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Trip Code: LCVFB1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks
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Join the our Football project in St Lucia and help to develop Football from a grassroots level, promoting Football across the Island in some of the poorest and most deprived areas, as well as working closely with some of the Island's top football clubs and getting the chance to improve your own game. If you're looking for a challenge coaching the beautiful game on this Caribbean Island, this project could be the one for you!

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

Football in St Lucia
Football is by far the most popular sport in the region with the highest participation levels, which makes it the perfect vehicle to tackle key social issues effecting the region's youth. Under the guidance of our tour coordinator and coaches, volunteer coaches will work with inner-city city children within our partnered schools, free summer camps and our established community groups around the Castries area. Sessions concentrate mainly on skill and tactical development with an overall emphasis on fun, continued participation and social development.

Also, in recent years the St Lucia team has been gaining recognition internationally. Both the Men's and Women's teams have made a been in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup, an impressive feat for a country with a population of just 182,000. 

Your Coaching Football Placement
As a football coach you will be working with local coaches and other volunteers to deliver coaching sessions in the disadvantaged communities on the island. 

There are also lots of football teams competing across the Island. You will have the chance to work and train for these teams to help develop their skills for their regular matches. You might even have the chance to play for your team. 

Saturday sessions take place with the islands top youth academy, which has groups ranging from age 8 to a senior level so the volunteer coaches an select the level they will work with according to experience, knowledge and ability. It is also a great opportunity for volunteers to get some playing time in competitive matches. 

Another side to our work is the training of local coaches, we have recently supported the formation of three new youth groups across the island, you will aid the development of their current coaches while working within these groups. We also currently work with local children in the region, offering them fun coaching sessions and distributing any equipment that has been generously donated.

Your Football Coaching role
As football is a relatively well established sport on St Lucia many of the kids you work with will have a good natural talent for the game, however their understanding of the rules, tactics and strategies are likely to be undeveloped. 

Your role in the school and community coaching clinics will be to introduce new elements of the game whilst developing the young players’ skills through the application of drills, exercises and conditioned games.

When working with local football clubs, the players will have a much better understanding of rules, tactics and strategy, so your focus will be on building up team play, match-play situations such as set pieces and working on skills and fitness in preparation for competitive matches.  

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 Volunteer Project
Trip Code
LCVFB1
Continent
North America
Country
St Lucia
Airport
Hewenorra International Airport
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Football
Cost
From £695 for 2 Weeks
Deposit
£ 200.00
Preferred Duration
4 weeks
Pre-requisites
A good knowledge of the game, confidence, good communication skills and willingness to get involved.
Ideal for
Gap years, students, career breaks, sports science students, those with aspirations of working in Physical Education or Football Coaching
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Arrival Dates

Start Dates 2018
23rd Mar - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks, 22 weeks, 24 weeks, 26 weeks
6th Apr -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks, 22 weeks, 24 weeks
20th Apr -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks, 22 weeks
4th May - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks
18th May  - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks
1st Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks 
15th Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks
29th Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks
13th Jul -  4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks
27th Jul -  4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks
10th Aug -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks
24th Aug -   2 weeks, 4 weeks
7th Sep -  2 weeks

Start Dates 2019

22nd Mar - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks, 22 weeks, 24 weeks, 26 weeks

5th Apr -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks, 22 weeks, 24 weeks

19th Apr -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks, 22 weeks

3rd May- 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks,  20 weeks

17th May  - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks

31st May -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks

14th Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks

28th Jun -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks

12th Jul -  4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks

26th Jul -  4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks

9th Aug -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks

23rd Aug -   2 weeks, 4 weeks

6th Sep -  2 weeks


Prices:
2 weeks - £695
4 weeks - £1195
6 weeks - £1595
8 weeks - £1995
10 weeks - £2395
12 weeks - £2795

For any extra 2 weeks you want to participate please add an additional £400 to the cost of your trip.

