Coach, Train and Play Sports
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
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This sports coaching and training placement in Argentina will give you the unique opportunity to experience how sport plays a key role in the development of the disadvantaged slum communities in Buenos Aires, whilst also gaining a fascinating insight into the undying passion that drives local sports clubs, by training and competing with a local club in your chosen sport.
Sport in Argentina
Argentina is at the forefront of sporting success in South America. Great achievement continues in a range of sports spanning traditional team games such as Football, Rugby and Hockey, with conquests coming from world championship and regional tournaments, through to other successes arising from the less traditional individual sports such as Tennis, Boxing and Cycling. Argentinians pride themselves on their sporting prowess, especially when it comes to Football, so by taking part in this placement you will have an Argentinean sporting experience of a life time in your chosen sport. As well as having the unique opportunity to become a member of a sports team in Buenos Aires, you will also have the chance to coach your chosen sport to children from local schools, clubs or slum communities as part of our amazing volunteer project.
Your Sports Coaching and Training Placements
Although Buenos Aires is an economically developed area of Argentina, a social and economic imbalance still dictates the uneven distribution of funding, creating areas in the city which are in dire need of assistance in delivering sporting opportunities to the city’s youth. Through the sports placement, you will have the rare opportunity not only to work with the kids from the disadvantaged communities and share your knowledge and passion for sport with them, but also to join local sports clubs, usually catering for those of a more comfortable social background.
Depending on your chosen sport, there will be opportunities to work with local charities and NGOs, government sports schemes and local sports clubs, which aim to improve the opportunities and quality of life of the children from the disadvantaged communities, by delivering structured sport coaching sessions in a safe and secure environment. By working alongside local coaching staff, you will experience the constraints that limit the social and sporting development of these slum areas, and play an active role in the progression of sport in these disadvantaged communities, promoting an increase in the local kids’ future prospects in sport.
By training with a local team, you will have the incredible opportunity to experience Argentine sport from within a local club, and as a member of a team. Your placement will be with a local sports club in Buenos Aires, and you will be given the chance to train with your team or club in all training sessions throughout the week, with the possibility of being selected to represent the club as an international player during their competitive matches at the weekends.
Your Sports Coaching and Training Roles
Your coaching role in Buenos Aires will see you working alongside other volunteer coaches and local coaching staff to deliver coaching sessions focussing on individual and team development by introducing key elements of your chosen sport, such as strategy and tactics, and new skills and techniques. Using your experience as a coach or player in your chosen sport, you will be asked to introduce specific drills and conditioned games into the training sessions. Although this may seem a daunting prospect, you will soon find that the coaching and training that you have received as a player in your home nation is all you need to pass extremely useful tips onto the ever-eager youth players in Argentina. By using coaching techniques such as reinforcement and praise, you will soon realise that coaching your favourite sport to kids in Argentina is a fun and hugely rewarding opportunity.
Your training role in a sports club in Buenos Aires will see you joining a local sports club, and give you the chance to share ideas with players from a completely different culture, making for a fascinating insight into the culture and structure of Argentine sport. International players are respected and very well-received in clubs in Buenos Aires, so your presence will be an opportunity for both you and your team-mates to show off your skills and put a marker down for a place in the starting line-up for the competitive matches at the weekend. This is a fantastic opportunity not only to experience sport in Argentina, but also to make friends with local players of a similar age.
During the month of January, we offer the opportunity for you to coach in government run sports summer camps, which offer children from a variety of social backgrounds to come together and learn sport in a safe and structured environment. Volunteer coaches play a key role in the success of these popular summer camps, making them a fantastic opportunity to work with a wide range of children, and share your passion for sport.
In Argentina we offer the following Sports Programmes -
CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check before joining this project. Changing Worlds can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab.
