Living and working in Australia on your gap year allows you to experience the country’s rich cultural heritage. There’s so much on offer. From vibrant cities to the rugged outback or the northern tropics, Australia is the perfect place to spend a year’s work placement abroad. Working in a variety of settings, you will be able to develop your skills and pursue new interests while contributing to children’s education and enjoyment.


Placements Explained

School Assistant placements take place mainly in secondary schools. The majority are boarding schools, however there are a small number of day schools as well. Schools Assistants are generally based in the boarding house or PE/sports department and schools try to give the volunteer a varied timetable. There’s a strong emphasis on volunteers to get involved with extra-curricular activities such as sports coaching, music, drama and other activities including trips and excursions. 

Additionally, several unique placements offer the chance for volunteers to live and work with young people from remote Indigenous communities. For many students it is their first time attending formal education, so roles may focus on assisting in the classroom with one-on-one tutoring and group work. Help may also be required in intensive English programs for children who do not have English as their native language.

Schools in Australia request volunteers with a variety of skills and the Lattitude matching process aims to align volunteers with the correct skills and interests to schools where they can get as involved as possible to really enjoy and contribute to their placement.


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Accomodation And Food

Accommodation is provided in the staff quarters on campus, or volunteers are given their own room within the school boarding house.  Food is supplied in conjunction with accommodation.

Need To Know

  • Pre departure briefing - all volunteers are invited to a group briefing prior to departure
  • On arrival - volunteers attend an orientation session in Melbourne

Support Provided

Before Leaving:

  • We find out about each volunteers strengths, skills and interests through an in-depth interview which helps us select the right people as well as identifying what they are hoping to achieve while away and helps us select the right people to be Lattitude volunteers
  • A second interview with our In Country Programme Manager (often via Skype) helps match them to a placement perfect for them.
  • Once you have been accepted by the in Country Programme Manager you will be looked after by a specialised Volunteer Coordinator in our NZ office who assists with all preparations, support with logistics such as flights and visas, and are there to answer any questions.
  • Everyone attends a predeparture briefing to meet other volunteers, Lattitude staff, other professionals such as our travel agent, travel doctors and insurance company representatives as well as hearing from returned volunteers, learning in person about the expectations and exciting prospects that lie ahead.
  • Volunteers are seen off at the airport, where they travel together to their destination countries
  • All volunteers sign our Term and Conditions to ensure that Lattitude's expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.

 While Overseas:

  • Volunteers attend a group orientation upon arrival in-country and, where needed, undertake training such as a local language or teaching skills course.
  • We have paid staff based in each country. Our Country Managers oversee the program and work with a team of Local Representatives who provide support in the local areas and develop close relationships with placement hosts.
  • Each volunteer is visited at their placement soon after arrival by an in-country staff member to check how things are and provide additional support if needed.
  • We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from the Lattitude office in New Zealand.

 Upon Return:

  • We recognise that coming home can be difficult and provide one-to-one support, with onward referrals for further professional support if needed. Volunteers are invited to debriefing events and become part of our network of alumni.
  • Our debriefing session will include discussions from industry professionals regarding the identification and articulation of the new skills the volunteer has invariably acquired during his/her placement, and how to use these new skills to get ahead.
  • We are always happy to supply written and verbal references to our successful volunteers upon return home, to aid in applications to higher education or the workforce.


These costs are for Lattitude placements in Argentina in 2017 and a full explanation of costs can be found here

Lattitude fees (exact costs):  
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Lattitude Contribution Fee $3,900
Lattitude In-country Orientation $350
You will also need to budget for the following (approx costs):  
Return Airfares (approx cost of group flight) $600 - 800
Travel Insurance (12 months) $300
Medical examination $50 - $200
Total cost (approximate) $5,350 - $5,700



Diversity is the word when it comes to travelling in Australia. From forests, mountains and deserts to coral reefs and lively cities, volunteers in Australia rave about their adventures on this giant island. Australian cities are lively and offer an excellent array of attractions for tourists. If you are placed in a school, it is likely that you will be given 2-3 weeks off during the school holidays. This is perfect for spending a couple of weeks exploring the cultural and geographical gems Australia has to offer.