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VOLUNTEERING AND GAP YEARS IN COACHING SPORTS TO CHILDREN

Sports coaching volunteering projects abroad that you can do as part of your work experience, gap year or career break, or just as a volunteering holiday.

Whether you just love sport or you're a professional, we have a project for you! Sports include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Polo, Badminton, Baseball, Hockey, Swimming, Gymnastics, Tennis, Athletics, Surfing, Capoeira and more! No experience required other than a desire to use Sport to help others.
Use your skills to Coach in underprivileged communities. Sport teaches a multitude of skills, such as team spirit, social interaction, fair play, competitiveness, leadership, healthy living and just good old fashion fun. It is a fantastic way to improve the lives of others. You can coach as a full time placement, or alongside another volunteer placement.

ARGENTINA:
Coach Cricket to Children in Buenos Aires
Coach Cricket in schools and clubs with the Argentina Cricket Association. You'll work as an assistant coach alongside the Head Coach, with children from the age of 8 to 15. You don't need Spanish or coaching qualifications, you just need to know how to play the game.
You are welcome to play as well. Most clubs have three teams and there is a women's league for female volunteers.

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AUSTRALIA:
Coach Sports in Primary / Junior Schools in Perth
Combine coaching sports with teaching to children in Primary Schools in Perth. The majority of schools are Intensive English Centres, where you'll coach refugee children and also do some teaching at the same time, helping them to adjust to their new home country. Many of the children come from war-torn countries such as Sudan and Somalia.

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AUSTRALIA:
Sports Internship in a High School in Perth
Gain experience in how to run a Sports Department in a high-caliber high school, working closely with the Head of Department and Sports Instructors. There are 1,800 students, who are all encouraged to participate in more than their academic studies alone. The School has a wide selection of specialist programs that run alongside their academic programs.

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BRAZIL:
Coach Sports to School Children on Stunning Florianopolis Island
You'll assist the Sports teachers in their regular lessons, introducing your culture and sports specialities in your country! You're also welcome to develop your own coaching project, being the “main teacher”, and in this case the local teacher and coordinator will be there to help you with planning the lessons.

You'll be able to help in different types of sports such as volleyball, basketball, handball and football.

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GHANA:
Coach Football to Children in Schools in Accra
Many children in Ghana don’t have the opportunity to receive proper coaching and they lack basic ball skills and understanding of Football. You'll be able to harness their enthusiasm and teach them how to use their raw talent more effectively and in a structured way.
You'll work with a number of schools, coaching football during lesson times and coaching the school teams after school.

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INDIA:
Coach a Variety of Sports to Children in Schools in Madurai
Coach a variety of sports in an Englih-Medium school with children ranging from 3 to 18. Popular sports at the school include: Basketball, Cricket, Football, Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton and Table Tennis.
Sport is taught during Physical Education (PE) classes throughout the day. The schools have only basic equipment and potholed pitches, and some even use the car park as a playing ground ... but the children love sports!

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INDIA:
Coach Football to Children in Schools in Madurai
Indian children are wonderful to coach and very enthusiastic about learning sport. They turn up for training eager to learn new skills and play a game. You'll usually coach for 3 to 5 hours at one school, but you may coach in two sessions and at two different venues.
You'll work in secondary schools and you will normally help out with all age groups.

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MALAYSIA:
Scuba Diving and Resort Assistant Management
This is a work experience internship and not technically a 'Sports placement'. You'll gain experience of running a water sports centre and, if you are able to stay for a period of three months, have the opportunity to do a total of 60 dives as a prerequisite to the Dive Master Course.
You'll assist the Dive Master in taking care of the dive centre, guiding and assisting new learners, handling customers enquiries, customer service and reporting to the Dive Instructor. You can also develop your diving skills by taking several courses – i.e. PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Aid Response, Rescue Diver etc.

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NEW ZEALAND:
Coach a Choice of Sports in Schools in Auckland
Coach sports to children and assist with teaching in Clubs and schools. You can assist, develop and play a specific sport, or many different types of sports - the choice is yours! Sports include:
Athletics, Baseball, Cricket, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Hockey, Rugby Union, Tennis, plus many other sports in the schools.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
Coaching Sports in Poor Schools in Knysna
Combine sports coaching with some teaching in the schools. Sport classes are run in conjunction with the Life Orientation classes. The purpose of these classes is to develop Team work, Confidence, Self Esteem, Communication Skills and Leadership.
You can coach a variety of sports, such as Cricket, Football, Netball and Rugby. Although facilities are basic, there is still a lot that you can do. The average class size is between 15 and 40.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
Sports Work Experience Internship in Knysna
Combine coaching in a variety of sports with gaining valuable work experience in a well set-up Sports School. You'll coach full time for the underprivileged community, as well as assisting in the management and running of the school and possibly playing for various teams based at the school.
Areas you'll be involved in include Sports Administration & Management, Organising Sports Events, Sports Development and Grounds Management, amongst others. The experience you gain on this internship will be an excellent entry into your CV, making you stand out in the crowd of job seekers.

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SOUTH AFRICA:
Coach Sports to Underprivileged Children in Cape Town
Coach sports in a school with approximately 600 children, with 20 teachers. There are usually around 28 to 30 children in a class, but sometimes classes will be split into smaller groups when you are coaching/playing games on the field. You'll most likely work with children who range in age from 5 to 13.
Sports include: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming & Volleyball. English is not the children's mother tongue, but the general standard is about Fair to Good. 98% of the children at the school come from Cape Town's townships.

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ZAMBIA:
Coach Sports to Children in Livingstone
We teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport to establish a programme to coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children in schools in Livingstone, very close to the awesome Victoria Falls!
Sports you can coach include Football, Rugby, Cricket, Volleyball, Netball & Basketball.
You don't need any qualifications, just a good knowledge of your sport and a passion to pass your skills on to deserving children.

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Why is Sport so Important for Children?
  • Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Health, Fitness and Strength: Physical, Emotional and Psychological
  • Building Friendships, Cooperation and Team Spirit
  • Healthy Competition
  • Energy/Anger Outlet
  • Expression and Individuality
  • Provides positive goals or the children to strive toward
  • Fun and Laughter!

I’ve been training for a long time, but it wasn’t until I started trying to teach others, breaking down and observing the individual skills -from the coach’s point of view- that I began to understand the game on a deeper level… and my own technique’s improved dramatically and quickly! L Beisly

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