Country: Vanuatu Role: Teacher
A yellow fishing boat bounces through the turquoise and shark infested Pacific Ocean along the coast of Pentecost Island, Vanuatu. The tiny speck of land, only a dot on the map rises impressively out of the waves into a cloud of mist. The exotic jungle on top of it will be my home. The people on the boat with me will be my family. The adventure in my heart will be my life blood for the next six months.
Country: UK Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor
Going on an exhilarating Segway ride through Rome
I have now been at my placement at Tolmers Activity Centre for just over three months and have comfortably settled in and am really feeling at home. I have made many friends and many memories already on my trip. I have done things that were completely new experiences for me and I’m not even half way through my stay here at Tolmers.
Country: China Role: Teacher
When I was 17 and just finishing high school, I knew that I didn’t want to go straight to university. The HSC was stressful enough and I knew that I needed to go out and see the world and contribute to it before I committed to three further years of study. But I knew that I didn’t want to do the same gap year that everyone else was doing – it just didn’t seem like a big enough of a challenge to me.
Ali and her class in China
Country: Malawi Role: Community Worker
Nanneella's Ayla Pearson
Campaspe News, 19 August 2014
African home for Nanneella resident
When Ayla Pearson heard about the chance to work in an African village for four months, she grasped the chance with both hands.
Country: Vietnam Role: Teacher
Darcy teaching students in her class
The last two months of my placement became one of the greatest, most wonderful challenges of my life! My partner Laura left for Australia in May, and from there I was riding solo as I decided to extend my placement.
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.
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 (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.
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!
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!