With astounding advancements in technology within these past few decades, now with a click of a button we can send a message instantly and reach a completely different part of the world. Virtual connection is global. However, without travelling, a true sense of global awareness and the benefits that come from cultural exchange are lost.
We interviewed a “Lattitude parent”, Susan Hoolaeff, on how she supported her daughter’s volunteer experience abroad. She gave us valuable insight into her own experience of the process and Lattitude’s support throughout.
Lattitude is thrilled to announce that we have a new pilot volunteer program in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala starting in January 2020! Volunteers will contribute to important community development work in areas such as inclusive education, permaculture and organic farming, fair trade and economic equality, sustainable nutrition, and environmental conservation. All hugely interesting and rewarding projects.
The negative impacts caused by travel take a huge toll on our environment. This includes the depletion of local natural resources, greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to pollution and waste problems. While transport across countries is pretty essential for world travelers, there are a variety of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and decrease your personal waste in a foreign region of the world.
While volunteering and travelling there is no doubt that you will gain countless new experiences each day, surely you will want to capture the uniqueness of your journey. Documenting your travels is proven to be extremely beneficial, from recalling your fond memories to reducing overall stress in your life. Here are some of the most important reasons to keeping a travel journal, and some effective tips on how to make it enjoyable.
After I finished high school, I decided to live in Ghana for 5 months volunteering as a Medical Assistant. This amazing opportunity was provided by the organization Lattitude Global Volunteering. I quickly became part of a lovely family in Akim Oda, met amazing people who are now some of my closest friends, spent my weekdays expanding my knowledge at the Jubilee Hospital working alongside experienced nurses and doctors, and my weekends exploring the beautiful country. To say the least, deciding to take a Gap Year was one of the best decisions of my life.
Josh might not have quite known what to expect before arriving in Vietnam, but once he settled in his time in Vietnam quickly became an experience that will remain with him for the rest of him life.
A volunteer interview with Sammy on his placement as a community worker and English teacher in Ecuador.