Note 1: Dates are subject to change. 
Note 2: It is important that you arrive on published arrival dates to help with operational management and induction. In St Lucia this tends to be a Friday. There maybe an additional fee if you still require airport collection outside our normal times.

Visa
British Nationals will not require a visa to enter St Lucia for up to 90 days. If you are travelling over 42 days (6 weeks) then you will have to provide travel details on arrival, to clear customs. All the details of the process will be explained once you have booked your trip.

You can check your visa requirements by visiting the website for the high commission of St Lucia by clicking here.

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Included

Accommodation
Accommodation is at our volunteer lodge, sharing a room (two to three people per room). Simple yet comfortable. Shared toilets, shower facilities, Laundry room and communal areas for socialising. Wifi and US cable. Single and double rooms may be available, ask one of our staff for more information.
Breakfast
Breakfast is provided at the volunteer accommodation
Airport Transfers
Collection and drop off at Hewanorra International Airport for your flight.
Training
On arrival you will be given a two day induction.
Support
We provide 24 hour support as there are a staff member is on site at all times.
Transport
All placement transport, to and from coaching sessions, is included
Laundry and Cleaning Services
Laundry service is provided weekly at the volunteer accommodation, house cleaning is done twice a week
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Not Included

Flights; Food, Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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Accommodation

A large dorm-style guest house with plenty of space (holds 21 max). The house contains seven air-conditioned bedrooms, shared ensuite bathrooms between every two rooms, the large communal area has a flat screen TV with American cable, movie and sport channels for use in downtime.

The kitchen area is equipped with all required utensils and is suitable for multiple people cooking at once. The majority of in-house social activity takes place either in the communal area, the vast recreational space within the compound and the Balcony that looks over it. This space is the notorious heartbeat of the house during gatherings or preparations for nights out.


Also included:

Wi-Fi broadband

24 hour Security

Laundry Service

Twice a week cleaning

Security 

The accommodation is in a gated compound, within a safe and friendly neighborhood. Staff are on site 24 hours with a Security Guard on the gate at night. Bedrooms are lockable ensuring safe storing of valuables. United Through Sport also has a link with a local taxi company to aid volunteers in travelling around safely in their free time.


Staff
Our tour coordinator stays on site, and hence provides 24/7 assistance and guidance during your stay. He is supported by local staff who have come right through the United through sport model, and are now developing their coaching skills while maintaining our projects on the island all year round. All of whom have extensive local knowledge and coaching experience, and are on hand to help plan and coordinate sessions and to show volunteers the very best spots on the island.

Free Time
Volunteers are able to choose how they spend any time outside of coaching hours, in the evenings and at the weekends. Situated on the beach and perfectly between the main tourist resort and the Capital's city centre, fun and adventure is always just minutes away: On our doorstep are the beautiful Eastwinds and Windjammer resorts, distinguished as two of the islands best relaxation spots for escaping the hustle and bustle of St. Lucia's urban areas. Rodney bay is a 10 minute bus ride (approx 40p) from our accommodation and hosts a much busier beach with a range of water sports on offer, duty free shopping with bars and restaurants contributing to a very vibrant nightlife. For those wishing to explore the island further; buses can be taken from Castries city centre to all areas of the island and our on-island staff are always on hand to suggest the best attractions and excursions, plan your journey and get the best available deals and discount where required.

Excursions
Excursions are not included. However, due to United Through Sport's continued work and presence on the island, our volunteers are afforded discounts and 'local' prices at almost all the islands attractions. Our on-island staff are always happy to help plan and advise on excursions across the island.

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. 

St Lucia Map

St Lucia is a small island stretching 27 miles long (north to south) by 14 miles wide (east to west) but you will be overwhelmed by its rolling hills that grow to form volcanic mountains and reach to the sky. The iconic Pitons rise from the waves to the clouds like pyramids of volcanic stone. This isn’t some glammed-up, theme-park holiday spot – St Lucia has a pulse. Your senses are bombarded with the sights, smells and sounds of an island that’s truly alive.

