The UK is steeped in history and dotted with ancient buildings, castles and cathedrals. Volunteers work in schools, outdoor activity camps and community centres. Enthusiastic and energetic Kiwi volunteers are crucial in providing students, camp-goers, programme participants and residents with a much-needed friend and role model.
The UK has a rich cultural heritage and has produced many great writers, poets and artists, not to mention some fantastic musical talents! If live music is your thing you will never have to look far for a gig, and don’t forget all the festivals (Glastonbury and Reading & Leeds – to name a few)! If you’re a Harry Potter fan, visit the filming locations and take a tour around the studios! Come and enjoy a full English breakfast, pub culture, Welsh castles and a Scottish Ceilidh. If sport is your thing the UK is home to rugby and cricket and for football fans, the English Premier League! Volunteering in the UK gives you the chance to see it all!
UK Placement Roles
Outdoor Camp Assistant
You will assist or lead children of all ages in group activities such as archery, abseiling, canoeing and orienteering. You can also gain qualifications in these activities. In the evening you might run sessions playing games, singing songs etc. You may also be asked to help with catering, cleaning or maintenance.
You could be based in a city centre, a country town or a boarding school with extensive grounds in the countryside. Working in a boarding school is not a 9 – 5 job and you may sometimes have to work in the early morning or in the evening. Your duties may include getting boarders up, supervising going to bed, helping with after school activities, laundry, homework and weekend excursions. Other duties could involve helping in the school office as well as supporting pupils in the classroom.
Residential placements may be in respite centres for people with disabilities, residential homes or residences for the homeless. Most placements have adult residents. Volunteers may be expected to provide companionship, help with outings and various activities. All necessary training will be provided. Volunteers in the UK always find these placements to be particularly meaningful and rewarding.
UK Placement Details
Accommodation, food and allowances
Accommodation and food (or a food allowance) is provided by all UK placements. In some cases, especially with the outdoor education and community placements, there may be a small community of volunteers—so you’ll get to meet people from other countries and get an extra dose of culture. Accommodation varies from placement to placement but usually it will be on-site at a school/ activity centre or in a shared house or flat.
Food arrangements will also vary considerably between placements ranging from self-catering to meals with students at school.
All UK placements provide a volunteer allowance to reimburse towards the costs incurred in taking up a Lattitude placement. Most volunteers use some of their allowance to travel in their free time.
Free Time & Travel
Lattitude volunteers love to travel and the UK is a top travel destination as well as offering easy access to all of Europe. Public transport in the UK is efficient and accessible and you will have plenty of time during and after your placement to go travelling and explore.
You can visit the far reaches of Scotland, with stunning highlands and amazing lochs (where you could catch a glimpse of the monster) – you might even get some snow! The Welsh countryside is breathtaking; you could take a trip to Cardiff – watch a rugby match at the Millenium Stadium or try out the excellent surfing spots on the south Wales coast. When touring England – don’t forget the Lake District, the Peak District, the Cornish coast, the stunning national parks, and the castles. Most major cities have fantastic museums and amazing architecture, and of course there is the capital, London, home to black cabs and red buses.
Where ever Lattitude volunteers travel they post stories that will make their friends envious and wish they were a Lattitude volunteer!
(Please note – we have made several changes recently to ensure our viability during Covid-19 and beyond. One change you may notice is we now list our pricing in US dollars. To convert to your own currency, you can use xe.com)
Lattitude Application Fee – $50 (USD)
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee: $2800 (USD)
This fee is broken into three payments:
Once you have been interviewed and accepted into the programme, you will be required to pay a $500USD deposit to secure your position. The deposit covers our costs for identifying, assessing and matching you to a suitable placement.
Under normal circumstances, this is a non-refundable deposit. However, due to the uncertain timeframe of COVID-19 travel restrictions etc, we have adopted a more flexible approach to ensure there is no financial risk to our volunteers proceeding with their Lattitude travel plans.
Your deposit will be refundable if: You have paid your deposit after 11 March 2020 (the date WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic) and if nearing your scheduled departure, as a result of COVID 19, you are still unable to travel, or if, following government advice, your destination is deemed unsafe to do so.
If you are still unable to travel to your first-choice destination, we can work with you to look at alternative destinations at short notice. In the unprecedented scenario of no appropriate departures being available, we will look to reschedule, offer you the opportunity of deferring, or refunds will be made available.
You will be required to pay an interim payment of $1,000USD no more than 6 months before departure. This payment covers Lattitude costs involved in the pre-departure stage of your placement.
The remainder of the Lattitude fee of $1300USD will be due 60 days prior to your scheduled departure.
• In depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
• Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure advice and guidance
• Links with returned volunteers
• Advice on obtaining police checks
• Advice on obtaining a Visa
• Pre-departure briefing seminar
• Airport pickup on arrival
• Arrangements for SIM cards and bank accounts
• Accommodation for the duration of stay (either with a host family or on placement site)
• Food provided by host (may not include every meal, but you will know what to expect before your arrival)
• Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
• 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from local reps and the Lattitude Country Manager
• Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
• Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
• Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni Association
• Certificate of completion and references (on request)
What’s not included:
In addition to the Lattitude fees above, volunteers will be required to pay for their own international flights, travel insurance and any visa costs. Lattitude staff will assist you in making these arrangements.
• International Flights
• Travel Insurance
• Visa – $950 approx.
• GP medical clearance
• Travel doctor consultation (recommended)
• Vaccinations (if applicable)
• Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
• Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
• Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers to fundraise to help meet the costs involved in volunteering overseas. In many ways it is part of the whole experience. For more information and fundraising ideas please click here.
Placement Availability – 2021
*The minimum age for School Assistants and Outdoor Camp Assistants in the UK is 18. However, in some cases we are able to accept volunteers who will turn 18 within 3 months of departure.
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|School Assistant||January 2021||12 months||Spaces Available|
|Outdoor Camp Assistant||January or February 2021||6 - 10 months||Spaces Available|
|Community Volunteer||January or February 2021||9 - 11 months||Spaces Available|
“My placement is only an hour and a bit away from the amazing city of London! Some of the duties I do at the school include watching out for the kids during break times, taking games (PE) sessions with the girls and working with the younger boys in the boarding house. The experience has been great fun and the school is so pretty and very English!”Jacqui, Schools Assistant