Volunteer stories

Volunteer stories

Welcome to the Volunteer Stories page, here you can read all about some of our volunteers’ experiences, simply click below on the country and volunteer you wish to read about, or use the menu on the left. Alternatively, you can watch some videos of our volunteers.

Simply click below on the country you wish to read a volunteer story from

  • Argentina

    Laura volunteered as an English teaching assistant

    At my placement, my hours are more or less 9-11am, and then I come home for lunch with the family, and then I go back to the institute from 5-9pm in the evenings. I am rarely in a situation where I take a class by myself (only in certain circumstances – if a teacher is sick, or travelling etc) however when I have had this opportunity [...read more]

  • Australia

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    Clare Volunteered on Conservation Projects in Australia

    After 3 years of straight studying and exams I was ready to hit the world. So I decided to take a gap year. I knew I wanted to do more than just travel, I wanted to get involved, I wanted to experience a different culture and a different lifestyle. [...read more]

    Mellani volunteered as a Schools Assistant at an Aboriginal boarding school

    Mellani volunteered as a Schools Assistant at an Aboriginal boarding school

    I volunteered at Shalom Christian College, an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander boarding school in Northern Queensland,Australia. I lived on campus with the five other volunteers and we ate our meals with the children who were resident at the school. [...read more]

  • Canada

    Jennifer was a camp counsellor at Camp Douglas in Canada

    Jennifer was a camp counsellor at Camp Douglas in Canada

    Dancing around camp randomly… Belting out camp songs at inappropriate times… Cooking snacks at midnight… Making random food creations… Going on random adventures to explore the surrounding community. These strange people quickly became family. [...read more]

  • Ecuador

    Chinwe worked as a Teacher in Cuenca, Ecuador

    Chinwe worked as a Teacher in Cuenca, Ecuador

    My time spent teaching in Ecuador has been a truly life changing experience. When I first arrived I had no idea what to expect but after spending just two weeks living in Quito and taking Spanish lessons, I soon realised that whatever happened this would be a great experience. [...read more]

    Ella volunteered with CENIT in Ecuador Caring for street childrenr

    Ella volunteered with CENIT in Ecuador Caring for street children

    I volunteered at CENIT, an organisation working with street children in Quito, Ecuador. Every morning we’d lug a bag full of crayons, stories and a giant set of plastic teeth named “Señor Dientes” to our room in Camal market, where we played with kids aged about three to five who would otherwise be selling sweets or fruit. [...read more]

    Jennifer Worked on a Teaching and Community Care Placement in Ecuador

    Jennifer Worked on a Teaching and Community Care Placement in Ecuador

    In the mornings I worked in a nursery, a lovely place with gorgeously-warm staff and lots of hyperactive children and inquisitive babies from 1 to 5 years. My tasks included playing (a lot), monitoring and cleaning up during ‘lunch’ (break time) and teaching English. [...read more]

  • Fiji

    Debbie volunteered on a community project in Fiji

    Debbie volunteered on a community project in Fiji

    I chose to go on a gap year because of wanting a break from education but I didn’t really decide to go to Fiji…it was more accidental. I saw a Lattitude Global Volunteering stand at a UCAS day and picked up a leaflet, I then had a look online and applied to see what it was about and before I knew it I was on the placement to go to Fiji! [...read more]

    Jemma volunteered in Fiji at a school for children with disabilities

    Jemma volunteered in Fiji at a school for children with disabilities

    Fiji may be 10129 miles from home but it is always somewhere which will be close to my heart and somewhere which I am proud to call my second home. I was placed in Hilton Special School which caters for children with disabilities, specifically those with physical and hearing impairments. [...read more]

    Leila Volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

    Leila Volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

    Living in Fiji has really opened my eyes, it was the first time I have left London to be away from family apart from a couple of short holidays. In Fiji everyone smiles and says “bula” to each other on the street; on my road in England, I would be lucky if I got one ‘hello’ a week! [...read more]

