Project Europe is the perfect option for volunteers looking to blend travelling and independence. Challenge yourself with hands-on projects in different countries with amazing travel opportunities in between. Project Europe combines short volunteering programs with travel. Each volunteering project will last between two and four weeks each and these will be in four different European countries.
With travel weeks built into the program, you have plenty of opportunities to explore more of Europe on your own or with your placement team. Nearby countries such as Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Netherlands, Italy are all at your fingertips! Lattitude Staff will be on hand to help you with any travel arrangements you might want to make, or suggest a new adventure. You can really see a lot in the time provided!
You’ll undertake a variety of different community projects during your time on the project. Working in four different countries, you’ll be supporting local community projects. These projects may be environmental or renovation projects or you may be working with kids or the elderly. There are also opportunities to contribute to community arts programs or helping to run a festival.
Environmental Placements provide a true immersion in nature during the day! Discover the beautiful European countryside and discover the culture of the locals in the evenings. Your work may involve walking in mountains every day to reach the site of the camp. By maintaining trails and vegetation, you’ll not only be learning about the environment, you’ll be helping others to enjoy the beauty of nature too!
Community Placements will have you using your creative skills to assist in community centres that provide services such as educational courses, social help and cultural or sporting events. Volunteer tasks include a mix of organisation of activities for children (games, sports, or DIY workshops) and the organisation of a final exhibition.
Construction Placements have youworking to renew playgrounds or renovate community areas. By installing new equipment and repairing existing structures, you’ll be bringing life back to a community in need.
Events Placements have youworking to assist with aspects of event or festival logistics. Typical tasks include assembling and dismantling of structures, building and putting up the decorations and transport and unloading of material.
What will I learn?
- Social and personal skills such as Team working, independence, relationship building, leadership and confidence in interacting with a range of different people
- Practical skills working on different hands-on projects
- Gain experience of different cultures in Europe and opportunity to live in a variety of places, experience how people live, what they eat, learn a little of many different languages
- Meet young people from different countries and work alongside them
- Independent travel but organised with the support from Lattitude and your fellow participants
Food & Accommodation
Accommodation will vary on different projects, and will include hostels, host families (in Poland and Spain) and accommodation provided by our community centre hosts (in the UK and Germany.)
Before you go:
- We find out more about each volunteer through an interview which helps us select the right people and after a second interview, we match them to a placement that’s right for them.
- Once selected, each volunteer is allocated a Coordinator in the New Zealand office who assists them with all preparations. They provide briefing materials, support with logistics such as flights and visas and are there to answer any questions.
- Volunteer are briefed in person or in an online session to prepare them for their placement ahead.
- Volunteers complete their own Learning and Development Plan which helps to identify goals and personal skills they would like to develop, and these areas of development are followed up throughout their time away.
- All volunteers sign our Code of Conduct to ensure that our expectations of each volunteer are agreed and clear from the outset.
When you’re overseas:
- Our Country Managers in Poland and the UK will oversee the program and you will be supported by a Project Leader at each individual project. As this is a team program, the aim is that there will be a lot of peer support, so that volunteers will work together, travel together and support each other throughout
- We work with Embassies and High Commissions to ensure we can respond to any situation and provide 24/7 emergency support from your destination country and also back here in New Zealand.
- You will attend an orientation when you first arrive in Poland, attend a mid-project review and also a debrief at the end.
- Attend a mid-project review and also a debrief at the end.
When you’re back:
- 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.
(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: $3300 (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 $1800USD will be due 60 days prior to your scheduled departure.
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.
The Program starts in Poland, finishes in Spain, and is overseen by our Country Manager in Poland.
The programme starts in March and finish in July. This may change or a second group may also depart later in the year depending on the numbers signing up for the project:
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|1||Arrival into Poland for 1 week orientation|
|2-5||Project 1: Placement in Poland (1 month)|
|7-8||Project 2: Germany (2 weeks)|
|10-11||Project 3: United Kingdom (2 weeks)|
|12||Mid Placement Review (3 days)|
|14-15||Project 4: Spain (2 weeks)|
|16-17||Project 5: Social Action Project Spain (2/3 weeks)|
|18||Celebration and debrief Week|
|19||Optional add on travel or language immersion|