Lattitude Blog

Seven life-changing months in Fiji

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 10:08 am on August 14,2014
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Country: Fiji Role: Teacher

Mardi Grivas was eager to see what lay ahead with her volunteering placement in Fiji with Lattitude, but she didn’t anticipate it to have such an impact on her.

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Lattitude fashion class in China

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 12:08 pm on August 11,2014
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Country: China Role: Teacher

Lattitude volunteers Alison and Maddy liven up Class 5 English in China with a fashion parade and interactive approach to practising grammar!

Claire Leong – Program Development Manager (Asia)

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 02:08 pm on August 07,2014
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Claire (L) in Yiyilli Community near Fitzroy Crossing, WA

What’s your background, and how did you end up at Lattitude?
I was what is now referred to as a ‘3rd Culture Kid’. I lived all over the world, in different countries of Africa, Europe and Australia and learnt the skills of interculturality by moving between cultures. I didn’t know what to say if anyone asked me, ‘Where do you come from?’ It was no surprise that I ended up working in languages and cultures education in WA supporting schools to develop CQ (Cultural Intelligence) and Asia Literacy in students.

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Claudia’s school trip to France

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:08 am on August 06,2014
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Country: UK Role: Schools Assistant

The Year 7s feeling French

On Sunday morning we all had an early start, meeting in the dining room at 5:45am ready for our journey to France.  From Portsmouth, we caught a six-hour ferry to Caen which was surprisingly really fun with a cinema and silent disco on board!

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Camp stories from Canada

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:08 am on August 05,2014
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Country: Canada Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor

Lattitude volunteers Madeline, Fraser and James share some of their placement experiences at outdoor camps in Canada.  They are all so pleased they made the choice to take a gap year in Canada and would encourage anyone else to do the same!

Vanuatu is a beautiful and special place

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:08 am on August 01,2014
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Country: Vanuatu Role: Teacher

Belle with some of her students

My name is Belle, and I am a returned volunteer from West Ambae, Vanuatu. I spent 5 months at Volovuhu Centre School teaching basic English to kids aged between 9-14.

Deciding to go to Vanuatu was a big decision for me, but it was possibly one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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Lauren’s gap year in the UK

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 12:07 pm on July 30,2014
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Country: UK Role: Schools Assistant

Lauren is half way through her gap year in the UK with Lattitude and having an amazing time. She shares a snapshot of her experiences so far in this vlog update, enjoy!

Loving life here in Japan!

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:07 am on July 28,2014
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Country: Japan Role: Medical Assistant

Lauren (c) with colleagues at the Red Cross Hospital

Western Australia, 2.5 million people in an area of 2,532,400 km². Kyushu, Japan, 13.23 million people in an area of 35,640 km². Four months ago I had never experienced such narrow roads that two cars cannot past at the same time. I had never seen out of this world crazy TV advertisements, or so many apartment buildings in my life! I had never been in a train that I was so packed into I couldn’t move, or been to 100 Yen ($1) shops that sell everything you could ever possibly need. Four months ago I had been a normal Perth teenager living at home, and now I’m living on my own in a country that differs in every way from Australia! I am on a medical placement at the Kumamoto Red Cross Hospital, and I couldn’t feel any more at home.

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Jordy in Vietnam with Lattitude

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 12:07 pm on July 24,2014
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Country: Vietnam Role: Teacher

Jordy speaks about his life-changing experiences volunteering as an English Teacher in northern Vietnam and why he would recommend that everyone does the same!

China is a fascinating place

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 01:07 pm on July 18,2014
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Country: China Role: Teacher

Alison teaching her class

Hi, my name is Alison and I am volunteering here in China as an English Teacher. I teach basic English to students between the ages of 15 and 19. I teach topics such as Australian culture and geography, animals, clothing and foods to increase their vocabulary and confidence with English.

China is such a fascinating place. I love the culture, the buildings the mountains and the general way of life. It’s really beneficial to know about China in the 21st century as it is the new emerging superpower.

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