City: Vilnius and Kaunas

Service: Make a difference by helping children learn English.

Group Size: 4-6 volunteers

Life Abroad: Either live in an apartment with other volunteers or with a host family. Feast on meat and potato dishes and enjoy European treats (hello crepes!). Visit historical sites and learn both Russian and Lithuanian.

Semesters: Fall semester is late August - December, Spring semester is early January - mid to late April. Summer semester is early May to mid August.

Fall in love with Lithuania and all of its charm.

Vilnius is a place where a cup of hot chocolate is literally...a cup of melted chocolate (but the chocolate is to die for, so I doubt you’ll be complaining!). It’s a place where you can eat potatoes made 12 different ways & their love of cartoon cats is evident in paintings lined up along the cobblestone streets. It’s a place where most kids already speak 4 different languages. Your students are so fun and smart. You can actually have entire conversations in English with many of them!

TOP VACATION SPOTS

Not only do you get to explore Lithuania, but you can also vacation throughout the European Union and Ukraine.

  • Palanga, LithuaniaWatch the sunset over the Baltic Sea, ride horses along the beach, and shop for souvenirs at this beach side vacation destination.
  • PolandLearn WWII history firsthand by touring historic sites like Auschwitz and the Jewish District, spend the day exploring Old Town Krakow and take a trip into the Salt Mines.
  • LatviaGet a glimpse of Riga's skyline from St. Peter's church tower, have lunch in Riga's Old Town, and visit the opera.
  • SwedenTour through winding alleyways of Stockholm's Old Town, enjoy live music in downtown Stockholm, and try famous Swedish meatballs for lunch.
  • Czech RepublicArrive early, before other tourists, to walk along famous Charles Bridge, walk up the hill to Prague castle, and shop in this capital city.
  • AustriaVisit museums and photograph detailed architecture in tranquil Vienna and try local cuisine wiener schnitzel.
  • EstoniaJump into midieval times in Tallinn, ride your bike along the Baltic Sea, and kayak around Saaremaa Island.
  • FinlandTake a ferry to Helsinki, explore churches and cathedrals, and see if you're lucky enough to get a view of the Northern Lights.
  • 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.

A strong Baltic history.

Vilnius boasts having one of the best Old Towns in Eastern Europe. And we agree! Stroll through the cobblestone streets, shop from the vendors & gaze at the beautiful churches. The people are strong as they have been through so much throughout history. Take a train to pay your respects at a WWII mass burial site just outside Vilnius. Walk up into the last standing tower and view photos from the days leading up to their incredible stand for independence.

...these kiddos are what really made my trip worth while.

"Before this summer I was 1) afraid of children and 2) never thought I'd like teaching. I was definitely going out on a limb when I decided to spend 4 months in a foreign country teaching English to children. But, those 4 months in Lithuania were probably 4 of the best months of my life and I wouldn't trade them for anything. It was fun getting to travel and see the world, but these kiddos are what really made my trip worth while. I've only been home for a week now, and I miss them like crazy already!" - Alba Levie