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Sports Volunteer Abroad Programs

Sports Volunteer Abroad Programs

Are you an active, energetic individual looking to support physical education and sports development for youth and teens around the world? International Volunteer HQ offers a variety of Sports volunteer opportunities that help foster a healthy, active lifestyle for those living in under-resourced communities.

Our impactful Sports Development volunteering programs are available in Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Each program is unique to the location and ranges from Sports Education and Development to Surf, Skate and Swim Outreach. Volunteers may be placed in a community center, a local school or an after-school facility.

By volunteering in sports, you’ll play a critical role in teaching youth and teens the importance of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, while building skills in teamwork and sportsmanship.

  • Choose from 15 Sports programs across 11 destinations worldwide
  • Suited to energetic volunteers who are passionate about sports and wellbeing

  • Design your own lesson plans that include games, tournaments and more

  • Help youth and teens develop skills in teamwork and sportsmanship

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What to expect from Sports volunteering abroad

What to expect from Sports volunteering abroad

IVHQ has a range of volunteer opportunities for physical education, sports teaching, sports development, general health and wellbeing and more. Our Sports programs are available year-round and well suited to active, energetic and passionate volunteers who are comfortable taking initiative and leading their own sports-related games and activities. Each of IVHQ’s Sports volunteer programs are unique to the local community and are structured around what resources are needed most.

If you love surfing and being in the ocean, our Surf Outreach volunteer project in South Africa is a popular choice. For those interested in youth sports volunteer opportunities and want to help students improve their fitness and coordination in a school environment, IVHQ has impactful Sports Teaching and Physical Education projects in Ghana, Ecuador, Kenya and more. Alternatively, our Sports Education volunteer program in Brazil allows volunteers to work with children, teens, adults and seniors, bringing the local community together through physical activities.

Regardless of which Sports volunteer project you join, you can expect to make a meaningful difference within local communities around the world, helping children and teens to broaden their knowledge of sports, fitness, health and wellbeing.

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Why join a Sports volunteer project abroad?

Why join a Sports volunteer project abroad?

In many communities around the world, children and teens often do not have access to structured physical education and development opportunities. Schools and after-school programs are often strapped for resources, and as a result, sports education and development is not a priority.

As a youth sports volunteer, you’ll support local teachers by putting structure and creativity around sports and physical education programs. This is an opportunity to be creative in the way you teach youth and teens about international sports and sportsmanship, whether it be through basketball, rugby and other sports, or through interactive games.

As a Sports volunteer, you’ll ensure individuals in low income communities are active and engaged in physical activity. Your volunteering efforts will work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals #3: Good Health & Wellbeing and #4: Quality Education.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Good mental and physical health is key to sustainable development and building healthy and happy communities. Now more than ever, we must increase access to free healthcare and health education across the globe to achieve an acceptable standard of living and wellbeing for all.

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”My project was amazing. I am so glad to have chosen the Surf Outreach program because I had the opportunity to surf every morning and swim with the kids in the afternoon and they also allowed us to go to school with the kids instead if we wanted to spend more time with them! I feel like I have joined another family by living with the other volunteers. I feel like I have gained many little brothers and sisters (the kids), who have shared their stories and gave me another perspective on life, and this experience will forever resonate in my actions.”

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How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!