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Duration: 4 Weeks - 12 Weeks
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Join our sports physiotherapy internship in the stunning Caribbean island of St Lucia, and work closely with professional physiotherapists to gain hands on experience supporting top athletes from local club teams and the St Lucia national sports teams. This incredible opportunity is a fantastic way to gain valuable work experience and supplement university degrees and elective requirements.

Sports Physiotherapy in St Lucia
Physiotherapy in the St Lucia sporting community is a relatively under supported and misunderstood practise. There are very few practicing physiotherapist on the island, however as part of this sports physiotherapy internship, you will have the opportunity to support and shadow the island’s top sports physiotherapist, who has experience working alongside top international sports teams and is a CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) registered practitioner. By supporting the work of accomplished and experienced physiotherapist during your internship placement you input will be working towards local and national teams and players developing a better understanding of the principles of physiotherapy and the importance of injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Your Sports Physiotherapy Placement
Your sports physiotherapy placement in St Lucia will focus on supporting the work of one of the island’s top sports physiotherapist at a local practise. Your experienced mentor will talk you through specific procedures and important elements of the practise so that you are able to familiarise yourself with the behind the scenes work within a working sports physiotherapy clinic. Whilst benefiting from valuable hands on experience with injured athletes, you will develop greatly as a sports physiotherapy by picking up knowledge on a one-to-one basis from your mentor.

During you mornings your placement will see you working within your mentor’s clinic, followed by afternoon /evening work with other senior male and female sports teams around the island. We have strong links to the St Lucia national rugby union team and also the St Lucia national women’s cricket team, as well as other national sports teams, so you will have the opportunity to gain experience working as a physiotherapist for these higher level teams. 

Depending on the timing of your visit, and the relevant fixtures and schedules, you may also have the opportunity to assist as a sports physiotherapist during domestic and international sports events, matches and tournaments.

Sports Physiotherapy Internship Opportunities
Taking part in a sports physiotherapy placement overseas during your gap year, career break or student holiday is a fantastic way to gain experience in order to kick-start or supplement your career in the field. Whether you are in need of a university elective or placement, or want to take the time to gain valuable experience to boost your career potential, and overseas physiotherapy placement is the best way to work, travel and build up the experience necessary to progress in the field of sports physiotherapy.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Sports Physiotherapy Internship
Trip Code
LCIPT1
Continent
North America
Country
St Lucia
Airport
Hewannora International Airport (airport code UVF)
Minimum Duration
4 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
20
Trip Type
Volunteering, Internships & Work Experience
Activity
Cricket, Football, Netball, Rugby Union, Sports Physiotherapy
Cost
From £1195 for 4 Weeks
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
We would prefer you to come for at least 4 weeks on this internship to help build up your relationship with the people you are working with.
Pre-requisites
Sports Physiotherapists need to be self-motivated to take part in this internship and have a 'hands on' approach. You must also have recognised experience and qualifications to at least 2nd year undergraduate level.
Ideal for
Sports Physiotherapy Internships in the Caribbean; Internship Placements in St Lucia; Activity Breaks in the Caribbean; Sports Physiotherapy Gap Years and Career Breaks in St Lucia; University Sports Physiotherapy Electives and Work Experience.
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Arrival Dates

Start Dates 2017
19th May - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks
2nd Jun - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks 
16th Jun - 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks
30th Jun - 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks
14th Jul - 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks
28th Jul - 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks
11th Aug - 4 weeks, 6 weeks
25th Aug - 2 weeks, 4 weeks
8th Sep - 2 weeks

Start Dates 2018
23rd Mar - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks, 22 weeks, 24 weeks, 26 weeks
6th Apr -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks, 22 weeks, 24 weeks
20th Apr -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks, 22 weeks
4th May - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks
18th May  - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks
1st Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks 
15th Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks
29th Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks
13th Jul -  4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks
27th Jul -  4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks
10th Aug -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks
24th Aug -   2 weeks, 4 weeks
7th Sep -  2 weeks

Prices:
2 weeks - £695
4 weeks - £1195
6 weeks - £1595
8 weeks - £1995
10 weeks - £2395
12 weeks - £2795

For any extra 2 weeks you want to participate please add an additional £400 to the cost of your trip.

Note 1: Dates are subject to change. 
Note 2: It is important that you arrive on published arrival dates to help with operational management and induction. In St Lucia this tends to be a Friday. There maybe an additional fee if you still require airport collection outside our normal times.

Visa
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter St Lucia for up to 90 days. If you are travelling over 42 days (6 weeks) then you will have to provide travel details on arrival, to clear customs. All the details of the process will be explained once you have booked your trip.

You can check your visa requirements by visiting the website for the high commission of St Lucia by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
Accommodation housing up to 10 people and within close proximity to the beach. Volunteers will be sharing in dormitory style rooms up to 8 (usually 4). All bed linen is provided. There is electricity and running water, along with flush toilets. Wifi is also available.
Food
Breakfast is provided each day at your accommodation. You will have to budget for lunch and evening meals.
Airport Pick-Up
We will arrange transport from the airport on arrival in St Lucia.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Transport
Transport to and from your placement is provided each day in our team minibus.
Social Activities
Social activities and excursions will be organised by our in-country team.
Support
Pre departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Donation
Part of your fee is used to buy decent equipment for the charity sports projects and community you work with.
Travel Equipment and Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Food, Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Payment for transport to / from placement; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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Equipment Donation for St Lucia
We are dedicated to sustainable development. This is why part of the fee you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in St Lucia. You will often use this 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. 

Social Life in St Lucia 
While you are volunteering abroad to make a difference it is still important to enjoy yourself and unwind. St Lucia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, white sands and blue seas! We will often spend the days on the beach before training, and will organise events such as bbq’s or beach games. There are also a number of bars and clubs off the main beach. Then there is the weekly street party in Gros Islet where the roads are closed, speakers are rolled out and people party under the stars. 

Travel and Adventure in St Lucia 
With this project you get an excursion to world famous Marigot Bay, home to the set of the Dr Doolitttle film. Included is your return transport and water taxis across the bay. You can relax on a private beach or take a short rainforest walk, or get a drink in some of the best bars and restaurants on the Island. 
You will be encouraged to explore St Lucia during your free time so you can sample some of its breath-taking sights and meet some of the Caribbean’s friendliest people. The capital, Castries, is home to numerous markets selling a wonder of goods and comes alive when the cruise ships dock. For bars and clubs we recommend Rodney Bay, the home of the vast majority of the hotels. This is also home to the main shopping mall. There are also the famous Piton Mountains which are located in the south of the island and are well worth a visit. You can also climb them if you are feeling ambitious. There is also the Sulphur Springs the ‘World’s only drive in volcano’! The springs are formed from water running through a volcano, which heats the water while the sulphur turns the water black. You can bathe in the water, which is reputed to make you live forever. St Lucia is home to many rainforests which can be explored in a number of ways such as on bikes, quad bikes and zip lining!

St Lucia Map

Who says the Caribbean is all about lying on the beach and taking a honeymoon?
 
St Lucia is a small island stretching 27 miles long (north to south) by 14 miles wide (east to west) but you will be overwhelmed by its rolling hills that grow to form volcanic mountains and reach to the sky. The iconic Pitons rise from the waves to the clouds like pyramids of volcanic stone. This isn’t some glammed-up, theme-park holiday spot – St Lucia has a pulse. Your senses are bombarded with the sights, smells and sounds of an island that’s truly alive. 

Towns, like the capital Castries, move and shake to the sound of car horns, the smell of rotis fresh from the oven and reggae blaring on the speaker. The people are warm and welcoming and if you want a destination that will let you get under the skin of West Indian life – St Lucia is the one.


