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Volunteer Coaching Overseas: School Sports in Mongolia

Sports, School Sports in Mongolia - Volunteer

Physical strength is a high priority in schools sports in Mongolia, with the most popular sports being wrestling, horse riding and archery. However a number of other sports are starting to catch on due to a general tide of Western influence that has been creeping into the country ever since the collapse of the old Soviet Union.

The younger generation is beginning to get interested in football, basketball and volleyball but the schools we work with are often very poor and cannot afford the necessary teaching cover for children to participate in these sports on a regular basis. Even when they can, the standard of tuition is poor, because the teachers have simply not had the required sporting background.

Coach Sports in Schools with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad are based in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. During term time there are many opportunities to get involved with coaching a variety of sports. If you specialise in a particular sport and have a good knowledge of the game and how to coach it effectively then you will be much in demand, but the schools we work with are very happy to have coaches with a simple love of sport in general, and the enthusiasm to develop the same in the others.

During the summer months you can work at a summer camp, situated just outside the capital city. Here volunteers can help coaching football, table tennis, volleyball or basketball, the list of sports is endless. Just let us know what sport you are interested in and we can find a suitable placement.

You can volunteer as a Sports Coach as part of a gap year, during a career break or as part of an alternative holiday; everybody is welcome! And you do not have to have previous experience. Anyone with a passion for sport can participate.

Volunteering Abroad on Sports Projects in Mongolia

Sports, School Sports in Mongolia - Training Basketball

The majority of Mongolians have limited opportunity to take part in sports in their recreation time, so you can play a vital role in providing a platform for them to participate. Tasks may range from fitness training, helping referee games, developing coaching programmes and skills work.

This project offers you a real chance to use your sporting talents whilst interacting with Mongolian teachers and students, and also playing a role in the local community. Your efforts are sure to be greatly appreciated and you will find the development you see in your students to be incredibly rewarding, whilst at the same time knowing that you are a part of a bigger network of people who are developing Mongolia's sporting future.

You can join a school sports project in Mongolia for two weeks if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period. Volunteers who can only join us for two weeks may be paired up with another longer term sports volunteer.

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