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Duration: 2 Weeks - 12 Weeks
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Join our sports coaching project in the paradise island of St. Lucia as you share your knowledge and passion of your chosen sport to improve the lives of children from less fortunate backgrounds. Make friends, coach the sport that you love and give back to the community all whilst immersing yourself in exotic Caribbean lifestyle.

Sport in St Lucia
Over the past few years the accessibility and mass participation levels in sport in the Caribbean island of St Lucia has been expanding at an amazing rate. Previously children on the island had little access to facilities, equipment and coaches in order to nurture their love of sport, however in recent years thanks to the influence of some local NGOs and dedicated visionaries, the children on the island now have access to regular coaching and introductory sessions in a variety of sports. This tiny, yet hugely vibrant, tropical island paradise is an amazing place to perfect you coaching skills whilst helping to develop the next generation of Caribbean sports stars.

Your Coaching Volunteer Placement
On your St Lucia sports coaching placement, you will find yourself working in one of the most beautiful island settings in the world. The island is only 70km from North to South, making it one of the smallest countries that we currently work in, however its small size does not mean that it is not packed with exciting opportunities for a budding sports coach. Working under the dazzling blue skies of the Caribbean, you will have a varied role coaching the sport of your choice, coaching a variety of age groups from 5yrs up to 18yrs +, in a variety of amazing settings, with the chance to organise training sessions, competitive matches and tournaments for the kids on the island.  Due to the limited stage of development that St Lucian sport is currently in, they local sports clubs, schools, and even the national sports teams are in desperate need of volunteer coaches to help build up the pool of sporting talent on the island.

Poverty is rife in St Lucia, however the community spirit and passion for sports is hard to match. The community and school based sports coaching session which are organised for the local children are testament to the fact that St Lucian children love their sports, and relish the opportunity to engage in the coaching sessions. 

Depending on your sport of choice, the sporting structure in St Lucia gives volunteer coaches the opportunity to coach at a higher level, working closely with the national sports teams, helping with preparation for up-coming events and matches, which is a fantastic opportunity for those who wish to gain a truly unique sports experience overseas.

Your Coaching Role
The main focus of the sports coaching placement in St Lucia is developing sports from a grassroots level on the island. Your role as a sports coach will be to run coaching sessions in after-school clubs, as part of the islands summer sports camps, or in local sports clubs across the island. You will be constantly supported by our local staff and other coaching volunteers, so if the first few sessions seem a little daunting, be comfortable in the fact that you can sit back and assist until your confidence as a coach builds throughout the sessions.

Whether you are introducing new players to the sport you love or you are building up more experienced players’ knowledge of rules and game play tactics, the emphasis when working with the younger kids is on creating a safe and enjoyable environment to experience the game. As players develop under your knowledgeable guidance, you will have the opportunity to build on their understanding of the game by introducing more complex match play skills and tactics. The kids and young adults you will work with are all so responsive to your coaching, as they are incredibly eager to learn from you. St Lucia is certainly one to look out for on the sporting stage in the future, so take this opportunity to make your mark on this magnetic nation.

In St Lucia we offer the following Sports Coaching Programmes:
-Cricket
-Football
-Netball
-Rugby

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
It is advised that participants complete a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check before joining this project. Changing Worlds 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. 

Gap Year and Career Break Sports in St Lucia
Come out to the land of Caribbean parties and palm-fringed, white sand beaches and join our team of sports coaches on this tantalising sports opportunity in St Lucia. You will not only experience a varied role as a sports coach, helping to build the foundations for the future of this island nation’s sporting structure, but you will begin to see sport in a new light. So amazing friendships, awesome memories, and a cracking tan are guaranteed!

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Sports Coaching Volunteer Project
Trip Code
LCVSC1
Continent
North America
Country
St Lucia
Airport
Hewannora International Airport (airport code UVF)
Minimum Duration
2 Weeks
Maximum Duration
12 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Volunteering
Activity
Sports
Cost
From £695 for 2 Weeks
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 2 or 12 week trip but we'd prefer you to come for 4 weeks to make the most out of the project and the relationships you will build.
Pre-requisites
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.
Ideal for
Gap year students, sports science degree students, post-graduates, aspiring coaches, career breakers, summer holidays, professional netball coaches and any netball player.
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Arrival Dates

Start Dates 2017
19th May - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks, 18 weeks
2nd Jun - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 weeks 
16th Jun - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks, 14 weeks
30th Jun - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, 12 weeks
14th Jul - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks
28th Jul - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks
11th Aug - 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks
25th Aug - 2 weeks, 4 weeks
8th Sep - 2 weeks

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

Prices
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.

