Volunteer as a sports coach in Peru and work with disadvantaged children to get them active and improve their ability through different sports. You’ll be placed at clubs or the Peruvian Sports Institute, working alongside local coaches and learning from them. This is a wonderful way to add practical coaching experience to your CV, and give back at the same time.
In Peru, there are many families who can’t afford to pay for sports coaching and equipment for the children. You’ll help us give more children this opportunity. You’ll focus on teaching popular sports like football, basketball, and volleyball, as well as teaching kids life skills like teamwork.
You’ll live and work in Cusco, and stay with a local host family. You’ll have plenty of time to explore this fascinating city of Cusco, which once was the capital of the ancient Incan Empire.
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)
Is volunteering as a sports coach in Peru right for me?
If you have a passion for sports and fitness, and want to help children at the same time, coaching sports in Peru is perfect for you!
This is a great way for you to add practical coaching experience to your CV, which could help your future career. You’ll also build your personal skills, like leadership, goal setting, and organisation. You can apply these skills to any career you pursue.
You don’t need any previous experience to join. Local coaches will help guide your work and give you advice, and you can reach out to Projects Abroad staff for help at any time.
This project runs throughout the year, and you can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks. Please be aware that some of our placements do close in certain months. Contact us and we can advise you on the best time to come to Peru.
What will I do as a volunteer teaching sports in Peru?
These are the main activities you can get involved with during your project:
- Coach football, basketball, or volleyball to disadvantaged children at schools and sports institutions
- Research and plan new and creative ways to coach sport
- Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Coach football, basketball, or volleyball to children
Your main role will be to coach sports to children, with the main focuses being football, basketball, or volleyball. You’ll assist a local coach, and work with different age groups. Which group you work with depends on your level of experience.
You can coach football to beginners aged 6-9, or intermediate groups aged 12-13. Volleyball coaching is done with ages 6-16, and for basketball coaching you’ll work with ages 8-17.
Sports are also the perfect way for children to learn important life skills like teamwork.
Research and plan new and creative ways to coach sport
Local coaches might not have access to the same information as you. Before and during your project, you can research the latest trends in coaching your sport. You can introduce these new methods to coaches and students, and discuss how to implement them.
Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others
Coaching sport is a great way to hone important life skills. By working with children and teenagers, you’ll develop leadership skills and improve your planning skills by organising training sessions. You’ll also learn how to motivate different students to reach their goals. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get hands-on sports coaching experience while in Peru.
Where will I work in Peru?
All of our placements are based in Cusco. You can choose to work at a local sports club that specialises in the sport you want to coach, or at the Peruvian Institute of Sport. These placements are well equipped, but need volunteers to teach the large number of children who come for free coaching.
Cusco is a fascinating city rich in cultural and historical significance. It was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire, and you will be able to see these remains all around the city. The streets are filled with beautiful architecture from centuries of civilisation.
What is a typical day like on this project?
This projects runs from Monday to Friday, in the afternoons. Training sessions are typically between 3pm and 6pm.
In the mornings, you’ll work with local coaches to plan training sessions and team exercises. You can also use this time to research new coaching techniques.
During training sessions in the afternoons, you’ll spend time running drills, improving technique, and building fitness. After training, you’ll return to your host family for dinner.
We recommend using your free time and weekends to explore. There is plenty to see and do around Cusco. Sample some local food at a restaurant, or plan a trip to Machu Picchu.
Aims and Impact of the Sports Club Project in Peru
The main aim of this project is to give disadvantaged children in Peru the opportunity to participate in sports and improve their fitness and ability.
In Peru, sports are popular, but access is limited. Disadvantaged families can’t afford to send their children for lessons or pay for equipment. We work with local clubs and the Peruvian Institute of Sport to give children the chance to get involved. We also focus on helping children improve their fitness and learn life skills like teamwork.
We need your help to do this. As a volunteer, you’ll work with the children and encourage them to get fit and embrace healthy living. You’ll also teach them more about playing the sports they love.
Join us as a sports coach in Peru and help children grow and thrive by getting active.
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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