Gap Year and Career Break Sports in Argentina
A sports coaching and training placement in Argentina is a fantastic opportunity for a sports lover to become immersed in the intriguing and passion-driven world of sport in this fascinating nation. Staying in the lively city of Buenos Aires, you will have the chance to make great friends with local players and coaches, as well as with other sports mad travellers. Explore the city that never sleeps or take your travels further afield and see what Argentina has to offer a nomadic explorer.
- Trip Name
- Coach, Train and Play Sports
- Trip Code
- South America
- Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)
- Minimum Duration
- 2 Week
- Maximum Duration
- 12 Week
- Minimum Age
- Trip Type
- From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
- £ 195.00
- Preferred Duration
- Preferably, we would like volunteers to come on an 8- or 12-week trip if possible. This ensures better management of the project and also helps you to get the most from the social activities and group travel opportunities on offer. However, it is possible to come for any duration from 2 to 12 weeks.
- No prior coaching experience or qualifications are required, but a basic understanding of the game and/or playing experience is necessary. You also need to be healthy and of reasonable fitness. Basic conversational Spanish is required.
- Ideal for
- Sports Coaching and Training Holidays and Placements in South America; Sports and Activity Breaks in Argentina; Coach, Train and Play Sports on a Gap Year or Career Break in South America; and Student Summer Holiday Placements.
You can arrive any weekend of the year, with our preference being a Sunday arrival at the airport ready to start projects on the Monday. We will pick you up from the airport.
Please note the following times of year may disrupt trips but we will make every effort to provide adequate activities whilst you are with us:
- In Jan you can start on the 2nd weekend until the end of Jan (approx 3 weeks).
- There are no trips running in Feb.
- Mid Jul to 1st week in Aug - school winter holidays - no morning sessions
- Mid Dec to 1st week of Jan of preceding year - Not available due to Christmas holiday.
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter Argentina for up to 90 days. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Argentine Embassy website by clicking here.
- Shared house / student residence accommodation; Basic but comfortable; Shared rooms; Shared kitchen; Shared toilet / shower facilities; shared with other volunteers.
- Breakfast is included at the accommodation
- Airport Pick-Up
- Included on arrival date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.
- Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
- Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
- Part of your fee is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with. We would also encourage you to bring any old kit you don't want, subject to weight allowance!
- Equipment and Medical Discounts
- Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
We believe that in order to develop a long-term social sports project, it is crucial that resources are made available to make a positive impact in the local community. Therefore, part of the fee you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in Argentina. You will often get to use this sports equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. In some cases, an equipment donation may not be appropriate so a financial contribution is made instead.
Argentina is a Spanish speaking country so you will really benefit from having a basic understanding of the language. If, however, you are not a confident Spanish speaker, you can take lessons at our language school in Buenos Aires when you arrive, and also during your sports project. The school offers group lessons and personal one-to-one tuition from native Argentineans who will help develop your understanding of both the local language and culture in which you are living. Beginners, intermediates and advanced levels are all very welcome at the school and all will benefit greatly from their time there.
The language school also incorporates a number of social and cultural activities into your learning. This will allow you to really discover the local cuisine, traditional dancing and cultural experiences in the city, as well as building good friendships with your teachers and other participants on the course.
The language school runs lessons for 4 hours in the morning. You can therefore attend lessons during the morning and work at the volunteer placement during the afternoon. It does cost a little extra to attend the language school, but the benefits really are priceless. Not only will you be able to build stronger relationships and immerse yourself in the local culture, you will leave Buenos Aires with a transferable skill you can use for the rest of your life.
Social Life in Argentina
Social Life in Argentina represents an important part of daily life. People from Buenos Aires are commonly know as the “porteños” who have the reputation of being quite talkative. Not surprisingly, you will come across loads of cafeterias where people meet up and have long conversations. This particular porteño`s characterisctic will easily help you to meet likeminded people who love sport and love travelling. Therefore, by joining a local team club you will meet a great bunch of locals who will help you settle in rapidly and also teach you some Spanish slang!. In addition, our in-country team organises a variety of social activities to bring volunteers together, to share their experiences and, above all, have a good time.
