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COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

SRI LANKA

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

Our Football Coaching program runs in schools in Ja-Ela, on the western side of Sri Lanka, midway between Colombo and the popular Indian Ocean resort of Negombo. You'll work with disadvantaged children who benefit enormously from your help!

The schools have about 400 to 500 pupils aged 5 to 16 years old, with approx. 35 per class.  Their English is generally poor, so by coaching football, you're also helping them improve their English in an informal setting.

You'll coach all age groups, from 6 to 18 years old. You don't need any qualifications to do this project.

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SUMMARY FACTFILE
Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 1 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 17, no qualifications necessary (just a good dose of enthusiasm). If you're coaching Football or any other sport, you must have a good knowledge of the game and rules.
Price Full Price List
What's included Arranging your program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation

Food 
Meeting you at Colombo airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support.
Return transfer to airport
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in coaching sports or working with children overseas while doing voluntary work in coaching sports, projects abroad or study abroad.
Also available as a summer placement  in sports volunteering in Sri Lanka and anyone who can only take a short break.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into Asia and the fascinating culture of Sri Lanka

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and seeing how your efforts are making a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

WORK CONTENT:

You'll work in schools for the poorer children and the underprivileged section of the community in JA-ELA, midway between Colombo and the popular Indian Ocean resort of Negombo. The football coaching project is very popular with the children.

You'll coach at one or two out of a variety of local schools.  The schools have about 400 to 500 pupils aged 5 to 16 years old, with approx. 35 per class.

The facilities are basic but the children are excited about playing football and being coached by our volunteers. The pitches in Sri Lanka are typically gravel and dirt pitches, which makes the game of football very quick and exciting as it is played at a very different pace and style to European football.

The schools have very limited sports equipment and facilities, but lots of enthusiasm. You'll work with the teachers to create and coach school teams. You may be able to arrange an inter-schools Football Tournament as part of your placement.  

These tournaments in the past have provided the children with the opportunity to play football competitively, which many of the children haven't had. Hopefully, towards the end of your placement (if you're doing a long enough placement), you may be able to organise a tournament that brings together all the schools you've been working with to play against each other.

SCHOOL TERM DATES:2015

  • Term 1: 7th January – 10th April

  • Term 2: 20th April – 12th June

  • Term 3: 10th August – 2nd October

  • Term 4: 12th October – 11th December

School Holidays:
Dates vary each year, but the months of April, August and December are generally taken up with School Holidays. Our volunteers usually use this time to travel around and explore the island, or they expand their travel experience by doing a project at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

This is an exciting project that gives you an awesome and totally different experience. If a vacation falls during your placement, you can take off and explore and then return after the vacation to complete your program.

FREE COACHING MANUALS
You'll be provided with access to a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by our Sports Manager. The manuals are very useful and will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.

"Just wanted to drop you a line as my project in Sri Lanka comes to end to tell you that I have had the best time of my life and the project has been amazing, both the teaching and the elephant orphanage. It has been a truly amazing experience."  David Constable

Sri Lanka is famous for its 1,600 kilometres of unspoilt, golden beaches and diverse climate zones. The proverbial paradise island! Sri Lankans are very friendly, hospitable and welcoming, if somewhat laidback and in no-rush mode to get things done!

"I admire the children of Sri Lanka for their eagerness and natural inquisitive nature, for when travelling up in the hill country I was surrounded by children walking miles and miles up hills to get to their nearest school, because there was no transport to take them. It is this impatient desire which inspires me and drives me to teach.

I could never have dreamt what a great experience it would have been to do this. I will never forget the children’s smiling faces, their pride and their energy and enthusiasm."
Catherine Fay Warren.

 Coaching football in Sri Lanka

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

COACH FOOTBALL TO UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN IN JA-ELA IN SRI LANKA

ACCOMMODATION:

You'll live in a quaint bungalow in a residential area surround by lush Sri Lankan landscape in the Gampaha region. The bungalow is airy and is typical of the modern styling of Sri Lankan houses. The bungalow can comfortably accommodate more than 6 volunteers, whilst still allowing you to keep a sense of having your own space. The bungalow has living and dining area and plenty of outdoor areas, including a garden, making it the perfect setting for sociable evenings with the other volunteers or reading a book in peace in tropical surroundings.

Travelers' Volunteer Coordinator, Niranjala, lives in a separate close by, with her family. Many of our past volunteers who have stayed there have commented that the place offer the opportunity to get fully immersed in the wonders of Sri Lankan culture. Niranjala is a very chatty and extremely friendly and always gets the volunteers involved in her lively community activities.

You will have all necessary facilities such a comfortably furnished living area with TV and DVD player in the lounge area. Sri Lanka is a great place to buy DVD’s.

You will likely share your room with one or more other volunteers. The bedrooms are basic but comfortable. Bedrooms normally have single beds, mosquito nets, a clothes rack, and a ceiling fan (some rooms have standing ‘pedestal’ fans only). Bedding in Sri Lanka is very basic and for some reason sheets never seem to be large enough to tuck in, so you may want to consider bringing your own bed linen with you (sheet/pillowcase).

Although we supply bed linen, towels aren't provided! You can either bring your own with you or buy one from a local shop. A tip about washing your clothes – Sri Lanka has a red dust which gets into everything – with your white washing being most at risk – you have been warned!

Facilities include shower, sink and western toilet. The showers are cold water showers here I’m afraid – it can be quite refreshing first thing in the morning before the water tank has been warmed by the sun - although with the climate being predominantly hot and humid for most of the year, taking a shower can be great way to cool off after a day spent in the Sri Lankan sun.

