Extend your time abroad with a schools placement in AUS or NZ after your 3 months in fiji

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Placement INfo:

Indigenous Schools Assistant placements will give you the opportunity to learn about remote indigenous communities in Australia while supporting young students living away from their traditional support network. They will suit patient, resourceful people who are accepting of the beliefs and values of Australia’s indigenous communities.


Volunteers have the opportunity to travel in and around Australia during school holidays or at the end of the placement.

Don’t miss the chance to learn to surf on the East coast, snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef or explore the tropical jungles of the Northern Territories while learning about Aboriginal culture and history.

A Lattitude placement in Australia allows you to experience our country’s rich cultural heritage and diverse environment first hand. Whether in the rugged outback or the northern tropics, you’ll be working in a variety of settings and will be able to develop your skills and pursue new interests while contributing to children’s education and enjoyment.

Is it for me?

Placements are located in some of the country’s most welcoming and exciting schools. You will have the chance to work alongside teachers and build strong relationships with the children as you assist with daily duties around the school and are integrated into the local community.

Indigenous Australia Gap Year Quick Facts
With every month I spent there, my feelings for the people, culture and country grew and grew.
— Harvey, School Assistant

Placement Locations:

Northern Territory & Far north Queensland:

Most placements are not in major cities, as we feel volunteers tend to be better received and integrate easier when they are placed in smaller cities, or regional areas. All Indigenous placements are located in the Northern Territory or Far north Queensland. Most are near regional cities like Darwin or Toowoomba.


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Aotearoa, “The Land of the Long White Cloud”, New Zealand is justly famous for its stunning scenery and dramatic landscape, featured so prominently in the Lord of the Rings films. Friendly, welcoming and laid back, it is just the place for anyone looking for adventure and the adrenalin rush of outdoor sports on a overseas work placement. We have placements throughout the country in some wonderful schools and outdoor activity facilities for a memorable gap year. Volunteering in New Zealand offers something for everyone!


New Zealand rewards volunteers with a proactive attitude. You will be expected to throw yourself into all aspects of school or camp life and be positive, friendly and helpful to the staff and students you are working with. The schools will want to make the most of whatever skills you can bring them, be that in sports, music, art, drama or academically.



Schools Assistant placements involve working in boarding schools supervising the pupils with their homework, assisting them in the boarding house, helping teachers in the classroom and organizing extra-curricular activities. Life as a volunteer in a boarding school is not a 9-5 existence as you may be asked to supervise in the early mornings, ensuring the dorms are tidy and the students ready for breakfast. In the evenings you might be asked to assist with prep and supervise extra-curricular activities. The same is true of weekend duty when you may take pupils on outings.

There are a small number of outdoor activity placements available in New Zealand. If you are enthusiastic and love the outdoors then these placements may be for you. New Zealand is famous for its outdoor sports and volunteers are involved in many activities, usually as an assistant to full-time outdoor activity instructors in leading groups. Volunteers will also be involved in the running of the camp.

Some people have asked if I would make the same choices if I could go back to the start of my gap year, or would I go to university like most of my friends? I can honestly say, I’d be back in New Zealand like a shot. Becoming a part of a new place is indescribable, all I can say is that I had the time of my life...when can I go back?
— Elenor Clark, Schools Assistant

Placement Locations:


Pukekohe, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Stratford, Wanganui, Masterton, Napier, Hastings, Upper Hutt, Marton, Feilding and Palmerston North.


Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru, Gore and Dunedin.


Australia or New Zealand placements are offered only in addition to 3 month placements in FIJI

Accommodation & Food

Accommodation is provided on site (for schools it may be in the boarding house) and food is supplied in conjunction with accommodation.

Living Allowance

A living allowance will be provided whilst on placement

Support Provided

Before you go:

  • We find out more about each volunteer through an interview which helps us select the right people and after a second interview, we match them to a placement that’s right for them.

  • Once selected, each volunteer is allocated a Coordinator in the Melbourne office who assists them with all preparations. They provide briefing materials, support with logistics such as flights and visas and are there to answer any questions.

  • Volunteer are briefed in person or in an online session to prepare them for their placement ahead. Volunteers complete their own Learning and Development Plan which helps to identify goals and personal skills they would like to develop, and these areas of development are followed up throughout their time away.

  • All volunteers sign our Code of Conduct to ensure that our expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.


Lattitude fees (exact costs)
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Lattitude Placement Fee $TBA
Lattitude In-country Orientation $TBA
Travel costs (approximate)
Travel Insurance (6 months)* $TBA
Return Airfare (ex Melbourne/Sydney) $TBA
Visa $0
Police Check $42
Total cost (approximate) $TBA

*Travel insurance is quoted on an Allianz Standard Package with $250 excess

Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, arranging travel vaccinations, purchasing any additional clothing and travel within the country.

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When you're overseas:

  • We have paid staff based in each country. Our Country Managers oversee the program and work with a team of Local Representatives who provide support in the local areas and develop close relationships with placement hosts.

  • Each volunteer attends a combined orientation and teaching skills course on arrival.

  • Each volunteer is visited at their placement soon after arrival by an in-country staff member to check how things are and provide additional support if needed.

  • We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from Melbourne.

When you're back:

  • We recognize that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.

  • We undertake reviews against the learning needs identified before going overseas which may form part of a reference provided at the end. A letter can also be provided to use towards an application for Youth Allowance.

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