Project information

Lattitude Global Volunteering Bursary Scheme

We are passionate about encouraging, supporting and making it possible for young people of all backgrounds to volunteer overseas. Our Bursary Scheme aims to reduce the financial barrier to participation to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake volunteer placements overseas.

The project is ongoing.

Charity information: Lattitude Global Volunteering

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  • Need

    Need

    National statistics show that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to achieve at school or go on to university which impacts on their earning abilities later in life, perpetuating a cycle of deprivation and disadvantage. We want to encourage and support these young people to build their confidence and recognise their potential by showing them how their energy, commitment and skills are valued.

    Solution

    Giving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to volunteer overseas helps to increase their aspirations and interests in education and learning, giving them confidence and self belief. They gain independence, develop the ability to take decisions, improve their interpersonal skills, become adept at problem solving, develop leadership/teamwork skills, enhance communication skills and gain experience managing money which will set them apart from others when applying for jobs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase size of the bursary fund to allow more disadvantaged young people to volunteer overseas.

    Activities

    » Approach schools in disadvantaged areas and offer them a talk delivered by a returned volunteer who will provide details of the bursary scheme
    » Send schools in disadvantaged areas packs to be put in their career libraries including information on our placements, bursary scheme and case studies
    » Support all bursary recipients as they fundraise in order to cover any remaining costs of their placement
    » Assess all applications at an independent board which will decide who should be awarded a bursary and how much they will receive

    Success will be distributing bursaries to the equivalent of at least 5% of our income, rising to 10% in 2013.


    Aim 2

    Increase bursary fund enabling more disadvantaged young people from outside UK to volunteer overseas

    Activities

    » Engage our 300 members of volunteer staff worldwide to help with the recruitment of young people from the country they work in to volunteer overseas
    » All bursary recipients will be supported and encouraged to fundraise in order to cover any remaining costs of their placement
    » All applications will be put to an independent board who will decide who should be awarded a bursary and how much they will receive

    Success will be placing 10 young volunteers from a disadvantaged background from a country outside of the UK in a placement overseas.


  • Impact

    Impact

    It will break the misconception that overseas volunteering is only accessible to privileged young people. It will help disadvantaged young people build confidence and recognise their potential by showing them how their energy, commitment and skills are valued. In a climate where each graduate position is attracting 69+ applicants, it will give young people from less-privileged backgrounds the skills that will set them apart from others, bringing about equality in society and the workplace.

    Risk

    The many factors we consider when awarding bursaries include income and financial status of the applicant and parents, commitment to the placement, effort put into fundraising, and position at home (i.e. if they are a carer for a member of the family) etc. If any of the information we hold for them is inaccurate it may affect their outcome. To overcome this, we have a comprehensive application form and we spend time building a trusting relationship with the applicant to ensure they are honest.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a report including photos from every bursary recipient after their return to the UK detailing their experiences, triumphs, difficulties and skills gained etc. We are keen to organise events where returned volunteers can give a presentation to a group of current donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,500 Majority Bursary of £1,500 To cover the majority of 3 UK volunteers’ fees. Would be awarded to most disadvantaged applicants
      £3,000 Medium Bursary of £1,000 To cover a large chunk of 3 UK volunteers’ fees & be a good incentive to fundraise for remaining fee
      £2,000 Small Bursary of £500 To top up 4 UK volunteers' fees if they've worked to fundraise but haven't quite raised full amount
      £4,500 Majority Bursary of £1,500 To cover the majority of 3 volunteers’ fees from outside the UK who would be volunteering in the UK.
      £3,000 Medium Bursary of £1,000 To cover a large chunk of 3 volunteers’ fees from outside the UK who would be volunteering in the UK
      £2,000 Small Bursary of £500 To top up 4 volunteers’ fees from outside the UK who would be volunteering in the UK if they've work
      £1,900 Administration Supporting volunteers from both the UK and outside the UK through application process & identifying
  • Background

    Location

    Our Head Office is in the UK in Berkshire, from which we work with a network of 32 paid and over 300 volunteer staff in 20 countries including Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, New Zealand and Tanzania. We run programmes in twenty countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and the Pacific including many developing countries such as India, Malawi and Vanuatu.

    Beneficiaries

    Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK and worldwide. The programmes in which the volunteers work also benefit hugely from receiving a bright, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer. These programmes include teaching, caring, community, medical, environment and outdoor activity placements and vary from schools and residential homes for disabled adults to orphanages and summer camps.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lattitude Global Volunteering was founded in 1972 and has since been successfully offering young people life-changing volunteering experiences overseas. We were one of the first international volunteering providers and coined the term ‘gap year’. Over the years we have enabled some 35,000 young people to realise their overseas volunteering ambitions. We are founding members of the Year Out Group which aims to ensure a high standard of care if provided to young people considering a gap year.

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    People

    Jo Neville

    Jo, Bursary Coordinator, processes applications, supports applicants with fundraising & organises allocation of funds to the most deserving candidates

I would like to say how much we Tibetans appreciate the help that Lattitude Global Volunteering volunteers bring to our refugee communities.

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama