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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Trip Code: ARVFB1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
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Get to see a different side of South America than the average tourist, on the pitch and on the streets!

Did you know that you can fundraise for your trip project price? For more information check out the Extra Info tab. 

Argentina and Football
It comes as no surprise that Argentina’s favourite sport is football. Any World Cup would be a miss without cries of ‘vamos, vamos Argentina!’. While your task may not be to find the new Messi or Maradona, any traveller to Buenos Aires will be amazed by the pervasive influence of football on all aspects of Argentinian life, with it being played in every alleyway, field, or park throughout the country. Coaching football in Argentina is also a great chance to see football in its rawest form, out on the streets, where many top players would have originally learnt to play. Volunteering as a volunteer football coach in Argentina is an invaluable opportunity to get to grips with the Argentine style of football playing while also having an impact on local communities, helping young people develop their skills both on and off the field.

More About Your Coaching Placement
This is an opportunity to coach football at local soccer schools and clubs based around the local shantytowns, which provide a route for kids to stay away from drugs and crime by focusing on football. United though Sport has relationships with a range of NGO-run soccer clubs for kids based around the city to give you a varied, unique, and personalised experience. These clubs provide better access to structured football training for young ‘porteños’, usually between the ages of 4 to 16, who come from the more disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires. By volunteering as a football coach in Argentina on your gap year or career break, you will be able to bring better access to structured football training to these children, while also gaining a valuable and rich insight into the South American football style.

Your Role as a Volunteer Football Coach
Volunteers with any level of coaching are welcome to join us in Buenos Aires. All we ask is that you have a good grounding in football, play or have played regularly, have a basic understanding of coaching principles, and are confident and excited by the thought of coaching and getting involved with the children. The emphasis is not on finding and developing top level performers, but providing children from under-privileged backgrounds with the opportunity to develop socially through the medium of sport, as well as building friendships and thus achieving the unity through sport which we are all about. Whatever your background, we are confident that you will be able to offer something positive by undertaking this volunteering placement.


Your training placement in a local football team
As well as your volunteering placement, it will also be arranged for you to get involved in a local amateur team that plays in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. The team is comprised of both local and foreign amateur and semi-professionals. The players are aged between 16-25 years and thus make it an ideal team for you to make friends and enjoy the social side of football.

The training takes place on weekdays in the evenings, usually after 7pm, leaving you plenty of time to explore Buenos Aires and the surrounding areas. You will work with the coaches to come up with new drills and exercises, working together to teach each other about the local differences in the way football is played. You will find that by introducing ideas of tactical movements, passing and team play, a new dimension will be added to their football training. You will also help the charity in its educational endeavours by helping to teach the kids English in homework sessions before training.

Training sessions are usually from 8:30am to 11:30am from Monday to Friday in a team of around 20-25 players. You will get to participate in all physical and fitness sessions, drills, and technique and strategy sessions and there is even a chance you may have the opportunity to play at a competitive level.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
To take part in this project we advise participants to complete a CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau). United Through Sport can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On Tab. 

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Football Coaching and Training
Trip Code
ARVFB1
Continent
South America
Country
Argentina
Airport
Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
17
Trip Type
Volunteering, Internships & Work Experience
Activity
Football
Cost
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
Deposit
£ 200.00
Preferred Duration
You are welcome to come from 2 to 12 weeks but we would prefer that you come for at least 8 weeks as this allows you to become properly immersed in the project.
Pre-requisites
It is not essential that you have coaching qualifications or experience, just an understanding of the game, playing experience, and reasonable fitness levels. Basic conversational Spanish is also necessary.
Ideal for
Students, travellers, those on gap years or career breaks. Those looking to gain confidence as a sports coach or teacher, those looking to practice Spanish in Argentina or South America.
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Arrival Dates

You can arrive any 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:

- Last 2 weeks of Feb - no morning sessions - other activities will be supplied
- Mid July 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 - start date will be 2nd weekend in Jan.

