Joe Knockaert has more than 45 years experience in international programs and, in particular, with international development. He has worked both in Canada and abroad, most extensively for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) but also with Global Affairs Canada and Simon Fraser University. His work has taken him to more than 30 countries, including long term assignments in South Africa, the Caribbean and Indonesia. Joe has served on advisory boards for international programs at UBC, SFU and Capilano University. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank, MOSIAC, the BC Council for International Cooperation and is currently a member of the Board for the Justice Education Society based in Vancouver.
Universities and colleges
Quest University, based in Squamish, BC, is a unique non-profit post secondary institution. Students at Quest attend interactive classes through a block plan. They dive deep into their chosen subjects and prepare an individualized Keystone Project which caps their personal journey toward an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree.
Quest University knows the value of a Gap Year as a precursor to student success at the university level. In support of our program and the growth that occurs during our volunteer’s time abroad, Quest University offers Lattitude alumni a $5000 scholarship each year for all four years of study. This is a fantastic opportunity for our volunteers should they chose Quest for their post secondary education. Lattitude volunteers interested in attending Quest following their placement should contact their admissions adviser about this scholarship.
Capilano University is one of the premier Universities in British Columbia. With small class sizes, unique courses and a supportive community Capilano is a great next-step following a Gap Year. Many of our Lattitude Alumni have gone on to Capilano University and our Director, Cam Sylvester, taught and directed the Global Stewardship Program there for many years.
Capilano University supports and values the Gap Year model and offers our students course credit for one class towards their undergraduate major in Global Stewardship upon successful completion of a Lattitude placement.
Many Students are now taking Gap Years mid-degree. We have been joined by students from the following post-secondary institutions, when they took a year off from their studies and a year on with us.
University of Victoria, Camosun College, Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, University of Guelph, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Capilano University, Mount Royal University, University of Manitoba, Cambrian College, Clemson University, College of Marin, George Brown College, Langara College, Northern Virginia Community College, Queen's University, St Mary's University, The University of Georgia, Univ of Guelph, Acadia University, Algonquin College, Bellingham Technical College, Binghamton University, Canadian College of Performing Arts, Carleton University, Conestoga College, Dawson College, Fleming College, Franklin & Marshal College, Georgia College, Houston Community College, Kingsborough, Community College, Laurentian University, Lindenwood University, McGill University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Neuchatel Junior College, Ontario College of Art and Design, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Salisbury University, Sheridan College, Tennesee Technological University, University of Alberta, University of Arizona, University of Calgary, University of California, Davis, University of Illinois/Champaign, University of Maine, Orono, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, University of Northern BC, University of Regina, University of Richmond, University of Waterloo, University of Wisconsin, Victoria Island University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Whitman College
Gap Year Association - USA
The Gap Year Association is a nonprofit accreditation and standards-setting organization for Gap Years based in the US. They actively collaborate on research into the outcomes and benefits of taking a Gap Year as well as advocate for the model to universities. They have been recognized by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. Lattitude Global Volunteering is an approved member of the Gap Year Association.
Canadian Gap Year Association
The Canadian Gap Year Association (no affiliation with the above) supports young people and provides options for those interested in an alternative education and career path. They strive to break down barriers that often prevent students from considering a Gap Year among their post-secondary options. They support programs like ours and have been a partner of Lattitude for some time.
BC Council for International Cooperation - BCCIC
The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a member-based network of organizations, programs and minds with a focus on sustainable development and social justice issues. BCCIC focuses on promoting and implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through networking, sharing ideas, research, representation to government and public engagement. Lattitude Global Volunteering is a proud member of BCCIC.
Raptim Travel is a non-profit travel agency specializing in creative, efficient solutions for humanitarian, faith-based and volunteer organizations as well as individual aid workers and volunteers. Raptim has worked with many notable organizations including Doctors without Borders, Rotary, World Vision Canada and AIESEC as well as Capilano University where our director, Cam Sylvester, first built a partnership with Rapitm years ago.
Raptim works with our volunteers from first travel booking, through placement and return home. They monitor safety advisories for all countries where Lattitude Volunteers are placed and will assist Lattitude in case of emergency. Our volunteers receive exclusive humanitarian airfares through Raptim with special benefits, low or no fees and extra flexibility. They have the ability to move bookings around with very short notice if necessary which is a huge benefit as circumstances do sometimes change. They also coordinate with Lattitude to book volunteers on the same flight whenever possible.
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Mountain Equipment Co-op is a member-exclusive retailer of high-quality outdoor gear. They are part of a global co-operative movement in 103 countries, work to ensure their products are ethically made, and believe in living life with a spirit of adventure. MEC is a natural fit for our volunteers, particularly those traveling to the developing world or outdoor placements. We partner with MEC to provide incentives for various campaigns and often introduce MEC to our incoming volunteers on their way to outdoor placements within Canada.
Dani Willets is a Canadian Accredited Immigration Consultant. Previously she worked with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration for over 25 years and has been recognized nationally three times for her initiatives in outreach and public service. She works with our volunteers and provides legal advice whenever necessary. Often she assists our volunteers entering Canada from other countries and gives advice on the lengthy and detailed Canadian visa process.
Oak Bay High School
Oak Bay High School is a excellent example of what happens when a school’s culture embraces the Gap Year as an option, among many, for their students’ post secondary path. Oak Bay has sent numerous motivated and successful volunteers abroad on our programs following graduation. This is testament to many supportive parents and staff, particularly Shannon Giesbrecht in Oak Bay’s counseling office.
Below are additional schools who have championed our program for many years and have sent numerous volunteers abroad with Lattitude. They are some of our strongest supporters and without their partnership we wouldn’t be able to reach the young people whose lives are changed by this invaluable experience.