(This programme is not open to UK Nationals)
UK Gap Year! The United Kingdom is an amazingly diverse country. While it may be the centre of the English-speaking world, it welcomes new cultures, customs, and languages everyday. Ancient castles and cathedrals meet modern cities and towns in one of our most popular volunteering destinations. You’ll be making a difference in the lives of students, camp-goers, programme participants and residents with the rest of Europe at your doorstep!
There is a range of exciting roles you can choose from on your UK Gap Year.
Outdoor Camp Assistant
You will assist or lead children of all ages in group activities such as archery, abseiling, canoeing and orienteering. You can also gain qualifications in these activities. In the evening you might run sessions playing games, singing songs etc. You may also be asked to help with catering or maintenance.
You could be based in a city centre, a country town or a boarding school with extensive grounds in the countryside. Working in a boarding school is not a 9 – 5 job and you may sometimes have to work in the early morning or in the evening. Your duties may include getting boarders up, supervising going to bed, helping with after school activities, laundry, homework and weekend excursions. Other duties could involve helping in the school office as well as supporting pupils in the classroom.
Residential placements may be in respite centres for people with disabilities, residential homes or residences for the homeless. Most placements have adult residents. Volunteers may be expected to provide companionship, help with outings and various activities. All necessary training will be provided. Volunteers in the UK always find these placements to be particularly meaningful and rewarding.
What to expect:
You will be assigned a member of Lattitude staff who is your go-to person to contact with any queries or questions. We will be here to match you to a specific placement, help you with fundraising, sponsor your Visa and assist you with your other preparations.
Arrival and Orientation
You will be met at London Heathrow airport by Lattitude staff and taken to our orientation location in central London. Once you arrive, you will spend the rest of the day acclimatising and getting over any jet-lag! Day 2 of orientation is full of workshops and sessions designed to prepare you for your placement in the UK, as well as to help you get to know Lattitude staff and fellow Lattitude volunteers. We will also take you on a walking tour of London’s most famous sights! On day 3, volunteers will all depart to their placements around the country.
Accommodation, food and allowance
Accommodation and food (or a food allowance) is provided by all UK placements. In some cases, especially with the outdoor education and community placements, there may be a small community of volunteers—so you’ll get to meet people from other countries and get an extra dose of culture. Accommodation varies from placement to placement but usually it will be on-site at a school/ activity centre or in a shared house or flat.
Food arrangements will also vary considerably between placements ranging from self-catering to meals with students or residents.
All UK placements provide a volunteer allowance to reimburse towards the costs incurred in taking up a Lattitude placement. Most volunteers use some of their allowance to travel in their free time.
Free time & travel:
Although your volunteering placement is the main reason for your stay in the UK, we encourage you to make the most of your free time by travelling and exploring the UK and the rest of Europe. With the efficient and accessible public transport system in the UK, you are able to discover towns and cities such as Edinburgh, Oxford, Manchester and Brighton in a weekend with ease. For longer holidays outside of the UK (to be agreed with by your placement host) the favourite destinations of Lattitude volunteers include: Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Prague, Budapest, Berlin and Venice!
(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: $2800 (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.
Deposit Update – October 2020
From 8th October 2020, Lattitude will refund deposit payments in the event that Lattitude needs to cancel a specific programme departure due to COVID 19 or if international/government COVID 19 advice is to avoid travel to that destination. Lattitude will always encourage volunteers to consider an alternative destination or to defer travel.
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 $1300USD will be due 60 days prior to your scheduled departure.
- In-depth matching process to align your skills and interests with a placement that really suits you
- Assigned Volunteer Coordinator to help with all your pre-departure information, advice and guidance
- Links with returned volunteers
- Relevant DBS/police check fees
- Assistance in applying for a Lattitude-sponsored Tier 5 Charity Worker Visa
- Pre-departure briefing
- Airport pickup on arrival and In-country orientation
- Part of country programme network of international Lattitude volunteers
- Day to day support from your placement host and a member of staff as your mentor
- UK Sim card compatible with individual mobile phone
- UK bank account
- Accommodation and food (provided by your placement)
- Weekly allowance (provided by your placement)
- 24/7 support from Lattitude, including in-country support from the Lattitude Country Manager
- Focus on your personal volunteer learning and development
- Returned Volunteer follow up and Debrief Event
- Opportunity to join the Lattitude Alumni
- International Flights
- Onward travel to placement (if applicable)
- Travel insurance
- Pocket Money for weekends/ holidays/post-placement travel
- Accommodation and food during holiday periods
As a charity we always recommend our volunteers 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
“My placement is only an hour and a bit away from the amazing city of London! The experience has been great fun and the school is so pretty and very English!”Jacqui, Schools Assistant