Sports Programme

  • Location: Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia
  • Types of Partners: Early Childhood, Primary, Junior High and High Schools
  • Population Served: Children
  • Age Group Served: 3-6 years, 6-12 years, 12+ years
  • Number of People Cared For: 15+, 35+ (varies for each partner)
  • Minimum Stay: From 2 weeks
  • Sustainable Development Goal: Quality Education
  • Programme Requirements: No specific requirement from partners, however a good command of English is required. No TOEFL training is required. Volunteers with studies or experience in teaching, sports development, sports medicine or any related area are suitable.
  • Work Schedule: 5 hours per day, Monday – Friday
  • Activities: Weekly workshops and cultural events
  • Accommodation Type: Host Family
  • Price: From $1,300USD per person, convert to your currency. Please see Programme and Project Price for each country
  • Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner (adapted to dietary requirements as necessary)
  • What is Included: 24-hour support, accommodation, programme, two meals, transportation to and from the airport, taxi cost from host family to partner agency, please see What is Included for a full list
  • What is Not Included: Airfare, daily lunch, internet, laundry, travel and health insurance, please see What is Not Included for a full list
  • Start Dates: Flexible
  • Age of Volunteer: Must be 16+

Involvement in sporting activities is very important to the people of the Caribbean. There is an inner drive and passion that is hard to explain and nothing unites the Caribbean more than sports. Jamaica is often referred to as the "sprint capital" of the world given its athletic prowess and continued dominance in track and field. Jamaica celebrates a rich and world-renowned history in track and field, it is home to the fastest man in the world; the living legend Usain Bolt. Jamaica also has the fastest woman in the world Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. While Jamaica has produced some great athletes, this is also true for many Caribbean countries and the strength and dominance of Caribbean athletes sets the region apart. Caribbean athletes compete with and outshine top athletes across the world who have access to better facilities and equipment. What the Caribbean does possess is a proven coaching approach and more importantly a mindset that is indigenous to the region.

The people of the Caribbean also have a love for football (soccer). Jamaica was the first English speaking Caribbean nation to qualify for the World Cup in 1998 and got to the final of the Gold Cup in 2015; defeating excellent teams such as Costa Rica and the USA on the way. The Caribbean also has a very good cricketing history with the West Indies team although, for the past decade or more, the dominance has not been that evident. The fact remains that many of the world’s outstanding cricketers have been from the region. As at July 2015, Jamaica was ranked 4th in the world in netball; which is also a popular sport in the Caribbean. With this rich legacy, the Caribbean is very keen on sports development and volunteers can play a key role in teaching sports in schools.

Sports volunteers can work in different schools with various age groups; early childhood institutions (3-6 years), primary school (6-12 years), primary and junior high schools and high schools (12-18 years). Your role as a volunteer is to work alongside a Physical Education teacher and assist with the sport being taught at your time of arrival. This includes one or more of the following: athletics, football (soccer), basketball, netball and cricket.