AUSTRALIA: Amazing Chance to Coach Sports to Refugee Children!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching / Humanitarian Projects / Volunteer with Refugees
Country: Australia
Location : Perth
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 2000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

By teaching these children new and exciting sports, you'll help them to learn new skills and be giving them the confidence to interact with their Australian peers on a level playing field.


Make a difference by helping refugee children in Perth. This is a unique sports project where you can coach a wide range of sports to refugee children from war-torn countries. The Refugee Sports Project is a very worthwhile project designed to help disadvantaged refugee children to adjust and settle into their new home.


Many of the children you will be working with come from war-torn countries such as Sudan and Somalia. For most of these children, you won't have had the opportunity to participate in sports. Utilising your skills as a coach, you can help encourage these children to appreciate and enjoy sports. On this project you will have the opportunity to coach these children a sport or a number of sports during the day and then in the evening you will have the opportunity to join a specialised sports team where you will be able to coach and play one or more different sports. You will be working at a school located in Perth. The school you will be working with have an Intense English Centre (IEC) which has children from war-torn countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan who have come to Australia as refugees with the United Nations.

The IEC was set up to enable children on the program to learn English and enable them to adapt to the Australian education system before moving into main stream schooling. As part of the IEC program, the children learn to play sports at the school. As a volunteer on this project, you will be coaching a number of sports to the IEC children as well as mainstream children at the school.

Coaching takes place for around 4-5 hours a day. The schools have good sports facilities and you'll work as an assistant to the current sports teacher. This project is very beneficial to the IEC children because, through sports, you can improve their English skills as well as teaching them new sports. Many of the IEC children are very talented at sports and with your help they will get the opportunity to improve their skills and sporting abilities. There are a wide number of sports available to coach on this project and you will be involved in a wide range of sporting activities, giving you great diversity on the project. The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children.

The sports are as follows: Term 1: Volleyball, Basketball & Tennis Term 2: Aussie Rules, Soccer, Netball & Basketball Term 3: AFL (Aussie Rules Football), Athletics, Netball, Soccer, Cross Country Term 4: Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball, Cricket & Soccer

The Refugee Sports Project will take place during the day. In the late afternoons and evenings, you'll have the opportunity to coach and train at a sports club in Perth. We work with a a wide variety of sports clubs, so no matter what field your skills lie in, you'.. be able to coach and train in your field. Please click on the sports listed below to take you to the page giving you all the information about that project.:

• Badminton • Cricket • Football • Lacrosse • Rowing • Rugby Union • Rugby League • Squash • Volleyball Coaching Times and Project Dates This project runs during the school terms.

The school terms are as follows: • Term 1: 31st Jan - April 4th • Term 2: 23rd April - 6th July • Term 3: 24th July - 28th September • Term 4: 16th October - 13th December

The lessons you will be coaching in will last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 - 2:45. As a volunteer you will be assisting the existing sports teacher at the school coaching the children. As a volunteer you will be working for around 4-5 hours a day at the school.


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Your accommodation is located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth, Western Australia. Therefore you are very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. You'll live with other Travellers volunteers in a very friendly and relaxing Lodge which is ideal for long-term stays. You may have your own room or you may share a room with other volunteers. 

Start Dates

Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only – you choose your start and finish dates.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1995 for four weeks. You can participate for up to one year, subject to visa requirements.

Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).

You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.

Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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