WHO ARE WE?
Lattitude Global Volunteering (formerly known as Gap Activity Projects) is an international youth development charity. Our mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing inclusive opportunities for them to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a challenging and structured international volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own.
Through global volunteering, we aim to give young people the opportunity to realise the world beyond their community and to truly engage with it. They are encouraged to develop awareness and responsibilities towards themselves and others, equipping them with vital life skills.
Our vision is of a world where all young people contribute to a more dynamic, caring and tolerant society as responsible global citizens.
OUR BELIEFS AND VALUES
We believe in the adaptability and creativity of young people and their power to drive positive cultural change
We value the practical support and contribution young people can make
We believe cross cultural international exchange, integration and collaboration fosters understanding between different nations and cultures
We value lifelong learning through practical action, experience and reflection
We balance independence for our volunteers with our duty of care
We work with partners based on relationships of trust, openness and respect
We strive for continuous improvement, actively encouraging creativity and developing ideas
We provide caring and committed services and support to our hosts and volunteers
We acknowledge the valuable work of our volunteer staff and supporters
With over 40 years’ experience and offices in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada, we have supported more than 40,000 young volunteers globally.
INCLUSION & DIVERSITY
Lattitude Global Volunteering North America believes that personal development comes through a respectful engagement with cultures, values, individuals, and ways of seeing the world that are different from one’s own. Our vision and mission can only be fully realized through the respectful inclusion of diverse volunteers and hosting partners from around the world. LGV-NA strives to affirm the dignity, and works to support the personal development of all members of our network regardless of religion, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental health, race or heritage.