Travel and Adventure in Argentina
Argentina is well-known for its amazing diversity of landscapes and also its vast extension from North to South. It is not by chance that it has become a very popular volunteer travel destination over the last couple of years. You will get ample opportunities to head out of Buenos Aires and explore the local area at weekends. A popular volunteer activity is to visit a farm on the outskirts of Buenos Aires and discover the beauty of the surrounding landscapes while getting to know local villagers!
There are plenty of things to do in Buenos Aires; from attending tango sessions to experiencing a traditional Argentine steak. Lets us know if you can finish it! It is a cosmopolitan and cultural city which has been developing over recent years. The so called Paris of South America gives its name to historical buildings and impressive palaces. Therefore, if you love sports and would also like to experience a taste of an interesting and colourful culture then Buenos Aires is a must-visit!
Playing Sport in Argentina
Besides the volunteer sports coaching projects, we appreciate that you might want to keep up with your own sport and fitness. Therefore, we have developed a number of opportunities for you to train and play in the sport you love. Apart from the fun of playing in a competitive environment you will also soon see what a great social opportunity this is to meet knew people a share sporting experiences. This will undoubtedly improve your Spanish and will give you greater insight into the lives of Argentinians and how they like to socialise. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to play your sport, learn Spanish in a fun environment while building cross-cultural friendships.
Accommodation represents an important part of the social atmosphere in Argentina. Subject to volunteer numbers you will either be placed in our shared volunteer house / student residence in Buenos Aires, living with the other sports coaches who are in-country at the time, or placed in one of our homestay accommodations, living with a local family in the city. The accommodation is centrally located to your volunteer project with shops and other useful amenities close by.
Participants are advised to complete a CRB check in order to join this project. Changing Worlds has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB / DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the Changing Worlds team. The process is extremely straight forward, making all aspects of the check as easy for the applicant as possible. Changing Worlds can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab.
Spanish Language Lessons
The Spanish Lessons add-on provides you with a a 20 hour intensive course over a 1 week period, with 4 hours of Spanish lessons 5 days per week. The lessons will be arranged to fit in around your project or placement activities, with 4 hour sessions available in the morning and the afternoon.
Whether you already know a bit of Spanish and want to learn some more; you are a Spanish language novice and want to pick it up quickly; or are a more advanced Spanish speaker and want to learn a bit of the local slang; our Spanish courses are student orientated, focussing on your interests. You will be placed in a group to suit your level of Spanish, and our enthusiastic and experienced teachers will encourage you to have fun with your Spanish as the classes are delivered in a interesting and interactive way.
Working in small groups, you will have ample opportunity to put your conversational Spanish into practice, to help improve your language structure and maintain fluency. Through the excellent social and cultural activities, such as nights out and sight seeing tours, you will quickly build a rapport with your fellow students and your teachers.
- Learning Materials
- You will be provided with text books and other learning materials during your lessons.
- Social Activities
- As part of the lessons you will take part in group social activities to practice your Spanish.
- Support from our enthusiastic and experienced teaching staff.
CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
For some of our placements we require participants to use the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service, or as it is now referred to as - the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Completing a Criminal Records Check is an important way for us to check your suitability for the placement, esspecially those wokring with children or vunerable people in a position of trust.
Changing Worlds has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB / DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the Changing Worlds team so that we can make an application on your behalf. This process is extremely straight forward, making all aspects of the check as easy for you as possible! For more information on the application process you can follow this link:
You can check to see if your placement requires a CRB check on the Trip Details section of the website, in which case you should choose 'CRB Check' as an Add On whilst filling out your booking form and we will sort out the rest for you!
If you have completed a CRB check within the past 6 months and can provide a valid certificate then you will not be required to make a new application.
Argentina, the second largest country in South America, and is the eighth largest in the world by land area. The climate is one of the most diverse in the world which varies from sub-tropical temperatures in the Patagonian desert to sub-zero temperatures along Cape Horn - one of the world’s most southerly cities, Ushuaia, and the Americas' highest peak, Aconcagua in the Andes to the West of the country.
