$2,520* for the semester, including your flight!

Options that work with your budget. Programs start at $2,520 depending on the location you choose, making it possible to find one that works best for you. Compare programs and pricing here.

3-4 months. A semester abroad follows a similar schedule to most universities. Take a semester off of school or volunteer during the summer.

Just one fee. Housing, meals, roundtrip international airfare, visa, support, and pre-departure and in-country training are all included.

Go again for free. Volunteer once, then go back again as a peer group leader. Depending on the location, Head Teachers get their program fee either waived or steeply discounted and also receive a spending stipend to help with in-country costs like vacations.

Grab your free guide packed with tips. We see so many volunteers getting really creative with how they afford their semester, even doing things like selling cookie dough which earned them enough to cover their entire trip (seriously!). We knew we had to spill all their secrets with you.

We reached out and asked a bunch of ILP volunteers what worked best for them while they were saving up for their adventure — we packed allllll of their tips, plus a bunch of our own, into a totally free downloadable guide.


Get help. Neighbors, friends, businesses, family, and relatives can all donate.

Take advantage. Donations made to International Language Programs towards your program fee are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers.

Earn big. Those who do fundraising raise an average of $1,000+ to cover the costs of their program fee.

We’re here to help. Fundraising works! We’ve gathered all of our fundraising tips here to help get you started and see what other volunteers have done.


Get discounts for referring a friend. Tell your friends about ILP and you may both qualify for a $300 discount! Everyone counts — think friends, cousins, roommates. Check the details here or give us a call to learn more.

Split the travel costs. Even if you apply to volunteer by yourself, you’re never alone! ILP volunteers are assigned to a team of other volunteers, meaning you have built in travel buddies. Splitting costs on vacations for things like taxis, dinner, and hostels makes it more affordable for everyone.


Pay in full. Receive a discount for paying your program fee upfront, even if you work over the summer to pay for a spring semester.

Pay later. We offer payment plans that are flexible and adjust to the timeline that works best for you! Can’t afford it all before the semester starts? Take advantage of third-party services like PayPal Credit and pay after you come home.

Learn about promotions. Contact the office to find out if there are any current promotions you may qualify for.