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This project takes place in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, the oldest city in the country. From the iconic Table Mountain to the magnificent Cape beaches, this city has it all. This project is an adventure club for 12-14 year old children focused primarily on extramural surfing and swimming lessons. The adventure club provides children with a valuable opportunity to take part in a rang...

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Love Volunteers has provided thousands of volunteers with the chance to travel abroad and volunteer where help is really needed. Love Volunteers provides safe, responsible, affordable Sports Volunteering programs for volunteers who want a truly memorable experience abroad. Check out our exciting program options!

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Set foot in the culturally rich country of India and contribute to our sustainable community development projects. Volunteers will assist in the local community of Kerala where they will get a chance get their hands dirty with one of our important community construction projects. Groups get to participate in this inter-disciplinary course, accredited by universities and colleges around the worl...

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Volunteering in Projects Abroad Child Care in Cambodia program in either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap can be challenging but rewarding. Volunteers will have the opportunity to either work in care centers, kindergartens, or centers for children with physical disabilities or illnesses. Responsibilities of volunteers in the program include teaching children, facilitating play time, and providing basic ...

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Volunteer in Cape Town and join this meaningful project where you will provide a safe and nurturing environment for children, and empower children and youth through education and life skills. Physical activity drastically decreased amongst children after Physical Education was removed from the school curriculum in South Africa. As a fundamental part of youth development sport and physical ...

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When you volunteer in Guatemala, you'll be welcomed by the hospitality of the Guatemalan people who are usually mestizo, a mix of Spanish and Maya ancestry, or they are direct descendants of the Maya. Following a military coup in 1954, Guatemala plunged into a brutal 36-year-long civil war between government military forces and left-wing guerilla groups. Though the conflict is now long over,...

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Work with at-risk children in and around the pueblo of Antigua, Guatemala. Placements include working in orphanages, rural schools, and community centers, and street children programs. Projects focus on providing boys and girls with shelter, food, and education. Various educational, recreational, and health projects are ongoing to support these unfortunate children. Volunteers work to help keep...

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Volunteer in teaching and community assistance projects in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The project has a diverse range of activities that volunteers can become involved with. At the orphanage, volunteers will be interacting with children on a daily basis, providing them with extra lessons, playing games with them, and helping to provide one-on-one attention. Volunteers will also have the opportun...

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Work as a Connect-123 volunteer in one of the many non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools we work with in Dublin. There are a range of different areas to choose from where you can apply your specific set of skills to projects that are important to you. Areas of opportunity include education, conservation, health care, microfinance and community development and many more. Tell us your main ...

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CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion.

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Like any third world country, the Philippines suffers from diseases due to poor hygiene and sanitation brought about by poor awareness programs. This is one of the major issues the country needs to face, and come up with solutions to. A lot of people in rural areas cannot afford to pay for medicines and regular medical check-ups. Volunteer for the Visayans is reaching out to those in need of...

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As in many countries, the Kenyan school system is facing many challenges including limited resources, overcrowding and lack of qualified teachers. Volunteers can work at a primary or secondary school in Nakuru. Volunteers will assist by teaching English and other subjects. Volunteers must be prepared for the challenge of working in schools with very limited materials and resources but must also...

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This is service-learning at its best. Teach conversational English in rural elementary and high-school classrooms in the Siedlce region, east of Warsaw and at English language camps in the Tatra mountain village of Zakopane. You don't need previous teaching experience to encourage and stimulate youth and adult students! Any native English speaker can be very helpful. Emphasis is on conversation...

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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...