Despite earning headline fame for its economic and political upheavals, Argentina is not to be missed. It's one of South America's most charismatic and passionate countries, and for many visitors the devaluation of the Argentine peso just means even more for your money. Sport plays a huge role in Argentinean society, and those who visit this energetic land will soon start to embrace this sport mad culture.
- Argentine Republic
- South America
- Bordering Countries
- Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay
- Capital City
- Buenos Aires
- Democratic Republican
- 40 million approx
- Argentine Republic
- 20.6% of population below the poverty line
- Main Exports
- Agricultural products, minerals, fats & oils
- The climate is one of the most diverse in the world; Buenos Aires and the Pampas are temperate; cold in the winter, hot and humid in the summer; Patagonia is cool in the summer and cold in the winter.
- Time Zone
- GMT -3
• Argentina derives from Argentum, the Latin word for Silver
• The country is the fifth largest producer of wine
• Argentines have the largest consumption of red meat in the World
• The fantastic Iguazú Falls, in the north-east corner of the country
• The Nahuel Huapi National Park, in Patagonia in the foothills of the Andes mountains
• El Calafate & The Perito Moreno Glacier, a must when visiting Argentina
• The Ibera Wetlands (or Esteros del Ibera), a nature reserve of 13'000 km2
• The wine regions of Mendoza and Salta are popular tourist destinations
Where is Argentina?
The Argentine Republic is a large, elongated country in the southern part of South America, neighbouring countries being Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay to the north, Uruguay to the north east and Chile to the west. In the east Argentina has a long South Atlantic Ocean coastline.
History of Argentina
Argentina was relatively sparsely populated until the period of European colonisation and archaeological history is relied upon to tell us about the indigenous population. Evidence suggests the first human settlements in Patagonia by the tribes known as Tehuelches around 13,000 years ago while the Diaguita of northwestern Argentina lived on the edges of the expanding Inca Empire. Europeans arrived in the region with the 1502 voyage of Amerigo Vespucci. Spanish navigator Juan Diaz de Solias visited what is now Argentina in 1516. Spain established a permanent colony on the site of Buenos Aires in 1580, although initial settlement was primarily overland from Peru. The Spanish further integrated Argentina into their empire by establishing the Vice Royalty of Rio de la Plata in 1776, and Buenos Aires became a flourishing port. Buenos Aires formally declared independence from Spain on July 9, 1816. From 1880 to 1930 Argentina became one of the world's 10 wealthiest nations based on rapid expansion of agriculture and foreign investment in infrastructure. However, instability in the government based on corruption and civil war reduced the incoming foreign investments which lead to a huge fiscal deficit and currency devaluation. Despite economic setbacks, Argentina is today a prosperous country, although grass roots sport is yet to be developed, and although they have had their downfalls, they have had many successes as well. Argentineans are proud of their heritage and like to share their scars and achievements with anyone who asks. Not to mention that they are also happy to play soccer as long as you show an interest and have athletic feet to keep up. This is a vibrant country to volunteer in and is sure to leave lasting memories.
Climate in Argentina
Argentina’s sheer size and rich Flora, Fauna and varied terrain means the climate varies hugely from region to region. The north is subtropical, and in southern Patagonia it is sub-Antarctic, whilst in The Pampas the climate is mild and humid.
Language in Argentina
The official language of Argentina is Spanish, with the prominent regional dialect Rioplantense. Other spoken languages are English, Italian, German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and even a few places in Patagonia have native Welsh speakers.
Food in Argentina
Continental dishes such as pasta, sausage and dessert dishes are popular in Argentina. They also enjoy a wide variety of indigenous dishes which include empanadas (a stuffed pastry), locro (a mixture of corn, beans, meat, bacon, onion, and gourd), humitas and yerba mate, all originally indigenous Amerindian staples, the latter considered Argentina's national beverage.
