Sport has a genuine ability to be a vehicle to strengthen community ties, improve quality of life and support collaborative community development efforts. As a volunteer on the Sports Development project in Jamaica, you will play a leading role in teaching local school children and wider community members a range of sports.
By volunteering in sport, you can teach local school children new sports, or practice ones they already know. Track and field, football, basketball and netball are popular with most students in Jamaica. You’re welcome to introduce a sport from home, but keep in mind you may need to bring some equipment with you.
Volunteers spend between four to six hours per day teaching and organising lessons for students aged between 5-12 years old. You’ll be in charge of classes, running games and drills for students with a range of abilities. You can also help to organise community sports events.
The students are very energetic, so volunteers should love the company of children and understand their behavior, while being comfortable with maintaining discipline among the groups. It’s also well suited to self-motivated volunteers with a passion for sport and exercise. There is a need to be flexible on this project, as the day-to-day work often doesn’t follow a set structure.
Please note that during school exams and holidays (early January, April, July - August, and late December), this project closes temporarily. Volunteers will need to choose another project to support if you can only travel in these times. Animal Care, Business and Community Development are available year-round, or volunteers can assist in a local summer camp for children between July and August.Apply now