Lattitude Global Volunteering

Posted: 3rd of February 2016 by Naomi Bourne

We are now a month into 2016, the festive season is a long distant memory and we begin to look for those faint glimmers of colour that herald the arrival of spring. January has been and gone, your New Year’s resolutions may lie in tatters around you and you begin to wonder what it is all about. It’s a season of change, a time for you think about your next steps, so what better time to take up the challenge, invest in new experiences, and make 2016 a year to remember

This is exactly what Amy did when she took up her placement with Lattitude Global Volunteering in Australia. Not content with spending another damp spring in the UK Amy, an English graduate from York, worked as a teacher at an indigenous school in the Australian outback alongside other Lattitude volunteers from Canada and New Zealand.

 “Using the skills that I had gained through a lifetime spent in education, I was able to support the students in a variety of subjects from English to music to maths. Through a variety of classroom teaching and one-one mentoring sessions, I built up my teaching toolkit in a diverse and sometimes challenging environment. It was scary at first, facing 20 students from the front of the class and being responsible for their learning, but the skills I have developed I can use anywhere. I’m a lot less nervous at public speaking than I was and very good at thinking on my feet, something I had to do a lot of in the first few weeks!”

“I am so grateful to Lattitude for giving me this opportunity. Seeing my students faces light up as they finally understood what I was talking about, and being so welcomed into the school family was unbelievable. It may be cheesy but I really did find a home away from home while at my placement.”

During her holidays and after her placement Amy was able to explore the delights of the Great Barrier Reef, wander through downtown Melbourne and Sydney, and relax on the pristine beaches of the Whitsunday Islands. “It was magical. Taking a boat tour around Sydney harbour at night and seeing the opera house lit up was a definite highlight.”

You can make 2016 a year to remember, simply by applying for a volunteering placement with Lattitude Global Volunteering. Lattitude specialises in overseas volunteering placements, and since 1972 has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer in over 20 countries around the world. Our volunteers have had the opportunity to work in areas as diverse as conservation, medical work, sports instructors, community development projects and teaching roles lasting anywhere from 3 to 12 months. For more information and to apply for one of our fantastic placements visit www.lattitude.org.uk 

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