Duration: minimum of 1 month
Useful skills: passion for sports, experience in teaching or as a sports instructor, interest in working with kids, organizational talent, emphatic nature and motivating personality. Not sure if you have the right skills? Don’t worry – talk to us!
Location: the project is in different parts of Quito and aims to be present in poorer parts of the city, while the office is located in the south of Quito, easy to reach by public transportation.
Possible tasks: leading football and other sports classes, organizing events, instructing and guiding physical education, get involved with the families and other parts of the project such as teaching and giving English lessons.
About the project:
By offering physical education and all kinds of sports programs, this project prevents kids (6-16 years) from taking refuge in alcohol, drugs and crime, which are structural problems in the poorer neighborhoods in Quito. Even though frisbee, handball and athletics are played here, football – who would’ve guessed – is the number one sport and the kids love it. Here they learn the values of rules, discipline, team play and most importantly fairness and respect. The sports classes are far more than just recreational activities and can have a major social impact. For them this is a safe and encouraging environment and it can help them develop new perspectives away from their conflicted backgrounds. From participating in one of the sports programs it’s just a small step to get involved in one of the project’s other programs like English classes or the talent program that tries to involve families and aims to further individual talents. Motivated and motivating volunteers with a passion for sports are needed all year around. Training groups of kids, organizing sport events, keeping in touch with the kids and their parents and getting involved in the organization’s day to day work are just a few of the tasks volunteers could be put up to.
On site: Airport pick-up, host family or volunteer house, 24/7 contact on site, emergency support, purified water, hospitals and western doctors, supermarkets, cultural diversity, good mobile signal, vast cultural life in Quito