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Coach Sports in Schools Abroad

Students on the soccer coaching project overseas with Projects Abroad
  • Role: Assisting local physical education teachers or leading your own PE classes in schools, teaching a variety of sports.
  • Requirements: None
Project Info

If you have a passion for sports, travel and volunteering and would like to combine these interests, come join one of our Sports programs where you can work with local children in schools in the developing world. Most people's first memory of playing sports is while they were in school, and the experiences they have here will often color 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 eager to also have them take their students for sports classes. The schools generally lacked the resources to provide specialized 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 soccer and athletics clubs.

Volunteers can get involved in coaching numerous different sports in our School Sports projects. 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 organizations are always eager to hear new ideas, and new opportunities are being developed all of the time. If you would also like 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 college summer break, gap year, career break, extended vacation or even during your retirement! You just have to have a passion for sports, and the desire to pass the skills, techniques and attitudes that come with it on to the next generation.

Volunteer School Sports Coaching Abroad

Gap year volunteers coach a school soccer team in the Sacred Valley of Peru

Projects Abroad volunteers are involved in coaching sports to school children in many of our destinations. They are engaged in sports like soccer and basketball, using skills learned back home to benefit the development of the sport in a new country.

Volunteers are also involved in popular national sports like cricket in India, 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; trying Mongolian wrestling, for example, or a lively game of the Indian favorite Kabbadi!

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