Teaching Youth Sports in Tanzania
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Arusha
- ROLE: To work alongside local teachers to teach children the importance of sport and to improve their skills
- AGE OF STUDENTS: 7-14
- CLASS SIZE: 30-40
- REQUIREMENTS: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
By volunteering with Projects Abroad on our Sports project in Tanzania you can help teach children and young adults the importance of sports and inspire them to be healthy and active. You can volunteer on this Sports project in Tanzania without any previous experience in coaching, although it is fantastic if you already have some.
Volunteers of all stages of life are welcome - students on a gap year or summer break or professionals on a career break or volunteer vacation. All we ask is that you have a passion for sports and a desire to help others develop their own physical fitness.
Soccer is widely played all over Tanzania. As a volunteer you will often see young children kicking around homemade soccer balls in local villages. Even though soccer is the most popular sport in Tanzania, children are excited to participate in a wide variety of sports so feel free to come up with new ideas as a Sports volunteer.
Coach Sports in Tanzania in Schools and the Community
Whatever sports you enjoy, if you have a passion for developing youth sports you can make an impact as a volunteer sports coach in Tanzania. Sports volunteers work in Dar es Salaam or Arusha. In Dar es Salaam volunteers have the opportunity to work in the university or primary schools, as well as getting involved with work at a community centre helping children from deprived neighborhoods. In Arusha volunteers work in primary and secondary schools in USA River, a small rural community on the outskirts of Arusha.
As a Sports volunteer in a school you will be teaching physical education classes alongside local teachers. In the mornings you will usually help with the basic physical education lessons geared toward making sure every student gets involved in a diverse range of activities both individually and as a part of a team. You will be working with children of all ages depending on when their physical education classes take place.
Depending on where you are based, in the afternoons you could be involved with helping coach youth sports teams after school or working in a community centre coaching young children and teenagers from deprived neighborhoods. If you are working with the school teams, the work will involve coaching teams of school children separated onto different levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The teams practice together to prepare themselves for competing in local tournaments. At the community centre you could be teaching youth of various levels and ages.
Volunteering Abroad on a Sports Project in Tanzania
By working to involve children and teenagers in sports in Tanzania you will be actively helping improve their fitness and health. Sports also give children a sense of belonging as part of a team with a shared passion and goal. This in turn has positive benefits for the wider society by engaging youth in sports outside of school, which can keep them away from less wholesome activities, and give them structure and purpose.
While volunteering abroad you could dedicate your time to the sport you love or help with a range of lessons. Just let us know where your interests lie once you have applied and we will match you to a suitable placement.
You can join the Sports project in Tanzania for two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a 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 volunteering for a longer period.