Trip Details

This project gives volunteers the opportunity to introduce disadvantaged children in Argentina to sports. Volunteers will spend their time in the country coaching and training these children in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires.

The children that you work with during the Sports Coach Volunteering project in Buenos Aires have had little or no access to sport or physical education and, on top of this and for a number of reasons, their parents are not able to provide as much attention as home as we would be used to.

For these reasons and several more, you will find the children you work with to be appreciative, willing and delighted to take part in the activities you organise. This is an incredible opportunity to work in an environment where your work is recognised, and where you know it makes a huge difference.

Volunteers on this project will work with children whose ages range from 6 to 17 – the work will take place during the afternoons, starting at 16:30 and normally running until 19:30. The activities you run will cover a range of sports, including: tennis, football, hockey, rugby and baseball.

For your first week here, you’ll also have the option to take part in an introductory course of 20 hours of Spanish immersion classes. We highly recommend this as it prepare you with specific Spanish vocabulary related to your chosen sport. It also helps get exposed to some of the local Argentinian expressions that you’ll surely come across in your time coaching!

Although the minimum duration for this program is 2 weeks, 4 to 8+ weeks is preferred. This makes our projects more sustainable and impacting for the kids we work with.

Aims & Objectives

  • Give you invaluable and practical experience in Coaching
  • Provide a structured physical education program for the children
  • Improve the children’s motor skills, teamwork, outlook and fitness

Trip Itinerary

Sports Coaching Volunteers will take part in a full week of coaching from Monday to Friday, working each day between half 4 and half 7 in the evening.

Depending on which sport the volunteer is coaching, morning and weekends offer free time in which you are able to take part in various activities and excursions. This is not the case with football coaching, however.

Monday to Friday

Mornings are free, or volunteers can take Spanish Classes between 09:00 and 13:00.
13:30: Lunch
15:30: Depart accommodation to get to project location
16:10: Arrive at project location and prepare coaching session
17:00: Children start their sport session
19:30: Finish activity and go back to accommodation
20:15: Dinner and free time.

For football coaching volunteers, training starts at 08:30 an hour away from the accommodation and finishes at 11:30.

Evenings
Hockey volunteers might train during the evenings, but for the other volunteers this is usually free time, which can be spent relaxing at the accommodation, or else out and about in Buenos Aires and the surrounding areas.

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Argentina 🙂

*Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.*

Trip Accommodation

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America. As a top tourist destination, known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life, Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of theatres in the world.

On top of this, Buenos Aires has great places for everyone to practice any kind of sport. It also acts as host to a number of high level sporting events in football and hockey each year, because of its world class stadium facilities.

Accommodation & Food

This bustling guesthouse accommodation in Buenos Aires is known as “Casa Pichincha”, which in Spanish means “home”. The accommodation comprises of mostly dorm rooms, and each room is equipped with lockers, drawers and shelves as well as lockable doors. All bathrooms are shared but split by gender.

The accommodation is very secure with security cameras 24/7, lockable buildings and rooms and a night security guard.

For your relaxation there is also a dining room and lounge, equipped with TV and Wi-Fi. There is also table tennis and a patio for BBQ’s.

No alcohol is permitted in any of our accommodations, but we are located within walking distance of a local shop and there is even a makeshift bar provided by the friendly locals in front of the accommodation.

Food Arrangements
Only a western-style breakfast is provided as part of our service from Mondays to Fridays. You do have access to a communal kitchen here for you to store and prepare your own food for any further meals. There are various local eateries you can enjoy too!

Facilities
It is close to all amenities with the closest shops and mini market less than a 5 minute walk away.

Supermarket: Located 5 minute walking distance from the accommodation

ATM: 10 minute walk from the accommodation.

Laundry: There’s a laundry shop within walking distance from of the accomodation site.

Restaurants / Bars: There are plenty of small restaurants and bars within walking distance but for the best ones, you will need to take the subway, bus or taxi (15 minutes away).

It is a 30 minute walk or 1 subway ride to other amenities such as banks, and larger supermarkets and shopping centres.

An internet cafe and laundry service is nearby for your convenience.

Sights & Surroundings
On some weekends you may choose to visit out of town attractions such as:

  • Colonia, Uruguay
  • Iguazú Falls
  • Mendoza Province
  • Buenos Aires city

You may also like to join these extra activities at your own costs:

  • Watching an Argentine Football Match
  • City Tour in the Yellow Bus
  • Having an Argentinean Barbeque at a Restaurant
  • La Bomba del Tiempo Drums Show
  • Tango Class & Milonga
  • Visit Boca Juniors and River Plate Museums
  • Visit to El Tigre

Trip Country Info

Argentina

Argentina is located in the southern part of South America.  It is the second largest country in South America after Brazil, and is the eighth largest country in the world.  Altogether the country is divided into four regions – the Andes, the Pampas, the north and Patagonia, which covers the southern part of the country.  To the West, the towering Andes mountains create a natural 5,142km high border with Chile, and the eastern border of the country is the Atlantic Ocean.  To the east of the Andes, you will find the Pampas which is flat, fertile grassland.  This is the agricultural heartland of Argentina.  In the Northern region, the country shares borders with Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay.  Not forgetting the spectacular rainforests and Iguazu falls located in the North East region.  Located on the border with Brazil, this spectacular waterfall descends along a 2.7km front in a horse shoe shape.  There are so many sights to see.

You will find an abundance of wildlife; the North of Argentina is home to flamingos, toucans, turtles, tortoises an, and crocodiles and caimans too!  There are also many large cat species such as the cougar, jaguar and the ocelot.  If you visit the coast of Patagonia you will see elephant seals, fur seal, penguins and sea lions.  Swimming in the waters off the Atlantic coast there are sharks, orcas, dolphins and salmon.

Argentina offers a great variety of cultural activities, reflected in different artistic expressions such as theatre, painting, sculpture, music and literature. It also maintains the tradition of its typical dance and song, such as the Tango in Buenos Aires and folk traditions inland.  There really is something for everyone here.  Visit our experiences page to find out more about visiting this fantastic country, which you can enjoy whilst giving the locals something back, by taking on some voluntary work.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • Breakfast
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa