Rugby Coaching and Training in Argentina, Buenos Aires

  • Argentina

Ages18 - 70

Tour ID121292

Arrival LocationBuenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)

People on trip12 to 25

By participating in the rugby coaching volunteer placement in Argentina you will experience the two different worlds of Sport in Argentina, on one hand, working with some of the poorest and underprivileged children in the world – providing coaching to those who usually do not have access, whilst also experiencing the rugby culture at a semi professional club.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rugby in Argentina
Rugby is considered to be the second most popular sport in Argentina, only behind association football. Recent performances at the Rugby World Cup competitions has cemented the reputation of rugby as being in the top three most popular sports in Argentina. Rugby in Argentina is largely played by the middle class who have access to facilities, whereas children in the underprivileged areas can do no more than watch since they have little or no access to the simplest of rugby equipment. Therefore, by joining this rugby coaching project, you will give more children the chance to play and be coached rugby, providing values and friendship which are the main objectives of the projects. You will also have the chance to play rugby at a local rugby team so you will have the chance to play the sport you love, learn more Spanish and making lifelong friends.

Your Rugby Volunteer Placement
Your rugby placement will be split into two different projects aimed at promoting rugby in different Sports Centres within the city of Buenos Aires, and secondly coaching rugby during the evenings at a local Rugby Club.

To build upon this, the first part of your rugby placement will consist in coaching sport at different Sports Centres. These Sports Centres or Parques, enable kids from low income families to join governmental sports programmes which use rugby as a tool to encourage kids to get involved in sports by introducing basic skills. You will be working alongside existing Physical Education teachers who appreciate your help and any new thoughts you bring for drills and exercise ideas. Although you will start coaching at the grass roots level, you will soon find that kids in Argentina are extremely friendly and naturally sports-mad people. They will carefully listen to you, although they may need help with some of your rugby references in English. Therefore, it is a good chance to exchange languages by teaching some English vocabulary and learning some Spanish in return, while playing and coaching the sport you love. The government is very keen to welcome our volunteer rugby coaches into their projects to engage young people in rugby.

The second part of your rugby coaching project will be based in one of the local Rugby Clubs. Here you will organise rugby coaching sessions and structured matches for the children. At this stage you will be working in a more structured environment with kids and coaches playing with passion and consistency. The standard at this club is much better than the Sport Centres as these clubs play on a regular basis, with matches taking place over the weekends. You will also be asked to coach your team during weekend mornings as junior matches take place on Saturdays.

The aim of the project is to provide you with the bigger picture when it comes to playing and coaching rugby in Argentina. On the first part you will experience the importance of sporting values in the kids. The second part is focused on the standard at which the kids are playing in a well structured semi-professional team when representing Floresta RC.

You do not need coaching qualifications to join our rugby coaching project, just some experience of playing or coaching at a fairly good standard, be it school, club, university or county.

Your Rugby Coaching Role
At the Sport Centres you will be asked to assist coaches in setting up drills and exercises, including utilising your own ideas and experiences with children aged from 6 to 17 years old. It is a rewarding experience as, besides coaching them, your passion towards rugby will be infectious and you will rapidly build strong and lasting relationships! At the grass root level you will be expected to coach individual skills such as passing, kicking and running with the ball. At Floresta Rugby Club, coaching is more about tactical awareness, passing and team play. You will add a new dimension to their rugby training which you will soon see your players truly appreciate. You will see the sense of friendship within the club and will realize how quick you will be part of the local community.Summer Camps
Summer camps in Argentina run throughout January. These camps attract thousands of kids each year, and are run in conjunction with a government sports initiative aimed at getting kids out and doing something constructive with their summer holidays. Volunteer sports coaches are required to coach: football, hockey, rugby and tennis.Your Rugby Training Placement
You have the option of joining training sessions alongside the seniors who play in the Metropolitan Rugby league. Training is competitive and takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays, with matches taking place on Saturdays. The after match tea or “tercer tiempo” you can enjoy with the team, and you may end up going out for a few social drinks after this. Nights out represent an important part of socialising within the local rugby environment.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to take part in this project. We can provide this service for you at an additional cost because some people may already have one that is valid (please get in touch for more details).

Gap Year Rugby in Argentina
Rugby in Argentina is by far, one of the best options when it comes to choosing a sports gap year abroad. This is because you can get many things in just one trip; from learning Spanish to playing and coaching rugby to visiting some truly magical places as well as sharing the experience with like minded sporty people. The longer you can participate in this project, the more you will take away from the experience. The best thing is that you will get to know a different culture and a new language skill while having fun and playing the sport you are passionate about.

You can arrive any 1st and 3rd 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.

Visa
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.

Equipment Donation
We believe that in order to develop a long term social sports project it is crucial the 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.

Spanish Lessons
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 groups 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 Argentineans 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
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.

Airport Pick-Up
Included on arrival date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.

Accommodation
Shared house / student residence accommodation; Basic but comfortable; Shared rooms; Shared kitchen; Shared toilet / shower facilities; shared with other volunteers.

Breakfast
Breakfast is included at the accommodation, so please budget for lunch and dinner.

Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.

Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Lunch and Dinner (Budget GBP £8 -GBP £10 per day), Spending money; In country travel; Laundry service; Extra activities not on itinerary.

You will be met on arrival. Full details will be provided once you have booked your trip with us.

Preferred Duration
We would like volunteers to come on preferably an 8 or 12 week trip if possible. This ensures better management of the project and also helps you get the most from the social activities and group travel opportunities on offer. However, it is possible to come for any duration from 4 to 12 weeks.

Typical Hours
The Rugby sessions take place during week for approximately 4 hours each day. There is varied work with supporting coaching efforts in shanti town schools as well as running sessions for a rehabilitation programme for prison inmates. We also have our own charity club so you’ll run after school session here along with being able to train at a local club a couple of times a week to keep up with your fitness.

Pre-requisites
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 gap years, career breaks, gap breaks, gap years, student summer holidays, student travel, rugby players, sports travel and volunteer travel.

Rugby Coaching and Training in Argentina, Buenos Aires

  • Argentina

Ages18 - 70

Tour ID121292

Arrival LocationBuenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)

People on trip12 to 25

  • Travel dates are flexible

Suitable for ages 18 to 70

Most participants are between 18 and 25, so please be aware of this. We do welcome older people because of the value and experience they bring to the community.


"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

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