INDIA: Coach a Wide Range of Sports in Fantastic Madurai

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching
Location : Madurai
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

Children in India are passionate about sport; everywhere you go you will see them on the streets playing games! Although resources at the schools can be scarce.

Children in India are passionate about sport; everywhere you go you will see them on the streets playing games, sometimes with imaginative makeshift equipment! Although resources at the schools can sometimes be scary, the children are enthusiastic and wonderful to teach. You will have the opportunity to coach cricket, football, tennis, volleyball, badminton, basketball and table tennis to many age groups mainly in secondary schools in the bustling city of Madurai.

The schools we work with are all situated in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The school are mainly ‘Matriculation’ which means that English is taught as the first language. These schools tend to have play areas for sport which is enjoyed as PE classes throughout the day. However most of the schools have only basic equipment such as a few deflated footballs, no nets or bibs and potholed pitches! Some schools even use the car park as a playing ground. Although materials and resources may be scarce, the enthusiasm of the students and colleagues more than makes up for any hardships.

The children are a joy to teach as they are incredibly enthusiastic about games. They turn up for training each day eager to learn new skills, have fun and practice their English. Coaching sports has immeasurable indirect benefits for the children, such as health awareness, increased confidence and social skills. The Principal/sports director and/or relevant teachers at the school will liaise with you about your coaching assignments and our Organisers will also be happy to assist you where necessary.

You may teach between 10 and 30 children at a time. Sometimes the children can be split into smaller groups with the PE teacher taking half the children if you find that they are too many to coach. You’ll most likely be teaching children aged between 7 and 16. Although the children can speak English they tend to be incredibly shy at first, but they will soon open up!

You may be coaching sports on your own or the PE teachers may assist you; it will depend on their knowledge of the sports you are coaching. It is vital to use loads of initiative on this placement as you may have to ‘round up’ classes to coach during the day. Forming good relationships with the teachers is a great way to achieve this.

This project is open to both male and female volunteers.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose, but subject to school terms. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £995 for two weeks. You can participate for up to twelve weeks for £2,095 or longer, subject to visa requirements.
You'll also get a free T-shirt.

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. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, 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.

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