    Mursal Volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

    Mursal Volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

    I spent seven months volunteering in Fiji for my Lattitude placement. I got to do a huge variety of work because I had so much time there. One term I taught full time and the next I spent teaching part time whilst organising school clubs, events and working on my biggest project, the Bure that would house future volunteers. [...read more]

    Ross Volunteered on a Community and Environment Project in Fiji

    Ross Volunteered on a Community and Environment Project in Fiji

    Four months with the National Trust of Fiji is not an experience anyone is likely to forget. Even so, I struggle to believe looking back on it, how many lasting, emotive memories I have from my time there. From first moving into my new Fijian flat to my last day the Sand Dunes National Park, every day was different and a world apart from day to day life in Scotland. [...read more]

  • Ghana

    Mason volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    I’ve spent the last 3 months as a volunteer teacher in Ghana, Africa. In this time I’ve come to admire these people for their unconditional optimism. [...read more]

    Megan volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    Megan volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    I’ve had the best days of my life here- surrounded by incredible people and amazing scenery that never allow for a dull moment. I didn’t think it would actually happen- but I believe I did “find myself” like your motto suggests. [...read more]

    Marisa volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    Marisa volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    Unforgettable, powerful, inspiring, and eye opening. These are just a few words that describe my life changing experience in Ghana. Whether you’re fresh out of high school or looking for a break from university or college, this is an excellent opportunity to “find yourself”. [...read more]

    Lucy volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    Lucy volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    If I had to sum up my time in Ghana, I would say that it was a phenomenal, life-enhancing and truly unforgettable experience. Volunteering in Ghana for five months made 2009 the most special and memorable year, I truly feel privileged to have had completed a placement in such a fantastic country. [...read more]

    Sarah volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    In one of my first blog posts I wrote that volunteering meant experiencing. I change my mind. It means doing. It means experiencing, learning, and then doing more if more is needed. [...read more]

    Solvai volunteered as a teacher in Ghana

    Try as I might, there really is no way to explain what the experience in Ghana meant to me. I learned so much about myself, about a new culture, and about life. It put into perspective Western societies, and what we value. Of course there were ups and downs and pot holes in the road, but in the end, that just made everything all the better. [...read more]

    Maddi volunteered as a Teacher in Ghana

    My travels around Ghana were magnificent and I enjoyed it all so much! I am so thankful that I’ve been able to come and experience this country. [...read more]

  • India

    Bryan volunteered in India Helping Care for Children with Disabilities in Varanasi, India

    Bryan volunteered in India Helping Care for Children with Disabilities in Varanasi, India

    Words cannot describe the magical experience of going on a placement to one of the holiest and oldest cities in the world. Thanks to Lattitude Global Volunteering, I and my fiancée, Jane, were given the opportunity to go on a placement to India and work with mentally and physically disabled children. [...read more]

    Robyn volunteered as a Teacher at Little Stars School in India

    Robyn volunteered as a Teacher at Little Stars School in India

    I volunteered at Little Stars School in Varanasi with my Lattitude partner Clare. Varanasi is a world away from anywhere in England. It’s noisy and crowded and hectic, but it was my home for four months. [...read more]

  • Japan

    Cassim Volunteered in a Red Cross Hospital in Japan

    Cassim Volunteered in a Red Cross Hospital in Japan

    At first it all seemed like a dream. Six months in Japan on a medical placement, a substantial bursary,accommodation and a decent monthly allowance? This was the offer I received from Lattitude Global Volunteering. I was writing a new page of my life and little did I know that this would have an impact I could never have imagined. [...read more]

    Kerri Volunteered in Iizuka Hospital in Japan

    Kerri Volunteered in Iizuka Hospital in Japan

    I have had an amazing time volunteering in Iizuka hospital in Japan! I worked as a helper/care worker on the wards and I also helped out in the library, with administration and in the pharmacy. [...read more]