"I just wanted to let you know, that I had the time of my life in Sri Lanka. It was FANTASTIC, I wish the entire experience had never had to end. I would just like to say thank you to your team of organisers for organising the spectacular trip." Rajni Kanda

Accommodation on your volunteering projects in Sri Lanka with Travelers Worldwide

Accommodation on your volunteering projects in Sri Lanka with Travelers Worldwide

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

  

A VOLUNTEER'S REPORT ON HIS COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Firstly, may I thank you for enabling me to have possibly the best six months ever. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and the people are wonderfully kind and generous. Mr Roshan was extremely helpful and kind, both during our voluntary placement and during our return from travel.

The Coaching in the schools was a huge success and I hope that Travellers will be able to undertake similar projects in the years to come. Myself, Richard Anderson and David Ruddle all concentrated the majority of our time to WP/NG Ekala Maha Vidgalama School, with Ian and Trevor Snelling concentrating on St. Joesph's School. All five of us also taught at WP/NG Christ King's National College, Tudella, during the afternoon 2-3 times weekly. 

The students all seemed to enjoy the coaching immensely and showed vast improvement during the three months. As the program came to an end we arranged a tournament between the schools which was a HUGE success!

One important point we realised early on was the benefit of consistency in the same coaches teaching the same children. We developed an amazing rapport with the children and it made it a joy to teach them. When we used to arrive at the school in the morning the children would literally mob us, it really was an amazing experience, so thank you very very much.

Thanks again for the experience of a life time. 
Michael Ecclestone

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT:
Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind.    Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our Sri Lankan staff who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.

You will have weekends free and this will also allow some time for travelling and sight seeing.

"I'd just like to say that the Travellers teaching placement in Sri Lanka was brilliant, couldn't fault it at all. Doing the placement was the best decision I ever made, it was absolutely fantastic and I was pretty sad when I finished. Met some really nice people too." Gemma Leonard

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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

1-Wk Elephant Orphanage
Meditation Course

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in Sri Lanka, or you could even do a second project in a different region of the country, thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

"Just wanted to drop you a line as my project in Sri Lanka comes to an end to tell you that I have had the best time of my life. The project has been amazing, both the teaching and the elephant orphanage. It has been a truly amazing experience."  David Constable

 

LOCATION, EXPLORING AND SIGHTSEEING:

We cannot BEGIN to tell you how beautiful this paradise island is! Nor how cheap to live and get around.  It is almost too good to be true! But it is true. 

Towering Pagodas, Hindu temples and ancient fortresses to holy rivers and sacred mountains. The local people are very welcoming and friendly, especially in the rural areas. The tea plantations are a must, the lace making, monuments and architectural splendours, etc., but the most appealing is the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala. Not to be missed! It's an emotive sight that you'll never forget!

SRI LANKA'S FANTASTIC BEACHES!
Sri Lanka has miles and miles of amazing beaches. Some of our favourites are:

MIRISSA: Perhaps a contender for the most beautiful beach in the world. Long, deserted and hot. You know you have got away from it all as you sit and watch the sunset over this horizon…The snorkelling is also incredible here.

NEGOMBO: To the north of Colombo lies Negombo, a busting fishing town with golden beaches and a pallet of colour provided by sails and boats against the deep blue of the ocean. 

UNAWATUNA: A sleepy peaceful cove with deep still water and a temple overlooking the bay from the protecting cliffs.

HIKKADUWA: A long stretch of beach with plenty of hostels, restaurants and some nice bars, not forgetting the impromptu beach parties held on the beach front bars blaring Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Led Zeplin and many other classics! Sri Lanka is a conservative island brimming with culture and Hikkaduwa offers an exciting opportunity to vacation for the odd celebratory weekend! Many a volunteer birthday has been seen in over Hikkaduwa cocktails. You can also body board and even surf on this beach.

ARUGAM BAY: This tiny fishing village is Sri Lanka’s newest hot spot and hosts the best surfing and an easy going happy party atmosphere. With its wide sweeping beach in front of the village and year round gorgeous swimming it is no surprise that this bay has developed into a low budget travellers haunt.

"Thank you for the experience you gave me, it was stunning and a memory that always always always brings me warmth"
Tim Hancock

ADRENALIN JAUNTS:
White Water Rafting:Sri Lanka’s boulder stream rivers are the ideal setting for white water rafting. This is the best way to see the stunning environment what this region has to offer. Many tours are available and many begin with days of action, rafting the white waters. This high adventure is suitable for fish time ‘go for it’ rafters and experts alike.  Rafting has become a very popular exciting yet safe adventure sport option.

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering: Mountaineering is an adventure sport that requires skills and levels of fitness that few other adventure sports can match. The mountain ranges in Sri Lanka offer breath taking, enthralling, climbing routes. Climbing is all about discovering the natural world around and with you.

Hiking and Trekking: There’s no better way to explore the natural scenic beauty of this island with diverse climatic zones. Trekking is an excellent way to explore a country, people, their traditions and beliefs. Paths and campsites have been set up to give nature lovers the experience of a lifetime. All possible steps are taken to ensure local community benefit and nature conservation in keeping with all international camping guidelines.

Canoeing & Kayaking: This relatively new sport is rated as the most adventurous of all adventure sports. It involves descending a stream as it drops over waterfalls and boulders. In Sri Lanka they have low waterfalls for beginners and some as high as 700 feet for the very experienced - all surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Climate
The driest and best seasons are from December to March on the west and south coasts and in the hill country, and from May to September on the east coast. December to March is also the time when most foreign tourists come, the majority of them escaping the European winter.

The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. The Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Then there are the ruins, ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy any archaeologist.

TRAVEL:
To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.



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