Reconsidering plans for 2015?

Keen to volunteer overseas?  Watch inspiring volunteers in action in this short film and see what it's really like!


Thinking you might take a gap year?  It’s not too late!  Check out our guide to making it all happen.

Whether your results aren’t what you expected or you’re just having second thoughts, it’s still not too late to plan a gap year for 2015.

Whether you feel you have too many or not enough options, this can be a confusing time for many of us.  Lattitude volunteers all say that taking a step back and having time to do something different in a new culture was the best thing they ever did after school.  It gave them an opportunity to view things fom a different perspective and learn in a different way.  And it meant when they started Uni afterwards, they were more confident about their course and ready to make the most of it.

"When I was 17 and just finishing high school, I knew that I didn’t want to go straight to university. Year 12 was stressful enough and I knew that I needed to go out and see the world and contribute to it before I committed to three further years of study. Challenging myself by heading to China opened my mind to ask “what do you really want to do?” and then taking that chance to say, “that is what I want to do”. Because I know that I can teach a class of 60 students English and get myself out of tight situations when I don’t speak the language, I know that I can achieve my goals. I now have no qualms in saying I’m going to complete my degree and then pursue my passion." Ali Peek

What do our volunteers say?

  • 97% said it gave them confidence
  • 97%  said it helped willingness to try new things
  • 92%  said it increased their self esteem
  • 88% said they are now better able to work in a team
  • 85%  said they gained new skills and experience relevant to their career
  • 82%  said it enhanced their employability


A gap year doesn’t necessarily last a year.  You could start uni midway through the year.  Or combine a placement with some travel or with work.

If it’s something for you, here’s what you should be thinking about:

  1. What do you want to get out of the experience?
  2. Where do you think you’d like to go?  What kind of cultural experience are you most interested in?
  3. What would you like to do?  What roles do you think you could do?
  4. How long do you think you might go for?

Check out the table below to see what’s still available and see what might fit.
Call us in the office.  We can talk you through your choices and our staff will be on hand to help you take the right decisions.

Once you submit an application, we will help you make it all happen.  Quickly.  We’ll book in your interview and assessment straight away and you’ll start working with one of our Coordinators.  You’ll start by working through all the checklists and then we’ll move on to your briefing to make sure you feel informed and ready.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 
If you’re looking at going overseas early in 2015, check out the deadlines – some options will close in December while others are still open until January.

If you’re still not sure, or your family have questions, don’t worry.  Call us in the office on 03 9826 6266 and talk it through or e-mail info@lattitude.org.au.  Check out our Blog and films on YouTube to see what it’s like.  If it helps, we can put you in touch with some of our current and former volunteers too.

Last minute departures - early 2015

Country             

Min Age   

Role          

Departs 2015  

Duration   

Apply by 

Canada 17
  
Outdoor Activities Instructor      March

6 months 7 Jan
China 18 Teacher February

4 - 5 months 7 Jan
Japan  18  Medical Assistant
Caring Assistant
March 6 months  23 Dec
Poland 17 Teacher

January 4 - 5 months 7 Jan
United Kingdom

          
 18  Schools Assistant

January
February
10-11 months 7 Jan
Caring Assistant January
March
6 - 9 months   7 Jan
Outdoor Activities Instructor     March

6 - 9 months 7 Jan
Vanuatu 17 Teacher

February 5 - 6 months 23 Dec
Vietnam 18 Sports Coach
Teacher
February 3 - 5 months 23 Dec

 

Mid 2015 departures

Country             

Min Age   

Role

Departs 2015    

Duration       

Australia 18 Schools Assistant

July 5 months
Canada
  
18
 
Outdoor Activities Instructor    
 
April  5 months
June 3 months
China 18 Teacher

August 4 - 5 months
Fiji 17 Community Worker
Teacher
May
August
3 months
Japan 18 Medical Assistant
Caring Assistant
September  6 months
Malawi 17 Community Worker
Teacher
August 4 months
United Kingdom 18 Outdoor Activities Instructor

June 6 months

 

Ready to apply?

To download an Application Form, click here.