Travel to Kenya and volunteer as a sports coach. You’ll help disadvantaged children to develop their fitness and confidence levels during Physical Education lessons. You’ll do this by working with local coaches in public primary schools and drop-in care centres. This is a great way to give back and add coaching experience to your CV at the same time.
During sports classes, you’ll encourage children to lead healthy lives by prioritizing exercise, and share your love of sports with them. It’s a great opportunity for you to talk to the students, and learn about their lives, and what their aspirations are. Who knows? You might work with the next rising Kenyan or global sports star!
You’ll be based in the town of Nanyuki in central Kenya and live with a local host family. In your free time, we encourage you to to explore the country, eat local food, and and learn about the traditions.
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?
Our volunteer sports coaching placements in Kenya takes place in public primary schools and drop-in centres in and around Nanyuki. Here are some tasks you can expect to get involved in:
- Gain experience by coaching children of differing ages and sporting abilities
- Boost the fitness and confidence levels of your students through fun training sessions
- Work alongside local coaches and teachers, learning and sharing your knowledge
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Gain experience by coaching children of differing ages and sporting abilities
You will quickly gain hands-on sports coaching experience in Kenya by working with students of different ages and abilities. Encourage slower runners and give quicker students more challenging tasks You can also create games that develop teamwork, boost fitness, and are fun for the children.
For young kids, you can focus on simple yet effective activities like ball skills using an obstacle course. With an older soccer team, you can focus on their team tactics, ball control, and accurate passing skills on the pitch.
Boost the fitness and confidence levels of your students
You will follow a busy schedule, created by the Projects Abroad Sports Coordinator. Use each lesson to work on the fitness and confidence levels of your students, depending on their age and abilities. Through games, drills, or stretching sessions, you can give your students pep talks, encouraging them and building their self-confidence.
Work alongside local coaches and teachers, learning and sharing your knowledge
As a volunteer teaching sports in Kenya, you will work alongside local coaches and with our Sports Coordinator. During Physical Education lessons at your placement, learn as much as you can! You can ask the staff questions, make suggestions, and share your knowledge and experiences of sports back in your home country.
You should be mindful that at some placements, resources may be limited or not available. You can work with the Kenyan coaches to think of creative, and fun activities for your students that don’t require equipment.
Where will I work in Kenya?
Your hands-on sports coaching experience in Kenya will take place in the small town of Nanyuki. The town is around a 3.5 hour drive away from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. You can see the country’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya, easily from Nanyuki.
You’ll work at public primary schools and drop-in centres in and around Nanyuki. You will work with the coach of the school or centre, and you’ll have guidance from the Projects Abroad Sports Coordinator.
Be prepared to lead sessions on soccer fields that may have bare ground without much grass. However, fun and engaging activities can be done using any open space. We encourage you to get creative with the resources you have.
You can use your free time and weekends in Kenya to explore! Plan a trip with fellow volunteers to Ol Pajeta Conservancy and see if you can spot the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros). Or, relax at your host family home, or at a stunning beach on the coast of Mombasa.
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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