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Japan

Volunteer Placements in Japan

Volunteer abroad in Japan with Lattitude Global Volunteering. You can get involved in any of the following areas: Please note we are unable to send volunteers on US passports...

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Ecuador

Volunteer Placements in Ecuador

Make a difference in the lives of Ecuadorian youth while learning about yourself and growing as an individual through a placement with Lattitude Global Volunteering. International...

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Ireland

Volunteer Placements in UK

Latitude Global Volunteering Canada offers a wide range of placements at schools in the United Kingdom. Almost all schools are fee-paying private schools, many of which are...

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Poland

Volunteer Placements in Poland

Volunteers will be English language teaching assistants in primary, lower and higher secondary schools. English teaching placements include public institutes, some convent...

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Malawi

Volunteer Placements in Malawi

Take part in a volunteering program in Malawi. Offered by Lattitude Global Volunteering Canada, the program offers placements in the following: - School Volunteers can...

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Australia

Volunteer Placements in Australia

Outdoor education volunteers will help provide outdoor programs for organized groups in remote areas. Volunteers work with organizations such as the YMCA, Outdoor Education...

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Fiji

Volunteer Placements in Fiji

Have the opportunity to live and volunteer Fiji with Lattitude Global Volunteering. Schools placements are often in rural villages. Volunteers provide assistance to staff...

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New Zealand

Education Volunteer Placements in New Zealand

Contribute to the education of New Zealand children and become a School Assistant. Volunteers are based in New Zealand and will help support pupils in the classroom, staff...

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Vietnam

Volunteer Placements in Vietnam

Various volunteering placements for English language assistants/teachers are offered in Vietnam. Placements are available in primary/secondary schools, colleges, and universities....

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China

Volunteer Placements in China

All placements are to teach English as a foreign language in educational institutions. The educational institutions range from primary, middle and vocational schools, to

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Argentina

Volunteer Placements in Argentina

Lattitude Global Volunteering Canada offers English teaching and community placements in Argentina. English teaching placements may be in fee-paying schools for both primary...

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Lattitude Global Volunteering Canada (formerly GAP) Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An amazing opportunity to travel

Excited to experience some hands on learning in the medical field and experience a new culture, I set off to volunteer in Japan in September 2014 after graduating high school. My first time in Asia, my first time living away from home for an extended period of time, let alone abroad, and my first time seeing the inner workings of a hospital were milestones I ticked off in my first few weeks on Lattitude.

At first everything was new: the language, the volunteer work, so many names to remember. Everyone at Ashikaga Red Cross hospital was so helpful and patient with me; with time things became natural for me and I could go about my workday with ease, conversing with friendly coworkers and patients. Through my everyday ward work, I got to see the inner workings of a hospital and what an average day of a worker in the medical field would look like.

I also had the opportunity to witness some amazing surgeries, something I would never get to see back home in Canada. I saw surgeries of all kinds, from routine procedures that took a couple hours to eight or ten hour long more involved surgeries. The doctors and nurses I shadowed in both clinical and surgical settings were amazing, taking time to explain diagnoses and procedures to me. Some surgeries I observed were a cesarian section, open-heart surgery, and brain surgery, using incredibly advanced medical technology. I also got to touch and feel what a lung tumor feels like-talk about hands on experience!

Beyond volunteer work, the people you meet are the best part of Lattitude. Everyone at the hospital was so friendly, taking me to new experiences like tea ceremonies, making new year’s mochi, ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), and I even got to participate in the samurai parade! I made real friendships and I hope to visit again someday.

I hope my words convince others to take this amazing opportunity to travel, experience a different culture, make new friends, and grow as a person. For me, the medical experience is invaluable for my intended career path. Even if you have no idea what you want to do yet, going on a program like Lattitude will allow you grow as a person immensely. I went to university the following September, feeling much more confident about living on my own as a young adult and with a much more serious work ethic.

I am now in university, intending on getting my undergrad in nursing and applying to medical school. No matter what career I end up doing, I know that Lattitude helped me grow as a person and the experience will be an amazing memory for the rest of my life.

Program: Volunteer Placements in Japan