Volunteer as a sports coach in Ecuador and help develop the sports skills of young players from disadvantaged backgrounds. You’ll work closely with local coaches at a community sports club. This is a great way to give back while gaining practical coaching experience.
Sports are extremely popular in Ecuador. Unfortunately, a lack of resources and poverty can prevent many children from participating. We work with a local club to offer free entry to these children. By coaching kids at the club, you can improve access to sport and develop their fitness and athletic ability. You mainly teach football, but you can also coach sports like basketball, Zumba, and Taekwondo.
You live and work in San Cristobal, and stay with a local host family. This will be your home away from home and the perfect setting to experience the hospitality, culture, and traditions of the Galapagos islands. You can also choose to stay with other volunteers in shared accommodation.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on this project?
You’ll work at a community-run sports club on San Cristobal Island, in the Galapagos. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Teach various sports, with a large focus on coaching football
- Help local coaches come up with interesting and diverse training sessions
- Learn new skills that could boost your own career
As a volunteer teaching sports in Ecuador, your work will mainly focus on the following areas:
The most important aspect of your time as a volunteer sports coach in Ecuador is coaching children, and helping to improve their fitness and ability.
You mainly teach football, but you can also coach sports like basketball, Zumba, and Taekwondo. The Zumba classes are open to both children and adults. Adults from the local community enjoy participating in the sessions run by staff and volunteers. It would be beneficial to have basic Zumba skills, but this is not a requirement. In terms of teaching Taekwondo, there is a local Taekwondo instructor who will assist with the sessions. However, if you have some experience or training in martial arts, that would be useful.
You work with small groups that are divided by age and ability. You will find that every student is different and they will benefit greatly from your attention to improve their performance.
Help local coaches plan training sessions
Regardless of the sport you are coaching, you will help to develop student's basic skills and techniques. Emphasis is also put on enjoyment and participation. This is because the students attending these sports clubs have a real passion for it. Your role, therefore, will be to help make sure the fun and enthusiasm continues.
Keeping this in mind, you will help local coaches plan training sessions that are fun, interesting, and encourage the students to come back regularly.
Learn new skills
Whether you have coaching experience or not, this project will offer loads of opportunity to broaden your skill set.
Firstly, you will be working alongside experienced local coaches, who will be able to advise you on improving your own techniques. Secondly, living on Galapagos is an excellent opportunity to learn Spanish or improve on your language skills if you already speak it.
Where you work as a sports coach in Ecuador
You’ll live and work on the island of San Cristobal, which forms part of the Galapagos archipelago.
The Galapagos Islands are hugely popular for anyone with an interest in biology, science, and wildlife. These volcanic islands are home to a vast number of species that occur nowhere else in the world. A few examples include the Giant tortoise, marine iguanas, Galapagos fur seals, and Galapagos penguins.
Even though San Cristobal is the capital of Ecuador’s Galapagos province, it’s still more of a port town than a city. It’s home to several pristine white beaches, but only two are for people. The others are all devoted to the protection of the local sea lion population.
As for your work, you will be based at one of three community-run sports clubs on the island. There is definitely an emphasis on football. However, if you’re passionate about other sporting types, there may be opportunities to expand the scope of activities.
For the duration of your time as a volunteer, you will be living with a local host family. This is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the culture, traditions, and food of the Galapagos Islands. We also offer an option where you can stay in shared accommodation with other volunteers.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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