Which ILP Programs Are Reopening?

January 6, 2021

Are volunteers abroad right now? Are you taking applications? When are programs opening back up? We have the answers to the questions you’re asking, all in one place.

So many things have been changing for every one of our ILP countries and we know you’re pretty anxious to hear updates … While there's several things we're waiting on to help us determine when programs will be reopening, we really wanted to find a way to keep you up to speed and let you in on information that we have week to week. So we put it all in one place, mapped everything out, and are giving you a behind-the-scenes look at it all.

We have a main page complete with all of our ILP countries mapped out + some FAQs we’re sure you want the answers to. On the map, you can easily click into each country and read more about how things are looking: everything from opening borders, potential flights, visa policies, schools reopening, and what travel could look like. 

We recently finished up the Fall 2020 semester with a group in Montenegro and Ukraine. After careful consideration, we've decided it's time to reopen a few more programs for the Spring 2021 semester as well — there will be groups in Montenegro, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Costa Rica. Right now we're making updates on our COVID-19 information page regarding the upcoming Summer 2021 program, but we’ll be changing and updating the information for the Fall 2021 semester in the coming months, and for future semesters after, if needed. You’ll want to keep an eye on that page, which we’re updating weekly. 

We’ve been working so hard behind-the-scenes to help figure out what life is looking like for our countries around the world and when we can have ILP semesters again  — and we are so excited to share all of this hard work with you. We hope it’ll help answer some major questions and keep you more informed about the countries you already love.

Check it out here.

Countries Are Allowing Vaccinated Travelers

February 24, 2021

Recently, there has been a burst of countries that are allowing travelers to bypass quarantines and other border requirements if they have been vaccinated. Among the list of countries? A few ILP locations and vacation spots. Romania was one of the earliest, allowing travelers from permitted destinations who have been fully vaccinated to be exempt from quarantining on arrival since January 18. A few other European destinations are similar, like Poland, where visitors can bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine if they've been vaccinated. Cyprus, Estonia, Iceland, Georgia, and a few other countries have a similar policy. We're seeing more and more countries are leaning towards allowing visitors in once they've been vaccinated — happy news as countries like the US are administering vaccinations at a steady rate. You can take a peek at the vaccination rate across the world on the New York Times' Vaccination Tracker. We recommend those looking to apply for Summer 2021 and future semesters to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. 

Read more here.

We're Starting Info Meetings Again!

February 22, 2021

Want to know how you can spend a semester giving back and traveling around the world? Learn more about ILP at an info meeting! 

ILP sends college-age volunteers abroad for a whole semester of traveling around to countries all over the world (imagine yourself on the beach in the Dominican Republic, hanging out with monkeys in Thailand, and visiting every country on your bucket list while in Europe). You’ll also be there to give back, helping children learn English, serving in an orphanage, or joining humanitarian projects. At these meetings, there is always someone there who has already volunteered with us before, so you can get all of your questions answered. 

  • On Wednesday, February 24th, we have meetings at 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at Pizza Pie Cafe in Logan, UT 
  • On Thursday, February 25th, we have meetings at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the Brick Oven restaurant in Provo UT 

Seating will be limited due to Covid precautions. We will be planning more in other locations for the Spring as well, so keep an eye on this site to see when (and where) we'll be having our next meetings. 

Spring 2021 Volunteers Have Arrived!

February 16, 2021

We are happy to share that all of our Spring 2021 volunteers have arrived for their semester. Volunteers in Ukraine, Montenegro, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic are already posting pics! Take a peek at our Instagram account to see what our volunteers are up to — from the first few weeks of teaching to weekend trips around their countries, it's only gotten us more excited for the Summer 2021 semester that's coming up quick. 

As a reminder, we have a website dedicated to the current state of each of our countries, regarding the impacts of Covid-19. There, you can get an idea of what countries are open, which ones are looking promising for a future semester, and which locations need just a little bit more time. Take a look at that Covid-19 updates page here.

