UK Orientation – September 2017

Posted on the 11th September 2017

On Tuesday 5th September, we welcome a new bunch of Lattitude volunteers from Canada, Ecuador and Germany. They arrived jet-lagged and tired, but they kept up their energy levels up for their first experience of the London Underground!

Volunteers and staff stayed at the Generator Hostel, near Kings Cross. It’s a great place for everyone to get to know each other and hang out in the bar/cafe area. We had a visit from representatives of White Mobile, who helped the volunteers to set up their SIM Cards, so they could keep in contact with us and each other! Everyone then had an evening to chill out, relax and have a wander around the local area.

Wednesday was a day of workshops and discussions! After breakfast we walked round the corner to the University of London Union where we would be based for the day. James Langdon (Lattitude Regional Director) kicked the day off with a health and safety briefing for all volunteers. We then did some group activities about “placement expectations” and “hopes and fears”.

volunteer orientation with lattitude

After lunch we continued with sessions, including setting up a bank account, tips for travel in the UK and Europe, Visa information and we finished in the most British way possible… with a pub quiz!

After a quick group photo we headed off to Westminster to begin our tour of central London! We met our (very charismatic) tour guides who gave us some interesting facts about the history of London’s most famous landmarks. We visited the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St James’ Park, Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Trafalgar Square!

volunteer orientation

volunteer orientation in london

After an extremely busy day, we headed back to the hostel to relax!

Thursday morning came around and it was time for the volunteers to head off to all four corners of the UK and Ireland to their placements. They will be volunteering at some fantastic schools and caring placements doing a variety of different roles, from leading activities to working in boarding houses!

We wish all of them the best of luck for their year of adventures ahead!

Are you a non-British resident and interested in volunteering in the UK? Click here to find out more! 


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