Visa
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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Included

Accommodation
Accommodation housing up to 10 people and within close proximity to the beach. Volunteers will be sharing in dormitory style rooms up to 8 (usually 4). All bed linen is provided. There is electricity and running water, along with flush toilets. Wifi is also available.
Training
Full project induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Airport Pick-Up
We will arrange transport from the airport on arrival in St Lucia on our start date.
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.
Food
Breakfast is provided each day. Budget for lunch and evening meals.
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Food (Lunch and evening meals), Travel Insurance; Visas; Vaccinations; Spending money; In country travel; Payment for transport to / from placement; Laundry service; Soft drinks and alcohol; Extra activities not on itinerary.
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Equipment Donation for St Lucia
We are dedicated to sustainable development. This is why part of the fee you pay goes towards buying decent equipment for beneficiary organisations in St Lucia. You will often use this equipment during your project and it is always left with the community when you leave. In some cases, an equipment donation may not be appropriate so a financial contribution is made instead. 

Social Life in St Lucia 
While you are volunteering abroad to make a difference it is still important to enjoy yourself and unwind. St Lucia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, white sands and blue seas! We will often spend the days on the beach before training, and will organise events such as bbq’s or beach games. There are also a number of bars and clubs off the main beach. Then there is the weekly street party in Gros Islet where the roads are closed, speakers are rolled out and people party under the stars. 

Travel and Adventure in St Lucia 
With this project you get an excursion to world famous Marigot Bay, home to the set of the Dr Doolitttle film. Included is your return transport and water taxis across the bay. You can relax on a private beach or take a short rainforest walk, or get a drink in some of the best bars and restaurants on the Island. 
You will be encouraged to explore St Lucia during your free time so you can sample some of its breath-taking sights and meet some of the Caribbean’s friendliest people. The capital, Castries, is home to numerous markets selling a wonder of goods and comes alive when the cruise ships dock. For bars and clubs we recommend Rodney Bay, the home of the vast majority of the hotels. This is also home to the main shopping mall. There are also the famous Piton Mountains which are located in the south of the island and are well worth a visit. You can also climb them if you are feeling ambitious. There is also the Sulphur Springs the ‘World’s only drive in volcano’! The springs are formed from water running through a volcano, which heats the water while the sulphur turns the water black. You can bathe in the water, which is reputed to make you live forever. St Lucia is home to many rain-forests which can be explored in a number of ways such as on bikes, quad bikes and zip lining!

CRB/ DBS (Criminal Records Bureau) Check
Participants are advised to complete a CRB check in order to join this project. Changing Worlds has a partnership with a third party organisation that processes all CRB / DBS checks and disclosures on behalf of the Changing Worlds team. The process is extremely straight forward, making all aspects of the check as easy for the applicant as possible. Changing Worlds 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

Who says the Caribbean is all about lying on the beach, each island has something new to offer, and St Lucia is no exception. 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 will offer a real taste of West Indian life!.


Quick Facts
Name
St Lucia
Location
Caribbean
Bordering Countries
St Lucia is an island nation, so it does not share any land border with any other country.
Capital City
Castries
Government
Parliamentary Democratic
Population
180,000 approx.
Language
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.
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
Name
St Lucia
Poverty
22% of population are below the poverty line
Main Exports
Bananas, Clothing, Cocoa, Vegetables, Fruits, Coconut oil
Climate
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 (90°F)
Time Zone
GMT -4
Flag
St Lucia Flag

Fun Facts
• St Lucia is a volcanic island and one of the most mountainous islands in the whole of the Carribbean
• 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
• Dance at the St Lucian Jazz Festival - a party lasting many days
• Visit the sulfur 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

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Where is St Lucia?
Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and has a population of 174,000 (2010). Its capital is Castries.

History of St Lucia
One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib people in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies".

In 1979 it gained full independence from the British but Saint Lucia is a Commonwealth realm; Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State, represented on the island by a Governor-General.

Climate in St Lucia
As is the case with many Caribbean islands, St. Lucia's visitors should expect hot and humid weather conditions year round, due to the island's proximity to the equator. Fortunately, visitors will rarely feel uncomfortable as mild trade winds bring cool breezes off the water that offer some respite from the heat.

The average temperature in St. Lucia ranges from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to the upper 90s. Humidity on the island averages between 70 and 90 percent throughout the year. December and January are generally the coolest months with the temperatures being in the mid 70s to mid 80s in degrees Fahrenheit. The summer months of June through August are the hottest.

