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By taking part in a voluntary sports project in Tanzania you can help teach children and young adults the importance of sport and inspire the next generation of sporting talent. You can volunteer on a sports coaching project in Tanzania without any previous experience in coaching, although it is fantastic if you already have some.

Volunteers are welcome no matter what stage of life they are at - during a gap year from education or a career break or even as an alternative holiday. All we ask is that you have a passion for sport and a desire to help others develop their own sporting ability.

Football is widely played all over the country and you will often see young children kicking around homemade footballs in local villages. Even though football is the most popular sport in Tanzania, you can get involved with a range of different sports including netball and volleyball. Children are really keen to participate in a wide variety of sports so feel free to come up with new ideas.

Whichever sports you enjoy, if you have a passion for developing sports in schools you can help to coach children and young adults as a volunteer sports coach. Sports volunteers work in primary and secondary schools in USA River, a small rural community on the outskirts of Arusha town.

As a volunteer you will be working throughout the school term teaching sports alongside local teachers. In the mornings you will usually help with the basic physical education lessons ensuring that each student gets involved in a diverse range of activities both individually and as part of a team. You will be working with children and students of all ages depending on when their physical education lessons take place.

In the afternoons, the work will involve coaching teams of school children of different levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) with the long term goal of preparing the students to take part in local tournaments.

Helping to involve children and teenagers in sports in Tanzania means that they become fitter and healthier, as well as giving them a sense of belonging to a team with a shared passion and goal. This in turn has positive benefits for the wider society by engaging many of the youth in sports outside of school, which can keep them away from less wholesome activities, and give them vital structure and purpose.

While volunteering abroad you could dedicate your time to the sport you love or help with a range of lessons. Just let us know where your interests lie once you have applied and we will match you to a suitable placement.

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