Quick Facts
Name
St Lucia
Location
North America
Bordering Countries
St Lucia is an island nation, so it does not share any land border with any other country.
Capital City
Castries
Government
Parliamentary Democratic
Population
174,000
Language
The official language is English; however Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), which is a French-based Creole colloquially referred to as "Patwah" (Patois), is spoken by 95% of the population.
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
Name
St Lucia
Poverty
22% of population are below the poverty line
Main Exports
Bananas, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil
Climate
The weather in St Lucia is typical of most Caribbean islands. There is a hot, tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year with temperatures ranging from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (9
Time Zone
GMT -4
Flag
St Lucia Flag

Fun Facts
• St Lucia is a volcanic island and one of the most mountainous islands in the whole of the Carribbean.
• The national motto of St. Lucia is "The Land, The People, The Light."
• The national bird is the St. Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot; it is a bird that is native only to the island.

Travel Highlights in St Lucia
• Dance at the St Lucian Jazz Festival - a party lasting many days
• Visit the sulfur springs on Mt.Gimie and experience the healing properties      of these hot springs.
• Scuba Dive in stunning dive sites and experience an underwater carnival     as you swim amongst schools of brilliantly coloured exotic fish.
• Lounge under a thatched hut, cocktail in hand and enjoy the legendary     beach scenes of Saint Lucia 


St Lucia Beach St Lucia Kids Waterfall in St Lucia

Where is St Lucia? 
Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and has a population of 174,000 (2010). Its capital is Castries. 

History of St Lucia 
One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib people in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies". 

In 1979 it gained full independence from the British but Saint Lucia is a Commonwealth realm; Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State, represented on the island by a Governor-General.

Languages of St Lucia 
The official language is English; however Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), which is a French-based Creole colloquially referred to as "Patwah" (Patois), is spoken by 95% of the population. 

Music and Dance in St Lucia 
A popular folk dance is the Quadrille. Together with Caribbean music genres such as Calypso, Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, Compas, Zouk and Salsa, Saint Lucia has a strong indigenous folk music tradition. Each May since 1991, Saint Lucia has hosted an internationally renowned Jazz Festival. If you think you have the moves then you have seen nothing yet when a St Lucian wants to dance the night away! 

Food in St Lucia 
The cuisine of St Lucia is influenced by West Indian, Creole and French food. Popular dishes are pepper pot stew, callaloo soup and fried codfish. 

Shellfish and fish are caught daily. Salt fish is used in a number of recipes. Vegetables include cassava, dashing (taro) and sweet potatoes. Breadfruit is also grown. 

Fruits cultivated are bananas, coconuts, guavas, mangoes, papayas, passion fruit, pineapples and Sousa's Fresh fruit juices are available and alcoholic drinks, such as beer (Pitons) and rum (Bounty), are brewed locally. 

Climate in St Lucia 
As is the case with many Caribbean islands, St. Lucia's visitors should expect hot and humid weather conditions year round, due to the island's proximity to the equator. Fortunately, visitors will rarely feel uncomfortable as mild trade winds bring cool breezes off the water that offer some respite from the heat. 

The average temperature in St. Lucia ranges from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to the upper 90s. Humidity on the island averages between 70 and 90 percent throughout the year. December and January are generally the coolest months with the temperatures being in the mid 70s to mid 80s in degrees Fahrenheit. The summer months of June through August are the hottest. 

Travelling in St Lucia 
Bus service is probably the most common form of getting around and is via privately owned minivans. They’re a cheap way to get around, and the means by which most islanders get to town, school and work. St Lucia’s main road forms a big loop around the island, and buses stop at all towns along the way. They’re frequent between main towns (such as Castries to Gros Islet) and generally run until 10pm (later on Friday); however, there is no scheduled timetable. Very few buses run on Sunday. If there’s no bus stop nearby, you can wave buses down en route as long as there’s space for the bus to pull over. 

Renting a car gives you greater flexibility but is more expensive, and is perhaps the best way to discover the areas of St Lucia that the bus network does not service. Although the roads are generally good many of the roads are steep and smaller ones can become little more than potholed mudslides after a bout of rain. 

When flying into St Lucia you'll be serviced by two airports: Hewanorra International Airport, in Vieux Fort at the remote southern tip of the island, and George FL Charles Airport, in Castries near the main tourist area. Scheduled international flights land at Hewanorra, which has a longer runway, while flights from within the Caribbean and charters generally land at the more central George FL Charles Airport. 

