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Please download both the Application Form & Application Guide. The guide will help you answer the questions in the application and fill in all the bits and pieces in the right places:
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For further information about your options for 2017 or 2018, call freecall on 0800 528 848 and speak to one of our experienced staff or click here to arrange a staff member to call you back at a time convenient to you. OR, you can email us at email@example.com.
The priority application deadline for 2018 placements is Wednesday, 26th April 2017. We DO accept late applications after this date, however, positions are subject to availability. If we receive your application after our allocated interview dates in your region, you may be interviewed via Skype rather than in person.
Have an interview
Every applicant is guaranteed an interview. This is your chance to tell us a little more about yourself and the kind of volunteering experience you’re after. We use the interview process to ensure we match you to a placement that best suits your skills and experience and the specific needs of our hosts in-country. Face to face interviews for 2018 departures are held in all major cities and some regional centres during April, May and June 2017. Alternatively, interviews are held in our New Zealand office, via Skype or over the phone. If we receive your application after our allocated interview dates in your region, you may be interviewed via Skype rather than in person
You will be assigned a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator from our New Zealand office who will contact you within two weeks of your interview to confirm that you have been selected to join the Lattitude program for 2018. (As a youth development charity, we endeavour to find a suitable placement for everybody, & therefore nearly all of our applicants are successful.) Your Volunteer Coordinator will be your key contact and support you throughout your Lattitude journey.
Where and what
At the conclusion of all interviews our matching process begins. To ensure we match every volunteer to the right placement this takes a little time. In most cases you will be contacted by the Country Manager for the country you have been recommended for to discuss your application with you. They will provide you with further information about the placements available in that country, ascertain whether you have a preference for urban or rural locations, and provide you with an opportunity to ask any additional questions.
You’ll then be offered a placement in a particular country and for a type of role. At this stage you’ll be asked to accept your offer and pay a non-refundable $900 deposit.
Once you have accepted and confirmed your involvement, your Volunteer Coordinator will continue to provide assistance and prepare you for your placement. You will receive a briefing pack, be invited to attend a pre-departure briefing and given details for the placement you have been matched to including a role description, host contact details and email addresses of previous volunteers who can tell you exactly what it’s like volunteering in that country. The dedicated Lattitude Team at our travel agent NZ Travel Brokers will assist with your flights, travel insurance and any other travel requirements you may have.
Goodbyes have been said and you’re off to your in-country orientation or straight to your placement. You will meet your Country Programme Manager and Host Mentor who will support you throughout your placement. Your Volunteer Coordinator in our New Zealand office will also be able to answer any queries that may arise and remain in contact with you. And of course our 24-hour emergency phone line is available at any stage for you or your family if required. To make the most of your experience use your initiative, challenge yourself and immerse within your new community. You will receive more in return than you could ever imagine.