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Volunteering in Australia




A Lattitude placement in Australia allows you to experience our country’s rich cultural heritage and diverse environment first hand. Whether in the rugged outback or the northern tropics, you’ll be working in a variety of settings and will be able to develop your skills and pursue new interests while contributing to children’s education and enjoyment.

Is it for me?

Placements are located in some of the country’s most welcoming and exciting schools. You will have the chance to work alongside teachers and build strong relationships with the children as you assist with daily duties around the school and are integrated into the local community.


Placement INfo:

Indigenous School Assistant placements will give you the opportunity to learn about remote indigenous communities in Australia while supporting young students living away from their traditional support network. They will suit patient, resourceful people who are accepting of the beliefs and values of Australia’s indigenous communities.


Volunteers have the opportunity to travel in and around Australia during school holidays or at the end of the placement.

Don’t miss the chance to learn to surf on the East coast, snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef or explore the tropical jungles of the Northern Territories while learning about Aboriginal culture and history.

Indigenous Australia Gap Year Quick Facts
With every month I spent there, my feelings for the people, culture and country grew and grew.
— Harvey, School Assistant

Placement Locations:

Northern Territory & Far north Queensland:

Most placements are not in major cities, as we feel volunteers tend to be better received and integrate easier when they are placed in smaller cities, or regional areas. All Indigenous placements are located in the Northern Territory or Far North Queensland. Most are near regional cities like Darwin or Cairns.


Accommodation & Food

Accommodation is provided on site (for schools it may be in the boarding house) and food is supplied in conjunction with accommodation.

Living Allowance

A living allowance will be provided whilst on placement

Support Provided

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 Melbourne 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.

Cost Breakdown:

Lattitude Fees
Lattitude Application Fee $150
Placement Fee $3800
Estimated Additional Travel Costs
Travel Insurance $0
Return Airfare (Sydney/Melbourne) $300
Visa $0
Police Check $40
Total Cost of Placement $4290

*Travel insurance is quoted on an Allianz Standard Package with $250 excess

Other costs associated with your time away may include obtaining a passport, arranging travel vaccinations, purchasing any additional clothing and travel within the country.

When you're on placement:

  • 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 attends a combined orientation and teaching skills course on arrival.

  • 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 Melbourne.

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.

  • We undertake reviews against the learning needs identified before going overseas which may form part of a reference provided at the end. A letter can also be provided to use towards an application for Youth Allowance.