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Sports

Soccer

Our Soccer camp has joined with two professional local Soccer teams (one for girls and the other for boys) so that you can train with the best. You will have the opportunity to train with them during either the morning or the evening. We offer this program separately to girls and boys teams, typically from ages 16 to 25 (however all ages are welcome!). Since we are partnered with a local club here, you can join the team suited to your level.

Soccer Camp Schedule
In the mornings your training will start at 8:30. You will get back to the house at about 11 45 and have plenty of time to relax and have lunch before your classes start.

In the afternoon you will start your lessons at 2, have a 15 minute break in the middle, and finish them at 5. You will be put in groups according to your level of Spanish. Whether right now you can’t speak Spanish or already have an advanced level, we will ensure that you are put in a group you feel comfortable in. The maximum number in each group is 7. This is to make sure you will fully benefit from the classes.  After your lessons, we give you the opportunity to volunteer in Villa 31, a shanty town in Buenos Aires, or in a government run football scheme. This will allow you to experience a very extreme side of Argentine, where you can see the poverty and some of the amazing projects that are happening in Buenos Aires, with your own eyes.

During the weekends when there are professional Soccer matches we will be able to buy tickets for you, you will be paying for the tickets but our hands-on staff mean that the booking process is stress-free! You will be able to play soccer with locals during the week and watch local professional play during the weekend!

Should you have any queries about any of the information above don’t hesitate to contact our staff, click here!

Click here to find out the starting dates of our camp!

Daily Activities: *
Our typical Monday – Friday program will be as followed (subject to change according to the local club schedule):

7.15am: Leave for training
11:45am: Arrive back from training
1-2pm: Lunch
2-5pm: Classes!
6-8pm: Optional volunteering
9-10pm: Dinner

*There is always scope to talk with us when you are out here if there is any aspect of your programme that you would like to change.

Weekend Activities:
Buenos Aires Tour
Visit to Boca Juniors Stadium and Museum
Visit to La Plata Stadium – Discover the Stadium of Dreams!
Visit River Plate Stadium and Museum
Football matches: First League Saturdays and Sundays

Volunteer Project
This project represents a priceless opportunity to understand the Argentine way of playing football while creating a huge impact on the local community, helping develop their skills and providing them with values and commitment towards the sport.The volunteer project in Argentina allows you to participate with football at the local soccer school and clubs, players of whom are based in the shanty towns of Buenos Aires who rely on the sport as a release from their tough everyday life, surrounded by crime and drugs. This will give you valuable experience of football at the grass roots level with the potential to also work in a more structured environment with local clubs and coaches. The players are typically aged between 4-16 years old and come mainly from disadvantaged areas in Buenos Aires. By choosing to volunteer in football in Argentina for your gap year, you will give young football players much better access to structured football training while also gaining a much deeper insight into Argentinean football.

We welcome football volunteers with varied levels of coaching experience. We just ask that you have played on a regular basis, have a good understanding of the game and possess a basic grounding in coaching principles. From here you will be providing enthusiastic young ‘Porteños’ the chance to play the sport they love in an organized and fun environment. Whatever your background, rest assured that you will be able to offer something positive to the children by choosing to be a volunteer football coach in Argentina for your Gap Year.

 

 

Rugby

Rugby has become increasingly popular ever since the amazing performance of the Pumas in France 2007 at the world cup! Because of this, the number and quality of the clubs in Buenos Aires has grown enormously.

We have started a rugby camp here and teamed up with some of the best clubs within Buenos Aires, so that you and your fellow players can experience training with a top-class team.

You will be able to join their weekly training sessions and become part of their team. As you get to know the players, you can integrate into Argentine society and get to really experience Argentine culture. Furthermore, each day after Spanish classes a personal guide (our program provides you) can take you around the city and show you the wonders of Buenos Aires! We offer this rugby camp to players aged from 16 to 25. If you would like to Experience Pro Sports playing rugby, check out our starting dates.

Daily Activities:
Our typical Monday – Friday program will be as followed (subject to change):

8.30am: Breakfast
10-1pm: Spanish Classes
1-2pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Activity visiting the City Center
6-8pm: Club training session
9-10pm: Dinner

*There is also an option to do a volunteer coaching program during the afternoon.

Weekend Activities:
Buenos Aires Tour
Visit to the Estadio José Amalfitani (home to the Pumas)
Visits to Tigre, San Isidro, Parque de la costa
Rugby matches: Friendlies between other local teams or club matches

Rugby Volunteer Project
Rugby in Argentina is largely played by the middle classes, while children in the underprivileged areas can do no more than watch since they have little or no access to the simplest rugby equipment. By joining this rugby coaching project, you will give more children the chance to play and be coached in rugby, providing values and friendship which are the main objectives of the projects.

