At a glance
- Work with disadvantaged children to get them active and improve their ability through different sports.
- You’ll be placed at clubs or the Peruvian Sports Institute, working alongside local coaches and learning from them.
- Many families in Peru can’t afford to pay for sports coaching and equipment, so you’ll help us to give more children this opportunity.
16 or over
What will I do as a volunteer teaching sports in Peru?
These are the main activities you can get involved with during your project:
- Coach football, basketball, or volleyball to disadvantaged children at schools and sports institutions
- Research and plan new and creative ways to coach sport
- Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others
Your work will focus on these main areas:
Coach football, basketball, or volleyball to children
Your main role will be to coach sports to children, with the main focuses being football, basketball, or volleyball. You’ll assist a local coach, and work with different age groups. Which group you work with depends on your level of experience.
You can coach football to beginners aged 6-9, or intermediate groups aged 12-13. Volleyball coaching is done with ages 6-16, and for basketball coaching you’ll work with ages 8-17.
Sports are also the perfect way for children to learn important life skills like teamwork.
Research and plan new and creative ways to coach sport
Local coaches might not have access to the same information as you. Before and during your project, you can research the latest trends in coaching your sport. You can introduce these new methods to coaches and students, and discuss how to implement them.
Develop personal skills like leadership, team building, planning, and motivating others
Coaching sport is a great way to hone important life skills. By working with children and teenagers, you’ll develop leadership skills and improve your planning skills by organising training sessions. You’ll also learn how to motivate different students to reach their goals. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get hands-on sports coaching experience while in Peru.
Where will I work in Peru?
All of our placements are based in Cusco. You can choose to work at a local sports club that specialises in the sport you want to coach, or at the Peruvian Institute of Sport. These placements are well equipped, but need volunteers to teach the large number of children who come for free coaching.
Cusco is a fascinating city rich in cultural and historical significance. It was once the capital of the ancient Incan Empire, and you will be able to see these remains all around the city. The streets are filled with beautiful architecture from centuries of civilisation.
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
Peru is a vibrant country with a mix of activities for every kind of volunteer. Whether you’re into arts, culture, history, or nature, there’s sure to be something for you!
One of the biggest attractions of Peru is the Inca history. There are awe-inspiring archaeological sites like Coricancha, Tambomachay, and of course, Machu Picchu.
Over a weekend, you can take a trip to the village of Pisac, where you can browse bright, eye-catching textile markets. Don’t miss out on seeing the llamas and alpacas too!
There are also lively restaurants, the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing and enjoying local cuisine, like ceviche.
We run a variety of projects in Peru so you’ll likely meet many other volunteers on your trip. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect and travel as a group. However, you’re welcome to travel independently if you prefer.
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.
Meet the team in Peru
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