Tennis Coaching Volunteer Project in Argentina

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Program Description

Gap Year Tennis in Argentina
A sports gap year offers you exciting gap year travel, close friendships and some unforgettable gap year opportunities. If you spend your gap year or career break coaching tennis in Argentina, you will have amazing sports gap year experience.

Summer Camps
Volunteer sports coaches are required to coach: football, hockey, rugby and tennis. These camps attract thousands of kids each year, and are run in conjunction with a government sports initiative aimed at getting kids out and doing something constructive with their summer holidays. Summer camps in Argentina run throughout January.

Your Tennis Coaching Role
You will be involved with tennis sessions taking place in the morning and in the afternoon-evening. There is a gap in between these sessions that will give you a chance to rest and have lunch between sessions. The coaching activities take place in different locations within Buenos Aires using the public tennis courts.

Coaches will ask you to try and teach the kids some English whilst coaching so it will be a good fun and you will also gain good exposure to the Spanish language as players will struggle to speak English. For younger age groups, you will help to run fun coaching sessions to introduce them to the sport, while for other players who already have a good grasp of the basics, your role will be to encourage a deeper technical understanding of the game.

Your role will be to work alongside the local tennis coaches, helping to organise the training sessions. You will be supervised by coaches who are hired by the government and they will ask you to help coach tennis to individual players in a friendly and quite informal set up. You may also be able to work with some players on an individual basis, honing certain aspects of their game, be it serving, backhand/forehand strokes or general movement around the court. It will be a good chance to make friends and also play some tennis particularly with local players who occasionally play to a high standard. You will be able to assist the coaches in a variety of ways, for example, by taking smaller groups for warm-ups and fitness work, supervising specific training drills to improve certain shots and strokes, and also organising games and group matches.

Your Tennis Volunteer Placement
The tennis coaching placement is split into two projects aimed at different age groups and skill levels:
One of the projects is focused on the coaching and training of teenage tennis players aged 13 – 18 years old. This project is aimed at boys and girls who are looking to play at a higher level, who have a passion for tennis, and are looking to get more deeply involved in the game. The project aims are to increase the emphasis on skill development and strategy, with coaches delivering more focused sessions. Through the work we do with the government tennis project, our volunteer coaches are invited to assist in the training and development of more experienced players, who may be training for competitions or who may be taking the first steps in becoming one of Argentina’s top young players (you never know!).

The other project involves volunteer coaches working with a government tennis project aimed at promoting the basic notions of tennis to local kids of 8-12 years old. The project aims are to promote mass participation in the sport, building the interest of local kids, and facilitating basic skill development through fun and engaging sessions. The Government have decided to include international volunteers in this project as it helps the kids to learn English while promoting the work ethic and concentration that is at the heart of the sport. This project is directed at younger kids who are making the first steps as tennis players.

Tennis in Argentina
The kids in the disadvantaged shanty town communities in Buenos Aires are extremely enthusiastic about developing their tennis skills, hoping that one day their passion and dedication to the sport will allow them to gain success and live a more prosperous life. Our tennis coaching volunteer project is their first step on the road to success. Although tennis is not traditionally seen as one of Argentina's main sports, over the years with the emergence of some top Argentinean tennis players such as David Nalbandian and Juan Martin del Potro, the government has been putting a greater emphasis on promoting mass participation and delivering tennis opportunities to the Argentine youth.

CRB/DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) check in order to take part in this project. Sporting Opportunities 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.


Improve your own skills at coaching tennis as you bring this wonderful sport to Argentina.
Help local tennis players improve their skills.
Make new friends and form new connections.


No prior coaching experience or qualifications are required, but a basic understanding of the game and/or playing experience is necessary. You also need to be healthy and of reasonable fitness. Basic conversational Spanish is required.

Volunteer Types

Sports Volunteering

What`s Included

• Accommodation: Shared house / student residence accommodation; Basic but comfortable; Shared rooms; Shared kitchen; Shared toilet / shower facilities; shared with other volunteers.

• Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the accommodation

• 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: Part 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!

• Travel Equipment and Medical Discounts: Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.

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Program Locations

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Program Details

Sporting Opportunities
  • Argentina: Buenos Aires
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-3 months
£745 for 2 weeks and £150 for each additional week you are booked on.

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