Leisure in St Lucia 
In addition to the wide variety of opportunities to hike, bird watch and tour St. Lucia's outstanding natural attractions, the island has a full range of recreational facilities. Visitors may enjoy the leisurely pleasures of touring the island by horse, chartering a yacht for an evening sail or day cruise, or relax with a round of golf. For those who enjoy the thrill of more vigorous pursuits, there are plenty of places to windsurf, dive, water-ski, or enjoy tennis or squash. There are also a number of activities more closely related to the traditional life of St. Lucia, including deep-sea fishing and the weekly "jump-ups" at Gros Islet. 

Sport in St Lucia 
Cricket is by far the most popular sport in St Lucia with Darren Sammy being the first and only St Lucian to be called up to the West Indies Cricket Team. St Lucia annually hosts games in the West Indies limited-overs and four-day cricket competitions, usually at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds, one of the most modern facilities in West Indies cricket. 

Tennis is growing in popularity in St Lucia. The St Lucian hotel of the island offers two coobuip Junior Tournament takes place. St Lucia is also an annual competitor in the Davis Cup, an international tennis competition, with former Sportsman of the Year Vernon Lewis and Kane Easter having been two of the island's consistent players over the years. The Government of St Lucia is planning on constructing a Tennis Centre and something that Sporting Opportunities will be closely linked with. 

Netball, rugby, swimming and basketball are rapidly becoming popular around the island and we are proud to be working within this country as is develops it national and international sporting presence.

 

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Project Assessment
Before you see a sports 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. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport 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.
 
Pre-departure Advice
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.
 
Airport Pick-Up
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.
 
Arrival Orientation
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 sports 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.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your sports 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 Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support our registered sports charity, United Through Sport. This donation funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and helps to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.
 
Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, 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!

Speak To Us
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 installments.

Welcome Pack
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.

Personal Information
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.

Final Payment
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!

Orientation
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.

1) What is the minimum age restriction?
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 18+ 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 is a large open plan guest house, only a few minutes walk from the beach, making it the perfect base for your Caribbean adventure! 

The house has all the facilities you will require including a fully equipped kitchen, large balcony for dining and socialising and common room with TV and WiFi. There are shared bath and toilet facilities. 

• Are there laundry facilities available at the accommodation?
Yes. There is a washing machine and ironing board in the house. 

• Can I book a private room? 
This is completely dependent on availability at the time as there are only three bedrooms in the house. Speak to one of our friendly travel advisors for more information. 

• Where can I store valuables at the accommodation?
There is no safe in the house, however there are security bars and gates for all entries and windows and each bedroom can be locked from outside. The landlord also lives in the apartment below which means that any problems that arise can be dealt with immediately, and there is usually somebody downstairs to keep an eye out! 

• What amenities are nearby?
The accommodation is located on one of the main roads in Castries so there will always be buses to take you to the capital Castries, local attractions or bars and clubs at Rodney Bay. There is a popular beach just a few minutes walk from the house, as well as a supermarket, chemist, bank and shopping mall.

4) How many hours a day will I be volunteering on the project?
Weekdays - Sessions will take place after school between 2:00pm - 4:30pm (subject to the school). Saturdays - Sessions will take place in the morning from 10:00am - 12:00pm. You are free to travel and explore the island during the days, or just spend it on one of the great golden sand beaches. There is also a street party in Gros Islet every Friday.

5) Will I run the class or assist in the teaching/ 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! You will receive a coaching manual on arriving in St Lucia and will be working alongside experienced coaches who will always be on hand to advise you and support your sessions. 

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, and local coaches at the project site. 

8) What can I do in my free time? 
There’s loads to keep you busy in your free time in St Lucia and your in country coordinators will be on hand to point you in the right direction and book extra excursions for you. These activities include a Rain Forest Adventures Aerial Tram, botanical gardens, sulphur springs, paint-balling and zip lining. (please note these are an additional cost and not included in your trip price).

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. This is usually on a Friday. If you arrive outside the start date you can either make your own way to the accommodation or arrange with us to pick you up but there will be an additional charge for this.

10) When should I book my departure?
You should book your return flight on the last day of your project, a Friday. You will need to make your own way back to the airport but our team in-country can help you arrange this if you wish.

