Lattitude Blog

Study and Go Abroad

  • Posted by Pia at 02:03 pm on 14 March, 2013
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Earlier this month our teams of Lattitude experts manned booths at both the Toronto and Vancouver Study and Go Abroad fairs. There we had the pleasure of speaking with local young people who were looking to step outside their local communities and study, work or volunteer abroad. The response was phenomenal and we we enjoyed the opportunity to speak with hundreds of potential volunteers.

For information on future shows please visit their website

Do you know of a Fair or Convention in your city that Lattitude might be able to attend? Perhaps your school would be able to host us for a presentation? If so please contact with information!

Melissa and Pia at the Study and Go Abroad fair in Vancouver

Melissa Vassallo and Pia Kuittinen speak with local young people at the Vancouver Study and Go Abroad fair.

Melissa and Karen at the Study and Go Abroad show in Vancouver

Melissa Vassallo and Karen Waters speak with young people at the Vancouver Study and Go Abroad fair.

David and Beverley at the Study and Go Abroad fair in Toronto

David Nield and Beverley Trull speak with local young people at the Study and Go Abroad fair in Toronto

Gappies Dance

  • Posted by Pia at 12:03 pm on 05 March, 2013
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A well-choreographed group of volunteers put on a show for their students at Shalom Christian College in Townsville Australia. These volunteers are working as School Assistants in our Indigenous Education program. Click on the link below to have a look!

Gappies Dance 2013

Study shows volunteer adolescents enjoy healthier hearts.

  • Posted by Pia at 12:02 pm on 26 February, 2013
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Click below to read about the physical benefits of volunteering!

UBC Study on Volunteer Adolescents

New Placement in France!

  • Posted by Pia at 12:01 pm on 23 January, 2013
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I am very pleased to announce Lattitude now has placements in France! This will be exciting news to the many Canadian volunteers who have French. We are offering a few Schools Assistant placements at a boarding school just outside of Paris. Below are some details on the placement itself. Space is very limited and these are sure to go quickly. If you, or anyone you know might be interested, please get in touch soon!

Placement outline

Start date

September or January

End date

End of December or End of June

Overall duration

Approx 4 , 6, or 10 months

Holidays and term times


Please give details of public liability insurance and amount of cover


Placement location

Ermitage, Maisons-Laffitte, France

Placement directions

Eurostar train; flight to Paris (CDG) and/or local RATP train to Maisons-Laffitte.  Taxi service also possible.

Local amenities and available facilities

Bank: Société Générale, Banque Populaire, CIC, BNP Paribas, (HSBC in Paris)

Post office: Yes

Doctor/Clinic: Yes + Hospital across from Middle School

Local shops:  boutiques and traditional French artisans, in addition to plenty of great shopping in Paris.

Local places of interest

Paris, Versailles, Disneyland Paris

Local climate

Better than the UK ;)

Local entertainment

Paris (museums, concerts, shows, shopping, expat groups, etc.)

Volunteer requirements

Number of volunteers that can be taken at this placement

2-4 (TBD on a yearly basis)

Age range acceptable

18-25 years

Volunteer gender requirements

Both male and female volunteers would be okay

Volunteer role and responsibilities description

  • Taking an active part in the dorm life, during the week and on certain weekends;
  • Acting as house-parent when it is needed;
  • Organizing weekend and evening activities for boarders
  • Helping in school classes at all levels (lower, middle, and upper school);
  • Leading sport, cultural, educational activities; (such as Photography Club, School Newspaper Club, etc.)
  • Helping in the various administrative offices;
  • Assisting in Library Duties;
  • Accompanying school groups on outings and excursions.

Minimum language competency or skills required

English-speaking, interest in learning French and/or basic understanding of language.

Volunteer skills or expertise preferences


Horse riding

Scouts or Guides
Duke of Edinburgh
Boarding school experience
First aid
Life saving qualification

Suitable/recommended clothing

Business casual for work and relaxed otherwise

Pre-departure training requests

Lattitude global volunteering can provide:

  • Pre-departure briefing
  • In-country orientation
  • And arrange additional teaching skills course if required

Please enter any other information you feel relevant to the position

Gap students should be comfortable working independently and taking the initiative with their schedule/projects.

We are willing to accept volunteers of the following nationalities


New Zealander

South African
Any other European
Any other world wide

Role description

Role, responsibilities and duties

Refer to Volunteer role and responsibilities description

Schedule/programme of likely daily activities

Refer to Volunteer role and responsibilities description





Global Managers Meeting

  • Posted by Pia at 12:11 pm on 29 November, 2012
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Earlier this month all of our country program managers, regional directors and senior staff traveled to the Lattitude head office in Reading UK. This was an exciting week filled with informative sessions and discussions designed to educate and inform our management staff. It was also a great chance for our managers to get to know one another better and socialize face to face. We work together everyday but for many this was the first time meeting in person and certainly the first time everyone was together in one place at one time. As you can see there were lots of smiles and a few pints shared.


The meeting hotel in Reading


Afternoon tea anyone



Stuart, Glyn and Beata

Stuart Sutton-Jones (Director, North America), Glyn Williams (Director, Asia and Pacific) and Beata Skokowska (Poland Country Manager)

Henry, Stuart and David

Henry Cartey: Ghana Country Manager
David Kirton: Fiji Country Manager
Stuart Sutton-Jones: Director of North America

Stuart Sutton-Jones


Sergio Gallego-Schmid (Reading office) introduces  Jo Walsh (Melbourne office) to new UK staff member Shana DeSilva

The local pub Pitcher & Piano

I like this name for a store ;)


LGV headquarters!

Knock knock, who’s there?

It was an excellent session at headquarters of sharing of experiences and information

Learning from each other

Thanks – it was a most enjoyable and informative week! Hope we can all meet up again in person! Skype and all the technology in the world cannot replace human face-to-face contact!





Jade Farkollie in Japan

  • Posted by Pia at 12:11 pm on 22 November, 2012
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We just received some wonderful photos from Jade Farkollie, a Canadian volunteer in Japan. Have a look!

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Jade in Japan

Lattitude – not Latitude

  • Posted by Pia at 09:11 am on 15 November, 2012
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An unfortunate coincidence has been brought to our attention recently. It appears a Canadian charity by the name of “The Latitude Foundation” has had its charity registration revoked for misappropriation of funds. We assure you this has nothing to do with Lattitude Global Volunteering and is in no way related to our organisation or any of our offices abroad.

Volunteering in Canada – Summer 2012

  • Posted by Pia at 01:09 pm on 20 September, 2012
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This past summer I visited camps around Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta to have feedback from our wonderful volunteers on their gap experience in Canada

Canadian volunteers in the UK

  • Posted by Pia at 10:09 am on 11 September, 2012
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Tabitha Mede, a Canadian volunteer from Nanaimo BC, sent us the following photo from the recent UK orientation. She and a group of other Canadian volunteers took a walking tour of Westminster. We are thrilled to see they have landed safely and are taking in some of the sights. We wish them lots of luck and hope they are having a wonderful time settling in to their new surroundings.

If you have photos you would like to share from placements present or past please send them to us at We would love to see and share them with our other volunteers!

YMCA Camp Elphinstone Lip Dub Video

  • Posted by Pia at 12:09 pm on 10 September, 2012
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Lattitude host YMCA Camp Elphinstone has put together a fun lip dub video showcasing their camp. It will make you want to sing along and go to camp! There are even some Lattitude volunteers among the performers.  Take a look!