NEW ZEALAND: Coach Hockey to Refugee Children & At The Local Club!

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Community Volunteer Projects / Sports Coaching / Volunteer with Refugees
Country: New Zealand
Location : Auckland
Duration: 4 weeks to 6 months
Approx Costs: 1250 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Coach and play hockey in Auckland New Zealand. You'll coach the junior teams at the club, then train with and possibly play for one of the senior teams at the club.

Hockey is one of New Zealand's biggest sports. They are ranked as one of the best hockey nations in the world. On this project you'll be able to work at a hockey club, coaching the Juniors in the afternoons and evenings, as well as training and possibly playing for one of the men's or women's senior teams. During the day you'll bring very welcome coaching skills to our sports project, where you'll coach a variety of sports to underprivileged children at a school. The club we work with has a very lively social scene and you will be welcomed with open arms.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

You'll work at a hockey club located in the suburbs of Auckland, just a short bus ride away from your accommodation. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to train, and possibly play for the senior men's or women's teams, if you get selected. There are a number of junior teams at the club with children aged 5 - 12 and they are about 70+ junior players at the club.

The teams at the club are as follows: • 4: 5 - 9 year old teams • 2: 10 - 12 year old teams • 1 youth girls team 15 - 18 year olds

If you would also like to play hockey on this project, you can do this with a number of senior teams. There is a good mixture of standards at the clubs so there is something for everyone. The club is very strong in women's hockey and currently have a number of the national women's 'black sticks' ladies who play for them. As well as training and playing for one of these teams, you may also be able to coach them if you're considered good enough.

There are a number of senior teams that you can train with and play for: • 2 men's teams • 3 women's teams • 1 youth girls team ( if you are 17 or 18 you can play with this team if you wish). As the hockey project won't occupy all your time, during the daytime you'll work on the School Sports Project. Here you can coach hockey or a number of other sports for around 4-5 hours every day, leaving your evenings free to coach and train with the hockey team.

 

THE HOCKEY SEASON AND COACHING TIMES

The hockey season runs from:

  • Pre season: February – March • Main Season: April - September Coaching and training times are as follows: • Juniors: 5:00 – 7:00 – Wednesday • Seniors: Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 Women, 8:00 - 9:00 Men Games take place on the weekends during the season.

The juniors play their game on Saturday morning where you will have the opportunity to coach a team putting everything you have taught them into practice on the field. In the afternoon or on Sunday, it will be your opportunity to play with the seniors. Out of season there will be no opportunity to play hockey at the club. During the school holidays there is no opportunity to coach hockey. Please note: As a volunteer with Travellers you will not be expected to pay any fees to the club but you may be required to pay match fees if you play.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

► An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure!
► The rewards from helping others and Making a Difference!
► New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.
► An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market ► And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


ACCOMMODATION AND LOCATION

Auckland city centre

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 £1395 for four weeks and £175 for each additional week. You can participate for up to six months, 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.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm ad knowledge of sports! 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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