Volunteer as a sports coach in Argentina and help develop the sports skills of young players from disadvantaged backgrounds. You’ll be based at a community sports club, where you’ll work closely with local coaches. This is a great way to get practical coaching experience and give back at the same time.
Sports are extremely popular in Argentina. Unfortunately, many children wishing to participate in sports come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and don’t have the opportunity to join. The club we work with gives free lessons to children who can’t afford them. You’ll help coach these classes. You will mainly teach football and basketball. You may also be able to teach hockey, swimming, and gymnastics.
You will live and work in Cordoba, and stay with a local host family. This will be your home away from home and the perfect setting to experience Argentinian hospitality, culture, and traditions.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01 571 5080 for more info.
When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is coaching sports in Argentina right for me?
Are you a keen sportsman/woman? Do you enjoy working with children? Are you passionate about helping nurture their talents? Then volunteering as a sports coach in Argentina is perfect for you!
We have partnered with a community sports initiative that provide free football and hockey lessons to children from impoverished families. Your role will be to build their confidence, develop their ability, and encourage them to keep fit.
It’s also an excellent opportunity for you to refine your own skills and gain experience in sports coaching. Don't worry if you have little or no coaching experience. You will be working with local coaches who are dedicated to their programmes and very open to volunteers. They will help you in any way they can. Projects Abroad staff will also be there to help you.
This project runs throughout the year and you can join at any time. You will need to be able to spend at least three weeks on the project, and can stay as long as you like.
What will I do as a volunteer sports coach in Argentina?
As a volunteer teaching sports in Argentina, you will work at a community sports initiative in Cordoba. They provide free training in various sports to children from disadvantaged families. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement.
- Provide free sports lessons to children from disadvantaged families for three hours per day
- Work with the local teacher to help coordinate and plan coaching sessions for two hours per day
- Expand your horizons by learning new skills
Provide free sports lessons
The most important aspect of your time in Argentina is coaching young children. You will mainly teach football and basketball. There may also be opportunities to practice hockey, swimming, and gymnastics with the children.
Help the local teacher coordinate coaching sessions
You will work closely with local teachers to plan your coaching sessions. They know the children you will be working with very well and will be able to guide you in different approaches. They are also typically experienced coaches, so will be able to offer you some invaluable insights.
Expand your horizons by learning new skills
Whether you have coaching experience or not, this project will offer loads of opportunity to broaden your skill set. Firstly, you will be working alongside experienced local coaches, who will be able to advise you on improving your own techniques. Secondly, living in Argentina is an excellent opportunity to learn Spanish or improve on your language skills if you already speak it.
Where you will be working as a Sports Club volunteer in Argentina
You will be based in Cordoba, a city of natural beauty and historical significance with a true zest for life. This is best expressed in its vibrant party scene and colourful street art.
With a population of about 1.3 million, Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina and home to a truly eclectic mix of cultures. These cultures include various indigenous tribes, Italian-Argentines, Spanish-Argentines, and immigrants from all corners of Europe.
Your working day will be spent at our partner sports club. There is definitely an emphasis on football, but children who attend for free are encouraged to nurture a wide range of sporting abilities. You will gain invaluable hands-on sports coaching experience while in Argentina
In the evenings and on weekends, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the town and plan exciting trips with other volunteers.
A typical day as a Sports Club volunteer in Argentina
You will start your mornings with a hearty breakfast in your host family’s home. From here, you will make use of public transport to get to the Club Atlético Racing around 10am. One your first day, our staff will show you how to get there.
The first two hours of your working day will be dedicated to meeting with the local teachers to help coordinate and plan coaching sessions. These meetings will also be a useful time to discuss team selections and match strategies.
At around 12pm, you will get an hour and a half lunch break. If your host family lives close enough, you can head home to eat and rest for a bit. Alternatively, you will enjoy a packed lunch at the club.
As schools close for the day, children will start arriving at the club in the afternoon. This is when the fun begins! You will spend the rest of the day helping them develop basic skills and techniques. If you’re a football fanatic, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to share your passion here. However, there are also opportunities to coach basketball, hockey, swimming, and gymnastics.
You may be asked to help out at games on certain evenings and weekends, or even join in a game yourself. However, you will also get plenty of free time to explore with your fellow volunteers and get to know your host family.
Cordoba is a vibrant city with loads of interesting restaurants to try out. If you have a whole weekend free, you can even head further up the coast for a trip. There are many adventures to be had!
What are the aims and impacts of our Sports Coaching Project in Argentina?
The main aim of this project is to help disadvantaged youth learn important life skills through sports.
Sport in Argentina is extremely popular. There are so many children wishing to participate, but due to a lack of resources, opportunity is limited. The club we work with provides disadvantaged children with free lessons, giving them a chance to participate. We need your help coach these children.
Through this project, you can dedicate your time, energy, and skills to coaching children and help them to improve their abilities and technique. You’ll find that every student is different. However, each one will greatly benefit from your coaching to improve their performance.
Join us in Argentina today to help improve the lives of young people through sport.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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