Schools Sports Volunteering Projects Overseas, Gap Years and Internships
Most people's first memory of playing sports will be whilst in school, and the experiences they have here will often colour their attitudes toward sports for the rest of their lives. It is with this idea in mind that we developed our School Sports projects.
Our first Sports volunteers began as conversational English teachers, and found that the schools we work with were keen to also have them take their students for sports lessons. The schools generally lacked the resources to provide specialised sports and physical education teachers, who had an understanding of the intricacies of the games the children wanted to play. Our enthusiastic volunteers then began to offer extra-curricular activities and start football and athletics clubs.
Volunteers can get involved in coaching numerous different sports in our School Sports destinations. If you would like to coach in an area that we do not mention, then please do make sure you contact us, because our partner organisations are always keen to hear new ideas, and new opportunities are being developed all of the time. If you are also prepared to offer conversational English teaching alongside your Sports placement, then you will be contributing even more to the community you are working in.
You can volunteer as a coach on a school sports project no matter what your age, your experience or your abilities; whether you are on a gap year, a career break, an extended holiday or even during your retirement! You just have to have a passion for sport, and the desire to pass the skills, techniques and attitudes that come with it on to the next generation.
Coach Sports in Schools with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad volunteers are involved in coaching sports to school children in many of our destinations. They are engaged in sports like football and basketball - established favourites in their own countries; where skills learnt playing back home can really benefit the development of the sport in a new country.
Volunteers are also involved in popular national sports like Cricket in Sri Lanka, where even young children will have the basic skills and enthusiasm for the game, having played the sport from probably the moment they could pick up a bat! All volunteers must also be prepared for the tables to be turned on them when the children decide it's time for you to learn one of their sports: a spot of Mongolian wrestling, for example!
School Sports Projects in:
Volunteer as a school sports coach in Belize and organise fun sporting activities to encourage fitness, teamwork and healthy lifestyles.
Volunteer as a sports coach in a school in Costa Rica. Football is the most popular sport, but some schools have facilities for volleyball and athletics, and focus on general fitness activities.
Help inspire and develop the skills of enthusiastic children by volunteering in a local school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Volunteers can help with aerobics, athletics, basketball, football and volleyball.
Volunteer at a school in Mandeville, Jamaica, and help teach children sports such as football, cricket, basketball and athletics. Work on their skills and promote teamwork.
Volunteer in Kenya and coach sports at primary schools and drop-in centres in and around the town of Nanyuki. Help to promote fitness and teamwork.
Volunteer at a local secondary school in Mexico and inspire children to develop their individual sporting ability. You can get involved in teaching football, volleyball and basketball.
Work to improve the quality of football, basketball and volleyball coaching in local schools in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar. Your role as a volunteer will include fitness training and refereeing games.
Volunteer as a sports coach in Cusco, Peru. You will work alongside a local PE teacher, encouraging school children to get involved in a range of sporting activities.
Sports volunteers in the Philippines help increase school children's fitness levels and encourage them to develop a lasting habit of staying active and playing various sports throughout their lives.
Volunteers on this placement work at a local primary school and teach children a variety of sports. You can also explore the historic sites and landmarks in Romania.
Work in a local school in Samoa and help children improve their rugby, football, basketball or hockey skills. Volunteers help encourage children to live healthier, more active lifestyles.
Volunteer in Sri Lanka and teach sports to enthusiastic students who currently do not have access to a developed sports education. Sports may include volleyball, netball, football and athletics.
Share your passion for sports with the children of a developing nation. Our volunteer sports projects are based in Arusha and you can work in either a local primary or secondary school.
Volunteering on a sports project near Hanoi is an ideal way to share your passion for sports with the local children. Football and basketball are the main sports taught in Vietnam.