Languages of St Lucia
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.

Music and Dance in St Lucia
A popular folk dance is the Quadrille. Together with Caribbean music genres such as Calypso, Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, Compas, Zouk and Salsa, Saint Lucia has a strong indigenous folk music tradition. Each May since 1991, Saint Lucia has hosted an internationally renowned Jazz Festival. If you think you have the moves then you have seen nothing yet when a St Lucian wants to dance the night away!

Food in St Lucia
The cuisine of St Lucia is influenced by West Indian, Creole and French food. Popular dishes are pepper pot stew, callaloo soup and fried codfish.

Shellfish and fish are caught daily. Salt fish is used in a number of recipes. Vegetables include cassava, dashing (taro) and sweet potatoes. Breadfruit is also grown.

Fruits cultivated are bananas, coconuts, guavas, mangoes, papayas, passion fruit, pineapples and Sousa's Fresh fruit juices are available and alcoholic drinks, such as beer (Pitons) and rum (Bounty), are brewed locally.

Travelling in St Lucia
Bus service is probably the most common form of getting around and is via privately owned minivans. They’re a cheap way to get around, and the means by which most islanders get to town, school and work. St Lucia’s main road forms a big loop around the island, and buses stop at all towns along the way. They’re frequent between main towns (such as Castries to Gros Islet) and generally run until 10pm (later on Friday); however, there is no scheduled timetable. Very few buses run on Sunday. If there’s no bus stop nearby, you can wave buses down en route as long as there’s space for the bus to pull over.

Renting a car gives you greater flexibility but is more expensive, and is perhaps the best way to discover the areas of St Lucia that the bus network does not service. Although the roads are generally good many of the roads are steep and smaller ones can become little more than potholed mudslides after a bout of rain.

When flying into St Lucia you'll be serviced by two airports: Hewanorra International Airport, in Vieux Fort at the remote southern tip of the island, and George FL Charles Airport, in Castries near the main tourist area. Scheduled international flights land at Hewanorra, which has a longer runway, while flights from within the Caribbean and charters generally land at the more central George FL Charles Airport.

In addition to the wide variety of opportunities to hike, bird watch and tour St. Lucia's outstanding natural attractions, the island has a full range of recreational facilities. Visitors may enjoy the leisurely pleasures of touring the island by horse, chartering a yacht for an evening sail or day cruise, or relax with a round of golf. For those who enjoy the thrill of more vigorous pursuits, there are plenty of places to windsurf, dive, water-ski, or enjoy tennis or squash. There are also a number of activities more closely related to the traditional life of St. Lucia, including deep-sea fishing and the weekly "jump-ups" at Gros Islet.

Sport in St Lucia
Cricket is by far the most popular sport in St Lucia with Darren Sammy being the first and only St Lucian to be called up to the West Indies Cricket Team. St Lucia annually hosts games in the West Indies limited-overs and four-day cricket competitions, usually at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds, one of the most modern facilities in West Indies cricket.

Tennis is growing in popularity in St Lucia. St Lucia is an annual competitor in the Davis Cup, an international tennis competition, with former Sportsman of the Year Vernon Lewis and Kane Easter having been two of the island's consistent players over the years. Netball, rugby, swimming and basketball are rapidly becoming popular around the island and we are proud to be working within this country as is develops it national and international sporting presence.

Gap Years and Career Breaks in St Lucia
St Lucia offers exciting opportunities for travellers of all ages and interests. The island has many natural sights and locations that will keep you in the Caribbean groove. From the palm-fringed, whit sand beaches, to the mud coated sulphur springs, from sports to parties, the laid back Caribbean lifestyle will make your gap year or career break visit to St Lucia an truly unforgettable experience.

Some people find the concept of paying to volunteer a bit strange. The truth is you don’t actually pay for your volunteer placement. That part is free. Your money goes on all the other benefits around it.
 
Placement Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement, both for you and the community. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to the local community.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which placement or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to volunteer in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the rest of the team and other volunteers.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while volunteering abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
Ongoing Project Support
For every volunteer who travels with us, we make a donation to support the work you do in-country. This donation funds future initiatives in the countries and supports the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop.

Recruiting More Volunteers
In order to provide a reliable flow of volunteers to our placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you. Our projects simply wouldn’t survive if we didn’t. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Travellers Airport St Lucia

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email changingworlds@statravel.co.uk

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
 
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
 
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
 
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
 
Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
 
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
 
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
 
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
 
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to be a volunteer sports coach overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Place
Once you have decided to volunteer with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your project fee in easy-to-manage installments.
 
