Would you recommend International Language Programs?
I have no reservations in recommending ILP to anyone and everyone. I had been looking for some sort of study or service abroad opportunity but they were all so expensive. ILP is affordable and offers the best of all worlds because I was able to serve, learn and travel. My best friends are girls that I met while teaching in Russia and Ukraine. I learned a lot about myself and the world and travelling that I don't feel I could have any other way. There is a lot of independence with the program, but plenty of assistance and support from the directors and coordinators. I loved every part of my ILP experience and hope to volunteer with them again soon!
My time in Ukraine with ILP had a big affect on me. I saw TONS, gained amazing friends, & experienced growth I didnt know was possible. I traveled to Prague, Germany, Poland, the Crimean Peninsula & Odecca, UA. I've always been interested in history but don't know much about Eastern Europe. These vacations as well as all of the sites in beautiful Kiev opened my eyes to how big, complex & truly amazing our world is. Being there wasn't always easy though. It's not as glamorous as it sounds & being immersed in a foreign language & culture really takes time & a POSITIVE ATTITUDE. I was grateful ILP sent me over with people who have the same standards & who were as excited for adventure as I was. Teaching was also a challenge even though we had training from ILP. It wasn't perfectly organized but the head teacher and native coordinator were helpful. Also it made me develop strong work habits & problem solving skills. The greatest lesson though was from my kids: LOVE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Volunteering with ILP has been one of the best choices I've ever made. I first spent a semester in Ukraine, and then I was infected with the service and travel bug and went to China. Now I plan to do it again in the future with my husband! There are so many things I loved about my experiences, I don't even know where to begin. The program has high standards, so I felt comfortable and safe the whole time. I interacted with a new culture, and learned their language! I got travel to amazing places in the world. I developed a bond with the kids I taught that I will always be grateful for, and I learned so much about myself! The program is really affordable, which is why I was able to do it twice. It was just such a unique opportunity to get out of my shell and serve. ILP will always be an important part of my life
My experience volunteering with ILP was nothing short of incredible. I have volunteered with ILP two times for a total of 10 months abroad. Both experiences were life changing. I was able to live in China like a native not a tourist. However I still had the chance to travel all over China and see some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I visited the great wall, the Terracotta warriors, Hong Kong, I saw the Panda's in Chungdu and so many other places I can’t even name them all. But more then anything I will remember my experience because of the people I came to love. I have never seen love given as freely as it was given to me by the Chinese people. I experienced a new way to live and love and I will cherish that always.
I volunteered with ILP first when I was 20 and the experience changed my life so much that I went back on the program three more times. Most recently I came home from a semester in Kiev Ukraine. I made some of the best friendships in my life, developed a deeper love for people from all walks of life, discovered hidden talents, experienced new cultures and explored the world while I was on ILP. And the best part of all was the opportunity I had to learn to love and be loved by beautiful Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian children. The relationships I formed with those kids impacted me so much. Especially with one of my students, Andy. Even if I never have the chance to see him again I will always remember and love him in a way that can only really be developed as you give your heart in selfless service. I would recommend ILP to anyone! It was the best four months of my life, four times!