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Rugby Coaching Volunteer Project

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Rugby Coaching in St Lucia
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Trip Code: LCVRG1
Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
From £695 for 2 Weeks
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Rugby Coaching VolunteerSt Lucia National Rugby TeamCoachin Rugby in St Lucia

Become a volunteer Rugby coach on the beautiful island of St Lucia and help local disadvantaged children progress in this fast growing sport at a grass-roots level as well as working alongside the national team.

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

Rugby in St Lucia
Although Rugby has been played on the island since the early 70’s the game is considered to be developing in the region. However we recognise it as a sport which combats issues such as youth violence and obesity like no other. Which is why Rugby has been at the forefront of our developmental work on the island and we are very proud of how far the game has come in that time.

Over a period of four years, in conjunction with the St. Lucia Rugby Union we have established youth groups in schools and communities across the island, with great success with many of our children going on to represent the U19 and Senior National sides. We have had the pleasure of working with both the Men’s and Women’s National teams as well as the male Under 19’s.

Your Rugby Coaching Placement
During your placement you will work with children and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and communities where violence and gang culture are rife, with the aim of instilling the positive values that rugby has to offer, while training them toward national team selection and the opportunities that this can afford. The education of coaches on the island is also important to the work that we do and so often coaches from the island will sit in on coaching sessions to see what they can learn from the volunteers.

Your Rugby Coaching Role
Tuesday and Thursday evenings are either spent with our new U19 development squad or the St. Lucia National male and female teams. This is a great chance to bolster one’s CV, coach or train with the best players on the island and improve the National standard of rugby.

This project takes our volunteers across the whole island from schools dotted around the Castries area, further inland to Dauphin to coach young kids in La Guerre Combined School as well as travelling South to coach both seniors and Juniors at Laborie Combined and Pierrot Combined School.

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
Rugby Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
North America
St Lucia
Hewannora International Airport (airport code UVF)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
Trip Type
From £695 for 2 Weeks
£ 200.00
Preferred Duration
4 weeks
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 Rugby 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

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.

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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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 is provided at the volunteer accommodation
Airport Transfers
Collection and drop off at Hewanorra International Airport for your flight.
On arrival you will be given a two day induction.
We provide 24 hour support as there are a staff member is on site at all times.
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; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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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


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.

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 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
St Lucia
North America
Bordering Countries
St Lucia is an island nation, so it does not share any land border with any other country.
Capital City
Parliamentary Democratic
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.
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
St Lucia
22% of population are below the poverty line
Main Exports
Bananas, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil
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
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

Safety Assurance
Before you even book your volunteer experience with us a lot of time and effort has gone into making sure that all of the placements we offer are fully safe, secure and provide maximum support, all to ensure the best quality placements available.

Help Choosing the right Placement
Our staff know our programmes inside out. They will take the time to get to know you and your needs. They will be able help you select the best possible placement for you based on their extensive knowledge of our programmes.

Pre-departure Advice and Support
Once you have booked your trip you will be assigned to one of our travel advisers. They will help you plan and prepare everything you need to for your trip including any information about visa’s, vaccinations or kit to take with you. They are always ready and willing to help right up to your day of departure to answer any last-minute questions you might have.

Help with 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.
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 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, 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.

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?

Depending on schedule, volunteers have had the opportunity to represent the national team in non-official friendlies and '10s' tournaments. Practice games between National and fringe players for both male and female teams take place every Sunday. And we are happy to arrange matches with our staff, academy players and National players where desired.

Who will we coach?

During your placement you will coach boys and girls from our grassroots schools and community programmes across the island. Alongside the SLRFU, we've been able to establish a newly formed academy in the Island's biggest college, here you will train young adults, new to the game but full of potential as well as the inexperience coaches who are working there. Additionally, three times a week sessions with the National male and female teams allows volunteers to enhance St. Lucian Rugby holistically.

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. Further, experienced coaches are always on-hand to aid your sessions. We are happy to tailor the tour to your needs and abilities.

Iwould 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 UTS 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 sociable they intend to be.

Are there ATM’s nearby?

A 24/7 international ATM is a two minute walk from our accommodation.

How should I manage my money?

It is recommended that volunteers bring a small amount of cash, and carry the majority of their 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.

Will there be any training provided?

Coaching does not begin straight away. United Through Sport provide a day 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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