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 by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
Shared accommodation in central Buenos Aires, simple but comfortable. Shared rooms, toilets, showers, kitchen and lounge. Homestay may also be available, ask us for details.
Food
Only breakfast is provided. We suggest you budget £8-£10 a day for lunches and dinner.
Pick up from airport
Included on arrival date, just let us know if you are arriving early.
Training
Full orientation and induction when you arrive.
Support
Help and advice before you go, local team in Argentina, twenty-four hour emergency contact.
Donation
70% of your fee goes towards buying decent equipment for the projects that United Through Sport run.
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Not Included

Air travel; insurance; visas; lunch and dinner (budget £8-£10 per day); spending money; vaccinations; transport to and from your placement; in-country travel; laundry; extra activities which are not on the itinerary.
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Equipment Donation
To truly develop a sustainable long-term sports project, and for our work to have a positive impact on the community, it is essential that resources are made available. Some of your fee, therefore, goes to paying for decent sporting equipment for our beneficiary organisations in Argentina. This sports equipment will often be what you use during your trip and is then always left with the community after you leave. In some cases, financial contributions are made instead of equipment where it is deemed more appropriate for the individual organisation.

Spanish Lessons
To really benefit from our projects in Argentina, a basic understanding of Spanish is important. If you are not a confident Spanish speaker, you can take lessons at our language school in Buenos Aires on arrival, and during your time here. The school offers individual tuition with Argentinians as well as group lessons. Moreover, the school also incorporates a number of social and cultural activities such as traditional dancing, urban experiences, food tasting. This will really help you develop your understanding of Argentina, both culturally and linguistically. Spanish learners at any level are welcome at the school and will benefit.

The language school runs lessons for four hours in the morning. These therefore fit nicely around your afternoon volunteer placements. There is an added cost of having lessons, but taking lessons in a Spanish-speaking country is so important in building Spanish skills.

Social Life in Argentina
People from Buenos Aires, commonly known as the “porteños” due to it being a port-side city, have a reputation for being very talkative and welcoming! Socialising makes up a huge part of daily life for the average porteño. The city is littered with cafeterias full of people socialising and talking the days away. This characteristic means you will easily find likeminded people who love sport and travelling like you do. By joining a local team you will easily meet people who can show you around, and make sure that in no time you are speaking Spanish like a true Argentinian. Furthermore, our team organises many social activities to bring volunteers together.

Travel and Adventure in Argentina
Argentina is notorious for its array of breath-taking landscapes and climates, as the country stretches about 3600 km from North to South, and from the centre of the South American continent out to the sea. While there are ample activities in Buenos Aires itself, you will also have time to travel outside the city and experience more of Argentina itself. Many of our volunteers like to visit a farm on the outskirts of the city to get to see what life is like for the local villagers as well as to view the landscape.

That is if you run out of things to do in Buenos Aires itself, a cultural and cosmopolitan city developing rapidly. On your days off you could follow a day of museums and historical architecture with a traditional Argentine steak for dinner and finish off your day with tango sessions!

Playing Sport in Argentina.
We appreciate that as a keen sports player you might want to focus on your own fitness as well while you are out. This is why we have developed a variety of opportunities to continue playing and training in the sport you love. Aside from the thrill of playing football in a competitive environment, you will also learn that it is a great social opportunity and a chance to improve your Spanish, learn more about Argentinians, and hopefully make some great friends.

Accommodation
We want you to feel safe and secure, and not have to worry about where you will be staying when you come out on a project with us in Argentina. Subject to interest and numbers of volunteers, you will either get to stay in our shared volunteer house in Buenos Aires with other sports coach volunteers, or you may be placed in one of our home-stay accommodation, living with an Argentine family in the city. All our accommodation is centrally located to your project with shops and other amenities easily accessible.

Fundraise for your trip
We encourage all of our volunteers to fundraise in order to make up the trip project price, making it much easier for you to manage financially and most importantly to help spread the word about the amazing work you are doing! We will be here every step of the way to give you tips and advice on fundraising ideas and provide you with any marketing material you need, and you'll be surprised how quickly you can raise the money with the help of your family and friends. By setting up a fundraising page through 'Total Giving' the charity can also claim an additional 25% on donations made if the Gift Aid box is ticked. This means 25% more funds to help support our worthwhile projects overseas! 

