What will I do as a volunteer school sports coach in Tanzania?
You will work as a sports coach at primary and secondary schools in Tanzania. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your stay:
- Plan and prepare physical education classes for primary and secondary school students
- Coach various different sports to encourage teamwork, fun, and fitness
You work can be divided into two main categories:
Teach physical education classes
You will spend most of your time planning and running physical education classes at a primary or secondary school. You’ll be the main teacher, so you need to be prepared to take initiative. Local staff are there to support you. This will allow you to get creative with your coaching methods and introduce new sports and games.
You may be teaching dozens of children at a time, so you will need to plan for this when preparing your lessons. You’ll need to ensure that each child has the opportunity to participate. If you’re looking for guidance or advice, you can reach out to our Projects Abroad staff at any time.
Coach school sport
In the afternoons, after regular school hours, you’ll continue working as a sports coach. You will teach sports such as:
Through these sports sessions, you’ll enable children to become fitter and healthier and teach them to work as a team. It also gives the children a safe space to learn and grow after school. You can also ask to rotate between two or three schools during your stay, so that you can work on arranging tournaments.
Where will I be working?
You’ll work at primary and secondary schools in a small, rural community about 40 minute drive from Arusha. You’ll stay in Arusha throughout your stay and use public transport to travel into USA River.
The schools we partner with are disadvantaged with limited funds. This means you will need to get creative with your physical education classes, as you may not have access to the equipment you’re used to. Furthermore, most schools don’t have the resources to hire a physical education teacher full time. This means that most of the time, children don’t have physical education classes unless there is a volunteer like you there.
A gateway to national parks and safari destinations in Tanzania, Arusha is a bustling city located at the foot of Mount Meru. Enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant, go shopping, or head off on a safari!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
A trip to Tanzania is the chance to experience life in the heart of Africa. There’s plenty to see and do here during your free time on your project.
A project in Tanzania wouldn’t be complete without a safari! This is a chance to see the beautiful wildlife of this country, like elephants, rhinos, and lions.
What’s more, Tanzania is home to the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Hiking around the base through lush vegetation is a peaceful way to spend an afternoon.
Browsing through a vibrant, local market is a must while you’re there. You can also spend time in a Maasai village, getting to know a completely different way of life.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Tanzania with you. This means you have the option to explore the country independently or with a group of like-minded volunteers from different projects.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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