Lattitude Blog

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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Sarah, Alexandra & Rebecca in Poland!

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 04:07 pm on July 16,2014
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Country: Poland Role: Teacher

Listen to three of our volunteers speak about their English teaching placements in Poland and how much they’ve gained from their experiences in such an interesting and diverse country.

Michelle’s Fiji

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:07 am on July 11,2014
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Country: Fiji Role: Teacher

Michelle Howie volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji last year and made this beautiful video showing some of her unique experiences whilst living there as a local. “The most rewarding aspect of a Fijian placement specifically, was the relationships I formed by fully immersing myself in the village culture” she says.

Matt’s UK adventure

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 08:07 am on July 06,2014
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Country: UK Role: Schools Assistant

Beach volleyball in the UK

Hi everyone, my name is Matt and I am currently a Lattitude volunteer in the United Kingdom, more precisely in North Yorkshire. I am volunteering as a Schools/Sports Assistant at a Grammar School for kids between the ages of 12-18. I am currently helping run school sports such as football, hockey, basketball, rock climbing, swimming, table tennis, badminton and gymnastics. I also help out in the boy’s boarding house.

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Camp continues for Hazel in Canada

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 04:07 pm on July 05,2014
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Country: Canada Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor

Hazel and some fellow volunteers

After having kids on camp for three weeks, we went straight back into more training as our family of five grew to a family of 12. I no longer have my own room anymore but I DO get two pretty great room mates so that’s not really a bad thing at all. It’s been such a big change, going from our small family who is always running around like crazy doing everything, to a much bigger group where we’re allowed blocks off and sometimes end up walking around LOOKING for jobs because everyone has got everything under control.

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Camp life in the UK

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 04:07 pm on July 02,2014
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Country: UK Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor

Wessley in action

In the short time I have already spent here, both in England during my orientation and at my Outdoor Activities Placement at Tolmers Activities and Camping Centre, I have already made amazing new friends and incredible memories to match. Both the volunteers I came with to my placement and the staff who work here are so friendly and approachable, and it has really made for a wonderful experience. The people have been one of the biggest parts of my Lattitude journey and being able to share my voyage with the friends I have made has been really rewarding.

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Running with the…bears?

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 11:06 am on June 30,2014
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Country: Canada Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor

Zajak Ranch volunteers in their downtime

Who wants to go running with a bear? Not sure? Nor was I, but I survived! This was just one of the many new experiences I had in Canada last year.

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Camp life in Alberta, Canada

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 12:06 pm on June 27,2014
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Country: Canada Role: Outdoor Activities Instructor

Danielle’s having an amazing time volunteering at Camp Warwa in Alberta, Canada.  Not only is she enjoying leading group activities such as the climbing wall, archery and high ropes, she thinks the best part about camp is that is feels like one big family and everyone becomes really close!