The Argentine barbecue, asado as well as a parrillada, includes various types of meats, among them chorizo, sweetbread, chitterlings, and morcilla (blood sausage). Sandwiches de miga, are also popular. Argentines have the highest consumption of red meat in the world.
Festivals in Argentina
The Gualeguaychu Carnival bridges January and February. This is one of the biggest festivals in Argentina, involves street music, dancing and colourful costumes, and is likened to the Mardi gras festivals of Rio de Janeiro. The Buenos Aires Tango Festival celebrates the city as the birthplace of Tango with big performances and free lessons. The major Argentinean music festival ‘Personal Fest’ takes place at the Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires; it is considered the most important international music festival in the country, with national and international bands playing rock, pop, funk, dance, and others.
Travelling in Argentina
Walking: Buenos Aires is known as a great place for walking, you can combine bus & subway rides with walks through the streets to make the most of the city. If you get lost you will receive help from the locals, the friendly ‘porteños’ and some advice on the best things to check out.
Taxis: Buenos Aires has an excellent Taxi Service, (with around 32,000), you will wait only a few minutes to get a taxi in the touristic areas. Taxis are painted yellow on the roof and black on the rest, a taxi is available when a red light in the inside is on and/or says LIBRE, the fare is metered in Argentinean pesos by the time and the distance travelled, rates are established by the Municipality and should not change from day to night.
Urban Buses: known as ‘Colectivos’ they are a fast and inexpensive means of transportation around the city. Over 180 bus lines operate 24 hours each day, the fare is paid directly to the driver or into a machine at the front of the bus (this must be paid by coins only). These take some getting used to but are a good way of seeing Buenos Aires at low cost.
Subway: also called the ‘Subte’ is the quickest and easiest means of transportation around the city, but can be uncomfortable especially in the heat of the summer. It is reliable and punctual. For longer journeys, Argentina has a reliable railway service on lines that are open. A lot of lines are still to be laid. The most popular route is from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata. The rail option is half the price of the longer bus journeys, but there is much more option if travelling longer distances by bus.
Sport in Argentina
South America has a wealth of sporting talent. You only need mention the national football teams of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico to realise the skill, flair and passion for sport on the South America continent.The national football team has won 25 major international titles including two FIFA World Cups, two Olympic gold medals and fourteen Copa Américas. Football is the most popular sport and if you are in Buenos Aires on the day of the local Derby you are likely to be asked “Boca or River?” as the Porteños assume that everybody is interested in football. Many young Porteños dream of representing their country, and with recent history it is not difficult to understand why. Argentina won both Basket and football Olympic gold medal in Athens 2004.
Other sports are quickly developing with the Women’s Field Hockey team winning the Hockey World Cup in 2002 and came third in 2006. Tennis was once a sport reserved for the wealthy until the Argentinean Guillermo Vilas did well in international competitions. Now it is played by young people throughout the country.
Gap Years and Career Breaks in Argentina
In this sport mad country, whether you are into sports or not, you will soon find that you will become engulfed by the passion that surrounds the events that dictate the lives of Argentina’s welcoming people. Argentina has so much to offer in the way of travel opportunities, so take the plunge to South America and see what this fantastic nation can offer you on your gap year or career break.
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to the local community.
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on-call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ongoing Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support the work you do in-country. This donation funds future initiatives in the countries and supports the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop.
Giving Other Similar Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our tours overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.
Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.
Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.
It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.
With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.
Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.
Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to be a volunteer sports coach overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage instalments.
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, your chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best volunteer experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.
"This is was certainly one of the most unique and fulfilling trips I have had. From helping out the kids with learning the game of tennis, to seeing the smiles on their faces, these moments gave me a new light on my career and my way of life."Peter Kung
"The experience of living with other volunteers and students was a great! An unbelievable sports experience! As a football fan I really couldn't imagine a better place to visit."Joseph Berry
1) What is the minimum age restriction?
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 17+ years old. For those who are under 18 years old, it is still possible to take part in the trip, we would however need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Please mention this in the comments section of your booking.
