Basketball Volunteering Projects Overseas, Gap Years and Internships
Basketball is a fast-paced action-packed game requiring a wide range of different skills and abilities. It has long been considered as one of the world's most popular team games, and is easy and practical to play, requiring a minimum of equipment and a relatively small playing area.
Basketball's popularity has undergone something of a resurgence in recent years, thanks in no small part to changing attitudes among the Basketball coaching fraternity. Professional Coaches have started to place more emphasis in developing players possessing a wide variety of skills and attributes, rather than simply looking at players who - literally - stand head and shoulders above the others! The days when professional Basketball was reserved purely for 6 foot 10 inch giants with size 20 trainers are long gone, and this has made the game more accessible to children across the world.
Volunteering on a Basketball Coaching project is about more than simply developing the sport itself. It is about giving the children that you work with a better present, and the chance of a better future, both from playing the game directly and also from ideas and notions that are developed through the sport - like teamwork, discipline and fair-play.
Volunteer Coaching: Projects Abroad Basketball Placements
If you have a passion for Basketball then you could volunteer on one of our Basketball Coaching projects in the developing world. You do not have to be an experienced coach to get involved; all you require is a good solid knowledge of the intricacies of the game, and a desire to impart this to others. You can volunteer on a Basketball Coaching project on your gap year, career break or as part of an extended holiday.
Basketball is an incredibly easy game to pick up, but there are many complexities in the rules and the tactics which the volunteer coach can introduce to enthusiastic students, not to mention the individual skills that can be developed. The progress that your students make under your tuition will give you an immense feeling of satisfaction, particularly when you see them in competitive action against their local rivals!
Different cultures tend to have different approaches to coaching the same sport, and it will be very interesting for you to see the differences between Basketball in Mongolia, for example, compared to your home country. It is sure to be beneficial for your students to have some creative input from another culture and you may find you learn a few things yourself!
You will work with a project supervisor, with whom you will decide on a structured programme dedicated to the basics of basketball play. You can use your time to practice man to man marking, improve accuracy of passing, or even have sessions on trying to score three pointers. The main goal is working to expand the ability of young players, whatever level each individual is at, and to make learning rewarding and fun.
In whichever destination you choose to volunteer you will be gaining experience of sports development that will stand you in good stead if you choose to study or work in this area in the future. Plus you will be having a fantastic time while you are doing it!
Basketball Projects in:
Coach Ghanaian children and adults at a basketball club in Accra. You can take part in planning and evaluating training sessions, coaching players, and helping with team selection.
Volunteer in the Togolese capital, Lomé and help coach basketball skills and techniques to children and adults.