Sports Coaching Volunteer in Cambodia
During this programme, you will teach the children team sports, mainly football (soccer) in a local stadium. This can be reached by bike within 15 minutes.
You will be teaching children from the local football team, so a love for football, accompanied with some football knowledge and/or experience, and team management skills will be a big help.
The class will be both technical and practical. Your coordinator will share ideas but you are expected to bring a go-to attitude and lead your group with drills, ideas and fitness exercises.
Keep in mind that equipment may be limited so you will need to show some resourcefulness and creativity.
This programme aims at giving the children more life skills while, at the same time, improving their fitness levels. You’ll receive plenty of coaching experience in turn.
Aims & Objectives
- Develop life skills and improve the fitness of children, through sport activities
- Provide invaluable and practical experience in coaching
- Develop leadership, teamwork and creativity skills through managing the sport group
Monday to Friday
You can expect to work for around six hours a day as a Sports Coach. After breakfast you’ll travel by bike to the local sports stadium where you’ll meet with students and coach them in two three hour sessions with a break in between for lunch.
The morning session is from 8:00am to 11:00am and the afternoon session 2:00pm to 5:00pm. After that you’ll return to your base for dinner and have the evening to yourself to socialise, relax or explore your exciting new location.
***The above schedule may be subject to change***
Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. You will be located in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away.
The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. There are no laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town for a small cost. All locations have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi. Requests for specific locations or room configurations cannot be guaranteed.There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time!
Available Room Types
- Persons per room 4
- WIFI in public areas
- lockable rooms
- Private bathroom
- Bed linen
- Mosquito protection
- Private rooms available on request
Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are available.
Three meals on weekdays, Two on weekends
There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank. There are numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. Depending on the location of your accommodation, these may be accessible within a 10 – 15 minute bike ride or walk.
Sights & Surroundings
There is a nearby park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time.
Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat and more!
Trip Country Info
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.
Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.
Gap year travel to Cambodia is on the rise as more and more people discover its culture, traditions and historic treasures. A relatively unexplored country compared to its neighbours, Cambodia opened up for tourism very recently.Troubled by extreme poverty, Cambodia is one of the poorest countries in Asia according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with over 75% of the population living on less than 2 USD a day. Things such as infrastructure, healthcare, and education are lacking in quality and are often not available to their fullest extent.
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