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From India to PNG, inspired volunteering

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 12:12 pm on December 12,2014
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Country: India Role: Teacher

Michelle in PNG with students celebrating the Clean Generation Campaign

Michelle Bourke volunteered as an English Teacher in India with Lattitude for five months in 2012, which inspired a passion for international development.  Unable to sit still, Michelle is now volunteering overseas again in Papua New Guinea and sent us a wonderful update about her experiences.

A school friend recently commented on a photo of me on Facebook: “What are you up to now, you crazy kid?” Well, first it was India, now I’ve packed up and left Australia for six months to volunteer in Papua New Guinea.

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Bridie speaks to the ABC about China

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 10:12 am on December 01,2014
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Country: China Role: Teacher

Great to see former Lattitude volunteer Bridie Allen talking to Del Irani from ABC News 24 about her gap year teaching placement in China!

Forever grateful for Fiji

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 01:11 pm on November 27,2014
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Country: Fiji Role: Community Worker

“Miss Shakira, Miss Shakira! Are we doing the cup song today? Do we have Remedial English lessons today?” Hearing these enthused and excited little voices each and every day reminds me of blessed I am to be spending every day with them. Each day I wake up and I have to remind myself that I am living in FIJI?! Two months into my placement, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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The Warm Heart of Africa

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 02:11 pm on November 17,2014
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Country: Malawi Role: Teacher

What a crazy 3 weeks it’s been,
With many different sights seen.
15 volunteers – Canadian, Brits and Aussies,
All come together whilst avoiding the mossies.

Four great days of orientation at Camp Mabuya,
And ending the fun with a big hoorah.
We went our separate ways,
All in a bit of a haze.

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My rewarding placement in Fiji

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 02:11 pm on November 13,2014
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Country: Fiji Role: Teacher

I am halfway through my placement in Fiji at a small rural school, although I have only been here for a short amount of time I have become a lot more appreciative of how fortunate I am back home in Australia, and have begun to better understand the cultural differences and norms within Fiji.

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English teaching tricks in Poland

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 03:11 pm on November 07,2014
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Country: Poland Role: Teacher

Tim Bennett volunteered as an English Teacher in west Poland with Lattitude and feels that it’s one of the best periods of his life so far.  He was initially nervous but used his initiative to find creative solutions that worked!  Through his supported placement he was able to immerse within another country and culture and gain clarity about what he is truly passionate about.

First impressions of Fiji

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 08:10 am on October 28,2014
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Country: Fiji Role: Community Worker

When my plane started its descent into Fiji it absolutely took my breath away. I fell in love instantly. I saw the huge coral reefs turn into beaches which then transformed into mountains, forests and volcanoes. The landscape was filled with so many different colours: reds, oranges, greens, yellows and browns. Fiji’s beauty brought tears to my eyes. As soon as I saw this land that I would be calling home I knew that all of the hard work and sacrifice would be worth it.

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Come to Tolmers Camp in the UK

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 10:10 am on October 20,2014
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Country: UK Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor

Having fun on day 1 of CTT after weeks of preparation

I am now six months through my placement and it is hard to believe I am well and truly on the back end of my trip.  It won’t be long until I am laying in my bed back home in Australia and reminiscing on one of the best years of my life.  The experiences have been second to none and the friendships made cannot be replaced or forgotten.

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The adventure begins in Fiji

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 09:10 am on October 17,2014
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Country: Fiji Role: Community Worker

Shakira (C) and volunteer partner Torri (R) with welcoming locals

“Bula! Bula! Bula!” came from these big smiling faces as we landed in Fiji on that beautiful sunny day, and it at was that moment I knew I had made the right decision to move to rural Fiji and volunteer at a local school.

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2014 Lattitude Competition winners

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:10 am on October 14,2014
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To celebrate the essence of international volunteering, we run an annual competition here at Lattitude for existing and recently returned volunteers.  The competition comprises three different categories – photo, video and written – and volunteers are invited to enter one or more categories and showcase their amazing experiences.

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