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!
Lattitude Application Fee – $175
The application fee covers the cost of processing applications and conducting interviews.
Whenever possible, we like to travel to your area to interview you in person, but if not possible, video conferencing using Skype is an alternative.
All applicants are guaranteed an interview. This fee is non-refundable.
Lattitude Placement Fee – $4000
The Lattitude placement fee covers your preparation & support prior to departure as well as in-country support whilst on placement. This is payable in two installments:
Upon acceptance to the Lattitude programme, a non-refundable $1000 deposit is payable within 7-10 days.
The balance of your Lattitude fee is payable 40 days prior to departure.
Orientation – $400
Volunteers receive an informative group orientation upon arrival in their placement country.
This includes safety & security briefings, an overview of the local culture & customs, language skills (where relevant), and other handy tips, as well as an in depth Teaching Skills course.
• 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 – 2020
Please note – all UK schools placements for 17 year olds are NOW FULL.
All 2020 applicants must now be 18 as of 1st January 2020.
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|Outdoor Camp Assistant||February 2020||6-10 Months||Spaces Available|
Placement Availability – 2021
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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