Towns, like the capital Castries, move and shake to the sound of car horns, the smell of rotis fresh from the oven and reggae blaring on the speaker. The people are warm and welcoming and if you want a destination that will let you get under the skin of West Indian life – St Lucia is the one.



Quick Facts
Name
St Lucia
Location
North America
Bordering Countries
St Lucia is an island nation, so it does not share any land border with any other country.
Capital City
Castries
Government
Parliamentary Democratic
Population
174,000
Language
The official language is English; however Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), which is a French-based Creole colloquially referred to as "Patwah" (Patois), is spoken by 95% of the population.
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
Name
St Lucia
Poverty
22% of population are below the poverty line
Main Exports
Bananas, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil
Climate
The weather in St Lucia is typical of most Caribbean islands. There is a hot, tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year with temperatures ranging from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C
Time Zone
GMT -4
Flag
St Lucia Flag

Fun Facts
• St Lucia is a volcanic island and one of the most mountainous islands in the whole of the Caribbean.
• The national motto of St. Lucia is "The Land, The People, The Light."
• The national bird is the St. Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot; it is a bird that is native only to the island.

Travel Highlights in St Lucia
• Dance at the St Lucian Jazz Festival - a party lasting many days
• Visit the sulphur springs on Mt. Gimie and experience the healing properties of these hot springs.
• Scuba Dive in stunning dive sites and experience an underwater carnival as you swim amongst schools of brilliantly coloured exotic fish.
• Lounge under a thatched hut, cocktail in hand and enjoy the legendary beach scenes of Saint Lucia

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 around the clock to answer any questions you may have. So, if you need any advice or you're 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 chat!

Book Your Place
When you are ready to book your place, simply get in touch 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 instalments nearer to the time of your trip start date.

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, 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. 
Will I get a chance to play?
Within the senior teams we coach, there are often opportunities for you to play. Our tours are catered around your individual desires hence matches between staff, you and friends of United Through Sport can be arranged easily.

What qualifications are required?
United Through Sport does not require any qualifications or previous coaching experience. Qualifications are appreciated and useful for your placement but all coaches are provided with our official coaching manual on arrival. Experienced coaches are always on-hand to aid your sessions. We are happy to tailor the tour to your needs and abilities.

I would like to spend over four weeks in St. Lucia, is this at all possible?
During summertime (June & July) it is possible to extend your stay up to 12 weeks, contact United Through Sport staff for more info and pricing.

How much spending money will I need?
It varies depending on the amount of excursions. For a 4 week stay volunteers usually bring from £400 - £700 depending on how many excursions and how outgoing they intend to be.

Are there ATM’s nearby?
A 24/7 international ATM is  10 minutes from our accommodation.

How should I manage my money?
It is recommended that you bring a small amount of cash, and carry the majority of spending money on a cash card/cash passport. The Post Office provides a card that avoids any charges for withdrawing cash. Although US dollars are commonly accepted we strongly recommend using Eastern Caribbean Dollars if you are exchanging currency in the UK.

Can I speak to the other volunteers that will be coming?
United Through Sport will provide means of communicating with other volunteers prior to arriving in St. Lucia. This may be via social media or via e-mails.

What can I do to support the charity in advance?
United Through Sport appreciates any extra help from volunteers. It is recommended that volunteers who wish to make donations either bring items with them to St Lucia, or bring enough money to purchase extra equipment in St. Lucia, rather than donating items to our UK office, as the costs of transporting items tends to be too expensive. Some volunteers bring other items (e.g. Small toys, sports shirts, etc.) to give to the children during their stay. Normal coaching equipment is provided for every sport as part of your placement fee.

Who will we coach?
The majority of your work will be coaching children in underprivileged communities in the Castries area, however you will also visit our project further across the island in many often neglected communities. There will also be the chance at the weekend to work with some of the most talented youth and senior players on the island.
 
Will there be any training provided?
Coaching does not begin straight away. United Through Sport provide an induction where you learn about the program, as well as some coaching techniques. In addition to this, the induction is a great place to meet with and learn from your fellow coaches.
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