Lattitude Global Volunteering was founded in 1972 in response to the increasing demand from school-leavers to have access to stimulating and meaningful volunteering opportunities. Since then, we have continued to be a leading provider of quality international volunteering placements to young people.
Since our inception we have developed partnerships with more than 1,000 hosts around the world. To date, approximately 30,000 young people have volunteered with us in a variety of organisations in the fields of education, healthcare, community care and the environment.
What is a host?
The host plays a principal role within Lattitude - it is the organisation in-country where our volunteers undertake their placement. We work in partnership with a wide range of host organisations around the world, such as schools, universities, outdoor activities camps, literacy centres, community centres, aid organisations, orphanages and caring centres.
What we offer our hosts
Our volunteer placements last between 3 and 12 months, giving young volunteers the opportunity to fully experience life in a different culture and, most importantly, to have a meaningful impact on their host institution. We believe that our success is based on the quality of services and support we provide to our hosts and volunteers, which includes the following:
- A thorough application and interview process for volunteers in their country of origin including an assessment of their English language skills
- A matching process based on the needs of our hosts and the skills and interests of our volunteers, which allows us to ensure that our hosts receive the most suitable volunteers possible
- A pre-departure support process for volunteers including briefings on what to expect in their host country, health screenings and security checks. All our volunteers obtain adequate insurance as part of our pre-departure process.
- An orientation for volunteers upon arrival in their placement country where they are briefed on their host’s expectations and receive an introduction to the local culture and customs
- In-country support including pastoral care for our volunteers from experienced Local Representatives, Program Managers and staff
- A 24/7 emergency telephone number for our volunteers to utilise if required
Why host a volunteer?
Each type of placement we offer provides unique challenges and opportunities that widen our volunteers’ perspectives, build their confidence and increase their understanding of themselves and the world around them. In turn, hosting a volunteer is an uncomplicated way to introduce motivated, enthusiastic individuals into your organisation.
What does it involve?
Hosting one of our volunteers is simple. We ask our hosts to provide a supportive environment for our volunteers, and extend the same level of support and encouragement already provided to members of staff. As part of our partnership, hosts provide volunteers with a structured timetable of work and clearly outline duties and responsibilities. Hosts also appoint a member of staff who serves as a mentor for their volunteer and is responsible for introductions to other members of staff, explaining duties and answering questions/concerns the volunteer has at any stage.
Additionally, hosts provide our volunteers with accommodation and food for the duration of their placement. Our current hosts provide accommodation through a range of options including:
- On-site accommodation (ie school boarding house, staff housing)
- Homestay arrangement with a member of staff or parent of a pupil
- Letting a shared flat or house
- Partnering with a nearby school or organisation that can offer on-site accommodation
How to become a host
If you are interested in becoming a host, please contact us on 0800 528 848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have expressed interest in partnering with us, we will arrange for a representative to visit you to discuss hosting in greater detail and to answer any questions you may have.