Dive into a semester full of unexpected adventure. This country’s home to classics like the Great Wall and visiting pandas, but it’s also one stuffed with surprises, like the prettiest and most diverse mountains you’ve ever seen, sunny beaches, and delicious dishes. See thousands of years of history unfold in front of you at ancient sites, but turn the corner and step into sleek and modern cities (hello Shanghai Disneyland!).

We think it’s time you explore a country that deserves more than a short visit — a semester in China gives you an experience most travelers don’t get the chance to soak in.

City: ILP is happy to have several programs at cities in the following provinces: Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan, and Guangdong.

Service: Help children learn English and make a difference in the classroom with ILP’s Exchange program.

Group Size: Anywhere from 4-30 volunteers depending on your city. Some of our biggest groups are in China.

Life Abroad: Live with fellow volunteers, either in dorms at the school or an apartment. Take Kung Fu classes, try Chinese calligraphy, and learn some Mandarin to help you get to know the locals. Practice your chop stick skills while you get your fill of rice and chicken!

Semesters: Fall semester is mid to late August – December. Spring semester is late January to mid February – third week of June.

Every day is an adventure!

Experience it all in China because they have the perfect mix of history and modern. One weekend you could be learning traditional Chinese calligraphy and the next you could be zip lining through the forest. Visit beautiful, ancient temples. Go shopping at the biggest (and cheapest) markets in the world. Ride elephants. Stand over glass walkways along the edge of a mountain. Even walking down your neighborhood street and waving hello to locals as you pass can be an adventure.


  • Beijing Go camping on the Great Wall, explore sites like Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, and shop your way through some of the biggest markets in the world.
  • Yangshuo Mud caves, riding through rice fields, floating on wooden rafts down the river next to the Dr. Seuss Mountains, watch cormorant fishing, climb Moon Hill.
  • Huangshan Climb the endless stairs to the top of a mountain with breathtaking views. Stroll through nearby ancient cities. Also known as Yellow Mountains.
  • Zhangjiajie Hike through the beautiful Avatar and Tianmen mountains; walk on a glass walkway clinging to the side of a mountain 4,000 ft. up, take the world’s longest cable car ride, view the incredible mountains that inspired the movie Avatar, and take a ride in the highest outdoor elevator in the world.
  • Chengdu Visit a world famous panda reservation center and even get a chance to hold a baby cub and catch a bullet train to nearby Leshan to see the biggest buddha you’ve ever encountered.
  • Xi’an Terracotta Warriors, Great Mosque, bike around the city wall, water show at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
  • Shanghai Shop at huge markets, explore traditional looking canals and streets, visit the Wild Animal Park where you can ride an elephant, hold a cub, and feed giraffes, spend a day at Disneyland Shanghai, and snap a photo at the famous Bund.
  • Sanya Lay on the beaches of this sunny island, have fish suck on your toes at the spa, and dance the night away listening to live bands, and see 2,000 + monkeys at Monkey Island.
  • Jiuzhaigou Explore this national park to get views of crystal turquoise blue lakes and explore Tibetan villages. Head to nearby Huanglong to stroll along cascading blue pools down the mountainside.

It changed my life...

“I struggle making decisions, but I have never been more sure about a “right” decision in my life than the decision I made to go to China. It changed my life and I miss it every single day.” – Jeremiah Tenney