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

      Clare Volunteered on Conservation Projects in Australia

      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]

    • China

      Liam volunteered as an English Teacher in China

      Liam volunteered as an English Teacher in China

      This train ride, was one of many journeys I had in China. One of many adventures, many tales, many laughs, many trials and triumphs…if I were to be dropped back in that moment with a million dollars, I would have still paid for that crappy little spot on that crowded train in those rolling Chinese hills. Because the experience, the people, the stories, they’re all completely priceless. […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 children

      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]

      Oliver volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

      Oliver volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

      There is no reason not to. Volunteering abroad changes your life, as cliche as that sounds, it’s the truth. You will be put in situations you never have been in before and you will have to make decisions that not only affect you but others around you. […read more]

      Elizabeth volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

      Elizabeth volunteered as a Teacher in Fiji

      …it was the first time the then-17-year-old had been away from home for any length of time, and she was venturing all alone to the other side of the globe, where she’d be volunteering among strangers at a small primary school. […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

      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]

    • 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]

    • 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]