Please note this additional 25% Gift Aid will be treated as a donation to United Through Sport and will not count towards your project price.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
To take part in this project we advise that participants complete a CRB/ DBS check. United Through Sport has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB/DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the United Through Sport team. This is a very straightforward process making the application as quick an easy for the volunteer as possible. United Through Sport can provide this service for you at an additional cost of £30. For more information on the application process please take a look at the relevant Add On tab. 

Argentina

Argentina: the land of opportunity. Spanning 3600km from North to South, and spanning almost half of the South American continent, Argentina is an extremely diverse and fascinating country to visit. In fact, it is the most popular tourist destination on the South American continent, with almost six million people travelling to the country last year. With its beautiful landscapes, diverse culture and peoples, and fascinating history, Argentina is a must-see on any South American holiday.

However, despite this, Argentina remains a country fraught with the difficulties of the past. From the moment the Spanish explorers set foot on the Incan soil, the country has been afflicted by war, disease, and economic and political instability. The modern Argentine people are a nation coming to terms with entrenched inequalities between the indigenous population and those of Spanish ancestry; the legacy of a military history and the resultant “disappeared” citizens; more recently, the financial crash that devastated the economy in 2001; as well as a future rife with uncertainty.


Quick Facts
Name
Argentina
Location
South America
Bordering Countries
Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay
Capital City
Buenos Aires
Government
Federal presidential constitutional republic
Population
42.1 million
Language
Spanish
Currency
Peso
Name
Argentina
Poverty
Main Exports
Soy, cereals, motor vehicles, fossil fuels, fruit and vegetables
Climate
Varies dramatically
Time Zone
GMT -3
Flag
Argentina

History
Before the Great Depression in 1929, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. The abundance of arable land meant that a land-owning class quickly established themselves, and, on the back of this, the Argentine economy grew fast. It was also seen as a new land with plentiful opportunities for personal enrichment. Immigrants flocked to the country, and, by 1914, half of the population of Buenos Aires was foreign born. 

Argentina remains one of the wealthiest among its neighbours. However, as is often the case with developing countries, this is still in no way reflected in the distribution of wealth. Because the original growth of the Argentine economy was based on an elite of rich landowners, this meant it was driven by a dependence on an abundance of cheap labour, meaning most of the population remained poor, illiterate, and uneducated. This lack of a tradition of universal education meant that, for example, when the financial crash hit in 2001, more than half the population fell below the poverty line.

United Through Sports’ work
So where does our work come into play in Argentina?  Sport is an area of Argentine society that has the potential to bridge these inequalities, and bring people from all walks of life together. Through the medium of sport, we hope to give new opportunities for self-advancement to thousands of children from the more disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires. 

Our work in Argentina started in 2011 when we started sending volunteers out to help set up our ‘Mass Participation Programme’ there.  We bring Argentine and international volunteers into local sports clubs and NGOs that work with children to help coach and play rugby, football, baseball, or hockey together. This programme allows the children we work with to be exposed to people whose lives would normally have never have crossed theirs, whether Argentinian volunteers or our international volunteers. All our volunteers and the children we work with have one thing in common: the sport that they love. By playing together on the field, the unity that ensues helps show that all manmade barriers, whether linguistic, or due to cultural, national, or class divides, can be overcome, and thus helps show that these constructions do not need to be a barrier for personal development either.

Through the medium of sport we also help deliver health and education workshops, which our volunteers get directly involved with through homework clubs with our children. By coming out to Argentina to get involved with our programs there, you will be making a huge contribution to our important work and the lives of all the children we work with.


We understand that you may be curious as to where the fees for you placement actually go. As with any overseas travel, there always costs involved, although the added benefits they provide are what make the experience as fulfilling and memorable as we hope it can be!

Project Assessment
What is not visible to a quick look on our website is the amount of work that has happened prior to us advertising the placements. United through Sport is a growing charity that can only function through the help of our volunteers as well as the support of our beneficiaries. Volunteer placements are of course a temporary measure and while they are needed for us to run, it is vital for our charity that all the costs of having a volunteer out with us are covered. This includes all vetting local staff, conducting rigorous safety assessments, investing in accommodation and staff to help organise your trip, as well as making sure that some money can be reinvested into our charity’s work so that our work can continue into the future after your trip is over!

