INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS IN YOUTH SPORTS COACHING
Sports have the powerful ability to draw people together, even from across international borders. For many young people in underprivileged areas around the world, however, opportunities to participate in creative play and sporting events are rare. Sports coaching volunteers on a World Endeavors program provide invaluable opportunities for young people to participate in sports and acquire the numerous benefits associated with playing them. Some of the various benefits include finding inexpensive outlets for physical energy and friendly competition, getting exercise, gaining confidence, forming friendships and a sense of community, seeing the positive consequences of perseverance, and learning the value of hard work and discipline. Volunteers run drills, teach strategy, and provide encouragement for young players while promoting healthy habits and serving as positive role models for young individuals.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: YOUTH SPORTS COACHING
Sports coaching volunteers have an impact on their host communities by interacting daily with local children, students, young adults, and their adult leaders in schools, sports clubs, and youth organizations. Sports are an inexpensive way for youth around the world to have a creative physical outlet while staying active and having fun. International sports coaching projects give volunteers a new perspective on the world and on the role of sports in culture while broadening the horizons of the young people they coach and providing support to the local organizations where they spend their time.
Volunteers with an interest in sports, sports coaching, physical education, or simply a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people in communities around the world are well suited for a World Endeavors volunteer project in sports coaching. World Endeavors Youth Sports Coaching volunteers are enthusiastic about being immersed in the hands-on world of athletics and about making a difference in the lives of the children and young adults they spend time with and coach. Successful sports coaching volunteers are energetic, patient, creative, fun, and adaptable to limitations in playing on fields or courts, with limited available equipment, and varying skill levels.