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NEW ZEALAND: COMBINE COACHING SPORTS WITH TEACHING TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS IN AUCKLAND

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

You'll assist with a specific sport, or many different sports, depending on what's required at the time you're there. You'll teach disadvantaged children at a school in the mornings as well as offering much needed help in the classroom.

In the afternoons and evenings, you may be able to coach in a Sports Club. The Sports available include: Athletics, Baseball, Cricket, Gymnastics, Hockey, Rugby and Tennis.

Price:
Please see the Prices Page. Prices for all projects are listed and you can choose which currency you'd like to see them in. Prices exclude flights.
Duration:
From 4 weeks to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates:
Projects start every Thursday, during school term times only – you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18. No qualifications or experience required, but you should have a good knowledge of sports.
What's included:
  • Arranging your Programme
  • Payment Protection insurance
  • Full pre-departure support and assistance
  • Personalised online project portal where you'll access all information your programme, health & safety and country advice.
  • Your own dedicated Project Co-ordinator to help you throughout the pre-departure process
  • Accommodation
  • Full safety, support and back up from our local in-country team.
  • Project orientation & induction on your arrival.
  • 24-hr emergency support.
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Daily transport to and from your project, Food, Pickup and Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
All projects are open to all nationalities. Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in sports, teaching, working with children or education, or care.

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PROJECT CONTENT

This project provides you with a diverse experience in that your activities will take place in two locations and will also give you the opportunity to coach other sports as well:

  1. During the day you will assist with sports sessions at a school in one of Auckland's suburbs. You'll assist with a variety of sports, depending on the season, with children from communities including Maori, the South Pacific islands and children from many other countries. You'll also be assisting in the classroom and with school activities. (Please see the page on Teaching for a description of this section of the programme.)
  2. You'll spend some of your afternoons and evenings coaching and/or training at a Sports Club in Auckland. You'll work with a variety of ages at the club and during the weekend you may have an opportunity to compete yourself and test your abilities against the Kiwis! The clubs we work with have very lively social scene and you will be welcomed with open arms.

YOUR SPORTS PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL:

The School Sports element of your Programme will take place during the day. The school has children from a variety of backgrounds and countries such as Maori children and children from Sudan and Somalia who are refugees, as well as children from other lower economic countries such as Samoa and Tonga. The school has good facilities that will enable you to coach a variety of different sports.

There is a wide number of sports available to coach on this project and you will be involved in a wide range of sporting activities, giving you great diversity. The sports are generally coached by season, but if you wanted to coach a sport that was not in season, or if you wanted to introduce a new sport to the children, the school would welcome it as long as it was of benefit to the children. Each school offers different sports so if there was a particular sport that you were interested in coaching please let us know and we will make arrangements for this.

The sports vary with each term, as follows:
Term 1: Swimming, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
Term 2: Rugby Union & League, Football, Hockey, Netball
Term 3: Rugby League, Football, Netball
Term 4: Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.

ATHLETICS:

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a athletics club located in the suburbs of Auckland and a short bus ride away from the city centre where your accommodation is located. The club has excellent facilities, including a weights gym, athletics track and top class cross country running park. At the club you will have the opportunity to coach a variety of different ages in a variety of different events. You'll also have the opportunity to train and possibly compete for the club, if you get selected.

BASEBALL:

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a baseball club located just a short bus ride away from your accommodation. The club we work with is the top club in Auckland and has won numerous national championships. The club has a large number of juniors that you will be able to work with. The junior teams have both boys and girls who play together. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to coach, train, and possibly play for the senior men's team, if you get selected. The junior teams at the clubs fall under the following age groups:

  • 5- 8s T Ball,
  • U 10s 4 teams,
  • U12s 6 teams,
  • U14s 2 teams,
  • U16s

HE BASEBALL SEASON AND COACHING TIMES: The baseball season runs from October to Mid December and from late January to mid March.

CRICKET:

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a cricket club located opposite the Auckland harbor, just a short ferry ride away from your accommodation. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to coach, train, and possibly play for the senior men's teams, if you get selected. The junior teams at the clubs fall under the following age groups:

  • 6 - 7s softball,
  • 7 - 9's little league,
  • 10 - 13's hardball

GYMNASTICS:

You'll work as a coach at an excellent gymnastics club in the city of Auckland. The gymnastics club that we work with have a variety of ages that attend and you will be working with children across various age groups. You'll assist the head coaches for each particular event. This will give you good experience and a good insight into a variety of gymnastics events. On this project you will be able to improve your coaching skills and learn from the highly qualified and experienced coaches at the clubs.

No qualifications are required for this project but it would be best if you were a gymnast or ex gymnast and had coaching/training and competed within gymnastics.