Advice and Support Prior to Departure
Once you have booked your trip you will be assigned to one of our travel advisors to help you plan and prepare everything you need for your trip including any information about visa’s, vaccinations or kit to take with you.  They will be on hand right up to your day of departure to answer any last minute questions you might have.

Help to Organise Flights and Insurance
Although we do not offer flights and insurance directly (to allow you maximum flexibility in choosing these options) we do have partnerships with industry leading organisations who can provide both services for you and ensure you are paying the most affordable rates and are offered tailor made packages to suit your travelling requirements.

Arrival and Orientation
As well as being picked up from the airport, we also make sure you are settled in by providing orientation and induction upon arrival. This makes sure you know where you are, feel safe, and teach you some handy tips about how to conduct yourself in Argentina.

Food and Accommodation
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. You will also be provided with breakfast every day.

Staff in the country
We have dedicated teams of staff in every country to make sure you are well looked after at every stage of your placement. They live near by and can be reached at any time of the day and will always check in with you throughout your placement to make sure everything is going as planned.

Twenty-four hour support
As well as our staff in Argentina, you will also be able to contact our international staff network. Before you leave, we will give you emergency contact details to call in case of an emergency. We are always on call: twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.


After you have booked you placement with us you will need to organise your flights and insurance. 

Flights and travel insurance are not included in your trip but are essential to your travel, which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic! To make life easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights partner – StudentUniverse. They will guide you every step of the way.

Please do not go into a store/branch as we have a specific team based in London who can deal with your requirements and are also familiar with how we operate to make sure you get the best service possible and end up where you are meant to!

Please click here to use the flight search engine or call the StudentUniverse team.
Talk To Us
We have a team of friendly Travel Advisors working round the clock to answer any questions you may have. So if you need any advice, or are wondering what volunteering for United Through Sport is like, just drop us a line, email us, or ask for a call back and we would be more than happy to have a chat!

Book Your Place
When you are ready to book your place, simply get in touch with us and we will guide you through the simple application process. We do ask that to secure your place, you provide us with a small deposit so that we can plan our projects effectively. The rest of the fee can be paid in manageable installments.

Welcome Pack
Once you have booked and paid your deposit, we will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you with the login details for our online Travel Centre, which is full of all the information you need before heading out to volunteer with us.

Flights and Insurance
After you have booked your flights and arranged travel insurance, make sure you let us know these details so we know when you are arriving! These are not added into the project fee so that you can avoid any unnecessary administrative costs, and to give you more flexibility, but our partners will be able to help you find the best options.

Visas and Vaccinations
You will also have to make sure you have all the vaccinations and visas for your project. We can provide you with lots of information to help you obtain your visa, and your GP or travel clinic will be able to tell you exactly which vaccinations you need.

Orientation
Once you get here, look forward to a warm welcome from our team at the airport to take you to your accommodation. They will make sure you are fully settled in and understand your new surroundings. 

"What an amazing time I had in Argentina, I miss it already. Alejandro, our coordinator, showed us all a fantastic time. Thanks United Through Sport!!!"

Tom Leahy

"Thank you to everyone at United Through Sport. I have had my eyes open to the poverty in Argentina. It is so important that volunteers continue to sign up, they will not regret it"

Declan Cockpu
1. How much money should I bring with me to spend?
It depends on how many excursions or personal trips you would like to do, and how keen you are to use the shared cooking facilities, but we would suggest you bring between £90 and £120 pounds a week.

2. How can I best manage my money?
We recommend that you bring some cash with you, but carry most of your money in a “cash card” or “cash passport”. For example, the Post Office has a card that doesn’t charge you for withdrawing cash. We would recommend  that you do some research on current offers before you head out.

3. Will I be able to get in touch with other volunteers before heading out?
Our Argentine projects don’t have specific start and end dates, but we will endeavour to put you in touch with other volunteers who will be out at similar times to you. 

