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Trip Code: ARVRG1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks + £150 per Week
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Through the coaching of rugby, you can help to teach valuable life skills to children most in need of them.

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

Rugby in Argentina
After Football, Rugby is the second most popular sport in the country of Argentina and recent performances in the Rugby World Cup have ensured the sport’s popularity. Despite the high level of enthusiasm for Rugby in Argentina it is played mostly in the middle class, with young kids in underprivileged areas unable to become involved through a lack of the most basic rugby equipment.  By volunteering on this rugby coaching project, you can provide kids with the chance to play rugby and to also receive coaching, where they otherwise would not. Through teaching rugby, you will help to instil good values and build lasting friendships. This is also a great opportunity to improve your Spanish as well as play local rugby at a high level.

Your Rugby Volunteer Placement
Your placement will be split into two areas aimed at working in local communities to promote and coach rugby to kids at sports centres and also to coach a young rugby team in the evenings.  

At the sport centres, known locally as “Parques”, you will have the chance to introduce basic skills to kids in governmental sports programs in order to encourage kids from low income families to become involved in sport. You will work together with existing Physical Education teachers who share your enthusiasm for Rugby and appreciate the help that you can offer as well as the fresh ideas that you can bring to the sessions. You will be expected to help to set up and conduct drills and exercises utilising your own experience within the sport to bring new ideas to the sessions that the kids won’t have seen before. You will be coaching at a grass roots level and the kids will be anywhere from 6- 17 years of age. The standard of performance is often low, but many Argentine people are natural lovers of sport so expect to see the kids learning and progressing quickly especially with the use of your own personal passion. They will give you their full attention, but they may not follow every term you use especially on the rugby field, so this is a good opportunity to work on your skills as an educator as well as your Spanish. You will also have a great deal of backing from the Government who encourage the use of volunteer coaches to teach rugby to kids in impoverished areas.

You will spend the rest of your coaching time at the local Rugby club Floresta RC. It will be your responsibility to design and deliver structured and productive sessions for the young players, as well as arrange competitive games for them to play in. This will be at a very different standard to the first part of your placement, with a greater level of structure to the play and better coaches around you also. The players at the club will be playing more regularly than in the sports centres and so their play will appear more consistent.  The coaching here is more focussed on tactical awareness and team play, whereas in the sports centres the skills you will be teaching will be more about basic skills such as passing, catching, ball carrying and kicking. With matches taking places at the weekends, it will also be part of your responsibility to attend and coach at these matches to ensure that the team is ready and adequately prepared to play.

This project should give you an idea of what it is like to be involved with playing and coaching rugby in Argentina, as well as the sense of community and camaraderie that can come with it. You will realise the importance of sport to some kids in some of the less fortunate areas of Buenos Aries as well as the difference between the standard on show in the sport centres compared with that with the structure offered by Floresta RC.

You do not need any coaching qualifications to join this project. However, you will need a basic understanding of the sport as well as a desire to help and work with kids.

Your Rugby Training Placement
You will have the option available to you to play with the senior team at Floresta RC which trains on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They play in the Metropolitan Rugby league and matches are on Saturdays. The post match tea or “Tercer Tiempo” can be enjoyed with the team and often you will join the team for drinks afterwards as socialising is a hugely important part of the rugby scene in Argentina. 

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. 

Gap Year Rugby in Argentina
The variety of coaching opportunities on offer as well as the different benefits that stand to be taken from this experience makes Rugby coaching in Argentina one of the most exciting prospects on offer for gap year or student summer travel. In one trip you can develop a use of the Spanish language, become immersed in a new culture and communities and experience it all alongside like-minded volunteers and coaches who share your love for Rugby. 

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Rugby Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
ARVRG1
Continent
South America
Country
Argentina
Airport
Ezeiza Airport (airport code EZE)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Rugby
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 house / student residence accommodation; Basic but comfortable; Shared rooms; Shared kitchen; Shared toilet / shower facilities; shared with other volunteers.
Food
Breakfast is included. Budget £8-£10 per day for lunches and dinner.
Airport Pick-Up
Included on arrival date. Ask us for details if you are arriving early.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice: local in country team 24 hour emergency support
Donation
70% of your fee is used to buy decent equipment for the project and community you work with. We would also encourage you to bring any old kit you don't want, subject to weight allowance!
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Not Included

Air travel; insurance; visas; 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 portside 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!

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.

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.
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to be a volunteer sports coach overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your local doctor or travel clinic will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa (if you require one) very straightforward.

Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the arrival airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.   

"Coming to Argentina to coach rugby was one of the best decisions of my life. I loved the country and my host family were lovely and gave me a great welcome. Definitely coming back one day."

Dan Lythgoe

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?

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
  • We were all impressed with the standard of football that we were up against in South Africa and it definitely brought out the best in us. As for the opposition, a great bunch of lads."
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  • "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!!!"
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  • "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"
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