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Overseas Volunteer Sport Coaching: Volleyball in Bolivia

Sports, Volleyball in Bolivia - Volleyball Team

Ever since Bolivia hosted the South American Nations Championship in 2004, volleyball in Bolivia has been thriving. The Federacion Bolivana de Voleibol, like all other South American volleyball organisations, has been steadily developing the game within the country to reduce Brazil's domination of the sport within the continent.

Volleyball in Bolivia may not be the number one sport but it is gaining in popularity. This is partly due to its practicality. It is a sport that can be played on any type of court - dirt, sand, grass, wood and concrete. If a net is not available, a rope is sufficient to mark where a net would be. After that all you need is a ball, making it incredibly accessible for all to participate in. Not all children want, or are able, to play football, so volleyball provides them an interesting alternative sports option.

Volunteer to Coach Volleyball with Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad work with Club Olympic to help coach Volleyball to youngsters. The club was started unofficially by a group of friends over forty years ago, as an initiative to offer the youth of Cochabamba an alternative activity to keep them fit and healthy, whilst giving them an outlet for their youthful energy.

The club began officially just six years ago, when it moved to a new site in a local school. The land where the club plays was given to the school by the municipality for thirty years, and has been developed into a proper sports area, which now boasts six beach volleyball courts, six indoor courts, training areas, a small track and a gymnasium.

The club covers everything: sport-coaching and workouts, games between students, games with other sports schools or associations, theoretical classes and community services.

Your Role Volunteering on a Volleyball project in Bolivia

Sports, Volleyball in Bolivia - Volleyball Volunteers

Club Olympic need help with sports training and general maintenance work throughout the year. Volunteer coaches will help raise interest in the sport among students, and join in the planning and running of sessions.

Depending on their level of Spanish and knowledge of Volleyball our volunteer sport coaches may find themselves working to support another coach, coaching through a translator or taking a group alone. Teams that a volunteer can work with will vary from young children to young adults.

Working hours are Monday-Friday from 3pm to 7pm, working with children between the ages of 5 to 16. At the weekends there are tournaments, championships, and other activities that volunteers are welcome to attend.

Our volleyball project in Bolivia can also extend to local schools. Volunteer coaches would be trained first at the club and then sent out to work with local schools in the mornings.

This project is available 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.

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