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Want to see the world? Want to make a positive difference? If so, then Lattitude may be solution you’re looking for. Lattitude Global Volunteering is a leading international youth development charity that supports 17 to 25 year olds on worthwhile and challenging volunteering placements around the world.
More than just an opportunity to take photos and do some traveling, the Lattitude mission is to provide young people with inclusive opportunities to make a positive impact both on levels both individual as well as global. Lattitude offers volunteers a chance to connect in meaningful way beyond their home communities while building valuable life skills. The program also promotes an increased appreciation for unique art and cultures. We value the contribution that young people can make, and we believe that they have the power to to drive positive cultural change worldwide. The end result is a world where young people are responsible global citizens, taking personal accountability for the world around them and contributing to a more caring and tolerant society.
Placement options vary in duration from 3 to 11 months, providing the opportunity for longer-term impact and sustainable benefits for volunteers and local communities in Asia/Pacific, Africa, Europe, the UK and North America.
With over 40 years’ experience and four regional offices around the world, we have supported more than 30,000 volunteers globally. Each year our Asia/Pacific office based in Australia supports up to 1000 volunteers, incorporating young Australians who volunteer in 11 different countries and young people from around the world who travel to Asia/Pacific to volunteer locally.
Build a cultural foundation for tomorrow’s global society. Sign up with with Lattitude Global Volunteering, and turn put your adventure to work changing the world.
Do NOT travel with Lattitude!!! I loved my placement - don't get me wrong - but Lattitude is a total rip off. I gave them thousands of dollars and for...Read more
Do NOT travel with Lattitude!!!
I loved my placement - don't get me wrong - but Lattitude is a total rip off. I gave them thousands of dollars and for what? NONE of the money goes to your placement. I didn't go to the orientation. I paid for my own flights. I paid for my visa and I paid for my passport... so what did the thousands of dollars go towards?
The staff were rude and not at all supportive. Don't bother.
Absolute and utter bullshit. Find another gap year program, my friends.
Fiji is a beautiful country with such beautiful people and landscapes, but honestly this program is terrible. They have zero support for their volunteers. I was there when the big...Read more
Fiji is a beautiful country with such beautiful people and landscapes, but honestly this program is terrible.
They have zero support for their volunteers. I was there when the big Cyclone hit and the way in which they dealt with it was horrible and negligent. An example was that I was yelled and pulled out of the van onto the street and threatened to be left on a Fijian street in a town I didn't even know for having a panic attack by people who WORKED for Lattitude due to the aftermath of the whole cyclone being very stressful. I got treated to so poorly I left the program and have suffered from negative personal effects in the aftermath. And that is only one example of what had happened to me in my short time with the program.
I highly recommend that you do not go with the program, and find another one instead. My experience was so horrible and not worth the money at all. Worst support system ever and the company seemed very fake and falsely advertise in my opinion.
The experience I gained through volunteering with Lattitude Global Volunteering during 2014 has been an invaluable and enduring experience where I was able to successfully foster and build upon lifelong...Read more
The experience I gained through volunteering with Lattitude Global Volunteering during 2014 has been an invaluable and enduring experience where I was able to successfully foster and build upon lifelong friendships and bonds, whilst similarly learning the cultures and customs of the Ni-Van people of Pentecost island. I met some of the most amazing and joyous people during my stay, and am still in regular contact with my host family and the surrounding villages.
In saying this, some attention should be drawn to the lack of transparency and knowledge of where exactly much of the money contributed to my volunteering experience was going. To elaborate on this point, some of the headings describing the costs involved in my placement are somewhat vague and perhaps are in need of more explanation. Such headings include the 'latitude placement fee,' which consists of a substantial payment of around $4200 with little to no explanation of where such a large sum of money would be going.
In saying this, I am sure such a payment would naturally serve a number of purposes in planning and organising a volunteering placement along with the hiring of staff to assist in the volunteering experience and behind the scenes. However, I believe that such matters should be elaborated on, giving a more clear and coherent description of what areas are being supported by the money of volunteers. I would also like to make a suggestion that more funds be channelled directly into the communities that the volunteers are placed within, as the mere presence of volunteers and the prospect of better education is often not enough to ensure the building up of remote communities like the one I was placed within, with the burden falling to host families to feed and keep volunteers during their placement.
With this being said, the charity, culture and sheer joy of the Ni-Van people has touched me personally and inspired me to follow my aspirations to become a cultural anthropologist.
My placement with Lattitude was one I will never forget. The support they gave from start to finish was amazing and I gained more from my placement than I could...Read more
My placement with Lattitude was one I will never forget. The support they gave from start to finish was amazing and I gained more from my placement than I could ever have imagined.
Although I was placed in quite a rural destination they made sure that I was fully prepared. I underwent a matching process and was asked a range of different questions to make sure I was fit for the job.
I went to a pre-departure briefing and was able to meet all the other volunteers before heading off. Upon arriving in Fiji we had a weeks orientation that involved teaching training, language classes and basic in country skills such as catching public transport and buying food from the markets.
My placement was incredible and my host family truly made me feel like I was a part of their family. I was teaching at a rural school and I gained a lot of skills from this. I gained a lot confidence during my placement and was able to overcome some initial homesickness.
During my time in Fiji I learnt some of the local language, I learnt how to cook Fijian food, make traditional mats and made a lot of new friends. I have made connections all over the world through my placement and go back to Fiji every year to visit my host family.
As an organisation, Lattitude puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring that volunteers are prepared and supported throughout their placements. I cannot recommend them enough!