INDIA: Exciting Football Coaching with Underpriviledged Children in Madurai

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching
Country: India
Location : Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 2000 £ Pound (UK)

Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you like working with children? Coach football and other sports in schools in cultural southern India and see how the children grow with confidence.

Children in India are wonderful to teach and incredibly enthusiastic about learning sport. The School Principals say that the children have also learned life skills from the team work and gained tremendous confidence in themselves. You'll usually work with all age groups, in secondary and primary schools, and your coaching may be in three sessions of morning, afternoon and evening. You may also be able to coach at a local sports club. You can coach a variety of other sports, your choice is not limited to football alone. However, the other sports will be as an extra curricular activity and you'll combine the sports with teaching in the schools.

PROJECT OVERVIEW:

Coaching Football in South India is a rewarding experience both for you and the children. Kids in India are wonderful to teach and incredibly enthusiastic about learning sport. They turn up for training each day eager to learn new skills and play a game. Coaching has immeasurable indirect benefits for the children, such as health awareness, increased confidence and social skills.

Travellers works with different types of schools and also a sports club. Some of the schools are well off but most are public schools and usually very poor. Most of the schools have some basic facilities, such as football and cricket fields; however, some don't have nets and only a couple of footballs. Although materials and resources may be scarce, the enthusiasm of the students and colleagues more than makes up for any hardships.

The Sports Club is for students aged 10 – 20 years of age and are for the football students from various schools in the area. Because most schools do not have the facilities to hold sports on their grounds they arrange for the students to participate in sports before and after school hours at these sports clubs. Coaching is held in the mornings from 6am – 8am and in the afternoon from 4pm – 6pm. You don't need any qualifications to do this project, just a good knowledge of the game and lots of enthusiasm!

WORK CONTENT:

Coaching is usually done in three sessions, morning, afternoon and evening, at three different venues. You may work in secondary and primary schools and you will normally help out with all age groups and you will most likely be in popular demand everywhere. The Principal/sports director and/or relevant teachers at the school and sports clubs will liaise with you about your coaching assignments. Our Organiser will also be happy to assist you where necessary.

At the end of the last term, Tim Roberts, a Travellers volunteer who was coaching football at the time was keen on organising a tournament between two of the schools. With help from another volunteer who was coaching in addition to his teaching English project, they put together the tournament with Travellers sponsoring the event. It was a roaring success with the winning team receiving trophies and medals and the runners up also were handed medals.

Coaching football is not available during the holidays except for the Summer Vacation (please see the approximate dates below). At this time some of the schools hold classes for about 40 to 60 children in Summer Camps and our Teaching volunteers hold informal classes. These Summer Camps actually take place in the school grounds and are an opportunity to give more informal lessons, perhaps combining them with playing a sport or putting together a music concert or play – much more relaxed and not quite so structured. Alternatively, you can use the holidays to tour around the country and sightsee.
School Holidays: Holidays are in the latter part of December and running into the beginning of January. Dates are approximate: they may change unexpectedly as the Government decides to change them!

First Term Vacation: 1st to 5th October
Pooja Holiday: 8th to 9th October
Diwali Holiday: 25th to 28th October
Winter Holiday: 21st December to 3rd January
Second Term Vacation: 24th December to 1st January
Pongal Holiday: 13th to 15th January
Summer Vacation: 1st April to 1st June

As a volunteer sports coach with Travellers, you have access to a large number of coaching manuals for each sport - these manuals have been produced in-house by our Sports Manager. These manuals are very useful and will help you to plan coaching sessions for your students.

‘Everything about my placement coaching football was fantastic - the friendliness of the people in Madurai, the excellent living conditions in the Travellers house and the wonderful support from the in country supervisors. But most of all what really made it for me were the school kids I was coaching - all of them such great characters, extremely dedicated and so grateful for the opportunity to be taught more about football." Tim Roberts

We can also arrange your flight dates to give you additional time at the end of your project for travelling around and sightseeing - this is a fascinating and wondrous country!

Start Dates

Available from June through to February - you choose your start and finish dates. Subject to other school holidays through the year – see dates below.

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.
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'all also receive a free T-shirt before your departure.
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.

Requirements

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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