At a glance

  • Work with a group your age and our coaches to encourage local kids to be more active and healthy
  • Help kids raise their confidence and develop their teamwork skills
  • Inspire children to become active participants in different activities

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during school break

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Minimum Duration: 

Two Weeks


This project is only for 15-18 year olds

Is volunteering in Jamaica right for me?

Get ready to spark that fire in some Jamaican kids that could lead to their newest passion. This Sports Coach Volunteer Project for high school students is perfect for encouraging fitness and healthy living.

You’ll have a fun experience interacting and participating with children from a different cultural background. Plus, who doesn’t like hearing kids tell you about the impact they had in a friendly game? Now, you may be able to influence that in a positive way.

This project is great for your resume if you’re looking to go into the sports and fitness field. You’ll learn how to interact with other people, keep them motivated, and build some healthy competitiveness in yourself and the kids.

You don’t need any experience to join this project, just a big heart and friendly attitude! You’ll work with local teachers and sometimes coach on your own. So knowledge on basic sports and fitness would go a long way in making a big impact.

A high school special volunteer teaching Jamaican kids hand-eye coordination with a ball

The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.

There are a variety of sports you can choose to focus on coaching if you have a knack for certain sports. Alternatively you can try your hand at all of them and learn during your induction.

The sports include:

  • Athletics
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
  • Hockey

Of course, some sports are seasonal, so it’s good to keep that in mind when planning your trip. Because you’ll be visiting during Jamaica’s summer you’ll most coach sports like soccer and netball.

Some of the sports are new to a few of the local Jamaican schools, like hockey. This means you and your group may even be teaching some of the teachers or local staff the rules. Nothing you can’t handle, of course!

Teach children different sports and coach them through it

Make sure you have your training shoes on ‘cause you’ll be running the kids through the basics of whatever sport is in season. You may start from scratch and teach them how the game is played. You could also get a bit more technical and share some tactics you think would be good to implement in their games. Making sure the kids have good sports etiquette will make the games more fun and enjoyable for everyone.

Give an overview of how to train for different sports

Besides the rules for each sport, knowing how to train is just as important. You’ll want to give the kids the lowdown on how to practice techniques, warm-ups, and stretches. Different sports will focus different parts of the body, so knowing what to stretch and strengthen will be critical. This will limit their injuries and keep them active for longer.

Share important off-field information about sportsmanship and nutrition

Playing sports is fun, no question about it, but the other side of that coin is good sportsmanship. Knowing the dos and don’ts helps keep them engaged even as spectators. It also ensures they keep themselves and each other accountable. Besides the technicalities and motivations, good nutrition also plays a role in keeping them at their best while they’re growing. We encourage them to eat healthier, and show them what available foods can do that.

Where will I work in Jamaica?


You’ll be staying in Mandeville . A small town three hours away from the capital, Kingston.

You’ll work at a summer camp based at a primary school in the town. You’ll spend most time at the high school. Physical Education classes –  and sports in general – are low-priority in Jamaica, so having a group of volunteers like you who can promote sports makes a real difference!

When you’re not working, our project experts will take you to see the town and surrounding areas. You’ll get to visit markets, go on nature walks, and interact with all kinds of people with your group.

Your accommodation will be split into separate dorms for girls and boys.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Jamaica Arrival Procedures page.

What are the goals of sports coaching in Jamaica?

The main goal of this project is to win games. Just kidding - our real goal in Jamaica is to work with young adults and kids to encourage them to get fit and learn through sports.

A lot of the schools we work with in Jamaica have too few teachers, so physical education classes are low on their list of priorities. This means kids have limited access to sports, and don’t get the same opportunities to participate that you had while growing up. 

With the help of young people like you, we can make sure that more kids in Jamaica get the chance to play sports and make the most of their summer. On our High School Special, we can work with smaller groups, which means that you can focus on helping kids improve in very specific ways. Like:

  • Showing individual kids what you think they should work on to improve in their sport
  • Doing hand-eye coordination activities with the kids
  • Explain sports etiquette and give personalized motivation

Sports coaching goes beyond just learning how to play, or how you can become fitter. As a young adult, you’ll become a role model on the field. Encourage kids to play fair, and show them how to work together as a team to achieve a goal. This is also a great way for you to gain leadership skills!

Become a part of our team in Jamaica and make a positive impact in the communities while playing sports and having fun!

Children gearing up for a run at the opposition as part of their physical training class

Measuring our impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.

We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Mandeville. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Jamaica and have a truly unique experience.

On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

Meet the team in Jamaica

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options, fundraising advice, and scholarships available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 619 320 2424 to see if we can offer a discount.

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