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COACH A CHOICE OF 7 SPORTS TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AND SPORTS CLUBS IN AUCKLAND

NEW ZEALAND

NEW! COACH A CHOICE OF SPORTS AND ASSIST IN TEACHING CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS
Category: Volunteering, gap year and career break in New Zealand

Coach sports to children in schools in New Zealand. You can 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.


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PRICES Please see the Prices Page - prices for all projects and all lengths are listed and you can also choose which currency you'd like to see them in.
Start Dates

All year round, subject to school term dates and holidays - you choose your start and finish dates!

Programs begin every Thursday, therefore you should plan to arrive in Auckland on a Thursday. You will be given your Induction on the first Friday. Then you will have the weekend free to relax, explore and recover from any jet lag, leaving you fresh to start work on Monday.

Duration 4 weeks to 6 months, subject to visa requirements
Requirements Minimum age 18, no qualifications necessary, but you should have a good knowledge of at least 1 sport.
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)
  • Daily transport to and from your project
  • Food
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities and all ages over 18.

"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. The clubs 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. I have so far played in all of the clubs games for both the first team and the second team which take place on the weekend". Simon Thomson

COACH A CHOICE OF 7 SPORTS TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AND SPORTS CLUBS IN AUCKLAND

COACH A CHOICE OF 7 SPORTS TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AND SPORTS CLUBS IN AUCKLAND

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WORK DESCRIPTION
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 mornings and early afternoons, for about 4-5 hours every day, you'll bring very welcome sports coaching skills in the School Sports project. This project takes place in a school in one of the suburbs of Auckland and here you'll coach a variety of sports to children from the Maori community and immigrant children from other countries.

  2. You'll also be assisting in the classroom and with school activities.

  3. Where possible (depending on what can be arranged to coincide with the period that you're there), you'll spend some afternoons and evenings coaching and/or training at a Sports Club of your choice in Auckland.

1. YOUR PROJECT AT THE SCHOOL:
The School Sports Project will take place during the day. For this element of your programme, you will be working at a school located in Auckland. 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 are 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:
Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
Term 2:
Rugby Union & League, Football, Hockey, Netball
Term 3:
Rugby League, Football, Netball
Term 4:
Athletics, Cricket, Cross Country & Football.

2. YOUR PROJECT AT THE CLUB:
This element of your programme will take place in the late afternoons and evenings where you'll have the opportunity to coach and train at a sports club in Auckland. We work with a wide variety of sports clubs, so no matter what field your skills lie in, you will be able to coach and train in your field. Coaching and playing sport at a Kiwi sports club will give you a real insight into the Kiwi sporting culture.

These Sports include:

  • Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Tennis

PROJECT DATES AND TEACHING 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 2017 are:
Term 1: 3rd Feb – 13th April
Term 2: 1st May – 7th July
Term 3: 24th July – 29th Sep
Term 4: 16th Oct – 14th Dec

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.

COACH A CHOICE OF 7 SPORTS TO CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AND SPORTS CLUBS IN AUCKLAND

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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’!

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. 

The city centre boasts great shopping, restaurants and pubs or head over to the viaduct for more pubs, nightclubs and multicultural cuisine. You'll get to work via bus, which is close to your accommodation.

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LOCATION | FUN ACTIVITIES:

The city of Auckland is modern and vibrant - a fun and friendly with beautiful surrounding islands and harbour.Some of its more famous attractions include the sky tower, Rangitoto island, the harbor, the Hauraki gulf islands and the many extinct volcanoes that are in Auckland which provide great views of the city.

The waterfront dominates the city. Shopping enthusiasts will be easily satisfied by a large range of shops and boutiques, while sports fans will be delighted in rugby at Eden park which is home to the Blues super 14 rugby team. In and around Auckland you will find plenty of restaurants and cafes to dine at, day trips to local islands and lots of other attractions.

The Sky Tower is Auckland’s main attraction and a must for all visitors as it is the largest freestanding tower in the southern hemisphere. The tower offers spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of Auckland which is a great way to get your bearings and understand the layout of the city. You can also do a sky jump from the top of the tower - falling 192 metres in 16 seconds!

Auckland Museum is a must for people interested in the history of New Zealand. The museum has a comprehensive display or Māori and Pacific Island culture. There are also live Māori shows provided by the museum which will give you a good insight into the Māori culture.

Extinct Volcanoes are plentiful in Auckland itself. There are 11 extinct volcanoes in the Auckland area and they provide great view points of the city and an interesting climb to the summit. The craters are also a good feature and will provide you with some interesting photos. The most well know extinct volcanoes in Auckland are Mt Eden, Mt Wellington and One Tree Hill.

You can also climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge or do a bungee jump off it - not for the faint hearted but great for views of the city and an adrenaline fix! 

There are a couple of superb markets on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Check out Otara Market (6.00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays) - great cultural mix, particularly the Polynesian bargains available, such as Tapa cloths and crafts. On Sundays, visit Takapuna on the other side of Auckland city. This has a more Asian feel and also has local crafts and food, as well as bargain priced imports.

Auckland's busiest tourist season arrives with the warmer weather between November and April, hitting its peak during summer school holidays (from 20 December to late January). To a lesser extent the Easter weekend, Labour Day weekend (late October) and the mid-year school holidays are also busy. January and February are the best beach-weather months, and December and March either side are usually warm - even hot at times. November and April are slightly cooler and not so good for hanging around at the beach, but it's noticeably quieter, and accommodation is easier to find. (taken from Lonely Planet)

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