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GAP YEAR | VOLUNTEER ABROAD | WORK EXPERIENCE OVERSEAS

 

COACH AND PLAY SPORTS VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS

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 Australia Brazil Ghana India
Malaysia New Zealand Sri Lanka South Africa Zambia
Make a difference ... get involved!

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.

Polo Sports Experience in an Exclusive Club near Buenos Aires
Learn how to play Polo and work with polo horses in an elite Club located on a picturesque ranch just outside Buenos Aires. You'll work alongside gauchos exercising the horses and mucking out in the mornings, followed by Polo lessons at the Club, then you'll have 2 chukkas in the afternoons to practice what you learnt earlier in the day.


AUSTRALIA

 
Coach Sports in 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.

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.


BRAZIL

 
Coach sports to children in Brazil

Coach Football and other Sports in Rio de Janeiro
Learn and coach football to school children in Rio de Janeiro. Think of Brazil and Pele, Ronaldo and Neymar come to mind. You may be coaching a star of the future at one of our two football centres in the city!  

Our projects take place at a football centre in the north of Rio and also a favela in the south zone. At both centres you’ll work with young children and teenagers with a passion for football, whose enthusiasm is infectious. You don't need any qualifications to coach sports in Brazil.

You don't need any qualifications to coach sports in Brazil, just a basic understanding of the game you're coaching and a love of sports, as well as an enthusiasm to share it!


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.

Coach Cricket to Children in Schools in Accra
Coach cricket to children who've rarely seen the game played - but it doesn't stop their enthusiasm to learn! You'll coach cricket at poor schools during lesson times. After school you could be involved in selecting and coaching an Under-12s and Under-14s team for all of the schools. On the weekends you might have the opportunity to coach and train with the Ghana National Cricket team, depending on the season.

Travellers Worldwide, together with the Ghana Cricket Association, have set up a cricket development program to develop the sport in Ghana and to give Ghanaian children the opportunity to learn to play an exciting sport that is new to them.

Summer Camp in Accra
Come to Ghana and have fun with the kids! Turn their school vacations into a fun learning experience using games, hobbies and any creative activities at a Summer Camp that is free for the children. You use these activities to teach them
English, games, sports, arts/crafts, drama/music, magic, face-painting ...


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!

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.


MALAYSIA

 
Diving project in Malaysia

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Coach Football, Badminton and Netball in a Rural School in Borneo
Coach Sports to children as an extra-curriculum activity and combined with a Teaching English placement. Sports is not as impactful in Malaysia as in many other countries, so any exposure you can give the children to sports is thoroughly enjoyed - they love it!

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 center 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 center, 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.


NEW ZEALAND

 
Coach Sports to children in 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 UnionTennis, plus many other sports in the schools.


SOUTH AFRICA

 
Coach Sports to Underprivileged Children in South Africa




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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.

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. 

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.


ZAMBIA

 
Coach Sports to Underprivileged Children in Zambia

Coach Sports to Children in Livingstone
We teamed up with the Ministry for Youth and Sport to establish a program 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.


Travelers Volunteer Jonathan Dick with Richie McCaw, the captain of the All Black Rugby team in New Zealand





1. FOOTBALL EVERYWHERE! But particularly popular in Sri Lanka, South Africa, India and Ghana
2. Sports Work Experience at the Sports School in South Africa - an excellent project all round.
3. Total Sports, and near Victoria Falls - awesome!
4. Cricket in Argentina - in BA with the ACA!
5. Total Sports in Rio - includes Martial Arts. For high energy lovers of Latin America!

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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!

As a Travellers Sports Coach you can do more than just coach your sport. In various countries we have partnerships with local teams which will give you the opportunity to train with and possibly play for a local team in your particular sport, getting you totally involved in the local sporting culture. This is an incredible way to become a part of a different culture, whilst making friends instantly, without any barriers.

We work with a number of well established and professional sporting clubs and organisations, such as the New Zealand Cricket Players Association, Racing Football Club and Nania FC a top football side in Ghana. Each placement is different. You can coach sports to local children in Brazil in a dirt playground, or you can work with a UEFA Champions League winner in Ghana, work with ex All Black cricket players in New Zealand, coach and play sports with Olympians in Australia or work with Olympian and World champions in New Zealand - there really is something for everyone and all levels!

In some parts of the world where we work, children don't have any opportunity to play competitive sports. In some of our countries, you may have the opportunity to organise a Travellers Tournament as part of your placement. This is something the children really enjoy and benefit from. We also provide you with free coaching manuals for your sport(s).

Note: If you have a special ability in any area not mentioned in the list of sports, please contact us and we can probably arrange for you to teach it somewhere!

THE TRAVELLERS SPORTS VISION

At Travellers we're passionate about providing underprivileged children around the world with good professional coaching. So much sporting talent often goes unnoticed in the countries where we work, as the children don’t have exposure to sports, access to proper coaching, or encouragement to fulfil their potential. Travellers is dedicated to exposing these children to a variety of sports and much enthusiasm - through our volunteers' coaching and exciting Travellers Sports Tournaments!

You'll be helping these children and communities through developing and coaching your sport. You'll also add significantly to your own knowledge and understanding of your sport.

“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

PLAYING SPORTS ABROAD

Playing sports abroad is a great way to get totally immerged into the country's sporting culture, socialise and make friends with local people, keep fit, improve your skills and have fun! As a Travellers Sports coach, in some of our countries you may have an opportunity to train and possibly play for a local team (if selected!).

Depending on which project you choose, you may be able to coach your sport during the day and get involved training with the local teams of your preferred sport in the evenings. We work with a variety of sports clubs and teams. For many volunteers this aspect of training, playing and competing really is a memorable and precious highlight of their placement.

TRAVELLERS TOURNAMENTS

In some of our countries, children don't have the opportunity to play competitive sport. As a Travellers Sports Volunteer, you may have the opportunity to organise a sports tournament between the schools where you work. Organising these tournaments is a very good way to end your placement as you'll see how your hard work and effort have paid off. The children really learn from it and everyone always has an amazing and fun day!

When on your placement you will work with the Travellers Country Organiser in organising these tournaments. We also provide you with a manual that you can use as additional help in organising the tournament.

ABOUT COACHING SPORTS

Sports coaching placements are very valuable for the children in the villages, towns and cities where we work as it teaches children team skills, social skills, communication skills and a sense of belonging. The interaction is a great way to improve the children’s spoken English, which is a huge asset for their future life.

Sports placements vary in terms of the age groups, the hours of work, where and how you will work. Some are part-time and after school where you can combine coaching with English teaching or another project. Some are full-time.

Sports’ coaching usually takes place in underprivileged schools around the world, with children from less advantaged backgrounds. However we do also have links with some private schools which allow us to use their sporting facilities for both the private school students and invite kids from many of the underprivileged schools in the area.

The sizes of class vary, depending on the school and the country. Coaching hours tend to range from 8 to 25 hours per week, usually over 5 days. Weekends are usually free to travel with other volunteers, sightsee, relax or party!

Your accommodation for each country is described on the project pages (check the blue links above). Accommodation situations range from sharing a house with other Travellers volunteers, to living with a host family, or perhaps a backpackers or guest house - it depends on the country that you're in and your preferences.

FREE COACHING MANUALS
We will provide you with a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by our Sports Manager and are very useful in helping you to plan coaching sessions for your students.

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