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.
 
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best volunteer experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.
 
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.
 
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your project. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
 
Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive a comprehensive orientation to help you settle in to the country and prepare you for your project.

"This was the best way to spend my gap year! Sun, sea, sand and sport all whilst coaching amazing kids. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I would jump at the chance to do it again."

Rosie Wells

"My overall experience was fantastic, I enjoyed all aspects of this trip and there is never a dull moment in St Lucia! "

Sam Evans
1) What is the minimum age restriction?
We recommend that those taking part in this trip should be 18+ years old. For those who are under 18 years old, it is still possible to take part in the trip, we would however need written consent from a parent or legal guardian. Please mention this in the comments section of your booking. 

2) Are meals included in this trip? 
Breakfast is included in your project price. This will be available for you to help yourself at the accommodation and typically consists of cereal, toast, egg and fruit. 

3) What accommodation is provided?
All accommodation is based in a shared volunteer house where you will be staying in dorm rooms with other volunteers. The accommodation is a large open plan guest house, only a few minutes walk from the beach, making it the perfect base for your Caribbean adventure! 

The house has all the facilities you will require including a fully equipped kitchen, large balcony for dining and socialising and common room with TV and WiFi. There are shared bath and toilet facilities. 

Are there laundry facilities available at the accommodation?
Yes. There is a washing machine and ironing board in the house. 

Can I book a private room? 
This is completely dependent on availability at the time as there are only three bedrooms in the house. Speak to one of our friendly travel advisors for more information. 

Where can I store valuables at the accommodation?
There is no safe in the house, however there are security bars and gates for all entries and windows and each bedroom can be locked from outside. The landlord also lives in the apartment below which means that any problems that arise can be dealt with immediately, and there is usually somebody downstairs to keep an eye out! 

What amenities are nearby?
The accommodation is located on one of the main roads in Castries so there will always be buses to take you to the capital Castries, local attractions or bars and clubs at Rodney Bay. There is a popular beach just a few minutes walk from the house, as well as a supermarket, chemist, bank and shopping mall.

4) How many hours a day will I be volunteering on the Project?
Weekdays - Sessions will take place after school between 2:00pm - 4:30pm (subject to the school). Saturdays - Sessions will take place in the morning from 10:00am - 12:00pm. You are free to travel and explore the island during the days, or just spend it on one of the great golden sand beaches. There is also a street party in Gros Islet every Friday.

5) Will I run the class or assist in the teaching/ coaching?
This depends on your confidence, experience and the availability of local coaches. 

6) What experience do I need?
We do not require that volunteers have any particular coaching badges or qualifications, just an understanding of the game and a passion to help out on the project! You will receive a coaching manual on arriving in St Lucia and will be working alongside experienced coaches who will always be on hand to advise you and support your sessions. 

7) What support will I receive in country?
You will receive a wide range of support whilst you are in country, including a full time in country project coordinator, and local coaches at the project site. 

8) What can I do in my free time? 
Theres loads to keep you busy in your free time in St Lucia and your in country coordinators will be on hand to point you in the right direction and book extra excursions for you. These activities include a Rain Forest Adventures Aerial Tram, botanical gardens, sulphur springs, paintballing and zip lining. (please note these are an additional cost and not included in your trip price).

9) When can I arrive? 
You will need to arrive at the airport on the start date of your project where you will be met by one of our friendly in country team and taken to the accommodation to settle in. If you arrive outside the start date you can either make your own way to the accommodation or arrange with us to pick you up but there will be an additional charge for this.

10) When should I book my departure?
You should book your return flight on the last day of your project. You will need to make your own way back to the airport but our team in-country can help you arrange this if you wish.

11) Is transport included?
Transport to and from your project is included in the project price. Transport for extra excursions can also be arranged with the in country team for an additional cost. 

12) Will I need a visa?
Citizens for a large list of countries, including the UK do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please get in contact if you are unsure if you need a visa or not. 

13) Will I need vaccinations?
There are no specific vaccinations required to enter St Lucia, however we strongly recommend visiting a travel nurse before your trip as you may need boosters.

14) What is the climate like in St Lucia?
As you would imagine with a Caribbean Island you can expect hot and humid weather throughout the year, however cool breezes from the coast take the edge of the heat for your coaching sessions. Due to it’s situation on the equator St Lucia does not have well defined seasons. There is, however a rainy season which generally falls between June and November. 

15) Can I bring donations to my project?
Yes, you certainly can bring donations to your project, just make sure to check out your luggage allowance before travelling!
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