When we (my volunteering partner Joisan and I) arrived in Walaha we were overwhelmed and enormously daunted by the prospect of teaching the 50 students (aged 7 – 13) that had been delegated to us.
At the outset, the children were all very shy which made it difficult to understand their knowledge and academic level. After a while, it became apparent that many of them had very little understanding of English and struggled to put it into practice. As a result, we decided to ditch the (obsolete) curriculum and start right from the beginning.
Lattitude volunteers Peirce & Stella talk about their exciting placement at a YWCA camp in Canada. Fun activities like high ropes courses, zip lines and climbing walls are the order of the day with lots of enthusiastic campers!
Kana looks after the Lattitude volunteers on placement as Medical Assistants in Iizuka Hospital in Japan. Our volunteers are greatly appreciated for their assistance within the hospital and in supporting staff with their English skills. And they have the unique chance of attending sports competitions and other events and experiencing life as a local in Japan!
“Madam, what’s that?” a young student asked me, her brown eyes were wide with curiosity. “Oh, it’s paint,” I replied, surprised that something I grew up with in Australia was such a strange concept to her. I knew at that moment that this experience was going to impact me; I just never knew how significant it would be.
My Lattitude placement in Canada is at Kamp Kiwanis, which is located approximately 30km west of Calgary in Alberta. Kamp Kiwanis has three seasons; spring and fall that involves the same program, and summer which is different.