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Football Training in Puerto Lopez

In the coastal town of Puerto Lopez in Ecuador, there is no great variety of things to do for children and teenagers. For this, the Ecuadorian couple Fredy and Raquel founded the Football Project - Los Canarios, which aims to provide a meaningful leisure activity for children and young people, to encourage them in their social skills and develop other skills through additional training opportunities, such as learning English. Volunteering here is possible in the fields of soccer coaching, teaching English, as well as physiotherapy and chiropractice.

Project Details

The children and young people train in three groups in the ages of 9 to 12 (about 20 children), 13 to 16 (about 40 children) and 17-20 years (30 youth). The training sessions are held daily and league games are held mostly on the weekends. The football project is registered as an association. The players have a “players’ card”. In addition to football skills, Fredy and his wife look to offer football as recreational activity for children and adolescents, by which they are motivated and develop themselves, achieve goals, do not leave school and achieve good scores; they also learn social skills and develop confidence in themselves. Social skills are very important for a sense of responsibility and duty, respect, tolerance, honesty and discipline.
As part of the football project, some members of the association get the opportunity to go for an exchange year in Canada every year, to further develop their English skills and to gain experience abroad. To qualify, of course, English grades at school must be high, and they should have at least two years of regular membership with the Association.
Volunteers can take Spanish classes on site. Fredy teaches the language at all levels. The teaching is usually on an individual basis and is therefore, adapted to the individual needs of learners. The revenues from language lessons, as well as from your accommodation, contribute a significant amount to the continued existence of the project.
Possible activities for volunteers:
  • Soccer coach - endurance and technique, as well as teaching values such as responsibility, tolerance, team spirit and discipline.
  • Female soccer trainers are particularly required, as many parents let their girls play only when thee are female volunteers on site.
  • English lessons for children and adolescents of the football club.
  • Tuition for the members of the association in subjects that are challenging for them.
  • Support the organization with administrative tasks.
  • Volunteers independently prepare their own workshops on relevant issues for children and adolescents and implement or thematically address similar topics in English class; e.g. healthy eating, hygiene, HIV prevention, teenage pregnancy, gender equality, prevention of alcohol and drug use.
  • Volunteers with professional qualification as a physiotherapist or chiropractor are required to treat common injuries, as well as knee and back problems.
Info Box
Location: Puerto Lopez, Ecuador
Availability: All year, Start date flexible
Minimum Duration: 2 Weeks
Maximum Duration: 6 Months
Language Requirements: Basic Spanish
Single or double room in bamboo hut
Supervision Possible: No
Qualification Of Supervisor: -
Minimum Qualification Of Intern: -
Further Contribution To Project: -
Volunteering Possible: Yes
Required Qualification For Volunteer: None
Further Contribution To Project: None
Expectations: Initiative, flexibility, openness, team spirit,
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