Spend your time peeking into cathedrals and castles, and photographing everything from WWII memorials to quirky street art. Or, soak up the sites of you city’s Old Town in one of your favorite cafes before exploring those cobblestone streets.
Nestled deep in the eastern edges of Europe, Lithuania is a melting pot of a dozen other country’s influence, letting you get a taste of the rest of Europe before you actually go and experience it for yourself.
EXPLORING EUROPE —
Not only do you get to travel to our favorite destinations within Lithuania, but you can also travel throughout the European Union and Ukraine. See how many countries you can knock off your bucket list this semester! Lithuania volunteers are close enough to see countries like Latvia and Poland on any weekend, and then explore further destinations during vacation days.
Here’s just a few of our favorite European spots to go exploring …
Palanga, Lithuania — Watch the sunset over the Baltic Sea, ride horses along the beach, and shop for souvenirs at this beach side vacation destination.
Czech Republic — Arrive early, before other tourists, to walk along famous Charles Bridge, walk up the hill to Prague castle, and shop in this capital city.
Hungary — Spend the weekend in Budapest, relaxing in famous thermal spas, walk around castle hill, and take a short cruise for sites of both Buda and Pest.
Austria — Visit museums and photograph detailed architecture in tranquil Vienna and try local cuisine wiener schnitzel.
Slovakia — Take a boat ride to historic castle ruins, stroll through and have lunch on the streets of Old Town Bratislava, and climb the hillside to views of the city and a Soviet War Memorial.
Norway — Island-hop around scenic archipelagos, take a hike to one of the world’s most scenic hanging cliffs, and get your fill of the outdoors.
Sweden — Tour through winding alleyways of Stockholm’s Old Town, enjoy live music in downtown Stockholm, and try famous Swedish meatballs for lunch.
Poland — Head south for hikes through the mountains to swimmable lakes, strolls through a lively Old Town full of drool-worthy treats, and step back in time at numerous world famous WWII history sites.
Germany — Explore fairytale castles, take a train through the scenic Black Forest, and check out the artsy side of Berlin.
Slovenia — Boat across the lake to medieval Bled castle, take the train through the underground network of caves, and hike through ravines and canyons.
Switzerland — Hike or take in views of the Swiss Alps by train, paddle board on Lake Geneva, and get your fill of chocolate.
Croatia — Ancient coastal towns like Dubrovnik, Roman amphitheaters, and some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
Estonia — Jump into midieval times in Tallinn, ride your bike along the Baltic Sea, and kayak around Saaremaa Island.
Latvia — Get a glimpse of Riga’s skyline from St. Peter’s church tower, have lunch in Riga’s Old Town, and visit the opera.
France — Fulfill your childhood dreams by having a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower, spend an afternoon in the Louvre, and soak up the sun on the coast.
PROGRAM DETAILS —
Live with fellow volunteers in an apartment in a local neighborhood (there’s often an opportunity for a couple volunteers per semester to live in a host family as well). Group sizes are usually around 4-6 people!
Feast on traditional dishes like meat and potatoes and enjoy our favorite European treats (hello crepes!). There’s plenty of historical sites and cathedrals to explore and take the opportunity to start learning Russian and Lithuanian which are both spoken here.
Check out what a typical day looks like for an ILP volunteer and can’t miss experiences in Lithuania here.
Spring Semester: Depart early to mid January — return home the end of April.
Summer Semester: Depart the end of April or early May — return home the middle of August.
Fall Semester: Depart the end of August — return home the middle of December, just in time for Christmas.
You’ll be making a difference by helping children learn English through our Exchange Program up to 20 hours per week. No experience is needed, we provide training on our teaching method!
$2,520 — Includes your roundtrip airfare to Lithuania, visa, housing, meals, language and culture classes, and training and support throughout the entire experience.
ILP volunteers live in groups in a few cities throughout the country: Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipeda