Sports Coach Volunteer in St Lucia
Based in the north of the island, accommodation is located perfectly between St. Lucia’s prime tourist and party location the Rodney Bay Strip and the country’s capital Castries. Next door to a shopping mall with all required services; inc. a supermarket, post office, pharmacy, bank, taxi rank and bus stop. The nearest beach ‘Halcyon’ is a two minute walk away.Our remit to spread our work and projects across the island means your placement will cause you to see all corners of the ‘Helen’ of the West Indies. Conversely you will be afforded enough free time to visit the sites at your own pace.
This programme is for volunteers interns and aspiring coaches, through our grassroots projects they will use sport as a vehicle for combating prevalent social issues in some of St. Lucia’s most disadvantaged communities. Volunteers will work within schools and communities tackling issues such as gang culture and childhood obesity through sport. Coaches will work with children (aged 4-12), (13-17) and senior teams.
*Please note: Before making a booking on this project,speak to the TRU team for availability*
The overall aim of our grassroots projects is to equip all children in the region with the means to play and enjoy sport and reap the obvious health and developmental benefits. Our volunteers will achieve this by providing sessions for our grassroot and school of excellence projects, tackling the most prevalent issues facing the region’s youth, while improving sport in the Caribbean holistically.
Volunteers coaching week is Sunday to Thursday. Daily work schedules vary but generally days are either: School session 13:00 – 15:00 then After school sessions 15.15 – 17.00 or After School 15.00 – 16.45 then after work/college seniors 5-7/dark. Evenings and weekends are free time but are filled with lots of options of various social activities and excursions with other volunteers – see activities and events below.
Participants must be a minimum of 18 years old, there is no maximum age (we have had 47 year olds before) however any prospective volunteers should be informed that the majority of other participants will be between 18 and 25 years old. No coaching qualifications are required but an ability and understanding of the sport they intend to coach is important as well as a passion and enthusiasm for working with kids.
A large dorm-style guest house with plenty of space than can accommodate up to 21 people. There are 7 air-conditioned bedrooms with shared baths between every 2 rooms. There is a flat screen TV with American cable and movie + sport channels, in the communal area, for use in your downtime.
Our spacious kitchen area is equipped with all the required utensils and is suitable for multiple people cooking at once. Although participants must clean up after using the kitchen and communal space, there is also a cleaning service provided twice a week, to help keep things tidy.
The majority of in-house social activity takes place either in the communal area, the vast recreational space within the compound and the Balcony that looks over it. This space is the notorious heartbeat of the house during gatherings or preparations for nights out.
Available Room Types
- Standard Room
- Persons per room 1 – 3
- Wifi in public areas
- Laundry facilities
- Lockable rooms
- Bed linen
- Mosquito protection
Breakfast ingredients are provided. This will be available for you to help yourself at the accommodation and typically consists of cereal, toast, egg and fruit. There is a kitchen here for you to store and prepare your own food for this and other meals.
There are various eateries around the location you can enjoy too!
Trip Country Info
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
Time zone: UTC -4
Saint Lucia is an island nation in the Caribbean known for its volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, dense rainforests, fishing villages, lush scenery, luxurious resorts, tropical weather, hidden golden beaches, crystal-clear waters, its unique drive-in volcano, and “the Pitons”, which are two striking peaks and one of the many scenic highlights not only of Saint Lucia, but of the whole Caribbean Region. Saint Lucia is often a less popular destination among its neighbours due to its more remote location. However, this tiny country possesses unbeatable natural wonders and cultural legacy like no other!.
The culture of St Lucia is a mixture of African, French, and English heritage. For example, English is the main language spoken although you will also hear a French patois dialect being spoken as a result from centuries of French control. The majority of St Lucia’s population comes from African slavery descent, and largely they practice Roman Catholicism, although very liberally. The museum in Pigeon Island National Park provides information on the island’s long history. Life is enjoyed at a slow, laid back pace, and local islanders are extremely welcoming.
St Lucian’s are very proud to have produced a Nobel Prize laureate, Derek Walcott, who won the award in 1992. They named a square after him in Castries, which has a 400-year old samaan tree shading the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception. The country’s national sport is cricket, introduced by the British, and Darren Sammy is a St Lucian who is the current captain of the regional West Indies cricket team.
There are many lavish beaches to enjoy on the island, but many people new to St. Lucia also like to visit the Pitons. These two colossal mountains tower 700m up directly from the sea. Elsewhere, the Sulphur Springs are a popular attraction and contain the only drive-in volcano in the world. here is also the inspiring St. Lucia Botanical Gardens, which boasts a superb selection of plant species and a waterfall.
Saint Lucia is the ideal destination for nature lovers and thrill seekers alike with its lush rainforest, mountainous terrain and numerous beautiful beaches.
St Lucia is like many of its neighbours, and has some disadvantaged communities that could benefit from your help. Join our experiences and address some relevant social issues through the means of sport. Coach and Mentor the future of St Lucia, you will get to see the beauty that this island has to offer whilst giving something back to it at the same time. Please click on this experience for more information.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
|Appropriate clothes to train and coach in|
|Willing to make a diffrence|
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Most meals
- Travel insurance