Volunteer on the Galapagos islands as a sports coach
This volunteering sports project is providing support to the local PE teacher who serves both a secondary school and a primary school in Puerto Baquerizo, on the Galapagos island of San Christobel. Like many teachers in Ecuador, he has to cope with high teacher-student ratios and therefore he finds the support of a volunteer invaluable. It is possible that two volunteers could support this project at the same time.
The sports activities follow a schedule as follows:
There is also an after school basketball club that runs nine months a year, from May – January, which is an added option for volunteers that have a reasonable standard of basketball skills.
The project has a number of stunning features, helping a sports enthusiast develop their coaching experience, learning some local sports, experiencing working in both secondary and primary schools, and working on the beautiful Galapagos islands.
Volunteers will act as a sports coaching assistant to the PE teacher. On Tuesday & Friday volunteers will work at the primary school, 7am – 12pm and on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday the activities are at the local secondary school.
You will support the established curriculum, which rotates through a number of sports activities based on the school calendar. You should expect to manage smaller groups and individuals, helping group together different age groups and/or abilities. Where a volunteer has advanced skills/experience in an activity and/or knowledge of wider PE subjects such as sports nutrition, then this would be well received. Volunteers with a reasonable standard of basketball would also be warmly welcomed as a coach at the basketball club.
The support of a volunteer means the students can be managed in smaller groups, providing greater engagement and more targeted coaching according to skill levels. Volunteers may bring their own experience and knowledge that would be warmly received, where it complements the existing programme. As in many of our projects, the presence of an enthusiastic international volunteer lifts the spirits and self-esteem of the local children, and gives them the opportunity to practice their limited English.
My fondest memory will be just being in such a beautiful place surrounded by so many amazing people, my family, other volunteers, tourists and locals! To be honest there are too many amazing memories to recount!, Teaching in Galapagos