PROJECT SOCCER SCHOOL
Although the name Soccer School (in Spanish: Escuela de Fútbol) suggests that the school is only meant for playing soccer, we also want to introduce other sports like handball, athletics and frisbee to the children. By offering physical education in an organized program, we prevent them from taking refuge in alcohol, drugs and criminality, which are structural problems in this disadvantaged neighborhood.
In our Soccer School project we have created a performance group and a recreational group. The performance group consists of the oldest children (11-14 year). Within this group, we focus on developing general norms and values like respect, cooperation and discipline. Next to that, we put an emphasis on sportive aspects: technique, tactics and stamina. Within the recreational group, there is more emphasis upon the social development of the children by exercising and playing together. For them, the school is a playful introduction to football.
NEW! In 2017, we started playing with teenagers from the neighborhood and volunteers in an official competition. Moreover, we set up a team only for girls – the “Pachamamas”!
The fun and distraction you give to the kids is reflected in their enthusiasm.
Those enthusiastic, beautiful children, receiving you so happy and greatful. Made me feel good every time again!
Love the Game
Former volunteer Joachim van Imschoot interviewed assistent project coordinator Andrés Zambrano and some of the children. His video gives a great impression of the Soccer School Project and its goals!
At the Soccer School, you can take the role of manager/project coordinator or as a trainer.
It is important that the trainers, manager or coordinator of the Soccer School to take spanish lessons to be able to participate and communicate with local people. In our office in Quito we have experienced teachers. During the lessons besides Spanish you will learn about culture and get enough experience. This is ideal because you will also have the opportunity to participate in all our projects in Quito: English school, swimming school, soccer school and other interesting activities, see our Spanish course page.
Local Dreamers offers its volunteers and interns excellent Spanish classes for the price of only € 11 per lesson. Every volunteer and intern are very excited about our Spanish lessons.
The main office of Local Dreamers is in Quito the capital of Ecuador. There is also the meeting point to direct our volunteers and interns to the different projects. Our facilities have everything you need to prepare your lessons. We have a pleasant working environment with computers, internet and printers. In the cafeteria you can prepare a good cup of tea, coffee and a snack. Outside our office, just one step away, you will have access to all the facilities you need, for example, a large supermarket, restaurants (with a full menu for less than three euros) stationery stores, bakeries and even hairdressers, etc.
Upon your arrival at the airport, José Luis (our driver) will be waiting to take you to our office, where one of our guides will be waiting to take you to your lodging and will also teach you everything you need while you get used to the projects and how to get around in Ecuador.
First 4 weeks: €790,-
From the 5th week: €150,- p.w
WHAT IS INCLUDES?
By choosing one of our projects in the city of Quito you have the opportunity to participate in all the other projects in Quito at no additional cost
As a serious and responsible organization we ask for the following requirements to participate in our projects:
• Fill out registration form
• Sign general terms and conditions
• Sign code of conduct
• Have travel insurance
• Criminal background check
• Copy of passport
Important: to reserve it is necessary to pay a registration fee
Former volunteer Sterre de Geus (21) described a day as a soccer trainer for us:
In this fairytail scenery, the young stars of our Soccer School play every month a match against the youth academy of professional club Nacional.