Lattitude Global Volunteering

Lattitude Global Volunteering

About

Lattitude Global Volunteering (formerly known as Gap Activity Projects) is an international youth development charity. Our mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing inclusive opportunities for them to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported international volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.

Through global volunteering, we aim to give young people the opportunity to experience the world beyond their community and to truly engage with it. We seek to develop young people’s awareness and responsibilities towards themselves and others, and equip them with vital life skills.

Founded
1972

Reviews

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Chloe
10/10

I spent four months in rural Sichuan, in a town called Yibin, teaching at a university. For a 21 year old, this was extremely challenging; which is where its strength lay. I taught conversational English classes and also had a fair amount of free time so was able to learn some Chinese and some martial arts, as well as travel. The accomodation and living allowance provided was highly adequate, and the working environment was friendly and fun. Overall my experience was very unique and since then I have returned to China four times for various reasons, and can recognise that my original experience was one I would be very unable to organise myself yet was absolutely life-enriching and, to be cliched, changed my life and opinion on the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
Oliver
10/10

Lattitude Global Volunteering, gave me the opportunity to live in Fiji for 7 months, a country rich with beauty and love. I had the honour of living with a Fijian host family, who I still keep in contact with to this very day. I lived on an island, in the first ever capital of Fiji Levuka. My host family absorbed me into their family just like the cultured did. I had the pleasure of eating Fijian food, wearing Fijian clothes and learning parts of the language. I taught at Marist Convent School, where I was given responsibility and had complete strangers instil their trust in me. I taught 37 grade 4's alongside a Fijian teacher who adored and treasured our grade 4's, as if they were her own. Volunteering with Lattitude Global Volunteering allowed me to embark on a journey that has opened my mind and heart up to a completely new way of life. Taking a gap year and choosing to volunteer with Lattitude Global volunteering was the best decision I could have ever made, and to be able to experience what Lattitude has to offer at such a young age has most definitely set my life on a path that I know will bring many more exciting and treasurable moments. Vinaka Vakalevu ( Thank you so much) Lattitude Global Volunteering

How can this program be improved?
No program is perfect but Lattitude is not far of it. If i had to change one thing about Lattitude I would allow the placements to run for up to a year and maybe even longer.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kaylee
10/10

This placement changed the way I look at myself and the rest of the world. I worked with kids 7-16 and loved every second of it. The school I was at (STO4) was amazing. Beata will do everything in her power to hel you. The other volunteers became my best friends and family and I honestly couldn't of asked for a better experience.

At the end my host mother asked me if I could do it all again if I would and it took me no time at all to say "Yes".

How can this program be improved?
I had some problem with my host family, part of it was my fault I should of had things changed earlier but other then that everything was great!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Cass
9/10

I spent four months in Phan Thiet, Vietnam as an English teaching assistant. My overall experience was fantastic, and I look back at it with great fondness everyday. The most difficult part was saying goodbye to my friends and students who had now become my family.

I chose Lattitude Global Volunteering as I had found volunteer videos on YouTube talking highly of their experiences, plus I liked the idea of staying overseas for a great deal of time, and having certain things like accommodation and in-country orientation and prep.

I was given a great deal of support before leaving Australia, despite how late I had signed up. Online Webinars and briefing PowerPoint Presentations were sent weekly. The staff at Lattitude also created a Facebook group for volunteers traveling the same dates, and an Alumni group so we could contact past volunteers.

There is also a camp in which Lattitude runs for all volunteers prior to leaving, however I was too late to attend.

Once in Vietnam however, I found the support system to be less than what I expected. This was only personal to me as I fell sick in country and had no support from Lattitude in regards to my hospital visit, and the cost it had on the school I taught at. I also found certain support staff from Lattitude (Back in Australia) to be very blase, as other volunteers would agree.

This aside however, it was quite satisfactory in country, and my link teachers and in country coordinators were absolutely fantastic. My Hung was extremely helpful in helping me with the medics, and organizing pay, and later visa extensions.

If you're interested in volunteering overseas and it's your first time, rest assured Lattitude will be your best option, and value for money. However, I personally don't think I will volunteer with them again, simply because I am interested in other volunteer options.

How can this program be improved?
I do believe some of the country coordinators could be more informative. I felt like many details were often skimmed. I know of other volunteers who had trouble with the staff when asked difficult questions regarding their placements, and the response was less than satisfactory.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Olivia
10/10

Deciding to move to England for a year after graduation was something that, to me, made all the sense in the world yet at the same time made no sense at all. Even thinking back now, I am struck with a sense of wonder. It still seems surreal that I was able to be a part of something that influential and amazing, for others and mainly for myself. From the day that I almost lost a student to the day that I ripped my pants at work, nothing stands out as negative. If it didn't seem ideal at the time, I know that I learned from it and perhaps even have a great story to tell! I learned everyday, either while at work or out exploring the world, I laughed constantly and I loved every last thing about my experience overseas. Anyone who decides to do this will be better, and stronger, for it. Trust me.

How can this program be improved?
I would have liked to have known more about my living arrangements/ housemates beforehand.
Yes, I recommend this program

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