helpful and kind every where we went, and I couldn't believe how beautiful it was!
There were hard days-- teaching kids can be a challenge-- but leaving them, all the friends I made, and China broke my heart. I truly fell in love with China, differences and all.
If you're questioning whether or not you want to travel, especially with ILP, just go! Jobs, school, etc, can wait; you may only get this chance once.