THE ILP STORY

ILP IS A SERVICE-BASED TRAVEL PROGRAM

International Language Programs participants have the life-changing experience of living abroad for a semester in China, Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. They get to experience the culture authentically, create relationships with the local people, and grow personally in countless ways.


Instead of merely touring and traveling, participants also give something to the community they reside in. ILP classes provide an opportunity for children to become functionally fluent in English which opens doors for them the rest of their lives.


  • Speaking English helps them get ahead in their education and opens doors for job opportunities. This carries on as they are able to effect their own communities as well.
  • Daily influence by ILP participants who have high standards creates a positive environment of learning and growth.
  • ILP participants give love to the kids by spending precious one-on-one time.




ILP TURNED STUDY ABROAD INTO SERVICE ABROAD

ILP was originally created by college students who wanted to have an experience in another country like a study abroad program, but didn't want to be tourists or confined to a classroom. They wanted to actually interact with people and form real relationships in the country where they went. Because of their standards, they knew the best way to get to know people was by serving. These students got together with a professor that shared their values and had spent his life developing the best, most successful way to teach English to children. They all agreed that the best thing that they could give to the people of a particular community was to teach their children English. The result was a program that allowed participants to really experience the country and culture (not just be in a classroom or tour around museums) in an affordable way.


Because ILP participants are volunteers, the schools and parents of the children in the program will help pay for the expenses (such as housing, food, and in-country support) to keep the program cost down.



At a low cost, volunteers are able to...
  • See and live in another country
  • Have an opportunity to learn the culture and language
  • Travel and explore
  • Make great friends that share similar standards
  • Give something meaningful to the children