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.
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.
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.
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.