If you've got the travel bug and want to see as much as you can on your gap year, sign up for Project Europe! Work with a team of likeminded volunteers from around the world, explore different cultures and learn to travel like a pro! Challenge yourself between four to five months with hands-on team projects in different countries with fantastic travel opportunities in between. Add on an intensive language course or additional travel at the end to extend your journey!
Is it for me?
Keen to explore several different countries in Europe? Want to be immersed in many cultures and undertake a variety of projects as well as travel? This is a great option for those who would like to work and travel in a team (especially for those who are under 18). If you're looking to meet new people and use your gap year to see as much of Europe as you can, this is the place to start.
How does this program work?
Project Europe combines short volunteering programs with travel. You can also add a language immersion course at the end to extend your time overseas, at your own cost. Each volunteering project will last between two and four weeks each and these will be in four different European countries. In between programs you’ll have specific travel weeks to explore more of the country or visit other nearby countries.
MINIMUM AGE : 17
DEPARTS : MARCH
DURATION : 4 - 5 MONTHS
ROLES AVAILABLE : TEAM PROJECTS
You'll undertake a variety of different community projects during your time on the project. Working in teams in four different countries, you'll be supporting local community projects. These projects may be environmental or renovation project, working with kids, youth or the elderly, contributing to community arts or helping to run a festival.
Environmental Placements provide a true immersion in nature during the day! Discover the beautiful European countryside and discover the culture of the locals in the evenings. Your work may involve walking in mountains every day to reach the site of the workcamp. By maintaining trails and vegetation, you'll not inly be learning about the environment, you'll be helping others to enjoy the beauty of nature too!
Children & Community Placements will have you using your creative skills to assist in community centres that provide services such as accommodation, food, educational courses, medical and social help, cultural, and sport events. Volunteer tasks include a mix of organisation of leisure activities for children (games, sports, or DIY workshop) and the organisation of a final exhibition with the theme of art in general (painting, photography, sculpture, or musical show).
Construction Placements have you working on a team to renew playgrounds, renovate community areas, and revive landscaping. By installing new equipment and repairing existing structures, you'll be bringing life back to a community in need.
Disability / Events Placements have you working in teams of volunteers to assist with aspects of event or festival logistics, such as assembling and dismantling of structures, building and putting up the decorations, transport and unloading of material, and waste management.
|Lattitude fees (exact costs)|
|Lattitude Application Fee||$150|
|Lattitude Placement Fee||$5900|
|Lattitude Orientation Fee||$300|
|Your Additional Travel Costs (estimate)|
|Travel Insurance (6 months)*||$700|
|Return Airfare (ex Melbourne/Sydney)||$1630|
|Your Total Cost (approximate)||$9089|
*Travel insurance is quoted on an Allianz Standard Package with $250 excess
Based on a 5 month placement, this is less than $60 per day!
Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, arranging travel vaccinations, purchasing any additional clothing and travel within the country.
Accommodation & Food
Accommodation will vary on different projects, and will include hostels, host families and basic accommodation in community centres. In Poland you will live with host families other than during the orientation and debriefing period when you will be in a hotel. During your travel time, you will most probably stay in hostels (at your own expense).
What Will I learn
- Social and personal skills such as Team working, independence, relationship building, leadership and confidence in interacting with a range of different people
- Practical skills working on different hands-on projects
- Gain experience of different cultures in Europe and opportunity to live in a variety of places, experience how people live, what they eat, learn a little of many different languages
- Meet young people from different countries and work alongside them
- Independent travel but organised with the support from Lattitude and your fellow participants
COSTS YOU LESS THAN $60/DAY
BASED ON A 5 MONTH PROGRAM INCLUDING :
MEALS, ACCOMMODATION, FLIGHTS, VISAS, & INSURANCE
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.
When you're overseas:
- Our Country Managers in Poland and the UK will oversee the program and you will be supported by a Project Leader at each individual project. As this is a team program, the aim is that there will be a lot of peer support, so that volunteers will work together, travel together and support each other throughout
- We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from Melbourne.
- You will attend an orientation when you first arrive in Poland, attend a mid-project review and also a debrief at the end.
When you're back:
- We recognise 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.
The Program starts in Poland, finishes in Spain, and is overseen by our Country Manager in Poland.
The program should start in March and finish in July. This may change or a second group may also depart later in the year depending on the numbers signing up for the project.
With travel weeks built into the program, you have plenty of opportunities to explore more of Europe on your own or with your placement team. Nearby countries such as Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Netherlands, Italy are at your fingertips by bus and rail! Lattitude is on hand to help you with any travel arrangements you might want to make, or suggest a new adventure! You can really see a lot in the time provided!
Those interested in undertaking language immersion could then undertake a month in Italy, France, Germany or Spain for an extra fee. More details to come!
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|Week 1||Arrival into Poland for 1 week orientation|
|Week 2 - 5||Project 1: Placement in Poland (1 month)|
|Week 6||Travel Week*|
|Week 7 and 8||Project 2: Germany (2 weeks)|
|Week 9||Travel Week*|
|Week 10 and 11||Project 3: UNited Kingdom (2 weeks)|
|Week 12||Mid Placement Review (3 days)|
|Week 13||Travel Week*|
|Weeks 14 and 15||Project 4: Spain (2 weeks)|
|Weeks 16 and 17||Project 5: Social Action Project Spain (2/3 weeks)|
|Week 18||Celebration and debrief Week|
|Week 19 onwards||Optional add on travel or language immersion|