New ILP Water Bottles Are Here!

February 9, 2021

After rave reviews of the comfiest ILP sweatshirts and tee shirts, we decided our volunteers needed another favorite thing to bring along on their semester.  We are more than excited to announce ILP water bottles are now available! So many of our volunteers recommend bringing a metal water bottle abroad that can keep your water cool so we thought we'd come up with a way for you to bring your semester with you everywhere with a laser-engraved design. We have teamed up with Helping Hydros, a Utah-based company that designs water bottles that make a difference. Our team worked to pick scenes from all around the world to create a design that hit all the highlights of an ILP semester. And we're totally obsessed. These hydros come in white, light blue, pink, and olive green (and it's hard to pick a favorite). 

If you think you need one for your upcoming adventures, they are available to purchase on our gear site.

Travelers Can Now Skip Quarantine If Vaccinated

February 4, 2021 

Romania is one of the first countries to change their entry policy, now allowing travelers to bypass the once-mandatory quarantine if they have received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine (receiving the last dose at least 10 days ago). Previously, anyone headed to Romania — whether a resident or visitor — was required to quarantine upon arrival. 

And Romania's not the first: The Seychelles recently reopened for all vaccinated travelers, although visitors will still have to present proof of a negative PCR test in addition to their vaccination paperwork. We're hoping this policy change is a positive step in the direction towards opening up Romania for future ILP semesters and volunteers. You can keep an eye on other factors we're currently watching for Romania on our Covid-19 update page 

Learn more here. 

Spring 2021 Semester Starts In The Caribbean

February 1, 2021 

We're happy to have volunteers back in the Dominican Republic this semester! Our groups of ILP volunteers have arrived in the DR and are gearing up for their first few weeks of teaching, checking out the beach, and getting to know the neighborhood. We've been anxiously awaiting the time when we could have volunteers be a part of this community again — apart from teaching English to the local kids, volunteers tend to stay involved in other projects like beach clean up, fundraising for families in need, or other efforts. 

Keep an eye on our Instagram for updates about what volunteers are up to this semester. 

Spring 2021 Semester Has Begun In Europe

January 25, 2021

Our group of volunteers set for a semester of teaching and traveling in Ukraine have arrived and are gearing up for their first week of teaching (and time to get out and explore their city). Earlier in the month, our group of volunteers teaching in Montenegro arrived as well and have already explored Old Town, made it to the beach, and got classes going. It's pretty exciting to see both European programs for Spring 2021 start up, while we prepare for Spring 2021 departures to the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa in the coming weeks. We'll keep you updated, but in the meantime, you can also keep an eye on what our volunteers are up to on Instagram.

School Children In Russia Return To Class

January 20, 2021 

Last week, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that Russian children would return to class on January 18th, after coronavirus cases stabled following the New Year's holiday. It's an exciting update since previously, distance learning was set to be imposed until early February.  Sobyanin also warned that a single Covid-19 case would send an entire class back to distance learning. City universities and colleges will continue remote learning. We hope this is a step forward for things returning to a new definition of learning and are looking closely at the situation in Russia in regards to a future ILP semester in this country we love so much. 

Read more here. 

What Countries Are Open for Spring 2021?

After careful consideration of several factors, we have decided to move forward with a handful of programs all over the world for the Spring 2021 semester. We're currently arranging flight details for volunteers headed to Montenegro, Ukraine, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Costa Rica. Fall 2020 had volunteers in Montenegro and Ukraine, so adding countries in Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean was a very exciting announcement we have been anxious to share with you guys. For our other countries, things just need more time. We are seeing hopeful signs for a Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 semester in a couple and hope that things continue to develop in a way that allows things to open sooner than later. As always, you can stay updated with the most recent details and developments for each of our countries on our Covid-19 update page

We also wanted to say a huge thank you for everything this past year. 2020 has been a year full of it all — changed plans, disappointments, growth, and unexpected highs. We cannot wait to see all of your adventures in 2021. 

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