Why Lattitude

Lattitude is an international youth development charity. Our mission is to provide unique & educational opportunities for young people worldwide, to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. We do this by supporting them on diverse, challenging and structured international volunteering placements in a community and culture different from their own.

With 45+ years of experience (formerly known as Gap Activity Projects) and main offices in New Zealand, the UK and Canada, we have supported more than 45,000 young volunteers around the world. As a not-for-profit organisation, we ensure that we remain cost-effective and are transparent about all costs involved.

Whilst young people continue to travel in order to grow in independence and confidence, it is evident that this is not the end goal in itself. Many are seeking a far deeper engagement and immersion in new cultures and experiences, with cross-cultural understanding and improving their ability to adapt ranked high on their list of priorities.

We are always adapting to meet the demands of our volunteers, and have a wide range of placement options to cater for every interest. Placements average six months in duration, with many of our participating countries offering a full year stay. This timeframe allows volunteers to acclimatise, to get to know the people involved and to really contribute to their new community. We pride ourselves in our conscientious and sustainable approach. Our longer placement durations mean our volunteers get a fuller, more meaningful experience, and more opportunity to exact positive and lasting change.