Coach Sports Abroad: Coach Volleyball in Bolivia
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Cochabamba
- ROLE: To coach and mentor volleyball to children
- AGE OF STUDENTS: 4-19
- CLASS SIZE: 10-20
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
If you are a volleyball player and would like to volunteer with children overseas, our volleyball sports placement in Bolivia is an excellent fit. Ever since Bolivia hosted the South American Nations Championship in 2004, volleyball in Bolivia has been thriving. The Federacion Bolivana de Voleibol, like all other South American volleyball organizations, has been steadily developing the game within the country to reduce Brazil's domination of the sport within South America.
Volleyball may not be the number one sport in Bolivia but it is gaining in popularity. This is partly due to its practicality. It is a sport that can be played on any type of court - dirt, sand, grass, wood and concrete. If a net is not available, a rope is sufficient to mark where a net would be. After that all you need is a ball, making it incredibly accessible for all to participate. Not all children want, or are able, to play soccer, so volleyball provides them with an interesting alternative sports option.
Volunteer Volleyball Coaching with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad works with Club Olympic to help coach Volleyball to youngsters. The club was started unofficially by a group of friends over forty years ago, as an initiative to offer the youth of Cochabamba an alternative activity to keep them fit and healthy, while giving them an outlet for their youthful energy.
The club began officially just six years ago, when it moved to a new site in a local school. The land where the club plays was given to the school by the municipality for thirty years, and has been developed into a great sports area, which now boasts six beach volleyball courts, six indoor courts, training areas, a small track and a gymnasium.
The club covers everything: sports coaching and workouts, games between students, games with other sports schools or associations, theoretical classes and community services.
Volunteering Abroad on a Volleyball Sports Project in Bolivia
Club Olympic need help with sports training and general maintenance work throughout the year. Volunteer coaches will help raise interest in the sport among students, and join in the planning and running of sessions.
Depending on your level of Spanish and knowledge of Volleyball you may find yourself supporting another coach, coaching through a translator or working with a group alone. Teams that a volunteer can work with will vary from young children to young adults.
Working hours are Monday-Friday from 3pm to 7pm, working with children between the ages of 5 to 16. On the weekends there are tournaments, championships, and other activities that volunteers are welcome to attend.
Our volleyball project in Bolivia can also extend to local schools. Volunteer coaches will be trained first at the club and then sent out to work with local schools in the mornings.
This project is available from one week if you do not have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.