Do you enjoy following sports? Do you consider yourself adventurous? Taking a gap year to coach sports abroad will offer you a once in a lifetime experience to be a part of a team. Aside from gaining teaching skills and learning game strategy, sports coaching will also help you grow your business and social skills.

Coaches are confronted with a variety of challenges every day. Most of the job revolves around training amateurs to compete in a sport, either individually or on a team. Although difficult, coaching is also one of the most rewarding job experiences, not only for the coach, but for the players themselves too. By playing sports, kids learn the importance of perseverance, gain confidence, stay healthy, and most importantly, have fun. Inspire students and share your passions with them by becoming their new sports coach!

Before you travel abroad, it is important to determine what kind of sports coaching you plan to do and where you would want to coach. Sports coaching can vary based on which country you choose to travel to. For example, the United Kingdom may offer more opportunities in rugby, cricket, and squash while the United States concentrates on football, basketball, and hockey. A few popular sports include:


Also known as football, is played between two teams of eleven players and a spherical ball. Soccer is played by over 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. Projects Abroad offers coaching soccer opportunities in Bolivia, China, Ghana, India, Kenya, Moldova, Morocco, Peru, and more!


Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players each on a field at the center of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. Each team takes its turn to bat, attempting to score runs, while the other team fields. Each turn is known as an innings. Cricket coaching abroad opportunities are offered in India and several countries throughout Europe

Rugby League Football

Usually called rugby league, it is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. Trallevers Worldwide offers programs to coach for rugby abroad in New Zealand and South Africa.


Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.0 m) high mounted to a backboard at each end. Projects Abroad offers basketball coaching abroad opportunities in Ghana, Morocco, Peru, Senegal, and Togo.

Sports are very apparent all around the world. Coaching opportunities exist almost everywhere and offer internships for applicants interested in inspiring a team of players. Sports give children the valuable opportunity to gain confidence as individuals and learn more about working as a team. Taking time to participate in sports actively engages children, helping to improve their concentrations and gain new skills. You can share this experience by volunteering to help coach children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


Madagascar’s dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life. Its magical landscape is shaped by the snaking root formations of baobab and aloe trees. The forest canopies are filled with wildlife genetically evolved to the island such as the minute mouse lemur and the Aye-Aye. Madagascar’s sparkling coral reefs and golden sanded beaches make it an ideal project location. The lively, hospitable Malagasy communities welcome volunteers to become a part of their warm, exotic culture. Programs such as Frontier offer sports coaching opportunities in Madagascar for soccer, basketball, handball, netball, volleyball, and more!


The Fijian archipelago sits comfortably in the Pacific Ocean surrounded by palm trees and under warm sunlight. The towns and villages of are very culturally diverse. Multicolor Hindu temples and indigenous houses are intermixed throughout the islands. Fiji is also inhabited by over 1,200 species of fish, including the clown fish, triggerfish, blue tangs, and much more. Spend your gap year in Fiji and enjoy its sun-drenched days and exotic nights on the beach eating traditional food with whirling fire dancers. Frontier offers coaching abroad programs in Fiji for hockey, soccer, rugby, netball, swimming, and more!


Spend your days on the crystal clear waters of one of the most stunning beach locations in the world. Sydney offers a wealth of opportunity, from the lively Bondi beaches, to the historic streets of The Rocks and the stunning Blue Mountains. Use your opportunity abroad to explore everything this country has to offer. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced windsurfer, push your skills to the next level by learning and coaching windsurfing in Australia. Other sports coaching programs offered in Australia include volleyball, basketball, and more!

The following providers offer programs to send students abroad for opportunities for sports coaching:


Frontier was established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and building sustainable livelihoods for marginalized communities in the world's poorest countries. Their first projects were in Tanzania, one of the world's poorest countries. Carrying out groundbreaking surveys in remote forest, savannah, and marine environments, their dedicated teams of volunteers set about building a comprehensive picture of areas that were ignored, despite being among the most bio diverse areas in the world.

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, it sends 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects and internships overseas. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from our full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.

Sporting Opportunities

Sporting Opportunities runs sports coaching volunteer projects in Africa, Asia, and South America, giving sporty people (like you) the chance to coach sports to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their volunteers work together to organize coaching sessions and sports matches in the local community, giving children and youth athletes the chance to play and be coached in the sports they love. You don’t need to be an experienced or qualified coach to join their sports coaching projects. You just need lots of enthusiasm and some basic playing or coaching experience, be it at school, club, university or county level.

Trallevers Worldwide

Travellers Worldwide is a founder member of the Year Out Group, and is widely recognized as a leader in providing worthwhile voluntary placements overseas. They send volunteers from all over the world, to all over the world! They have over 300 projects, working in predominantly developing countries. They provide projects with volunteers, funding and assistance, and support the project in fulfilling both its short-term needs (such as the day-to-day running), right through to helping the project achieve wider goals over the long-term.

Contributed by Melody Shieh
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