4. How can I support the charity prior to my trip?
Once you have booked, one of our friendly travel advisors will be able to provide you with comprehensive information before you head out. This information will also be available on our online travel centre for volunteers preparing for their travels.

5. How much time will I spend coaching?
You will be coaching for two to three hours in the evenings on weekdays, usually after 7pm. 

6. Who will I be coaching?
Children between the ages of 4 to 16 from the more disadvantaged areas of Buenos Aires.

7. How much free time will I have?
Since coaching will usually take place in the evenings, you will have lots of free time to explore the local area, practise Spanish.

8. What qualifications or experience do I need?
We don’t require you to have any specific coaching qualifications, simply a passion for your sport, and an enthusiasm to work with children. All we need is that you have trained fairly regularly, have a good understanding of the sport, and feel that you are fit enough to do training and coaching daily.
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Testimonials
  • "What an amazing time I had in Argentina, I miss it already. Alejandro, our coordinator, showed us all a fantastic time. Thanks United Through Sport!!!"
    Tom Leahy , Football, Argentina
     
  • "Thank you to everyone at United Through Sport. I have had my eyes open to the poverty in Argentina. It is so important that volunteers continue to sign up, they will not regret it"
    Declan Cockpu , Football, Argentina
     
  • "The most amazing experience of my life. I enjoyed this opportunity so much that I now live in Ghana and work for the charity's sports academy".
    Alex Burrows , Football, Ghana
     
  • "This was my first time in Africa and it was such an eye opener. An amazing opportunity to coach the academy lads at United Through Sport."
    Tom Lyonette , Football, Ghana
     
  • "I loved the friendships I made through the netball sessions and it's great to see what this charity is doing for so many."
    Anna Robinson , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "I volunteered on a netball project in 2010 and loved it so much that I never went back. Ghana is my favourite place on earth and I just love the Dzandza brothers who look after you."
    Liz Wells , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "Such an amazing time spent with all my Ghanaian friends. Thanks so much for making the netball experience such a fantastic and unforgettable time."
    Natalie Schaffer , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "This was a unique experience. Working in all areas of Ghanaian athletics has given me a great understanding of how athletics is developing in West Africa."
    Josh Curtis , Athletics, Ghana
     
  • "I play a lot of golf in the USA, so to have the chance to play in Ghana and also coach kids was a fantastic experience."
    Peter Lamenzo , Golf, Ghana
     
  • "It was great to work alongside the Ghana Golf Association to help run tournaments as well as coaching for the young caddys."
    Peter Dunmore , Golf, Ghana
     
  • "This was such a rewarding project that got great results. Seeing kids who were scared of the water gradually gain confidence was amazing."
    Rob Scott , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "We take being able to swim for granted so being able to teach young Ghanaians this valuable gift was a huge privilege."
    Laura Brown , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "I saved for 3 years to get myself on this tennis coaching opportunity and it was worth every penny. There is so much more to do to develop tennis in Africa and I am glad I could be part of it."
    Sally Bolton , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • "We did a 24 hour tennis-athon to help raise money for the tennis centre. It was exhausting but such a great experience. Ghana is just a fantastic place."
    Joe Page , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • "First class opportunity to really get involved with the boxing scene in West Africa. A totally unforgettable experience. Cheers."
    Michael Saxby , Boxing, Ghana
     
  • "The trip was my first outside of Europe so to have the support in Ghana to experience everything I did was so helpful, so I could just get on and make the most of my boxing experience."
    Lee Steggles , Boxing, Ghana
     
  • "Having the chance to work with the Ghana Rugby Association and travel to Mali for an international game as part of the management team was awesome."
    Chris Morgan , Rugby, Ghana
     
  • "Really loved working with the kids at the charity and hanging out with all the other sporty volunteers. An experience to remember."
    Rory Peter , Rugby, Ghana
     
  • "There was so much enthusiasm from the kids I coached that it made the experience even more great as they listened to everything I had to teach them. There is some serious potential in Ghana too."
    Ed Wander , Rugby, Ghana
     
  • "Working with the kids at the School of Excellence was great. They are very talented on the pitch but to give them an education around this is vital."
    Sarah May , Teaching, Ghana
     
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