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Volunteer and Coach Sports to Refugee Children in Australia 


Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in Australia

Work with refugee children in two aspects of their learning: Coaching sports combined with teaching. You'll work in Primary Schools in Perth. The majority of schools are Intensive English Centres, where you'll coach refugee children, helping them to adjust to their new home country.

Many of the children come from war-torn countries such as Sudan and Somalia.


Start Dates All year round, subject to school holidays - you choose your start and finish dates! Programs begin every Thursday, therefore you should plan to arrive in Perth on a Thursday. Inductions take place on the Friday, you then have the weekend free to explore Perth, ready to start work at the Project on Monday.
Duration From 4 weeks to 1 year, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 18, no qualifications or experience required, but you must be enthusiastic and have a very good knowledge of sports. If you're teaching English, you must be fluent in English.
What's included
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Payment Protection Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • local in-country team support and backup
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Cost of Visas (if a visa is required)
  • Airport pickup and return (but we can arrange this for you)
  • Food
  • Daily transport to and from your project
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.

Volunteer and Coach Sports to Refugee Children in Australia


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We work with a variety of schools in Perth that each differ in terms of the ages of the children and their sporting abilities. Your day will usually be made up of a mixture of teaching in class plus coaching the children in a sport or a number of sports during Physical Education (PE) lessons. The sports that you can usually coach are Football and Cricket.

The children's ages range from 5 to 10 years-old and thus sport is part time and to a “playground” standard only, but the schools usually have excellent facilities. The combination of coaching and teaching will give you great diversity on the project. You’ll also help with sports lesson plans.

School lessons last for 40 minutes and the school day runs from around 8:45 - 2:45 pm. You'll spend about 4 to 5 hours a day helping the children at the school.

The sports are generally coached by season. Different sports have different seasons and the main sports are as follows:

  • February - April: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
  • May - July: Rugby Union & League, Football (soccer) , Hockey, Netball, Australian football
  • August – October: Football, Netball. AFL
  • October - December: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.

When you are working on the sports side, you'll act as an assistant to the sports teacher during school hours.

Regarding your teaching lessons, as well as teaching English, you can get involved with teaching a number of other subjects with the children from the IEC centre. The subjects that may be available for you to teach are: Art Maths Music Science Sports. 

The schools employ a number of teachers to work in the IEC Centre who speak the children's native language and this helps tremendously when the children start to learn English. As well as teaching English, you'll be able to get involved in a number of other subjects within the IEC Centre, such as:

  • Sports
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Maths
  • Art
  • ... and possibly other academic subjects.


This project runs during the school terms. The school terms are as follows:


  • Term 1 Monday 1 February - Thursday 8 April
  • Term 2 Monday 26 April - Friday 1 July
  • Term 3 Monday 18 July - Friday 23 September
  • Term 4 Monday 10 October - Thursday 15 December


  • Term 1 Wednesday 1 February - Friday 7 April
  • Term 2 Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June
  • Term 3 Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September
  • Term 4 Monday 9 October - Thursday 14 December


  • Term 1 Wednesday 31 January - Friday 13 April
  • Term 2 Monday 30 April - Friday 29 June
  • Term 3 Monday 16 July - Friday 21 September
  • Term 4 Monday 8 October - Thursday 13 December

Volunteer and Coach Sports to Refugee Children in Australia 

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Your accommodation is a lovely Hostel located in the CBD (Central Business District) of Perth - very central, close to the main train station and shopping district. The Hostel is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long term stays.

You'll most likely have your own room, but will share a bathroom with others on your floor. There is an excellent kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at the Lodge currently includes a pool table, cheap internet access, arcade machines and cable TV (Foxtel), to name a few, but with all the sunshine Perth has, you’ll be out and about enjoying the many outdoor activities!

You are literally a stroll from the Swan River and free CBD transport. Trains and buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to Fremantle, King’s Park or to the many other things to do in the region!

The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs, or you can head over to Northbridge for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine.

You'll get to work via bus, which stops outside your accommodation.


Not included but that we recommend a weekly budget of AUD$70 - $100.

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Accommodation in Perth while volunteering


You'll fly into Perth airport (Perth is the capital city of Western Australia). The day after your arrival you'll be given an Induction and Orientation.

A little about Perth:

Perth was built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River over 150 years ago and is now a city rich in culture and filled with theatres, art galleries and museums. The city is modern and vibrant - a fun, friendly and 'laid back' place, with clear skies and a sunny climate.

Western Australia is locally known as the 'state of excitement!' Some of its more famous attractions include Kings Park, Scarborough Beach, Fremantle and the Swan River. Fremantle (or as the local’s call it, ‘Freo’) is the city’s port and is rich in history.

At weekends there are lots of markets, alfresco style cafes and other outdoor types of entertainment to explore and discover.

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