Travel to the beautiful port city of Kochi in the Southern state of Kerala and help teach children a range of different sports including football, netball, cricket, tennis and athletics. Sports play an important role in child development boosting confidence and encouraging healthy living. Working in a local school you will make a positive difference and bring great joy to the lives of the children. Through the medium of sport you will help to develop English and team working skills. The aim is for you to work with teachers, local communities and GVI staff to run sports projects at the schools and to give more personal attention to the students. Without this project or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skill and supervision. Outside of project work Kochi provides ample opportunity to explore and experience Indian culture. Experience traditional Kathakali dance, visit exotic spice markets and sample delicious local cuisine. Focus for the sport is very much on planning/ running various sports lessons and games. This includes football, cricket, athletics, basketball etc. Note that the school is long established (since 1994) and follows set curriculum which volunteers should respect. Local teachers/GVI staff will be on hand to help and can prepare lesson plans together with volunteers. Not necessary to have any previous teaching experience, all training provided onsite. For the sports project volunteers need to have a passion for sports and a good level of fitness. On Tuesday and Thursday Morning volunteers will be teaching Sports Theory- nutrition, healthy lifestyle etc.
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