Volunteering during your gap year allows you to explore the world as more than just a tourist. Lattitude is one of the largest international volunteering organisations, supporting roughly 1000 young people globally every year. As a nonprofit organisation, we ensure we remain cost effective and are transparent about all costs involved, while providing comprehensive support throughout the process. After 45 years of global experience, we think we've got a pretty good thing going!

 

What is a
Gap Year?

Gap years originated in the UK in the early 1970’s. A decade later Gap Years came to Canada and the US.

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Canada, being a commonwealth country, was quicker to adopt the idea than the US. Since their broader acceptance into both the Canadian and American education system, Gap Years have served the added benefit of lessening the growing academic burnout that commonly occurs.

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In the United States, the practice of taking a “year off” remains the exception, but is gaining in popularity. Many colleges and universities, most notably Harvard and Princeton are now encouraging students to take time off, and some have even built Gap Year programs into their curriculum.

 
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a gap year will not only impact a community, you’ll notice real change within yourself

Returned volunteers who said a gap year enhanced their employability

Returned volunteers who said a gap year enhanced their employability

Felt a gap year gave them more confidence and a willingness to try new things

Felt a gap year gave them more confidence and a willingness to try new things

Enabled volunteers to gain new skills and experience which was relevant to their future careers

Enabled volunteers to gain new skills and experience which was relevant to their future careers

 
The experience, the people, the stories...they’re all completely priceless!
— Liam (English Teacher in China)