You'll work with a variety of age groups and with children at different levels of ability, from beginners through to national gym level. There may also be the opportunity to work with a number of school groups that use the gymnastics club. The club have a variety of different gymnastics events and groups, including:

  • Kindy Gym (2-5 year olds)
  • School gymnastics
  • General Gymnastics (recreational 5 - 12 year olds)
  • Trampolining
  • Recreational Gymnastics
  • Men’s Competitive Gymnastics
  • Women’s competitive gymnastics
  • Teen Gym (13 - 16 year olds)
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics

HOCKEY:

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at a hockey club at a number of venues located in the suburbs of Auckland. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams. You'll also have the opportunity to train, and possibly play for the senior men's or women's teams, if you get selected.

RUGBY:

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. As a Travellers' Rugby Union coach, you'll work at a Rugby Union club that is conveniently located fairly close to your accommodation in Auckland.

Auckland is home to the Blues Rugby Team which plays in the Super 14. The stadium is located fairly close to your accommodation and if you time your placement to take place during the season, you should try and watch a game. The club has excellent facilities, including an indoor Astroturf training facility, and a large number of junior teams that you'll have the opportunity to coach. They also have a large number of senior teams including a women's team as well as colts teams (under 19s & under 21s) which you'll have the opportunity to coach, train with and possibly play for if you get selected. The club we work with play to a high standard in Auckland.

The age ranges we work with include U6's to U13's, U19's and U21's (Colts).

TENNIS:

This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings. You'll work at one of the Tennis Clubs we partner with, located in the suburbs of Auckland, just a bus ride away from the city centre where your accommodation is located. There are excellent facilities and you'll coach a number of junior teams and age groups. You'll also have the opportunity to train and possibly play for the senior teams, if you get selected.

PLACEMENT DATES AND WORKING TIMES:
You are likely to work between 8:30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The programme is only available during the school times, as follows:

The school dates for 2018 are:
Term 1: 29th January – 13th April 2018
Term 2: 30th April – 6th July 2018
Term 3: 23rd July – 28th September 2018
Term 4: 15th October – 18th December 2018

REQUIREMENTS:

Anyone working with children and/or vulnerable adults is required to complete a Criminal Records Check (CRC) as part of their application process. We'll provide you with the necessary papers and take you through the process.

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ACCOMMODATION

You'll live in a centrally located hostel that is friendly and relaxing, making it ideal for long-term stays. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers. There is a communal kitchen and storage area for cooking meals and plenty of space to relax.

Entertainment at your accommodation includes cheap internet access, TV and free pool table. You are literally a stroll from the Sky Tower, harbor and waterfront. Accommodation is very central and close to the main train station and shopping district. Buses are also only a few minutes away to take you to parts of Auckland and New Zealand or to the many other ‘things to do’!

Wi-Fi / Internet:

There is Wi-Fi / Internet access in the accommodation, with a small charge.

FOOD:

Food is not provided on this project, but Auckland has restaurants to suit all tastes - the most popular cuisine is New Zealand lamb which can be ordered at many restaurants around the city and is well worth it. For meals in local restaurants, a trip to Auckland's inner city centre is well worth the effort - it bustles with activity and offers a range of choices of restaurants.

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REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK:

Stuart Savidge (British):
"I am emailing to express my thanks at the best three months of my life, spent volunteering in Auckland and Chong Ming Island. The support I received before my placement started was extremely helpful and was matched by local staff once my placement had began. It was good to know that despite being in an alien environment, there were people I could ask for help if it was needed.

The placements themselves were great fun, and I really enjoyed working with the children and teachers, who were without exception, the nicest people you will meet.

Simon Thomson (British):
"The Hockey club I have been working with has been really grateful for my contribution, giving me lifts all over Auckland to get to junior and senior games. But as far as the club is concerned, I have been really impressed. The club's standard is just right, giving me the challenge of raising my level of play, whilst allowing me to put my own abilities to good use ...

The school has also been great. Like the Hockey Club, the staff are forever going out of their way to show their gratitude, from great multitudes of tea and biscuits to lifts home and advice on touring the city. Furthermore, I have enjoyed the combination of sports activities and reading mileage which gives great diversity to the project and also helps break up all the physical activity during the week. But for me the most impressive aspect of the school so far has been the kids themselves.

All the kids are fantastic, showing great enthusiasm and energy in every aspect of the curriculum. Also, almost without fail the kids love me! Fighting for my attention and approval all the time, which is really flattering. I have very much been placed in some areas of the school as a male role model, which is a role I am more than happy to play.

All said, I have really enjoyed my time at the school so far and would undoubtedly advise it to anyone else who was planning a venture such as mine.

Matthew Overmyer (American):
"Baseball is still internationally unrecognized outside the USA compared to other sports like soccer. I thought this would be a great way to help be involved in and develop a sport I enjoy in another country. I chose New Zealand because it was the furthest from home. But seriously because I figure it would be good being down here for summer and grab some good weather and also get to see the other side of the world.

I have found the placement so far great everyone so far has been really friendly. I have not had any problems adjusting to being down here and the city is so relaxed.

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