Volunteer as a sports coach in Tanzanian schools and help children develop their fitness through structured physical education classes. This is a great way for you to help children get access to sport coaching, while simultaneously getting practical sport coaching experience.
There is a lack of structured physical education classes in Tanzania. There is no funding for sports coaches, which means that these classes are skipped altogether or run by a teacher who has limited time to plan for sports. You’ll help by planning and running physical education classes at schools. You can focus on sports like football, netball, and volleyball, as well as general fitness.
You’ll be based in the vibrant town of Arusha, and stay with a local host family. Make the most of your time in East Africa and travel and explore your surroundings with your fellow volunteers!
Ages 3-14 (reduced price)
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 021 234 8002 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 021 234 8002 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
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
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)
What will I do as a volunteer school sports coach in Tanzania?
You will work as a sports coach at primary and secondary schools in Tanzania. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your stay:
- Plan and prepare physical education classes for primary and secondary school students
- Coach various different sports to encourage teamwork, fun, and fitness
You work can be divided into two main categories:
Teach physical education classes
You will spend most of your time planning and running physical education classes at a primary or secondary school. You’ll be the main teacher, so you need to be prepared to take initiative. Local staff are there to support you. This will allow you to get creative with your coaching methods and introduce new sports and games.
You may be teaching dozens of children at a time, so you will need to plan for this when preparing your lessons. You’ll need to ensure that each child has the opportunity to participate. If you’re looking for guidance or advice, you can reach out to our Projects Abroad staff at any time.
Coach school sport
In the afternoons, after regular school hours, you’ll continue working as a sports coach. You will teach sports such as:
Through these sports sessions, you’ll enable children to become fitter and healthier and teach them to work as a team. It also gives the children a safe space to learn and grow after school. You can also ask to rotate between two or three schools during your stay, so that you can work on arranging tournaments.
Where will I be working?
You’ll work at primary and secondary schools in a small, rural community about 40 minute drive from Arusha. You’ll stay in Arusha throughout your stay and use public transport to travel into USA River.
The schools we partner with are disadvantaged with limited funds. This means you will need to get creative with your physical education classes, as you may not have access to the equipment you’re used to. Furthermore, most schools don’t have the resources to hire a physical education teacher full time. This means that most of the time, children don’t have physical education classes unless there is a volunteer like you there.
A gateway to national parks and safari destinations in Tanzania, Arusha is a bustling city located at the foot of Mount Meru. Enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, go shopping, or head off on a safari!
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