volunteering Programs that fit into every schedule

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My Lattitude placement completely shaped my university experience and gave me the opportunity to explore a whole other life path that I never would have gone down otherwise... and in interview processes what has differentiated me has been my passion for and experience in China.
— Chloe Dempsey, Teaching Volunteer
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Ghana - 6 weeks

There remains a wide gap between urban and rural school children in Ghana in terms of their communication skills and their ability through the English language to speak, listen and understand what is being shared, whether with peers or in the classroom. This is where you can help.

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europe - 8 weeks

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. 

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asia - 10 weeks

Keen to explore several different countries across Asia? 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 and have the support of a Team Leader.

Short Volunteer Programs: Information

Summer Asia - 10 weeks

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HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM WORK?

The project will run through structured placements in multiple countries with the opportunity for self-directed regional travel. Volunteers will start by completing a longer placement at an education institution in Vietnam, allowing greater time to develop their resilience and travel skills. Volunteers will then work on projects in Cambodia and Thailand. Between each of these projects, volunteers will have free time to break off and travel in smaller groups. Volunteers will be comprehensively supported by Lattitude staff both locally and in Australia.

PLACEMENT INFO:

You'll undertake a variety of different community projects during your time on the project. Starting in Vietnam, volunteers will have the option of being placed as teachers or teaching assistants.

Teaching Placements are in universities, primary schools and secondary schools. Volunteers provide students with the opportunity to practice their spoken English by leading activities such as conversation, role playing, singing and debating. A range of extracurricular activities including conversation groups, visiting students’ homes and playing sport adds great value and enjoyment to the placements. Volunteers may also be asked to teach the teachers and assist in enhancing their confidence in English conversation.

In Thailand and Cambodia, the project group will be given the choice to tailor their experience around these three roles:

Environmental Placements provide a true immersion in nature during the day! Discover the beautiful countryside and the culture of the locals in the evenings. Your work may involve wetland conservation, revegetation of tropical forests or fishing village conservation. You'll not only be learning about the environment, you'll be helping others to enjoy the beauty of nature too!

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 buildings, and revive landscaping. By installing new equipment and repairing existing structures, you'll be bringing life back to a community in need.

Volunteers will also get to decide on a unique cultural immersion week to unwind and reflect at the end of the project.

Summer Europe - 8 weeks

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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. 

PLACEMENT INFO:

You'll undertake a variety of different community projects during your time on the project. Working in teams in several 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. 


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Summer Ghana - 6 weeks

Project Background:

There remains a wide gap between urban and rural school children in Ghana in terms of their communication skills and their ability through the English language to speak, listen and understand what is being shared, whether with peers or in the classroom. A number of rural Ghanaian children cannot:

  • Construct a grammatically correct simple sentence

  • Spell words that they can use verbally

  • Understand text that they have to read in their school textbooks

Being able to speak and communicate in English in Ghana is essential if young person is to progress in any chosen career, job or profession. Gaining language proficiency starts from the basics that young children pick up at school.

Why volunteer in ghana?

  • An exciting group-based volunteer project

  • No specific skills or qualifications needed, just the motivation to make a difference

  • Assisting on a project in an undeveloped community

  • Contributing to positive change by helping local people to overcome challenges

  • Learn about different aspects of community development

  • Experience living and working in a new community and culture

The village of Abrobiano, in the Central Region of Ghana, is where the Project will take place and has a population of about 3,000 with farming and fishing as the main source of livelihood.

Project aims:

The project aims to promote basic communication and English language understanding by pupils in school around the area by focusing heavily on:

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  • Competence to use key words

  • Confidence to spell correctly

  • Grammatically correct sentence formation

  • Promoting interest in reading and comprehension

  • Opportunity to practice English language skills

Activities on the project:

  • Resource development – Develop fun and informative approaches to deliver lessons (e.g. games, quizzes, competitions and poster displays.)

  • Timetabled language practice sessions Work with the schools and community to plan a timetable of practice sessions based around target

  • Assessment sessions – Run a series of sessions with target students using a pre-designed assessment ‘test’ to understand level and competence

  • Weekly Language Competition - Deliver a fun and interactive weekly language competition to demonstrate progress


Cost Breakdown

Please check back soon for further updated cost estimates for flights and travel insurance.

Lattitude Fees - Summer Europe
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Placement Fee $3500
Estimated Additional Travel Costs
Travel Insurance TBA
Return Airfare (Sydney/Melbourne) TBA
Visa $97
Police check $40
Total Cost of Placement: TBA
Lattitude Fees - Summer Asia
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Placement Fee $3800
Estimated Additional Travel Costs
Travel Insurance TBA
Return Airfare (Sydney/Melbourne) $1200
Visa $130
Police check $40
Total Cost of Placement: TBA
Lattitude Fees - Summer Ghana
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Placement Fee $3500
Estimated Additional Travel Costs
Travel Insurance TBA
Return Airfare (Sydney/Melbourne) $2590
Visa $200
Police check $40
Total Cost of Placement: TBA

Support

You will be supported by a Lattitude Coordinator in Australia to help plan and prepare before you depart and the Lattitude Country Manager in Europe or Asia during the program. A Team Leader will be with you every step of the way to help you coordinate your independent travel if needed!

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 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 of a Team Leader and fellow participants

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Accommodation & Allowance

Accommodation and food will always be arranged for you during the project weeks.

Accommodation on Summer Asia Program will be in teachers accommodation in Vietnam. Accommodation in additional countries will include hostels, basic accommodation in community centres and accommodation in villages. Food arrangements will also vary based on the project and volunteers may need to assist in the preparation at times.

Accommodation on Project Europe will vary on different projects, and will include hostels, host families and basic accommodation in community centres.

Application and Assessment

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. You will be contacted for an interview within one week of applying. Successful applicants will be offered a placement after a Skype interview.

the benefits of volunteering beyond uni

Michelle Howie

Michelle Howie

Lattitude Volunteer Teacher - Fiji

Since Michelle experienced life as a Lattitude teacher in a remote Fijian village with limited phone and internet access she has been passionate about helping people connect. While studying a Bachelor of Electronics & Communications Engineering at the University of South Australia, she never dreamed of studying in Asia. Now she is living her passion working for Telstra in Hong Kong as an intern under the Government’s New Colombo Plan program and has recently attended the Australia China Emerging Leaders Summit in Shanghai.

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Chloe Dempsey

Lattitude Volunteer TEACHER - China

As a Lattitude teacher in China, Chole's passion for international experience has made her a global citizen. In 2016, she was awarded the WestPac Asian Exchange Scholarship enabling her to integrate 2 semesters of study at a university in China into her uni course. Currently, she plans to intern with an environmental NGO in Beijing called Thirst, which focuses on education around water scarcity. "We have a responsibility to contribute to creating a world that we would like to live in and the best time to start acting to execute that vision is now."


Why Take Time Overseas?

Benefits of Overseas Volunteering

Intercultural understanding and communication skills, adaptability, resilience, flexibility, and collaboration are just some of the contemporary skillsets and capabilities for a competitive graduate edge and a globally focused career! 

Gain Employable Skills

Employers are seeking graduates with international work experience and intercultural competencies, and students are looking for opportunities to get an edge by developing a unique set of skills to increase employability upon graduation.

More Information

For more information please e-mail info@lattitude.org.au or call (03) 9826 6266