2) Are meals included in this trip?
Breakfast is included in your project price. This will be available for you to help yourself at the accommodation and typically consists of cereal, toast, egg and fruit.
3) What accommodation is provided?
All accommodation is based in a shared volunteer house where you will be staying in dorm rooms with other volunteers. The accommodation has all the facilities you will require including a fully equipped kitchen, large patio for dining and socialising and common room with TV and WiFi. There are shared shower and toilet facilities.
• Are there laundry facilities available at the accommodation?
No, there is however, a laundrette situated a short walk from the accommodation.
• Can I book a private room?
Yes, there is the option to reserve a private room depending on availability and at an extra charge. Speak to a Travel Advisor about this.
• Where can I store valuables at the accommodation?
There is a safe in every bedroom at the accommodation to store valuables.
4) How many hours a day will I be volunteering/training on the Project?
You will be coaching/ training on the project for approximately 2-4 hours each day.
5) Will I run the class or assist in the coaching?
This depends on your confidence, experience and the availability of local coaches.
6) What experience do I need?
We do not require that volunteers have any particular coaching badges or qualifications, just an understanding of the game and a passion to help out on the project!
7) What support will I receive in country?
You will receive a wide range of support whilst you are in country, including a full time in country project coordinator, volunteer coordinator and local coaches at the project site.
8) What can I do in my free time?
There is plenty to keep you busy in your free time in Buenos Aires including visiting local cultural attractions such as el obelisco, la casa rosada, el teatro colon, 9 de julio, cafe tortoni, plaza congreso, la boca and la feria de San Telmo. Our in country team will also be on hand to help you book excursions further afield at the weekends, including Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, Mar del Plata and Colonia.
9) When can I arrive?
You will need to arrive at the airport on the start date of your project where you will be met by one of our friendly in country team and taken to the accommodation to settle in. We can be flexible with the start date as long as it falls over the weekend. If you are planning on arriving before or after your start date please speak to a Travel Advisor.
10) When should I book my Departure?
Return transfers are not included as volunteers tend to have different travel plans after completing their project. You will be required to leave the accommodation on the last day of your project so it is best to book your flights, or alternative transport/ accommodation on this day. Your in country team will be on hand to help you book transport to the airport.
11) Is transport included?
Transport to and from your project is not included in your project price, and you will be required to use public transport such as overground trains, subway and buses. This will all be explained during your induction on arrival in Buenos Aires and a member of the in country team will make the journey with you until you confident travelling on your own. You should budget approximately £1 - £2 a day for travel to and from your project.
12) Will I need a Visa?
Upon arrival in Argentina you will automatically be granted a 90-day tourist visa. If you are from The United States, Canada, or Australia, you will have to pay a reciprocal fee upon arrival. See the visa information webpage for your respective countries.
13) Will I need vaccinations?
There are no specific vaccinations required to enter Argentina, however we strongly recommend visiting a travel nurse before your trip as you may need boosters.
14) What is the climate like in Argentina?
Do not forget that being in the Southern Hemisphere reverses the seasons. Keep in mind while packing that the weather will be the opposite of what you are used to in the Northern Hemisphere.
Listed below are some average temperatures for each season in Buenos Aires.
Summer: December to February – 18°C to 30°C
Autumn: March to May – 10°C to 27°C.
Winter: June to August – 2°C to 16°C.
Spring: September to November – 2°C to 24°C.
15) Can I bring donations to my project?
Yes, you can definitely bring donations to your project, just make sure to check out your luggage allowance before travelling.
16) What are the sports seasons in Argentina?
The season runs from April - December, however training runs all year round.
The season runs from April - October. During January and February training is informal with no matches. Training sessions are also dependent on player numbers.
The season runs from April - October. During January and February training is informal with no matches. Training sessions are also dependent on player numbers.
Informal training. You will not be set up with a club, however our in country coordinator will arrange games for you with locals.
Season starts in February with competitive matches running March - December with a break in July.
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