11) Is transport included?
Transport to and from your project is included in the project price. Transport for extra excursions can also be arranged with the in country team for an additional cost. 

12) Will I need a visa?
Citizens for a large list of countries, including the UK do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please get in contact if you are unsure if you need a visa or not. 

13) Will I need vaccinations?
There are no specific vaccinations required to enter St Lucia, however we strongly recommend visiting a travel nurse before your trip as you may need boosters.

14) What is the climate like in St Lucia?
As you would imagine with a Caribbean Island you can expect hot and humid weather throughout the year. However, cool breezes from the coast take the edge of the heat for your coaching sessions. Due to its situation on the equator, St Lucia does not have well defined seasons. There is, however a rainy season which generally falls between June and November. 

15) Can I bring donations to my project?
Yes, you certainly can bring donations to your project, just make sure to check out your luggage allowance before travelling! Some airlines will be happy for you to take an extra bag for this but you should contact them before flying to make a note against the booking so you do not run into problems when checking in your bags at the airport.

16) Can I play sport whilst in St Lucia?
We have great contacts with a number of local clubs and teams, so you will have lots of opportunity to play sport in your free time and challenge the locals to a game or two. 
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  • ''Ghanaians are friendly in a way that is almost unheard of in the West. They are extremely affectionate and, once you have got used to it, you can be just as friendly back.''
    Graeme Acheson , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''I feel really fulfilled that I have aided less fortunate people in giving them a chance to play tennis in the first place and to offer assistance with my coaching knowledge to help the development of the sport in Ghana.''
    Sal Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''It was a seriously amazing trip that I will never forget. So thanks for what all you guys have done, and thanks for making it such an unforgettable trip!''
    Christian Dorin , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • “It was an incredible experience coaching the children in Port Elizabeth – they are so enthusiastic about learning to play tennis. Their energy levels are amazing and they had improved greatly by the time I left.”
    Dave Leicester , Tennis, South Africa
     
  • “One of the best experiences of my life! I just can’t believe how enthusiastic and grateful the kids were to learn and play Ultimate. The talent was awesome too – some were naturals! I can’t wait to come back to South Africa one day and see how my players are getting on.”
    Miles Jackson , Ultimate Frisbee, South Africa
     
  • "I've had the best few weeks of my life. The kids loved learning volleyball and in turn I loved every bit of my experience!"
    James Taylor , Volleyball, Ghana
     
  • "Coaching Rugby out here has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. Met some awesome people and really enjoyed the country. Really kind host family made me feel v-welcome. Would definitely like to come back one day!"
    Tim Wace , Rugby Union, Argentina
     
  • "Taking my love of tennis to Argentina was a dream come true. I will never forget this once in a life time opportunity to play and coach tennis to a range of abilities in such a great country. Thanks to all who were part of this".
    Ceri Newman , Tennis, Argentina
     
  • "The sports tour that Sporting Opportunities arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved".
    Dan Long: Football Captain , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again".
    Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us".
    Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach , Volleyball, South Africa
     
  • "Seeing the kids in week one be so fearful of the water to seeing them confidently swim after my 5 weeks in South Africa has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Thank you to everyone involved."
    Caroline Rudge , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "I never thought I could take my love of football and coach it to kids in the Caribbean so this has been an experience I will never forget. Totally amazing."
    Scott Black , Football, St Lucia
     
  • "I've always wanted to travel to the Caribbean, so getting the chance to coach cricket and travel at the same time was perfect!"
    Manish Patel , Cricket, St Lucia
     
  • "What a great 4 weeks I had in St Lucia on the cricket coaching project organised by Sporting Opportunities. I've made friends for life and will never forget the fun times I had."
    Tom Webb , Cricket, St Lucia
     
  • "Best thing about the course - meeting so many like minded people, many of whom will be friends for life and getting to snowboard for 11 weeks without a care in the world!"
    David Turner , Skiing, Canada
     
  • "Every single detail about the ski instructor course exceeded my expectations by a mile and has totally changed my life! The only drawback of the whole 11 weeks is that I’ve become one serious powder junkie."
    Baibre Lacey , Skiing, Canada
     
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