At a glance
- Work with a group your age and our coaches to encourage local kids to be more active and healthy
- Help kids raise their confidence and develop their teamwork skills
- Inspire children to become active participants in different activities
Fixed dates during school holidaysSee Dates
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
There are a variety of sports you can choose to focus on coaching if you have a knack for certain sports. Alternatively you can try your hand at all of them and learn during your induction.
The sports include:
Of course, some sports are seasonal, so it’s good to keep that in mind when planning your trip. Because you’ll be visiting during Jamaica’s summer you’ll most coach sports like soccer and netball.
Some of the sports are new to a few of the local Jamaican schools, like hockey. This means you and your group may even be teaching some of the teachers or local staff the rules. Nothing you can’t handle, of course!
Teach children different sports and coach them through it
Make sure you have your training shoes on ‘cause you’ll be running the kids through the basics of whatever sport is in season. You may start from scratch and teach them how the game is played. You could also get a bit more technical and share some tactics you think would be good to implement in their games. Making sure the kids have good sports etiquette will make the games more fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Give an overview of how to train for different sports
Besides the rules for each sport, knowing how to train is just as important. You’ll want to give the kids the lowdown on how to practice techniques, warm-ups, and stretches. Different sports will focus different parts of the body, so knowing what to stretch and strengthen will be critical. This will limit their injuries and keep them active for longer.
Share important off-field information about sportsmanship and nutrition
Playing sports is fun, no question about it, but the other side of that coin is good sportsmanship. Knowing the dos and don’ts helps keep them engaged even as spectators. It also ensures they keep themselves and each other accountable. Besides the technicalities and motivations, good nutrition also plays a role in keeping them at their best while they’re growing. We encourage them to eat healthier, and show them what available foods can do that.
Where will I work in Jamaica?
You’ll be staying in Mandeville . A small town three hours away from the capital, Kingston.
You’ll work at a summer camp based at a primary school in the town. You’ll spend most time at the high school. Physical Education classes – and sports in general – are low-priority in Jamaica, so having a group of volunteers like you who can promote sports makes a real difference!
When you’re not working, our project experts will take you to see the town and surrounding areas. You’ll get to visit markets, go on nature walks, and interact with all kinds of people with your group.
Your accommodation will be split into separate dorms for girls and boys.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.