ILP has two programs: Humanitarian and Exchange. The difference in the programs is the economic background of the children whom you are serving. In the Exchange program, families who are primarily middle to upper socioeconomic classes are more likely to hear about, to value, and to take advantage or this type of opportunity. Usually, these families are the best to provide a safe and fun experience for volunteers, and their children are the future leaders of their community. Your influence on them is significant. To keep the costs to volunteers low, host schools subsidize most of the expenses through tuition.
In the Humanitarian program, the children come from extremely limited means. Many families come from underprivileged circumstances and some of the children live in an orphanage. The ability to speak English is an incredibly valuable skill to set the stage for a successful future for any child, and this is especially true in touristic areas such as the Caribbean. The education you give in these programs is free for the children and their families who are unable to help subsidize your costs.
Our goal has always been to open doors for children which speaking English will afford them - what we didn’t realize is that speaking English would be only the “tip of the iceberg” of the social, educational, emotional, and sometimes even spiritual good which comes to the children from the heart-felt work of volunteers. To date, over 20,000 children have had immeasurable good come to them from the efforts, care, and dedication of over 7,000 ILP volunteers.