Your rugby placement will be split into two different projects aimed at promoting rugby in different Sports Centres within the city of Buenos Aires, and secondly coaching rugby during the evenings at a local Rugby Club.

To build upon this, the first part of your rugby placement will consist in coaching at different Sports Centres. These Sports Centres or “Parques” enable kids from low income families to join governmental sports programmes which use rugby as a tool to encourage kids to get involved in sports by introducing basic skills. Although you will start coaching at the grass roots level, you will soon find that kids in Argentina are extremely friendly and naturally sports-mad people. They will carefully listen to you, although they may need help with some of your rugby references in English. Therefore, it is a good chance to exchange languages by teaching some English vocabulary and learning some Spanish in return, while playing and coaching the sport you love. The government is very keen to welcome our volunteer rugby coaches into their projects to engage young people in rugby.

The second part of your rugby coaching project will be in one of the local Rugby Clubs, based in one of Buenos Aires’ most underprivileged neighbourhoods. Here you will organise rugby coaching sessions and structured matches for the children. At this stage you will be working in a more structured environment with kids and coaches playing with passion and consistency. You will also be asked to coach your team during weekend mornings as junior matches take place on Saturdays.

You do not need coaching qualifications to join our rugby coaching project, just some experience of playing or coaching at a fairly good standard, be it school, club, university or county.

 

 

Hockey

Due to the popularity and success of Las Leonas the women’s national team, hockey has become one of the most sought after sports to play in Argentina within the last few years, and especially amongst the girls.

Much like the other programs, if you are looking to play hockey we have collaborated with several top clubs in Buenos Aires where 5 nights a week you will go to train with the team and then have the opportunity to play in the matches played within the league.

We have partnered up with the aforementioned clubs where the teams are of different levels in each club. This means that you will get put in with people who have the same skills as you so you feel comfortable with the training sessions. The best thing about these clubs is that they aren’t too big so you are really able to integrate with the players and make friends with the Argentine players.

Daily Activities:
Our typical Monday – Friday program will be as followed (subject to change):

9am: Breakfast
10-1pm: Spanish Classes
1-2pm: Lunch
2-4pm: Activity visiting the City Centre
6-8pm: Club training session
9-10pm: Dinner

*There is also an option to do a volunteer coaching program during the afternoon.

Weekend Activities:
Buenos Aires Tour
Visit to the home stadium of Las Leonas
Visits to Tigre, San Isidro, Parque de la costa
Rugby matches: Friendlies between other local teams or club matches

Hockey volunteer project:
Despite the popularity of hockey in Argentina, and the government’s ambition for the sport, some schools and organisations find it very difficult to purchase even the most basic equipment to play. It is also a challenge to recruit coaches with quality experience and training, making it very difficult for kids with disadvantaged backgrounds to play, let alone grow through the sport.

Your hockey placement will be based at two different projects. The first is aimed at promoting hockey in the shanty town areas, while the second is to experience Argentine hockey at its best in specialised hockey clubs.

The first part for your hockey placement will consist of coaching hockey at a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which uses hockey as a vehicle to tackle crime and poverty for kids aged 6-17 years. The area is extremely poor and you will be coaching mostly on grass fields. However, with passion and commitment, you will find that this challenging opportunity is extremely rewarding. Your main aim is to promote hockey as a tool to encourage sporting values and discipline in areas where kids are exposed to crime and drugs on a daily basis.

The second part of your hockey coaching project will be based in clubs which have much more access to equipment and facilities. Here you will organize coaching sessions and structured matches for the children. Taking part in both projects, you will see a stark contrast between these ‘two worlds’; from the shanty areas to the established hockey clubs.

You do not need coaching qualifications to join our hockey coaching project, just some experience of playing or coaching at a fairly good standard, be it school, club, university or county. This is because our aim is to provide more opportunities for young Argentinean children to play and enjoy hockey, not on finding Argentina’s next national hockey star – although that is not to say you shouldn’t try!

 

Polo

These days Argentina is known to have the best polo players in the world, along with some of the best horses. Are you a polo fanatic? If so, why not come and train at one of the most prestigious ranches and get taught a thing or two about the Argentine way of play.

At the weekends you will be able to watch some of the international polo matches that will be played by professionals and we have access to the member’s enclosure so you can meet the players and the horses.

We take our polo seriously so whether you are beginner or already have some experience we have the right program for you.

As the daily schedule for polo can differ from other sports and per club, we cannot give you a daily schedule to look at, many apologies!

Volunteer in a Polo Estancia:

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