Spend your time peeking into cathedrals and castles. Photograph everything from WWII memorials to quirky street art. Or, soak up the sites of your city’s Old Town in one of your favorite cafes before exploring those cobblestone streets. Lithuania is the European experience you’re looking for.
Nestled deep in the eastern edges of Europe, Lithuania is a melting pot of a dozen other country’s influence. Come get a taste of the rest of Europe before you actually go and experience it for yourself!
Volunteers heading to Lithuania are tucked away up in the northeast corner of Europe, caught between a melting pot culture that shows the country’s Soviet history and quirky Baltic influences. You’ll have lots of days filled with historical sites, pastel colored cathedrals, and cafes galore, that’s for sure. Besides having lots of adventures, you’ll spend time teaching English at a local school. But your day to day adventures look a little like this …
Glimpse a day in Lithuania
HELP TEACH ENGLISH IN EUROPE
You’ll be making a difference by helping children learn English through our Exchange Program up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method!
Volunteering and Costs
Volunteers live in a few cities around the country: Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipeda
—Spring: Depart early to mid January – return end of April
—Summer: Depart end of April/early May – return middle of August
—Fall: Depart end of August – return middle of December, just in time for Christmas
—4-6 volunteers in a group
—18-about 25ish years old
—US and Canadian volunteers
—No experience needed!
A QUICK NOTE ABOUT COVID-19
We paused our program in Lithuania at the start of the pandemic and have been watching for when we can reopen. Right now, the school situation is still not ready for the program — the small private schools ILP volunteers teach at closed in 2020 and the restrictions have not been stable enough to re-open these small education centers. We hope to be back in Lithuania soon.
Not only do you get to travel to our favorite destinations within Lithuania, but you can also travel throughout the European Union and Ukraine. See how many countries you can knock off your bucket list this semester! Lithuania volunteers are close enough to see countries like Latvia and Poland on any weekend, and then explore farther destinations during vacation days.
Here are just a few of our favorite European spots to explore …
Palanga, Lithuania — Watch the sunset over the Baltic Sea, then go ride horses along the beach. Before leaving, shop for souvenirs at this beachside vacation destination.
Czech Republic — Arrive early, before other tourists, to walk along famous Charles Bridge. Stroll up the hill to Prague castle, and shop in this capital city before leaving.
Hungary — Spend the weekend in Budapest! It’s all about relaxing in famous thermal spas and walking around castle hill. Oh, and exploring both sides of Buda and Pest. Don’t forget to admire the Fisherman’s Bastion, too!
Austria — Visit museums and photograph detailed architecture in tranquil Vienna. Fall in love with Salzburg and try local cuisine like wiener schnitzel or warm apple strudel.
Slovakia — Want to take a boat ride to a medieval castle? Itching to stroll through the streets of Old Town Bratislava? Dying to see Mongol ruins spread across the mountain tops? Slovakia is for you.
Norway — Island-hop around scenic archipelagos, take a hike to one of the world’s most scenic hanging cliffs, and get your fill of the outdoors. We love the adventures in Norway.
Sweden — Tour through the winding alleyways of Stockholm’s Old Town, enjoy live music in downtown Stockholm, and try famous Swedish meatballs for lunch.
Poland — Head south for hikes through the mountains to swimmable lakes. Or, take strolls through a lively Old Town full of drool-worthy treats. We also love that you can step back in time at numerous WWII history sites.
Germany — Explore fairytale castles, or take a train through the scenic Black Forest. Also, be sure to check out the artsy side of Berlin and the architecture in Munich.
Slovenia — Want to boat across a lake to the medieval Bled castle? How about hiking through ravines and canyons? An underground network of caves is also waiting for you in Slovenia if you still need some convincing.
Switzerland — Hike or take in views of the Swiss Alps by train (what a dream!). Come paddle board on Lake Geneva and get your fill of chocolate.
Croatia — We love the ancient coastal towns like Dubrovnik. And the Roman amphitheaters. And some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. We just really love Croatia.
Estonia — Jump into medieval times in Tallinn! Ride your bike along the Baltic Sea and kayak around Saaremaa Island. This favorite is easily visited on a weekend.
Latvia — Take a quick trip to Latvia for night kayaking and the view from St. Peter’s church. Have lunch in the Old Town before leaving.
France — Fulfill your childhood dreams by having a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower. Spend an afternoon in the Louvre, and soak up the sun on the coast.