Volunteer Sports Coaching Abroad

Are you looking for volunteer sports coaching abroad opportunities? If your passion is coaching, then Jamaica is the place for you. Sport plays a significant role in the Jamaican culture and is the ‘heartbeat’ of the country.

With deep pockets of poverty all over the island, many Jamaican youths look to sports as a gateway to a brighter future. Because of this, sports volunteering abroad opportunities are available in schools’ physical education programs and after-school activities to develop eager talent. If you ever wanted to create the fitness and confidence skills of young children and teens, this is your chance. This sports coaching program provides opportunities to train youth at primary schools and after-school clubs.

Every Jamaican child secretly dreams of being a ‘star’ in the land where Track & Field Legends are kings and queens. Our 100 and 200 meters male world record holder, Usain Bolt’s success, has ignited our local athletes’ passion. So, there is always a group of athletes ready and waiting to start training for the big break.

Because many of the children you’ll meet are from poor and disadvantaged communities, they yearn for mentoring. In your sports coaching sessions, you’ll teach the importance of building teamwork and active and healthy lifestyles.

Popular games in Jamaican schools are  Football /Soccer, Netball, Basketball, Cricket, and Track & Field. However, you’ll have the opportunity to introduce a new sport if you desire.

Make an impact by teaching your favorite sport. Although rich in talent, many children never experience the thrill of swimming, tennis, or even crossing the finish line to achieve ‘glory’. Make a difference volunteering in sports abroad changing lives, and impact communities. 

When you volunteer,  you’ll be working as part of the short, mid and long term goals that we have developed in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

On the first day of your project, you will learn about the UN SDGs objectives and mission and how our project is aligning with these goals. You’ll also get information on how for 17 years, we have been working towards these short, mid, and long term goals. We aim to educate you on local/global issues, and how you can contribute to the organization’s mission to empower lives of the people in the community.

 Sports Coaching Long-term Objectives :

  • Increase environmental awareness in local communities.
  • To promote good health and wellbeing of all children through sports

The volunteer project is based in several villages in the hills of St. Andrew. Placements are within 5 to 10 minutes from Volunteer Home. The programs are also within close proximity to village shops and churches.

Volunteers will arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport and our representative will meet you on arrival.

A Jamaica Volunteer Programs coordinator will conduct orientation on the morning of the day the project starts. During this first meeting, you will be introduced to local staff who will take care of you and go over the details of your project placement. Your orientation will include popular Jamaican customs & culture, safety, weekend and free time travel options, and guidelines and expectations.

During your orientation, you will also be briefed on information about all the Covid-19 protocols, options for local transportation, currency, and other support services you will require during your stay.

Our accommodations are dormitory-style volunteer houses. Rooms are equipped with fans, but there is an option to pay an additional charge for air conditioning. Dorms have bunk beds and volunteers will share rooms with others of the same sex.

All accommodations have electricity, running water, western-style bathrooms, and free Wi-Fi. You are required to bring your reusable water bottle to refill each day, which will help to reduce your cost for clean drinking water. You are also required to bring toiletries.

Solar panels heat up the water in our accommodation, so on days when it’s not sunny or raining, there may be a chill to your shower.

At JVP, breakfast and dinner from Monday – Friday is included in your package.

The breakfast menu includes toast, eggs, fruits, tea/coffee, and juice. Two days per week, you’ll have a full Jamaican breakfast. We have a communal kitchen at the volunteer house that consists of all the essentials, including an electric kettle, refrigerator, utensils, and microwave. There is also space in our cupboards to pack your snacks.

For breakfast and dinner on the weekends, you may use our communal kitchen at the volunteer accommodation with access to amenities like a gas stove, oven, kettles, microwave, and fridge. Alternatively, you can access nearby restaurants offering meals between $5-8.

We cater to all diets, including vegetarians and vegans. To request meals for your special diet, discuss with your project coordinator.

While all projects run from Monday to Friday, your volunteer work schedule is completely dependent on your location and project. However, all projects have a basic structure. On the first day of your placement for some projects, a JVP representative will accompany you for introductions and to help you get settled.

For community development projects your program coordinator will direct and supervise.

A typical day’s schedule is attached below. However, this may vary depending on your program of choice:



7:30 AM

Enjoy a lovely breakfast at the volunteer accommodation.

8:00 AM

Journey to your placement where you will begin working on your project.

12:00 PM

Lunch break

1:00 PM

Work on your project continues.

3:00 PM

Travel back to the volunteer accommodation, go shopping, or explore nearby communities.

For the best experience, our volunteers who must be 18 and older, are encouraged to be flexible and open-minded. Creativity, initiative, and a sense of humor are also invaluable assets. Volunteers also need to submit important documentation such as travel health insurance, trip cancellation, a resume/CV, a copy of your passport front page, and a criminal background check not older than six months.

Your resume need not be more than one page long with a summary of your skills or gifts so we can best know how to use your service.

You can spend your afternoons and weekends however you’d like, whether it be hanging out with other volunteers, working online, or exploring Jamaica through adventure. At JVP, our representatives are always looking out for eye-opening cultural activities we know you’ll enjoy. Some afternoons you’ll even have the option to attend a local event. It’s your choice!

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Key Features

  • All year round
  • 1-12 weeks
  • Language: English
  • 5-day work week

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