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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 20,2014
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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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The colours of the marketplace in Malawi

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 01:10 pm on October 13,2014
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Country: Malawi Role: Teacher

The exuberant colours of an African market place indulges the senses. The rusty brown earth. The yellow, red and green of fresh fruit and vegetables. The dusty haze of the horizon under a fading blue sky. The dark African skin only highlights the bright entanglement of colour put before me. But there are some colours that do not belong. The white that is my skin. The blonde that is my hair. The blue that are my eyes. These represent something that is foreign.

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First few days in Vietnam

  • Posted by Lattitude Australia at 09:10 am on October 07,2014
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Country: Vietnam Role: Teacher

Lily (C) with volunteer partner Isabella (L) and local teachers

Sunday
Isabella and myself have been in Hai Phong for two days now and already we have met so many lovely people and seen so much. Our placement is Hai Phong Vocational College of Tourism and Services which is about 20 minutes from the city centre. It is a big college with lots of wide open space and large buildings. The guest house where we are staying is very spacious and has all the facilities we need. I had no idea what to expect from the college or the people and so far; both Bell and I have been pleasantly surprised. Every person we have met has wanted to help us as much as possible and make us feel at home (even if it means feeding us chicken feet). We have sussed out the city on the back of motorbikes but have no idea how we will go finding things by ourselves!

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