Things you should consider when deciding where to go:
So, you’ve made up your mind and decided on the experience of a lifetime by heading overseas with Lattitude. It’s time for a break from the routine; you’re keen to see the world and are ready for the challenge and self-development.
One minor setback appears: you’re not exactly sure where you want to head.
Aside from our interactive and very easy to use “which placement is right for you?” quiz, asking yourself the right questions can make the decision a whole lot easier. We’ve put together a brief list below to help:
1. How much money do you have saved up?
The challenge of saving up to head overseas is all part of the experience. One question you should ask of yourself is the amount of money you will reasonably be able to save before your departure. How long you’re away for and the country you choose could make a huge difference in the total spend.
Everyone has different budgets and comforts when traveling but consider that $100 will stretch much further in Fiji or Ghana than it will in Canada or the UK. Consider the locality of your placement too. There will be a lot more to spend on in the city vs a remote country placement.
2. How many countries do you want to do?
This ties into the previous question a little bit. Bigger budgets will allow more travel after placement and during the holidays, however also think about the location of holiday destinations. A placement in Poland or Spain means the whole of Europe is only a short ride away (and can be done on long weekends). A placement in Canada or Japan might mean traveling a bit further and longer to visit other countries (although local travel is equally recommended).
If ticking off a lot on your list is a priority for you, consider our Project Asia or Project Europe options.
3. Off the beaten track or tried and tested?
There are many levels to this one. We have a large number of placements within each country and you may discuss during your interview a preference for being placed quite remotely or somewhere closer to the city. Think about the lifestyle that you’d prefer – immersion in nature or big bright lights?
Another consideration is the culture in general, are you more suited to an English speaking country like AUS/NZ with the food and lifestyle you’re used to or somewhere with less English and a totally different approach to life like Argentina?
4. Skills and Career
Think about what you would like to get out of your year abroad. If you’re mad passionate about horses or have a gold medal in archery there might be placements perfect for you to build on these skills. You might be someone less suited to working with younger children or you may be completely set on a career as a nurse.
Your placement could be something that draws on your existing strengths or you could be placed somewhere teaching something you previously knew nothing about. Both are possible and are things you should consider when deciding where to go and what to do.
5. Weather and climate
Are you allergic to temperatures less than 15 degrees? Or are you hoping to do some skiing in your spare time? Do some research on the local climate and have a think about what suits you best.
Hopefully this list has made your decision a little bit clearer. There are many things to consider that aren’t included, but fear not, that’s what we’re here for! We pride ourselves on 45 years of experience and knowledge, plus we’re only a short phone call or email away!
Contact us to discuss your options:
03 9826 6266