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Sports Volunteering Abroad

Volunteering abroad in sports basically falls into two categories: coaching in school systems through after school youth programs or coaching in junior elite programs designed to train rising stars for international amateur competitions or professional leagues. By far, basic sports coaching abroad is more plentiful and invites volunteers with broader skill sets in a larger variety of sports. However, no matter where conduct sports volunteering abroad, coaching sports abroad in a different cultural setting can be extremely rewarding and eye-opening.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Sports

Participation in sports is important for all children in terms of their physical health, learning to work as a team, discovering new skills, and simply for the joy of playing. But for underprivileged youth, whether it’s in an inner city or in a developing country, sports can bring an important sense of worth and belonging and, for some, a route to higher education. If you’re a teacher or coach, you love children, and you know the basics about a specific sport, especially soccer or basketball, chances are you won’t have any trouble finding a placement coaching sports abroad.

There are also sports volunteering opportunities abroad at major sporting events around the world, such as the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup, though these are more difficult to obtain and clearly happen only seasonally. For these events, you will not only support the event itself and help promote the industry, you will also become a supporter of these event’s larger goal of cross-cultural interaction which brings the world together.

Locations

When it comes to developing countries, opportunities for sports volunteering abroad are most prominent in Ghana, India, Kenya, Peru, and South Africa.

Sports coaching volunteers are especially needed in inner city, urban areas in both developing and developed countries, where resources are notoriously limited and increased unity and understanding among youth is most greatly needed. For example, the city of Rio de Janeiro has begun a major initiative in its slum areas (in part because of the publicity around its hosting of the Olympic Games and World Cup) focusing on youth sports leagues, especially soccer, as well as art and music programs. The initiative is meant to decrease issues among youth and help students develop essential life skills.

The Olympics and the World Cup generally move from continent to continent, the last two World Cup tournaments were in South Africa and Brazil and the next two will be in Russia and Qatar, so opportunities to volunteer at the World Cup or the Olympics tend to span the globe. It is more common, however, for these events to take place in developed nations.

Sports Volunteering Abroad

In most of the world, soccer is king when it comes to sports, so it is one of the most common sports taught to children around the world. The great thing about soccer is it doesn’t require a lot of equipment and it can be played in almost any kind of open space. Basketball is quickly becoming a close second to soccer in its international appeal, especially since it provides greater opportunity for youth to earn significant scholarships for university. But coaching sports abroad is not limited to soccer and basketball, there are opportunities to participate in sports volunteering around the world in a range of sports, from volleyball to dance to golf.

By far the most common types of sports volunteering abroad are focused on sports coaching, whether for specific organized teams, in after school programs, or at local youth or community centers. 

Sports Coaching. Those who volunteer in sports coaching abroad may be teaching the basic rules of a specific sport to young athletes and helping them to develop skills or they may be managing teams of advanced athletes who participate in competitive sports leagues.

After School Programs & Youth Centers. Working with children and youth in sports leagues after school and in urban community centers is one of the best ways to combat drug use, gang participation, dropouts, and even teen pregnancies. Volunteers in these placements will teach a variety of sports to local youth and help organize friendly, non competitive games in the community.

Education. Volunteers in sports education help develop curriculum and sets goals and standards for sports programs in schools. These volunteers typically teach sports classes during the regular school day to provide physical education to the children and expand their understanding of sports.

Additional opportunities for sports volunteering abroad surround the more corporate, entertainment, global sporting industry.

Promotion, Marketing, & Logistics. Usually associated with large sporting events that are international in nature, individuals who volunteer in sports marketing may be tasked with putting together newsletters, promoting the event on social media platforms, or conducting various other marketing or advertising duties. Any major sporting event has a local organizing committee that exists to attract events to their area and coordinate the things needed to host a sporting event. These organizations recruit volunteers to help with various logistical tasks, possible volunteer opportunities include, ushers, ticketing, and event set-up and take-down.

Benefits & Challenges

Sports volunteering abroad can make a huge difference in a young person’s life, especially in countries where access to facilities, equipment, and sport instruction is either limited or expensive. Beyond providing a unique resource to youth, research has shown that engagement in sports, particularly team sports, helps build life skills that are essential for future life success for underprivileged populations. Anyone who becomes a sports coach abroad working with marginalized youth will act as a solid role model and consistent support system, and could serve as a greater inspiration in the community as well.

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