A football lesson forming part of our volunteer sports coaching in schools in Peru

Volunteer Sports Coaching in Schools in Peru

Coach sports during physical education classes at disadvantaged schools and help students improve their fitness.

At a glance

  • Volunteer as a sports coach in Peru to help disadvantaged students in schools to improve their fitness and learn about teamwork. You’ll work alongside local coaches during physical education classes at a school. This is a great opportunity to gain experience working with children, while you develop personal skills like leadership and organisation.
  • You’ll work at schools where there aren’t enough sports coaches for all the students. You’ll have an important part to play here, as you help more children focus on fitness and develop their ability. You’ll focus on various sports, from football to basketball, and there are more sports to get involved with.
  • You’ll live and work in Cusco, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the fascinating city of Cusco, once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire.

Start Dates: 

Completely flexible dates

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


Anyone aged 16 or over can join

Is volunteer sports coaching in Peru right for me?

Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you enjoy being active? Do you want more experience coaching children? Then volunteering as a sports coach in schools in Peru is for you!

This project is a great option if you want to develop your personal skills. You’ll learn more about leadership, planning, organisation, goal-setting, and motivating others. This is experience that you can apply to any career you pursue, and will help give your CV an extra edge. This project is also a great way to gain experience if you’re considering a career as a physical education teacher.

You don’t need any experience to join. You’ll be working with local coaches who can guide you, and our staff will also be there to support you. However, if you have previous experience as a football coach, you can coach higher level teams if you want to.

This project runs throughout the year, except some schools do close during holidays. You can join at any time, but please get in touch with us to find out which are the best months to travel to Peru. You should stay for at least two weeks, but we encourage you to stay longer so you can make a bigger impact.

A volunteer coaching sports in schools in Peru demonstrates for her team

What will I do as a volunteer sports coach in schools in Peru?

These are some of the activities you will focus on to coach sports in Peru:

  • Coach various sports to school children during their physical education classes
  • Research and plan new, creative ways to coach sport
  • Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others

You will be able to focus on these main activities during your project:

Coach various sports to school children during their physical education classes

You’ll join local teachers as they give physical education classes during the school day. You’ll work with young children through to older teenagers. You’ll focus on building fitness, and teaching sports like:

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Ping pong
  • Cycling
  • Swimming

If you play any other sports, you can share this with the students and coaches you work with as well.

Research and plan new and creative ways to coach sport

You can share new and innovative training techniques with the children and staff you work with. This can make their favourite sports even more exciting and rewarding.

Sports teachers in Peru often have limited access to resources and information. You can introduce them to the latest trends in coaching different sports. Your input could even inspire the development of budding sporting talent and future stars!

Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others

Coaching sport is a great way to learn important life skills. By guiding students, you can strengthen your own leadership skills. You’ll get practice motivating students, encouraging teamwork, and helping others achieve their goals. You can also improve your planning and organisational skills by preparing for coaching sessions and executing your plans.

Where will I work in Peru?


You will work at a local school in the town of Cusco. The schools we work have children from disadvantaged communities, are understaffed, and have limited equipment.

Cusco is a fascinating city rich in cultural and historical significance. It was once the the capital of the ancient Incan Empire. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Cusco’s streets are filled with beautiful architecture from centuries of civilisation. The famous Machu Picchu ruins are not too far away, so you could take a weekend to visit this incredible site.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

What will my typical day be like?

Your day starts with breakfast at your host family’s home. Then, you’ll use public transport or walk to your placement. On your first day, our staff will be with you to show you the way.

Your project work will take place during school hours, from 8am to 1:45pm. You’ll work with local teachers during physical education classes.

During your classes, you’ll work with students to improve their skills in various sports. Your specific activities will depend on what sport you are coaching and what the school’s curriculum asks for at the time. You could focus on different aspects of the sport, like technique, strategy, and teamwork. Or, you can work on developing the children’s fitness.

We recommend using your afternoons to plan for classes and think of new ideas to make them more exciting for students. In the evenings, you’ll return to your host family for dinner.

Your afternoons and weekends will be free for you to explore the amazing city of Cusco. Walk along streets lined with exquisite architecture and taste delicious lunches like hearty soups. You can also be adventurous and take a trip into the breathtaking mountainous landscapes of the Andes, where llamas roam freely.

A volleyball instructor volunteers as a sports coach in schools in Peru

Aims and Impact of the Sports Project in Peru

The aim of this project is to give disadvantaged students in Peru the opportunity to develop their athletic ability and fitness. 

Many schools in Peru have limited resources and access to sports coaching. In addition, the local teachers who do teach physical education classes need extra support. This is why we need the help of volunteers like you. You’ll help children improve their fitness, develop their ability, and encourage healthy living.

This project also has an impact on you. You’ll be able to add sports coaching work experience in Peru to your CV, and you’ll develop personal skills like leadership and planning.

Join us on this project to promote sport, and help us encourage children to keep fit and play sports.

Projects Abroad volunteers gain sports coaching work experience in Peru by working with groups of students

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Cusco. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Peru and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Leisure activities and free time

Peru is a vibrant country with a mix of activities for every kind of volunteer. Whether you’re into arts, culture, history, or nature, there’s sure to be something for you!

One of the biggest attractions of Peru is the Inca history. There are awe-inspiring archaeological sites like Coricancha, Tambomachay, and of course, Machu Picchu.

Over a weekend, you can take a trip to the village of Pisac, where you can browse bright, eye-catching textile markets. Don’t miss out on seeing the llamas and alpacas too!

There are also lively restaurants, the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing and enjoying local cuisine, like ceviche.

We run a variety of projects in Peru so you’ll likely meet many other volunteers on your trip. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect and travel as a group. However, you’re welcome to travel independently if you prefer. 

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on +353 (0)1 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

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