Community Activity Assistant

Community Activity Assistant

We have a variety of placements across the world that offer meaningful work opportunities supporting people with additional needs. As a Community Activity Assistant you will work alongside professional social care professionals helping children and adults to live life with greater dignity and enjoyment. You will learn about ways to communicate and engage with people on all levels and you will draw on qualities of patience, tolerance and understanding. These are hugely rewarding placements from which you will gain a strong sense of achievement.

Canada

Some outdoor camps Lattitude Global Volunteering work with cater specifically for disadvantaged youths, or for young people with mental or physical disabilities. The environment and activities are the same at these camps to all other camps throughout Canada, but volunteer duties within these camps include an additional caring component.

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Ecuador

Our community placements involve working with children in care, street children and children with disabilities. Volunteers will help with teaching, caring, gym, dance, art and anything else the children want them to do! If volunteers are working with street children, they will be involved with teaching, helping with homework, art and writing a newsletter. In Quito there is also the opportunity to volunteer at a social NGO providing rehabilitation therapies and special education for children, young people and adults with cerebral palsy and other associated disabilities (intellectual, visual, auditory, multi-challenges).

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Ireland

Placements are very varied and mainly in residential homes working with adults with a variety of disabilities. These placements provide the opportunity to support, entertain and befriend residents and enable volunteers to make significant differences to people’s lives. Volunteer duties in the residential care placements may involve assisting with the day-to-day personal care of residents, household maintenance, leading activities such as art, sport, and music, or taking residents on outings to places of interests such as the theatre, seaside or the local pub! In the social care placements, volunteers work with local staff to help and support young homeless clients who seek respite in the centre. Placements vary in the level of challenge and responsibilities, but are extremely rewarding, as volunteers are able to make a significant difference to people’s lives. All necessary training will be provided and volunteers may receive a small monetary payment each week as a contribution towards expenses incurred during their placement in Ireland.

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Japan

Lattitude has several community opportunities for volunteers looking for a range of experiences in either homes for the elderly or centres for young children. Volunteers bring huge amounts of enthusiasm and energy to these placements and are much appreciated by the professional staff who work alongside them as well as the residents in care. These are wonderful, fulfilling work opportunities that give volunteers the chance of living and working in Japan whilst carrying out a vital supportive role for local people.

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Malawi

Lattitude’s community placements in Malawi offer the opportunity to work with an incredible host partner that operates a school catering for children who are hearing impaired or deaf.  If you have a genuine interest and love of young children, this opportunity will build and enhance a diverse range of skills and qualities requiring you to use initiative and think on your feet, be creative, make decisions and learn sign language. Lattitude volunteers will work primarily as assistant teachers and will be able to get involved with extra-curricular activities such as sport, art and drama.

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United Kingdom

These placements are either in residential homes for adults with a variety of disabilities or in community centres for adults. Volunteer duties may involve assisting with the day-to-day care of residents, leading activities such as art, sport, and music, or taking outings to places of interests such as the theatre, seaside or local pub! In the community centres, volunteers assist paid staff to help and support homeless people who seek respite in the centre. These placements enable the volunteers to make a significant difference to people’s lives, often through the simple gift of sharing their time and friendship. Placements vary in the level of challenge and responsibilities, but are extremely rewarding, as volunteers are able to make a significant difference to people’s lives.

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