Which Program Is Right For Me?

ILP has two volunteer programs: Exchange and Humanitarian.
Both are very similar, with a few main differences. Let’s go over the benefits of the Exchange option to see if that’s a good fit for you!

about volunteering 

You’ll be helping children learn English naturally through the ILP method by playing with them, singing songs, making treats, and arts & crafts. Think summer camp in a classroom.

your students 

The children you work with are attending public or private schools and come from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, often middle to upper classes. They are generally 4-12 years old (with the exception of a few instances teaching students up through age 17).

country options 

China, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Thailand, and Ukraine.

semester schedules 

An ILP trip is about 4 months and follows pretty closely to a typical university schedule with Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters available. Just as a heads up, we do not have programs in China and Russia during the Fall.

living arrangements 

Volunteers typically live together in an apartment or dorm, or with a local host family — depending on the location.


This is the biggest perk of the Exchange program! It is the most budget friendly option while still giving you all the perks of a classic ILP experience. We are able to keep your costs so low because your student’s families help subsidize the program for you. Your program fee is $2,520 and that includes your roundtrip international airfare, visa, housing, 3 meals per day, training, culture classes and support throughout your entire semester.

But With Both Programs You'll Still Get ...

Whether you choose an Exchange or a Humanitarian location, both programs have the same elements of a classic ILP semester.

Build your resume — No experience is required to join either programs, but you’ll gain quite a bit to help build your resume and get ahead in school. Your semester abroad is a perfect conversation starter and an easy way to stand out when interviewing for jobs.

Semester lengths — All ILP programs are about 3.5 – 4.5 months. We feel like this is one of the best parts of our program; it gives you enough time to really dive in and experience the culture plus travel and see all you can. It gives you enough time to step outside of your comfort zone and grow, make life-long friends, and have that life-changing adventure you’re looking for.

Travel and make a difference — The best of both worlds. Impact not only your own life, but your fellow volunteers, the locals you meet, and especially the kids you serve. Volunteer time is 20 hour per week with every Saturday and Sunday off, plus you’ll have scheduled vacation time throughout the semester to travel with your group and experience your own country as well as neighboring countries (when approved).

Training and support — Both programs provide the same level of support. We don’t just drop you off and wish you good luck; you’ll have both in-country help as well as contact with our office in Utah when you need it. You’re never alone.

Serve with volunteers of similar standards — ILP has a code of conduct and high expectations of our volunteers. All volunteers agree to follow a set of standards, no matter which location you’re in.

Group placement — You’ll be with a group of volunteers! We are not a solo program; ILP is built around the idea of giving you a team of new friends to experience just about everything with.  Teach together, travel together, and in many cases you’ll also live together. Most volunteers say they met their best friends during their ILP trip.