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SPORTS VOLUNTEERING FAQs
We've tried to answer as many questions on Sports as possible below - hopefully we've succeeded to answering all yours, but if not, please do contact us either by email or telephone: 1-603-574-4935. We're happy to help!
And Parents, we have a special section for your questions as well, but please don't hesitate to contact us if you'd like more information or reassurance that your child is in good hands.
Why should I volunteer on a sport project?
The sports programs will benefit you as well giving you great exposure to a foreign environment. It will also improve your coaching abilities and experience and stand you in great stead in the future.
2. I am
keen on playing a sport as well as coaching my sport what is available
support do I get?
We have paid staff in all our destination countries to look after you.
They set up your placement, meet you at the airport and generally
look after you the whole time you are on your placement. They won't baby
you but they're always available should you need any assistance or any problems occur.
4. Which country or countries
would be best for me to coach in?
The country you choose to coach in will also depend on your sport of choice as well, for example in South Africa we have around 15 different sports for you to choose from and in some of our other countries there might only be one or two.
If you mostly
want very good facilities then you should choose some of the projects in
South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. On the other hand, if you fancy
the challenge of trying to teach poor children who have virtually no
facilities, you should look at countries like Ghana or Sri Lanka. If you want to make a huge difference in a very
ethnic environment, take a look at our Sports project in eMakhosini in
Zululand in South Africa.
5. Can I
mix and match sports?
The sport you choose to coach will depend on your
preference, but if you're already on your sports project and you think
you'd like to coach another sport or change sport altogether, we may be
able to arrange it for you, depending, of course, on whether that
particular sport is available in that country.
Many of the sports projects we work in are based in developing countries where the children and communities are very underprivileged. As a volunteer with Travellers you are providing the children and communities with an opportunity to learn a new and exciting sport, or you can improve their skills in sports in general. This is an opportunity they would not get without our volunteers.
As well as the benefit the children get from your coaching, part of the money you pay for your project goes on donations of sports equipment to the various sports projects. If the school has good sports equipment, we give donations to other institutions, like orphanages or the poorer schools.
Another plus is that while the children are learning
sports from you, they are also learning to improve their English because
they have the opportunity to use English in an informal setting where
they don't feel that their English is being "judged". This gives them
tremendous confidence which they in turn transfer to the classroom.
7. How long do placements last?
8. What do I do now?
Frequently Asked Sports Questions (General)