Football Coaching and Sports Development Volunteering in Argentina

Go for a trip to Argentina and volunteer with football coaching and sports development. In our football project, you may help us discover the new Messi!!

Teach Football, Hockey, and Handball to Children in Recoleta, Buenos Aires

This sports development project offers sports activities (soccer, hockey, handball) to 400 children (boys and girls) from La Cava, a very poor neighborhood in Recoleta, Buenos Aires.

The idea is to keep them away from the danger of drug through sports.

Organizing football workshops in a small neighborhood in Buenos Aires

Adam Leese Football Workshop
Adam Leese Football Workshop

I recently returned home from 2 weeks volunteering in Villa Rodrigo Bueno, a small neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. The main aim of the programme was to use organised workshops in football, boxing and English to encourage the local kids to get involved with productive activities and become active members of their community. All in all it was a fantastic experience, and I was really well looked after by the people there. Flor and Bautista, a husband and wife team who ran the community centre, made sure I was safe, comfortable and well fed whenever I visited them and Andrea, who was the link between Iko Poran and the neighbourhood, was in constant contact with me throughout. – Adam Leese, United Kingdom, 23 years

Football coaching at it’s best

Every day the coordinators highlight the importance of the respect for rules, teamwork, and perseverance. This will help the children to develop their abilities physically, intellectually and socially.

Moreover, volunteers may help also in all the other sports activities, or even organize their own workshop. For instance, if you like to teach English, you may organize an English class on your own. That is quite demanding,but it will be well worth it!

 

 

 

Start Dates & Duration

Projects in Buenos Aires start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. You should arrive on Sundays.

You can choose to volunteer from 2 to 24 weeks.

Location

Our programs to volunteer in Argentina are based in Buenos Aires, a modern-style city, completed by colonial influences from Europe, giving it a unique characteristic. More than one third of the country’s 32 million population lives Buenos Aires.

Orientation

Orientation takes place on Monday after the arrival date.

Fees for Volunteers in Argentina

  • The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
  • All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee.

Argentina Fees 01.10.18

What is included in the program fee?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation
  • Accommodation for all projects
  • Breakfast
  • Support from local staff & Program supervision
  • In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
  • In-country administration costs
  • Donation to support the local project

There are no hidden costs. These projects are the most affordable to volunteer in Argentina.

Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.

Participants in our Argentina programs normally find US$200 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.

The program fee should be paid to the host country and it is due 30 days before the project start date.

Accommodation

As a volunteer in Argentina, you stay in a Student Hostel, in a student hostel, in a Recoleta Paris Style Townhouse, shared rooms, but with privacy (individual lights and curtains), and very comfortable big size beds.
It is self-catering with cooking facilities and equipment (knowing how to make a good Bolognese is a lifesaver!).

The hostel has free Wi-Fi and lockers. There are always many students from other Spanish speaking countries staying at the hostel, and you will be able to hang out with people from other cultures and to practice your Spanish too!

The hostel is close to Santa Fe Avenue, one of the main avenues in Buenos Aires, to the Shopping center Abasto, to supermarkets, ATMs, and restaurants. Everything

Everything will be at hand! The managers will do their best to make your stay at the Hostel as comfortable as possible.

Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.

All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance and are required to provide a criminal background check to local staff on arrival in Argentina or during orientation. 

Language Requirements

Knowledge of basic Spanish is desired but not a pre-requisite. If you do not know any Spanish, we recommend that you take advantage of a very affordable Spanish course that our local team can arrange for you.

Safety

You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.

The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.

Football workshops in a neighborhood of Buenos Aires

Adam Leese Football Workshop
Adam Leese Football Workshop

I recently returned home from 2 weeks volunteering in Villa Rodrigo Bueno, a small neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. The main aim of the programme was to use organised workshops in football, boxing and English to encourage the local kids to get involved with productive activities and become active members of their community. All in all it was a fantastic experience, and I was really well looked after by the people there. Flor and Bautista, a husband and wife team who ran the community centre, made sure I was safe, comfortable and well fed whenever I visited them and Andrea, who was the link between Iko Poran and the neighbourhood, was in constant contact with me throughout. Taking part in the workshops with the kids was a lot of fun, and I was also invited to take part in other activities with the adults too- a midweek football tournament being a particular highlight.

I’d definitely recommend learning some Spanish before you go as nobody in the neighbourhood speaks English, so communication could be a bit tricky at times. Nevertheless, everyone I met was really hospitable and I was made to feel very welcome. Facilities in the neighbourhood are very basic and the activities are subject to weather and other factors, so be open-minded and prepared for your schedule to change at short notice.

The programme title suggests that you will be coaching sports, but in reality you are mostly just joining in with the workshops, and in some cases being coached yourself! In many ways this was probably for the best as the standard of football in the neighbourhood is ridiculously high, so I’m not sure if I could have taught them anything anyway! There are still lots of ways to make yourself useful though: helping the kids with their homework in the English workshop, unloading food deliveries, and helping to distribute food to the local residents to give a few examples. As Andrea kept telling me, the more you put yourself out there, the more everyone gets out of it. – Adam Leese, United Kingdom, 23 years

Sports Volunteer in Argentina
Thomas Sloan from Ireland with his young team

Thomas Sloan, from Ireland, (volunteer for 6 weeks in Argentina), forming a new team of International supporters.
Thank you very much Tom!!!

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