    Lauren Volunteered as a Care Worker in Japan

    Lauren Volunteered as a Care Worker in Japan

    Most people my age rush through the transition of school to university to career, not thinking that they can pause for a moment and really experience the world, so I am thankful that I have had this opportunity and that through the help of this organisation, others will do the same. [...read more]

    Olivia Volunteered at a Hospital in Japan

    Olivia Volunteered at a Hospital in Japan

    Everyone here is so easy to connect with right away and I feel like we’ve been friends forever. It’s been truly lovely getting to know the Japanese people and I find that making this connection is getting easier and easier the longer I stay here. [...read more]

  • Malawi

    Millie Volunteered as a Teacher in Malawi

    Millie Volunteered as a Teacher in Malawi

    Malawi may be a few thousand miles away by plane. It may take £600 to get there on two flights. But now it feels an impossibility away. I miss my friends, my students, my Malawian family, my tumbuka tribe, my orphans, my football team mates, my fellow teachers, my favourite stall tenders in the market, my congregation at Katawa CCAP church, my trouble makers, my second life – my Malawi. [...read more]

    Emily Worked as a Teacher in Malawi

    Emily Worked as a Teacher in Malawi

    Having tackled the monster of homesickness, I have been feeling time run away from me… Before I know it, I will be on a plane heading home as well. I am nowhere near ready to leave Malawi behind. I am cherishing the last months as much as I possibly can. [...read more]

  • New Zealand

    Louise Worked as a School Assistant in a girls boarding school in New Zealand

    Louise Worked as a School Assistant in a girls boarding school in New Zealand

    I worked in a New Zealand girls’ boarding school called Woodford House during my gap year.My main responsibilities were assisting with the intermediate department (10-12 yr olds) in English, Computing and Drama classes. I also helped with Yr 10 maths classes, taking those girls out that needed extra assistance, which I really enjoyed [...read more]

  • South Africa

    Jennifer Volunteered as a Teacher in South Africa

    Jennifer Volunteered as a Teacher in South Africa

    On the plane journey over to South Africa I was sat next to an exquisitely beautiful woman in her early twenties. Colourful bangles jangled up and down her bronzed arm, her hair was twisted into pretty braids and her face lit with a constant smile. She talked about all the things she had done, all that she had seen and all that she wanted to do whilst asking me questions on my life and aspirations. [...read more]

  • Vanuatu

    Hugh Volunteered as a Teacher in Vanuatu

    Hugh Volunteered as a Teacher in Vanuatu

    By the time I left, we were no longer teacher and pupil. We were friends. [...read more]

    Chantel Volunteered as a Teacher In Vanuatu

    Chantel Volunteered as a Teacher In Vanuatu

    Having reached the end of my placement, I can safely say that working on Tanna Island has been the most rewarding and profound experience of my life. From my very first day I knew that these six months would have an intense effect on me forever. [...read more]

    Clare Volunteered as a Teacher in Vanuatu

    Clare Volunteered as a Teacher in Vanuatu

    After years of research I organised my volunteering placement with a Charity called Lattitude Global Volunteering. They offered the chance to completely immerse myself in a different culture, to really challenge myself and to make a real difference. [...read more]

  • Vietnam

    Josh volunteered as an English Teacher in Vietnam

    Josh volunteered as an English Teacher in Vietnam

    Vietnam….I hadn’t been sure what to expect but now it is ‘Việt Nam’: an experience that will stay with me for a lifetime. My teaching placement was in Binh Duong, an hour away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). It gives an impression of the ‘real’ Vietnam, in the sense that it is a town hoping to develop and industrialise. [...read more]

    Marianne Volunteered as an English Teacher in Vietnam

    Marianne Volunteered as an English Teacher in Vietnam

    Discovering Vietnam and how radically different it is from England has made me want to travel more and explore the world and all it has to offer. I would never have been this adventurous had I not been on this placement; it’s really opened my eyes to the world. [...read more]