School Sports Volunteer Projects in Jamaica
- Placement location: Mandeville
- Role: Teaching a variety of sports to children to improve their skills and techniques.
- Age of Students: 6-18
- Class Size: 10-30
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
By taking part in a voluntary Sports project in Jamaica you can help to inspire the next generation of sporting talent. You can volunteer on a Sports coaching project in Jamaica without any previous experience in coaching, although it is fantastic if you already have some. Volunteers are welcome no matter what stage of life they are at - during a gap year from education or a career break or even as an alternative holiday. All we ask is that you have a passion for sport and a desire to help others to develop their own sporting ability.
Sports are given a high priority in many Jamaican schools and the country is extremely proud of its sporting achievements, including having the most Olympic success per capita of any country in the world in track and field. Jamaica is known worldwide as the ‘sprint factory of the world’ and producing the fastest men and women athletes is given high priority. Athletic stars such as Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Shelly-Ann Frazer are household names in Jamaica and around the world. Besides athletics Jamaica has done very well in other sports such as football, netball and table tennis.
The most popular sports taught in schools are football, cricket, basketball, athletics and netball. Football is ingrained in the Jamaican culture and boys' football competitions get impressive attendance. Cricket is a lasting memento of the colonial days; however, over time the sport has gained fans and players from all social backgrounds and is now popular across Jamaica regardless of economic status or background. Basketball is a much more recent sporting addition in schools and has become the fastest growing sport on the island in the last ten years.
Coach Sports in Jamaican Schools with Projects Abroad
Whichever sports you enjoy, if you have a passion for developing sports in schools you can help to coach children as a volunteer sports coach. We offer our volunteer sport coaches the opportunity to work with local sports teachers in both primary and secondary schools in and around the inland town of Mandeville.
Football and netball are usually played in schools between September and the second week in November each year. January to March is mainly athletics, basketball and some netball; while March to mid-June each year is usually volleyball and cricket.
While volunteering abroad you could dedicate your time to the sport you love or help with a range of lessons. You can also combine your sports placement with teaching English or other subjects. Just let us know where your interests lie once you have applied and we will match you to a suitable school.
Sports volunteers receive regular workshops led by one of the Projects Abroad staff in Jamaica. The workshops will provide information and advice on how to better organise your work. They will also focus on key issues relating to the placement, problem solving ideas and offer an opportunity to receive and give feedback. You will also discuss possible sporting activities and coaching methods which could be used at your placement.
Volunteering Abroad on Sports Projects in Jamaica
Helping to involve children in sports in Jamaica means that the children become fitter and healthier, as well as giving them a sense of belonging to a team with a shared passion and goal. This in turn has positive benefits for the wider society because many of the youth in the local community are inspired to engage in sports outside of school, which can keep them away from less wholesome activities, and give them vital structure and purpose.
There may also be the opportunity to help with some specialist sports clubs after school.