Lattitude is building partnerships with Australian schools focused on developing intercultural understanding, engagement with Asia and to deliver language programs.
As a not-for-profit youth organisation, Lattitude has been supporting young people on overseas volunteering placements for over 40 years. We support up to 150 young people each year from Europe, North America and Asia to volunteer in Australian schools. In the past they have mainly worked in the boarding house or coaching sport but we now also place volunteers who share their own language and culture.
Lattitude’s China Program
Lattitude’s program in China has been running for 25 years, managed from our office in Kunming, Yunnan Province. Lattitude is registered as a foreign enterprise in China and we work in partnership with several provinces including Fujian, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Yunnan and the municipality of Qingdao in Shandong.
For 25 years, young people from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK have taught conversational English in middle schools and colleges in China for a semester. They also learn Chinese, learn about China whilst also developing their own skills and global understanding.
Increasingly our program is becoming reciprocal and we are actively developing new ideas for exchange programs.
Chinese Language & Culture Assistants in Australian schools
Trainee teachers and new teaching graduates from Chinese colleges volunteer as Chinese Language & Culture Assistants in Australian schools through Lattitude.
Volunteers support the Chinese teacher with language classes and help build students’ confidence in pronunciation. They help run activities in small groups and provide one on one support to students. They lead Chinese cultural activities with younger students and may also be involved in other school activities, depending on their skills and interests.
The program offers Chinese students the opportunity to learn about other cultures, develop their English skills and learn about teaching and education systems in a different country.
This Lattitude program has run successfully in the UK for many years and started in Australia in 2015. We are now recruiting and have great interest from many colleges in China.
To be selected for the program, volunteers must:
- Be studying to be a teacher or have recently completed their teacher training
- Be able to work in English
- Be mature and be a good role model for younger students
- Be able to adapt to an Australian or British classroom and style of teaching
- Be confident to interact with students in large and small groups and to lead cultural activities
When does the program run?
The end date of the program can be flexible to suit schools and volunteers, but the typical placement lengths are:
- January to July (6 months)
- January to December (11 months)
- July to December (6 months)
What support does Lattitude provide?
- Interview and assessment with the Lattitude Manager in China
- References for each volunteer from their college
- Placement matching by a Lattitude Manager
- Pre-departure support in China including briefing, management of travel plans and medical clearance
- A Lattitude sponsored Visas (as part of Lattitude’s Special Programs Agreement with Australian Immigration). This process is managed by a Lattitude Manager in Melbourne
- Signed agreements with the volunteer including aVolunteer Code of Conduct
- Orientation on arrival in Australia when volunteers will open Australian bank accounts and obtain Australian ID ready to apply for the relevant check for working with children
- Ongoing support and visit by Lattitude staff during the placement
- 24/7 emergency support in Australia
- Debrief and support upon their return home
What support does the school in Australia provide?
- The school provides accommodation and meals during the placement. This varies from school to school but is usually either in a boarding house or other accommodation on site or with a host family
- Allowance during the placement which is generally around $150 per week
- A Link Teacher to be their mentor at the school which is often the Head of Languages or a Chinese teacher
Volunteers pay a program fee as well as pay their own travel, insurance and visa costs.
“Being a Lattitude volunteer in Australia is so amazing! Students here are really awesome, they are friendly and curious about Chinese culture. I believe I have become more mature after coming to Australia and I really love the Lattitude volunteering program!”
Wu Yucheng (Scofield) from Neijiang Normal University, Sichuan
Angella from Jiangsu Province talks about what she’s learnt on her placement in Australia and what it will mean for her as a Teacher back home in China
Scofield from Neijiang Normal University, Sichuan Province, China tells us what he’s been doing on his placement in Perth
Request a volunteer
If you are interested in hosting a Lattitude volunteer, complete an online Request Form here.
The form will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and requires some general information about your school and details about the volunteer role, including likely tasks to be undertaken.